Wellspring at St. Martin’s

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Wellspring: a Ministry for Soul-Discovery and Spiritual Growth.

“and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.” - Isaiah 58:11

St. Martin in-the-Fields’ Wellspring Ministry assists the congregation and broader community in nurturing their spirits and deepening their relationships with God and one another through practices rooted in, or resonant with, the Christian tradition.

In quiet and unhurried ways, sometimes playful, sometimes challenging, always informed by love and acceptance, Wellspring’s programs and services foster awareness of God’s presence and provides encouragement and support for spiritual exploration. While Wellspring is grounded in the Christian faith, the wisdom of other traditions is honored and all are welcome to participate.

Parishioner Joanne Conway leads the Wellspring Ministry Team of lay people and clergy, who discern the ministry’s direction and plan programming. For more information on attending or offering programs, contact Joanne at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Headwaters of the Jordan River. Photo by Joan Mechlin.

Headwaters of the Jordan River. Photo by Joan Mechlin.

Wellspring at St. Martin’s is a resource for people who want to live more consciously, more intentionally, more lovingly, more wholeheartedly, in relationship with God, with ourselves, and with others in the world.

Upcoming Events


In nature, a wellspring is a deep underground source of fresh water. Wellsprings give rise to gushing streams and flowing rivers. They supply drinking water for the wells we dig. Wellsprings nourish life.



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Women Connecting

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Parish Hall

Contact: Joanne Conway at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Easter: An Invitation for Transformation
The passion story of Easter can be seen as one of transforming suffering and persecution into healing and seeing the sacred in others. Come join us as we consider what this story inspires in us.

All women are welcome to this seasonal mini-retreat. Through the gifts of silent reflection and deep listening, participants share and receive each other in the stories they tell. Feel free to bring a friend. All women are welcome. Food to share and clean up help are always appreciated. For more information contact Joanne Conway at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). No registration required.

Bible Stories in Art: Exploring Baptism

Saturday, May 4 from 10:15-11:15 a.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

A family Wellspring event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! During our hour at the museum, we will see three works of art related to baptism. The stories that are illustrated will be told interactively, with the children sharing what they see and the leader weaving their observations into the story line and teaching about baptism. At the end of the hour, families will be free to enjoy the museum on their own, or spend informal time with leader, John Hougen who can lead them to what they want to see, or point out some other works of art popular with children. Space is limited! $15 per family, and $10 for individuals who join us. (Admission and parking are free!)

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As a spiritual term, wellspring refers to the life-giving nature of God’s Spirit, always present and active, often beneath the surface of our awareness - a constant source of nourishment, healing, renewal and new life.


A gravel and dirt pathway winds to the right through a field of tall green grasses on a bright day. A woman with white hair, pulled up in a bun, walks the path away from us with a cane in her left hand. Spirituality of Aging: Second Wednesdays at 4 p.m. is overlaid on the image in brown text.

Spirituality of Aging

2nd Wednesdays of the month

May 8, 2019

3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Hilary House
All are invited to learn where God may be and how God is acting as we move in the second half of life. This monthly drop-in group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, October to June. No registration required.

Consider the Lilies of the Field: Contemplation in the Wissahickon

Saturday, May 18 from 9-11:30 a.m. (rain or shine!) in the Wissahickon Valley Park

Spending time in nature is a great way to nurture the spirit. Join us on a mini-retreat in the Wissahickon Valley Park. Bring a journal, sketchbook, camera, or binoculars and something to sit on. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes. Limited walking on well-trod, dirt trails. Meet at St. Martin-in-the-Fields on the Hilary House porch at 9 a.m. We’ll carpool from there to the Wissahickon Park. In case of rain, our contemplation will stay closer to the porch, perhaps even inside! This reflective morning will be facilitated by Wellspring team members, Susan Cole and Jenny Cardoso. The program is free, but registration is required.

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For more information contact Jenny Cardoso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Barb Ballenger, Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 215.247.7466.

Wellspring programs invite us to deepen our inner wells, to draw more fully on the source that nourishes us in the giving and sharing of our lives.


Wellspring Mini-Retreat: Praying the Liturgy Aided by Works of Art

Saturday, June 1 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The liturgy is a drama made up of scenes that have the potential to bring worshippers into awareness of their many faceted relationship with God. The museum provides art that may enhance worshippers’ experience, complementing the words of the liturgy and the work of the Spirit. As participants make their way through the museum, the drama of the liturgy unfolds and works of art will aid their contemplation of the divine / human encounter.

Parishioner and museum guide, John Hougen, will lead the group in responding to the works of art with prayerful meditation, using the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. Followed by an optional group lunch at the museum cafeteria (participants pay for their meals). This event is best for older teens and adults. Space is limited! $10 per person. (Admission and parking are free!)

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Ongoing

Sermon Reflections

Weekly on Sundays from 12:15 p.m. in the Houston Room

Have you ever wished you could talk with someone about one of the powerful sermons we experience at St. Martin’s? Were you touched by something that left you hungering for more? Wellspring’s Sermon Reflections, facilitated conversation about the Sunday sermon, are held in the Houston Room at 12:15 pm following the 10:30 worship service and community hour.

Listen to Rev. John Hougen invite you to this event:

For more information contact Joanne Conway at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Barb Ballenger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 215.247.7466. No registration required.

Think of a time when you discovered a reservoir of strength within you that you didn’t know was there. Or a moment of beauty so startling and intense that it took your breath away.

Women Connecting

Meets seasonally on Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Parish Hall

Contact: Joanne Conway at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
All women are welcome to this seasonal mini-retreat. Through the gifts of silent reflection and deep listening, participants share and receive each other in the stories they tell. Feel free to bring a friend. Food to share and clean up help are always appreciated. For more information contact Joanne Conway at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Women Connecting is a gathering of women that meets each church season. Through the gifts of silent reflection and deep listening, participants share and receive each other in the stories that they tell.  All women are welcome. No registration required.
Upcoming 2019 Dates:
May 4, and June 8

Spirituality of Aging

2nd Wednesdays of the month

3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Hilary House
All are invited to learn where God may be and how God is acting as we move in the second half of life. Meets the second Wednesday of each month, October to June. No registration required.

Spiritual Direction

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Contact Barb Ballenger at 215.247.7466 x102 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Wellspring at St. Martin’s has Undergone a Transformation

A new coordinator and team invite deep connection

Wellspring at St. Martin’s is entering its sixth year with a new approach to its ministry of facilitating soul discovery and spiritual growth in the parish and the community. Read More…

All are signs of God’s Spirit, alive and active, like an underground spring constantly giving and nourishing life, surfacing from time to time in our awareness, inviting us into a deeper, fuller relationship.

Regular Sunday Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.

We would love to have you join us.

Location

This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.


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