Every year from January through May, St. Mark’s has a book study that looks at a book about our faith.
Some people come because they like to learn more about the Christian faith. Some come because they like the food. Some come because they like the camaraderie. Everybody has fun!
Three or so times a year, we gather for a lunch time Bible Study on 4 – 6 consecutive Tuesdays. Bring your lunch, bring your Bibles and enjoy the ride. Your fellow passengers are loads of fun!
Periodically, we offer Labyrinth Walks in our sanctuary
The labyrinth that we use is a 7-circuit, modified Chartres style. Importantly, a labyrinth is different from a maze: there is only one path to follow in a labyrinth and it is the same going in as coming out; unlike a maze, there are no choices to be made as to where to go, no dead ends, no intention to confuse you; in a labyrinth you cannot control where you walk, only how you walk. A maze is meant to make you lose your way, a labyrinth is meant to help you find your way.
Labyrinth walking is physically relaxing, stimulates balance, and is beneficial for most people, whether or not they derive mental or spiritual benefits; by focusing attention, it can also be a mindfulness exercise, and regular mindfulness practice prevents depression, lowers anxiety, and has numerous mental health benefits; labyrinth walking engages the left brain as you focus on the specifics of the path, freeing your right brain to work creatively in the background, so artistic benefits have also been reported; spiritually it is nice to think of the metaphors of labyrinth as pilgrimage and labyrinth as life. We will return to these themes throughout this series.