Our Churches: Quiet setting for community labyrinth at St. Michael’s, Grosse Pointe Woods

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As we feature unique stories from our churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, we begin with a visit to St. Michael’s, Grosse Pointe Woods.

You might not notice it from the road in this quiet neighborhood, but upon closer inspection, it’s hard not to experience the quiet of Jane’s Walk, a labyrinth located on the grounds of the church.

The labyrinth is named in honor of Jane Bashara, a member of the church who was murdered four years ago. Last summer, after a lot of hard work went into the creating the labyrinth, Jane’s Walk was dedicated not only for the church, for all members of the Grosse Pointe community (which was deeply affected by the crime).

For those unfamiliar to labyrinths, they are not like a maze (despite its circuitous, nature). Rather, there is only one path from its start to end.

The labyrinth is available for anyone to experience at any time of day.

The church originated in 1947, with the first service held in the remodeled caddy house at the Renmore Golf Club. In 1951, the present-day church opened. The church will conduct a search for a new rector, as the Rev. Marianna Gronek recently accepted a call to serve in Arizona.

St. Michael’s is located at 20475 Sunningdale Park, Grosse Pointe Woods. You may also call the church at  (313) 884-4820 for more information.