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Raleigh, NC 27609
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The Labyrinth and Sacred Garden at Millbrook Baptist Church

Second Sunday Prayer Walks

Second Sunday Labyrinth Prayer Walk

5:00 - 6:00 PM
The Labyrinth Committee invite you to participate in a labyrinth prayer walk the second Sunday of each month from 5:00 - 6:00 pm.  Each walk will begin with a short devotional relating to current events and/or needs of our community.  If you are not able to walk, benches in the sacred garden are available for you to use during your meditation time.  In case of inclement weather, we will meet in the sanctuary and use finger labyrinths for our prayer time.  We hope you will join us for this spiritual opportunity.
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Gift of Azaleas

Each year, NC Beautiful and sponsor WRAL-TV 5 partner together to make thousands of azalea plants available to non-profit organizations who wish to beautify their grounds.  The azaleas are propagated from the WRAL gardens.  The MBC Labyrinth/Sacred Garden ministry was awarded 60 azaleas this fall.  The azaleas have been planted between the labyrinth/sacred garden and the designated columbarium area. Some were also planted in the front of the church.  We are looking forward to seeing the beauty they will add when they bloom in the spring!
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The Millbrook Labyrinth and Sacred Garden

Labyrinth & Sacred Garden

A labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world and throughout history. Millbrook’s labyrinth is the Chartres design, and has a single, winding, circuitous path into and out of the center. However, it is not a maze; there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. One can use it with an open heart and mind.
The winding path is a metaphor of life’s journey with its many twists and turns. It also symbolizes a pilgrim’s walk with God. The labyrinth experience is different each time one walks. Often people find peace, solace, release and a deep sense of joy as they meditate and pray on the labyrinth. When walked with a community of people, the walk is a shared journey which can be unifying and empowering.
Sometimes it is helpful to think about your walk as having three parts. Releasing is the walk toward the center, letting go of the details of life, shedding thoughts and emotions. It empties and quiets the mind. Receiving is when you reach the center. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you. Returning is the walk out which empowers you to take what you have received and move back into the world, replenished and directed. There is no need to rush your walk. A typical walk usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes.
The labyrinth at Millbrook was established in 2002. It has served as a place of spiritual insight and renewal for numerous people. Individuals and small groups of 3 - 4 may walk MBC’s labyrinth at any time. For those who do not wish to walk, benches are provided in the garden area for reflection and meditation. If you would like to bring a larger group, please call the church office at 876-1519 to reserve a time. The labyrinth is handicapped accessible.

365-Day Walk for Peace
      “When ONE…
               person prays and meditates….
               family embraces the idea….
               group adopts the practice….
               community focuses on peaceful living….
               percent of the population prayerfully meditates….
     Our World becomes a better place…
     And each ONE benefits from an inner calm and a more balanced life.”
Source: One % Project – New York City
Members and friends of Millbrook took part in a 365-day Labyrinth Walk for Peace January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010. MBC members and individuals from other churches committed to walking the labyrinth a specific day each month for the entire year for the purpose of praying intentionally for peace. Others who were not able to commit to walking a specific day walked whenever they could. It has been great to hear about some of the experiences our walkers had. God is touching their hearts as they pray for God's peace to surround those they know and those around the world whom they don't know.


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