St. John’s UCC, Lansdale: October 2, 2016

st-johns-lansdale                 Just over a year ago, St. John’s UCC, Lansdale, dedicated a beautiful labyrinth and meditation garden, made possible by the generosity of St. John’s members and by repurposing space once occupied by MANNA on Main St. (a soup kitchen begun by St. John’s in the early 1980’s) and The Good Samaritan House (which had been home to a family in need for over 30 years). With MANNA having relocated to a larger building and the family having outgrown its need for the Good Samaritan House, prayerful thought was given to how the space might best be used.

It was decided that a peaceful place for prayer and meditation ~ to be enjoyed by both church members and members of the community ~ was a good way to use this open space in the heart of Lansdale. In one of the gardens surrounding the labyrinth, the 10 foot tall three dimensional cross and orb, that once graced the roof of the Conference Church House in Collegeville, found a home. This large symbol of the UCC made its way to st-johns-lansdale-1Lansdale shortly after the Church House was sold, largely because Dr. Herman C. Ahrens, Jr., a longtime member of St. John’s and past member of the Conference staff, had been the person who suggested that a three dimensional version of the cross and orb would be a fitting symbol for the Church House roof. The cross and orb will soon bear a plaque honoring Herman’s memory.

Our prayer is that all who avail themselves of this beautiful space in the midst of our community will sense the presence of a loving God and feel the welcome of St. John’s people.

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