On Saturday, October 21, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church saw a giant leap forward on its journey to add a labyrinth to its outdoor worship space.
>Boy Scout Max Tiemann led a team to create a pathway to connect existing walkways to the labyrinth slab. This is Max’s Eagle Scout service project, in which he leads others in a project to benefit his community.
Max led 26 people during four hours Saturday, where his team moved dirt, created a form for the pathway, laid and packed layers to stabilize the path base, laid memorial bricks, filled the joints with material, and sloped the soil adjacent to the path and labyrinth.
Most of Max’s laborers were from his scout troop, with 16 fellow scouts and his scoutmaster and assistant scoutmasters. Friends from his swim team and other friends and family members helped, too. Sarah Kleinwechter came with a friend Saturday afternoon to help, remembering the help Max gave with her Girl Scout Gold Project at St. Martin’s. “This entire outdoor area has been a collaborative effort, and supported by scouts. I’ve seen it take shape over time, and I wanted to help Max continue its growth.” On a busy Saturday, some couldn’t work for long, but gave the project the time and energy they could. And at the end of the day, there was a path to walk on and a lot of progress to see. Click or swipe through the construction photos in the Flickr gallery below.


The path and project are not quite completed, Max says. “I will add polymer sand to the path and move more dirt to smooth the slope of ground around the labyrinth.”

Labyrinth completion update

Ron Hitchcock, with an update on the overall progress of the labyrinth, shares that completion has been delayed due to the contractor’s shortage of laborers, and that the stencilling should be completed by the contractor in the next several weeks.