Trinity United Methodist Church dedicated a labyrinth as its new Prayer Garden on Easter morning between worship services. Pastor Neil Hough delivered a message and prayer of blessing, and Catherine Wethington sang “Hymn of Promise” by Natalie Sleeth.
Located between the main sanctuary and the fellowship building, the Prayer Garden provides a place for individual and community gathering and reflection.
“All are welcome to visit the Prayer Garden to spend a little quiet time with God,” church officials said.
The labyrinth was made possible by a donation from Karen and Andy Briscoe and family, long-time parishioners at the church.
“Our family has been richly blessed as members of the Trinity and McLean communities,” Karen Briscoe said. “The Trinity Prayer Garden will serve as a blessing now and for future generations.”
In attendance were Trinity lay leader Peggy Fox and members of the trustees who were instrumental in the approval and installation of the project. There was a reception immediately following in the fellowship building to celebrate the dedication and Easter at Trinity.
(A video of the dedication created by Fox can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDCE0-eHHZA.)
The labyrinth is a Chartres-replica design approximately 30 feet across with a 7-circuit concentric circle design. The pavers were fabricated by The Labyrinth Co., based in Connecticut, and installation was completed locally by Wheat’s Landscaping.
The labyrinth is surrounded by plantings and benches with lighting to facilitate an atmosphere worthy of spiritual reflection and meditation. It is the most significant labyrinth in scope and size in the McLean area and is recognized on the worldwide Labyrinth Locator site at https://labyrinthlocator.com.
The church is located at 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd. in McLean.