‘Miracle workers’ build prayer labyrinth

Thursday, September 16, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:30 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Volunteers from the Northeast Area of the Christian Church office, as well as from Rock Bridge Christian Church, gathered Saturday to work on repair projects at the church on Green Meadows Road.

Coordinators planned the event, called “Miracle Day,” for the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“We want to make it a day of construction rather than a day of fear and all the destruction that happened three years ago,” said Barbara Allen, Northeast Area minister of the Christian Church. (Disciples of Christ).

Lisabeth Suhler, 9, came to the Rock Bridge site with her family to help with the repairs. She said she enjoyed helping to rake sand to prepare for construction of a prayer labyrinth. When finished, the labyrinth will be an outdoor maze of seven rings to provide space for prayer and meditation. The labyrinth will be open to the public.

“What happened three years ago was really sad, but everyone coming together to make the church better is really nice,” Lisabeth said.

The dozens of volunteers — members of nine churches — helped with landscaping, interior and exterior painting and other various projects, in-cluding the construction of the labyrinth.

“The event is designed to build community among churches and to give people a chance to help their sister church or office,”Allen said. “They can come and enjoy the day and feel like they’re doing something worthwhile and make new friends.”

Miracle Day is sponsored through the Christian Church’s area office, in cooperation with Lenoir Retirement Community and Woodhaven Learning Center.

This was the third time the Christian Church office has held Miracle Day, which is planned every two years.

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