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Congregational Commons

First Congregational Church purchased the neighboring bank property in late 2016, to turn the once vacant drive-through and cracked asphalt into a green space and community asset.

The bank building now features an elevated stage approximately 27×14 feet, facing a concrete patio and an open park-like courtyard. Benches and colorful trees surround a large lawn, and the featured labyrinth. A flower garden, colorful art projects, and memorials complete the space.

We have already hosted several events and fundraisers at this space, and we welcome visitors to explore our labyrinth or contemplate life on one of our benches. We are also happy to accomodate larger groups, to host your event or celebration as well.

Please feel free to contact us at commons@ucccharlotte.org for more information.

Commons Labyrinth

About our Labyrinth

The Commons labyrinth measures 45′ across, and is based on the Chelsea 5-circuit design using a template from The Labyrinth Company in Kensington, CT. The path is 24″ wide and constructed of a bonded rubber mulch from American Modern Landscape, that is both soft and durable. The border between the paths is a 16″ gap, that contains soft groundcover plants (Sedum Hispanicum) and mulch.

A 4′ concrete medallion in the center is stamped with a colored lotus flower, symbolizing spiritual awakening and enlightenment. The walking distance of the labyrinth from start to finish is 871′, which is about 350 steps or 1/6 of a mile.

Embedded in the walking path are many small glow stones. After a bright sunny day, these will glow softly for a few hours, providing a “galaxy effect” of stars against the dark path material.

We are also registered with the Worldwide Labyrinth Locator.

Click here for more information on the history of labyrinths.

News

Here’s a list of upcoming and recent posts:


What is a Labyrinth?
What is a Labyrinth?A labyrinth has only a single path, with an unambiguous route to the center and back, and presents no navigational challenge. They are generally flat, made only of colored designs on a stone floor, printed onto a canvas cloth, or built from low stones and plants bordering a gravel path. Traversing a labyrinth is not a mental challenge, but a spiritual and meditative experience. Read More...

Weekly Email BLAST! 8-14-18
Hi All, This week’s email blast begins with a message from the Moderator. The other updates will follow. Friends, brothers and sisters:   At First Congregational, folks don’t sit around.  The work of this summer has been three-fold: building the Commons and acquiring two ministers.   2018 will be remembered as the summer of the labyrinth.  Those who’ve put sweat, money and brains ... Read More...

The Congregational Commons Labyrinth
The Congregational Commons LabyrinthIf you have not stopped by to take a look at the labyrinth be sure to do so. It is FINISHED! If you visit after dark you will see the glow stones in action. Aug. 25 was Planting day at the Labyrinth--Thank you to the many hands that made light work. There are about 400 sedum planted. Read More...

Commons Dedication
Commons DedicationMeet with members of the Commons Planning Committee to see what is next in our summer plans. Please plan to join us as we rejoice what God has made and many hands and hearts have supplied. Read More...

The Congregational Commons — Beginnings
The Congregational Commons -- BeginningsIt was a dream come true, the bank property adjoining our church properties and annex became available for purchase. The price was right! the Endowment monies were increasing and the Board of Trustees and congregation began a journey into the future of First Congregational Church. What would Jesus do? Be the Church!  Share our earthly blessings! Create ... Read More...


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