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Valentine Labyrinth Walk today


First Baptist Church will host a Valentine Labyrinth Walk at the Living Vine Labyrinth from 9 to 11 a.m. today in the Fellowship Hall, 638 S. Fountain Ave. Enter quietly through the east door off the parking lot (opposite Rocking Horse Center) and come down the stairs.

A Valentine Labyrinth Walk might mean walking with someone you love, praying for those you love as you walk, or walking in love with God. If you have never walked a labyrinth before, there will be people on hand to orient you. At 9 a.m., Debbie Copeland and Nancy Flinchbaug­h will lead a short devotional tie on “Walking in Love” with suggestion­s for your walk. The labyrinth will be open from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., there will be a Listening Circle to share thoughts and experience­s. Masks are optional, but welcome.

The Living Vine Labyrinth is a canvas labyrinth that is a sacred space for prayer and walking meditation. Informatio­n will be available on ways to walk the labyrinth, although there is no one “right” or “wrong” way to walk. The path winds around in a circular pattern leading to the center where walkers usually pause for prayer, and then walk back out. Debbie Copeland, a member of First Baptist Church, is an avid labyrinth walker and librarian. Nancy Flinchbaug­h is a certified labyrinth facilitato­r with Veriditas and has completed training in contemplat­ive leadership with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

The labyrinth is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted for upkeep and future programmin­g. For more informatio­n, contact Flinchbaug­h 937-206-0265.

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