The Story of Our Labyrinth
For its centennial in 2003, St. John's completed an expansion to accommodate its growing parish. The construction of a labyrinth at the edge of Pine Street was pursued as a way to welcome the community onto the grounds at St. John's and into the love of God. Under the inspired leadership of Anne Farr Butterfield, the labyrinth was completed in September of 2004.
St. John's labyrinth is a 7-circuit version of the classic Chartres style, in which the pathways turn at points yielding a cruciform pattern. It is surrounded by 76 half-rounded memory stones sponsored by parishioners with sayings, images, scriptures, and memorials of their choosing.
Our Outdoor Labyrinth
The labyrinth pattern was created with inlays of buff-colored stones in a patio of red Colorado flagstone. Specialized tooling and templates invented by parishioner, Sandy Butterfield, were used with the expert skill of Randy Brady of Creative Landscaping to create this remarkable stonework.
The memory stones were designed, and their images sometimes drawn, by Anne Butterfield, and they were engraved by Anthony Deorio of Longmont Memorials. Every person touching this project gave gifts of faith, vision, sacrifice, and creativity.
Through God's planning, the Labyrinth's construction phase fell between the initial ground blessing officiated by the Rev. Nancee Martin-Coffey and her visit to Jerusalem (the central rosette symbolizes Jerusalem). The pattern of the labyrinth emerged into view in the seven days between the fall equinox and the full moon. The first memory stone requested by a sponsor reads: “Marked As Christ's Own Forever,” and the last memory stone reads: “And God Saw That It Was Good.” For these blessings, we are deeply grateful.