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Our PALs (Patience And Loving Support) ministry provides respite for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia-related illnesses and for their caregivers. Volunteers are paired with a participant for four hours of fellowship, devotions, singing, games, crafts, entertainment, and exercise. This allows the caregivers to enjoy some important downtime and to take care of personal errands or appointments. PALS meets on Mondays from 10:00 AM–2:00 PM at the McKinney Christian Ministry Center.
A labyrinth is a path that invites you to enter, meditate, reflect, and pray along the way. You may stay in the center as long as you need. The love and new sense of empowerment you receive in the labyrinth can help calm your mind, relax your body, reduce stress, and provide space that helps guide your mind and heart in relating to your family, friends, and the larger community. The labyrinth is a metaphor for a journey in which you can trust the power of love every step of the way, leading you to new possibilities and places for that love to be expressed.
Suggestions for Your Walk
• Relax. Walking the labyrinth is a body prayer. Take a moment to reflect on your life. If you are trying to solve a problem, focus on your question and let it guide you as you walk.
• Quiet your mind. When thoughts or feelings suddenly surface in your awareness, you may choose to let them go. You might feel like crying, or you might feel as though you are surrounded by peace.
• Repeat a meaningful phrase. Maybe it will become a prayer for you, such as, “Christ, have mercy on Me. Lord, have mercy on me.” or “Come, Holy Spirit. Come into my life.”
• Try reading scripture or a printed prayer during your walk. Read out loud if you are alone on the path or read to yourself if there are others on the prayer path with you.
• Be honest and express your real feelings of joy, anger, pain, or gratitude. Ask for healing.
• Be open to God and be aware of catching glimpses of the divine. A transformation may take place inside you. Welcome it.
• Pace yourself. Pay attention to your breathing. If you are holding your breath, let it out. Breathe slowly and smoothly. Should you pass another walker, step around quietly and respectfully. This is not a competitive race. Keep your own pace. There is no right way to walk a labyrinth.
History of Labyrinths
Labyrinths have a rich history. They have been in use for over 4,000 years at different periods in many religious traditions all over the world. Christian churches used the labyrinth for prayer and meditation as early as 350 CE. The labyrinth has recently been rediscovered as a tool for prayer and meditation. In 1995, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco installed the first labyrinth in permanent form in 600 years in the Western Hemisphere. Now, there are thousands of sites worldwide in churches, hospitals, community and memorial parks, spas, schools, hospitals, prisons, and retirement homes.
This brick paver labyrinth is a medieval type. It was installed in 2008 in the Prayer Garden near the McKinney Christian Ministry Center on the church grounds of FUMC Georgetown.