Two historically connected Manchester congregations, the Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Trinity United Church of Christ, worked together to create a prayer labyrinth out of donated food items Sunday afternoon.
"We were looking for a joint project to bring the members of the two churches' congregations together," explained Charlie Marshall, the pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church. "The churches have a shared history going back to 1760. The two denominations, German Reform and German Lutheran, shared a building on this site."
Marshall said the labyrinth is based on the design of the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France. He explained that labyrinths are used during prayer.
"People walk through the labyrinth slowly, reflecting on the twists and turns of life that lead them to God. The path ends in a central circle where people can stop to pray. They return by the same path as God sends us back into the world to serve others," Marshall said.
"My personal experience of walking the labyrinth is that every time you learn something new," added Suzanne Adele Schmidt, the pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ. "It has a way of transforming how you look at your life and your relationship with God."