Trinity Episcopal Church, El Dorado, sponsored a public Labyrinth Walk the afternoon of March 20, 2022. Gail Ellet, chairman of the original committee to place a labyrinth on church grounds, spearheaded this community event. Trinity is located in a neighborhood area and invitations were sent to all nearby households. Sunny, 70s weather encouraged an enthusiastic turnout. Refreshments were served in the parish hall.
Trinity Labyrinth was commissioned in 2008 when there were only 100 public labyrinths in the United States. Members of the church donated memorial funds to fulfill this ministry, and the “cornerstone” plaque was finally installed in 2010. By 2020 the surface design needed a refresh, and Devin Larson of the congregation undertook the painting as his Eagle Scout service project.
There isn’t a right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth; each person has the freedom to pray, meditate, or pause at any time during the walk. However, traditionally, there are three basic stages of walking a labyrinth. The walk in to the labyrinth is the time to clear the mind, time spent in the center is for pausing and listening, and the walk back out is used as preparation to face life in the real world once again.
Trinity encourages anyone to walk the labyrinth at any time of day, any time of the year. There are handouts at the site if you desire background or suggestions for your walk. There is nearby seating and shade in summer, as well as convenient parking. Located in the 200 block of S Taylor, the labyrinth is easily accessible from Central Avenue near downtown. El Dorado has two exits from I-35 Turnpike for those passing through the area.
Trinity Episcopal Church
400 W Ash Ave
El Dorado, KS 67042