Christian Group Hold Labyrinth Event At Porthcressa

labyrinth porthcressa 2013A Christian group spent a day last week helping people deal with the problems in their life by walking round a maze in the sand on Porthcressa beach.

It’s the fourth year that the event has been held in Scilly and the Methodist Church’s Youth Enabler, Andrew Nicholson says people commented on how rewarding and fulfilling it was.

Andrew says they’re encouraged to pick up a piece of rubbish from the beach, to symbolise a problem or issue they have. They then walk the labyrinth, which he says in an ancient metaphor for the journey they take in life, before leaving their ‘problem’ by a cross in the centre.

He says the experience can be difficult sometimes and he’s amazed how some people open up to a complete stranger.

He remembers talking to one Iranian asylum seeker in Scilly a few years ago whose family had been imprisoned and tortured, which was said was very moving.

Andrew says around 120 locals and visitors took part, from a one-year old to someone in their eighties, and he hopes to be able to repeat the event next year.