McDowell Presbyterian Church

Come visit - and walk our labyrinth

Our labyrinth is located behind the church building, just beyond the parking lot.  There is an arch there, where you can begin your walk.  There is also a box hanging on the side of the arch which contains information for you about the labyrinth.

Feel free to bring a group to experience the labyrinth together. Whether it's your youth group, an adult Sunday School class or just a group of friends, you'll find welcome here. If you'd like a guided experience, contact our pastor, Beth Pyles at or 540-396-3450. It's free (all the best things are).

Long used as meditation and prayer tools, labyrinths are an ancient symbol that relate to wholeness, and combine the imagery of a circle and a spiral into a meandering but purposeful path.  It represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world.  A labyrinth has only one path.  The way in is the way out.  There are no blind alleys.  The path leads you on circuitous path to the center and out again.

Your life is a journey.  And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way.  You are on the path....we are all on the path.  The labyrinth is a model of that path.

We can walk it:  it is a metaphor for life's journey

With a labyrinth, there is only one choice to be made.  The choice is to enter or not.  The choice is whether or not to walk a spiritual path.  At its most basic level, the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.