PRIMARY school children were able to undertake an Olympic-themed labyrinth last month.

The Revd Julie Ramsbottom, rector at the Parish of Finchampstead and California (which includes the churches of St James and St Mary & St John), took the amazing maze into four of the parish’s primary schools. Specially designed for small groups of children from Years 3 & 4, it covered five different ‘zones’, each based on separate strengths – inspiration, team work, courage, perseverance and excellence. A biblical and sports personality were matched to each zone where there was also a story, plus related activities. Leaders from the Contrast Youth Group based at St James’ Church helped led children through the labyrinth.Certificates and prizes were awarded to the youngsters on completion of their journey.

The layout of the Finchampstead labyrinth is based on the famous labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral (pictured). It has been housed and used by St Mary & John’s church over recent years, and is now benefitting the whole of the newly combined parish.