Many visitors comment on the peacefulness and beauty of our sanctuary. The clear glass windows allow a feeling of connection with the beauty of nature and the change of seasons becomes part of the liturgy. The Tuesday evening vespers service is candlelit and provides for reflection and contemplation.
The Parking Lot!
Many of us like to find a quiet place to be alone with our thoughts and with God and to contemplate our lives. Or to sit on a bench in the sun or the shade and meditate. Situated in the woods behind the Church is a secluded area with a rectangle of grass surrounded by rugged stone walls and overlooking the trees. Deep in the earth beneath the lawn are the ashes of previous members who have expressed a wish to be interred near their church. The area is approached by a stone path from the parking lot that has been planted with shrubs and flowers which bloom in season.
Set among native shrubs and towering trees, our community labyrinth is an ideal spiritual tool for our busy lives and times. Walking the labyrinth helps relieve stress and anxiety, bringing a sense of peace. You are invited anytime--day or evening--to walk this path at your own pace as a form of prayer and/or meditation.
The Emma Belle Wagner Prayer Garden
A space for private prayer and contemplation of the beauty of nature. Dedicated in 2009 by Carl Wagner in memory of his wife, Emma Belle Wagner, a long-time member of MPC.
The Meditation/Nature Trail
The church is located on a large piece of wooded property and it is a sanctuary in an area of urban noise and growth. Meandering through the woods is a nature trail open to all who would like to walk it. At times there are stations providing you with a type of meditation for that particular area and are geared for your senses. Our bee hives are located nearby. Walk to the bottom and then up again on the circuitous route just to soak in nature in all its glory. Obviously, fall is a particularly beautiful time to hike this trail, but all seasons are beautiful in their own way.