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Loaves & Fishes Volunteer Signup

Our next service date for Loaves & Fishes Hospitality Kitchen in New Milford is
August 30, 2018.

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for food contributions or to help setup/serve/ clean up.

2018 - 19 Food Bank Collection

Goal: 2,000 Pounds

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Visit our labyrinth painted into the floor in our church hall.  Watch for moderated walking sessions, workshops or open meditation times.  Or come any time the hall is not otherwise in use.

The best times for using the labyrinth are Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday afternoons, after 2 pm.  Also, Monday or Tuesday evenings until 8 pm.

For more photos of the labyrinth and its' creation, view or photo gallery.

About the Labyrinth at First Congregational Church, Washington, CT

The idea for a permanent labyrinth on the floor of Weresebe Hall in the Parish House of the First Congregational Church U.C.C. in Washington, Connecticut grew out of a group study in which we experienced different types of prayer, including centering prayer, chant, meditation on an object, and walking meditation using a labyrinth. We used blue painter’s tape to lay out a temporary labyrinth which we used for meditation and prayer for a couple of weeks. For ease of measurement and layout, we decided on an octagonal labyrinth, that would be all straight lines. The labyrinth at the cathedral at Amiens, and the one at Reims, which now only exists in a manuscript drawing, were created in octagonal form. In our desire to make the path wide enough for two people to pass each other, and limited by the floor space of the hall, we planned a 6-circuit labyrinth, similar to one we found on line.

Although there were discussions at the time of possibly creating a permanent labyrinth it took almost two more years to finally bring a proposal to the congregation and vote on it at the annual meeting on September 30, 2012. Additional time had to pass before we could paint it, because the Nursery School that used to meet in the Parish House used the hall as their playground when weather conditions forced them inside. So the painting had to be done during their Christmas break to allow the paint to dry before their sneakers and scooters would be once again zooming around the room.

The floor is mWalk our indoor labyrinth in Wersebe Hallaple and we chose two colors of paint – one as close as possible to the darkest color in the maple floor boards, for the first coat – and then one as close as possible to the lightest color to add some faux graining to make it look like an inlaid design. Although we are all amateurs at faux finishes, we have managed to fool some casual visitors. For decoration in the center, we chose a compass rose design to symbolize God’s guidance always available at the center of our being.

The creators were Pastor Cheryl Anderson, who laid out the masking tape once again to create even straight lines for painting, and Administrative Assistant Karen Esslinger, who found the compass rose design, blew it up and made it into a stencil for the painting. Ellen Willert, a member of the church, who has since completed her seminary training for ordination was the third painter. The whole thing was completed before Christmas 2012 to allow another week for it to dry. Our inaugural use of the completed labyrinth for a special labyrinth meditation program during Lent, 2013.

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