“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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.