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Discover Fauquier September 2018
The labyrinth at
Warrenton United
Methodist Church (WUMC) is
one of Warrenton's best kept
secrets. Surrounded by flowering
trees, shrubs, and perennials, the
labyrinth is an 80-foot diameter
"walking prayer" area that is open
to the public. The prevailing feeling
as one walks the labyrinth is meant
to be one of peace and tranquility.
Originally constructed in the spring of 1999, the labyrinth
was the brainchild of WUMC women's meditation group.
After walking the labyrinth at the National Cathedral in
Washington, DC, the group was inspired to build an
outdoor labyrinth to the right of
the church's main entrance. Two
years of planning and fundraising
went into the project.
Church member Steve Potucek,
along with friends Andrea Schmidt
and Mary Loonam, who now run
Promise Landscape, laid out the
pattern with spray paint. Starting
with the center point, they created
concentric rings with 2430-inch
wide paths and six-inch wide
grass areas in between. The
excavation dirt was used to create
berms around the perimeter,
where flowers and shrubs were
later planted. The walkway was
filled with stone dust and then
covered with one third of a mile
of flagstone. The labyrinth was
dedicated on May 30, 1999.
"For us it was another way to pray
and meditate, a way of making
a journey to God," recalls Beth
Chadsey, the meditation group
leader. "For me personally, it was
a journey to my own center, which
embodies Christ. As I walked
in, I let things go; on my way
out, I felt thanksgiving." Fellow
group member Susan Dove adds,
"Walking the labyrinth is a way to
center myself with the Holy Spirit
that lives and reigns within me."
The labyrinth at WUMC is
a replica of the most famous
medieval labyrinth, which is set
into the floor stones in the nave of
Chartres Cathedral in Chartres,
France. It is an 11-circuit design,
divided into four quadrants, and
encircled by an outer ring of
lunations. The spiritual center
goal, the resting place, is
defined by a six-petal rosette
pattern, reminiscent of the
sacred lotus--symbol of
Enlightenment. There is only
one path in, and by reversing,
it leads back out again.
During the early days of
Christianity, many devout
C h r i s t i a n s m a d e t h e
dangerous pilgrimage to Jerusalem each year. Later, it
is thought that labyrinths were designed in the medieval
Christian churches as a symbolic pilgrimage to the
Holy Land.
Walking the labyrinth clears the
mind and gives insight into life's
journey. It calms those in the
throes of transition and helps
them see life in the context of
a path. We realize we are not
humans on a spiritual path, but
rather spiritual beings on a human
path. The journey is different for
everyone, for each brings different
raw material to the labyrinth. What
do we seek? If we don't know,
we might miss it when it greets
us on our journey through life.
WUMC has recently invested in
adding to the gardens surrounding
the labyrinth. It will be used as a
memorial garden where people
can remember their loved ones
by adopting trees, shrubs, or
other items such as benches. The
gazebo, dedicated in memory of
Annie Rose Cheatwood Pisch,
was added in June 2006. As
part of the church's upcoming
200-year anniversary celebration
in October, the labyrinth and
memor ial gardens will be
"We had a lot of help from the
community when the labyrinth
was built," Steve says. "It was
always by the community and
for the community, not just for
our church." You are invited to
come and walk the labyrinth
whenever you like. Enjoy the
peace and serenity. Leave a
changed person.
WUMC Labyrinth: A Walking Prayer
~ Lynnette Esse
The goldvein jubilee: Friends of
Monroe Park; Saturday, September 15,
11am-4pm. Annual fund-raiser includes
food, games etc. Individual tickets for
events. Monroe Park, Goldvein.
bandS brewS & barbecue:
Saturday, September 8, 12-6pm. $40/
Ticket, $10/Non-taster. Craft beers,
Va. barbecue & live music. Old Town
Manassas. For tickets:
MarShall day Fall FeSTval: and
5K; Saturday, September 8, Festival at
12noon, 5K at 10am. Festival is Free, $30
to enter Cross Country 5K (held at Northern
Fauquier Community Park, 4155 Monroe
Pkwy., Marshall). Family entertainment,
crafts & games. Free & reduced cost
Health Screenings. Marshall Community
Center, 4133-A Rectortown Rd., Marshall.
2nd annual "oh The PlaceS
you'll run": Kids Fun run & 5K color
run; Saturday, September 30. $10 Fun
Run, $30 Color Run 5K. All ages. Kettle
Run High School. 7403 Academic Ave.,
culPePer FieSTa: Kick off hispanic
heritage Month; Friday, September 14,
6-10pm. A great night for Latino family fun
& food at the Depot, 111 S. Commerce
St., Culpeper.
caya: "run For your life" 5K race;
Saturday, September 22, 9am. $25/
Pre-registration, $30/Register day-of-event.
Awards, music & food. (No dogs allowed).
Verdun Adventure Bound, Rixeyville
219-5696 or
Fall Fling: Morrisville uM church;
Saturday, September 22, 9am-2pm.
Moonbounce, vendors, Yard Sale, baked
goods & treasures. BBQ lunch.(Off Hwy. 17
across from M&P Pizza)
"SaleM/MarShall, caPiTal oF
Fauquier'S Free STaTe": lecture
by bob Sinclair; Sunday, September
16, 3pm. Learn about the mysterious
history of the area from educator Bob
Sinclair. The Sinclair Education Center,
4118 Winchester Rd., Marshall.
Fall FeSTival: amissville baptist
church; Saturday, September 8,
3-7pm. Free food, live Blue Grass Music,
kid's activities & more. Food starts at
5pm. 776 Viewtown Rd., Amissville.
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