A place for spiritual growth and healing for the whole community, the Labyrinth at Bethlehem is available to walk any time of the day or night by anyone who wishes to use it. Labyrinths are one path that twists and turns and leads you to a center. There are no choices to make - you just follow the path. Labyrinths are non-sectarian and non-doctrinaire. You do not need to be a member of our church to walk it. You do not need to be a Christian. You do not need to believe this or that. You just need to come with an open heart.
A labyrinth is a prayer path. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth, but we suggest that you walk it slowly, praying as you go in for what you should be praying for, pray for it at the center, and then turn around and walk out, listening for the answers to your prayers. Sometimes they do not come, and sometimes it is days before they come, but those answers usually come to you. You can walk it alone or walk it with others. Just stay on the path of square brown pavers between the line of rectangular red bricks. You can walk it slowly or quickly, you can skip and sing, as long as you are not disturbing others. You can stop as often as you wish to pray, and there are a couple of benches along the way where you can sit and contemplate. If there are deer in the labyrinth they are very sharing of the space and will not bother you. Take as much time as you need. The labyrinth is set in a grove of ponderosa pine trees that sustained some burn damage in the 2000 Cerro Grande fire, but they have survived and are a reminder that we are resilient, too. If personal issues arise because of the walking of the labyrinth you are welcome to call the church office and ask for a quiet and confidential conversation of hope with someone in our church.
Location: The Labyrinth at Bethlehem is located in the north-east corner of the property at 2390 North Road, Los Alamos, New Mexico. You park in the parking lot to the north of the church and find the start of the cement path leading to the labyrinth at the south east corner (to the left if you are facing the church building from the parking lot). The grades and widths are designed to be ADA compliant, but care is needed as you walk. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are occasional organized walks - check the church calendar.
Contact the church office if you would like to talk with someone about labyrinths and how to use them. We are eager to help. There are profound lessons to be learned by walking a labyrinth.