Welcome to Austell Presbyterian Church's

David R. Brown Memorial Garden

and Labyrinth

A Labyrinth is an ancient meditative walking path. It is older than Christianity dating back as far as 4000 B.C.  Labyrinths have been found on Cretan coins and pottery.

A famous Labyrinth is in Chartres, France on the Cathedral floor dating to 1200 A.D.  In medieval times a Labyrinth was a substitute for a pilgrimage.

Although the Labyrinth resembles a maze, you will find it has no dead ends. Simply follow the path and it will take you to the center and then back out again.

Some suggestions to consider for meditating as you walk:

  • Use it as a path of prayer or prayer in motion
  • Use it as a simple journey
  • Use it with Scripture
  • Use it as a journal
  • Use it as a Mantra: "Jesus Christ have mercy on me", or "Peace"

  • Another way is to think of three stages of movement:
  1. Moving inward as SHEDDING - quiet the mind and release burdens
  2. Time in the center as illumination - spend time in the middle and receive what's there for you
  3. Leaving center and moving outward as UNION - leaving the center and carrying God;s grace with you

There is no right or wrong way to use the Labyrinth.

We hope you will experience God's presence and find peace.