St. John’s Meditation Garden & Labyrinth is located between the two parking lots just west of our sanctuary on Rt. 63, Main Street. Our members, friends, and the Lansdale community are welcome to use our garden as a place to walk or sit and pray, meditate, reflect, think and find God in the beauty of the outdoors near our sanctuary. There is a lighted, accessible path leading from the front courtyard/elevator entrance of the church building across the front lawn and parking lot to the Meditation Garden. The labyrinth and meditation garden was built in the fall of 2014 and dedicated on May 17, 2015.
This article appeared in the PSEC Communitas publication distributed as a church bulletin insert throughout the UCC Pennsylvania Southeast Conference churches on Sunday, October 2, 2016.
At the end of the garden near our barn is the ‘orb’ – the United Church of Christ cross logo in a ‘statue’ form. The design was commissioned by St. John’s member Herman Ahrens (then a member of the PSEC staff) in the early 1980’s, and for about 30 years this orb sat on top of the ‘Church House’ office headquarters of our UCC Pennsylvania Southeast Conference building in Collegeville. When that building was sold in 2014, it was decided that the orb should return to St. John’s, and the timing was just right to incorporate it into the design of our new Meditation Garden!
Above: The UCC Orb in St. John’s Meditation Garden – Christmas Eve, 2014; Below: The UCC Orb on the PSEC Church House building, Collegeville, Pa. May 19, 2013
We invite everyone (church members AND the Lansdale community) to make use of our beautiful St. John’s Meditation Garden & Labyrinth!
Above: Dedication of Herman C. Ahrens, Jr. Memorial Marker – October 1, 2017
Photos below from the labyrinth dedication ceremony, Sunday, May 17, 2015. Photos taken by Lulumae Truscott & posted to St. John’s Facebook page.
Photos below from the dedication service-ceremony by Anne Kinsey.