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


Worship Reflections

Weekly on Sundays from 12:15 p.m. in the Houston Room - Returns Sunday, September 29, 2019

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

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.



Women Connecting - red poppies against a field of more red poppies, blurry in the background creating an effect of red and green over pink.

Women Connecting

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Seasonally on Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Parish Hall
Contact: Joanne Conway at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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.
Next sessions: Sat., Dec. 7, 2019; Sat., Jan. 25, 2020; Sat., March 7, 2020; Sat., April 25, 2020; Sat., June 6, 2020.

Book Discussion: The Dark Hills

Mondays, October 7-21, 2019 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Library

A three-part discussion for anyone who has experienced difficult times, or who has a loved one who is struggling.

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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, except July/August

Next Session, Wednesday, October 9, 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. Meets the second Wednesday of each month, September to June. No registration required.

Consider the Lilies

Saturday, October 12 from 9 to 11:30 a.m., rain or shine

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. This reflective morning will be facilitated by Wellspring team members Susan Cole and Jenny Cardoso. 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! 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.

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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.


Women Connecting

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Seasonally on Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Parish Hall
Contact: Joanne Conway at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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.
Next sessions: Sat., Jan. 25, 2020; Sat., March 7, 2020; Sat., April 25, 2020; Sat., June 6, 2020.

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.


In the Middle of the Story: Praying with Scripture in the Ignatian way

Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11, and 18, 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Hilary House

Explore the Biblical Christmas stories using imagination and the senses on the first three Wednesdays in Advent. Wellspring team member Susan Cole will guide participants in the Ignatian method of praying with the Scriptures, placing themselves in the stories. Come expecting something new opening within you this Advent season. The program is free; registration is required.

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New Year’s Eve Kirtan

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall

Welcome 2020 gently. Featuring the music of the band, Mandala. All are welcome. Suggested donation: $10 at the door. Held at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Kirtan is an ancient chant tradition with prayers sung in a call-and-response style. Songs both ancient and new are adapted from several traditions. An annual event at St. Martin’s, Scott Robinson and his band, Mandala, will lead this enchanting, participative devotion. No registration required.



Ongoing



Worship Reflections

Weekly on Sundays from 12:15 p.m. in the Houston Room - Returns Sunday, September 22, 2019

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


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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.

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, except July/August

Next Session, Wednesday, September 11, 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. Meets the second Wednesday of each month, September 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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