Wellspring at St. Martin’s

Wellspring Logo 2015Wellspring is our ministry for soul-discovery, spiritual growth, and healing. The mission of Wellspring is to provide a welcoming place for all people seeking to deepen their spiritual journeys. In an atmosphere of acceptance, Wellspring offers a sacred space for individuals and small groups to nurture their spiritual awareness through practices in the Christian tradition such as spiritual direction, contemplative prayer, and pastoral care, as well as workshops and retreats.

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

All are warmly welcomed. You need not be a member of St. Martin’s to participate.

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New Direction for Wellspring

We are pleased to announce that St. Martin’s parishioner Joanne Conway will be the new coordinator of Wellspring. She will be taking the ministry in an exciting direction, forming a ministry team that will work collaboratively to foster spiritual growth in the parish and community. Barbara Ballenger, Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care will continue to provide staff support. Read more on page 13 of St. Martin’s News - Advent

Upcoming Events

Lectio in Lent

Final Session: Wednesday, March 28

10:30 am to noon in the Hilary House
Presenters: Anne Ritchings and Kay Hankinson
Fee: Free
Explore this ancient way of praying with scripture in a group setting during Lent. We will use the gospel readings for Sundays as the basis for reflection and prayer. Each session will end so that participants may attend the 12:15 Eucharist in the Mary Chapel if they wish. Pre-registration is necessary; attendance will be capped at 7. Please call Anne or Kay at 267-297-8467 with any questions.


Spirituality of Aging

1st Wednesdays of the month

April 4, 2018

3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Hilary House
Rabbi Dayle Friedman, a spiritual director and author, will be our special guest this month. Rabbi Friedman works with seniors and elders in areas of spirituality and life decisions.
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 first Wednesday of each month, October to June.
No registration required.

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)
Next Session: April 28, 2018
9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Parish House
The theme is “What gets between you and God/Holy Spirit/your soul?  Would you be willing to give that up?” Come and explore how the traditional Lenten practice of giving things up could help in the journey toward becoming whole and authentic selves. 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.


Mindfulness Meditation and Book Discussions with Deborah Cooper

Tuesday evenings, ongoing

6:00 to 7:15 p.m. in the Houston Room
Starts with a period of meditation followed by a presentation and then book, A Heart as Wide as the Sky, by Sharon Salzberg. For more information or to sign up, contact Deborah Cooper at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monthly group

5:30 pm to 7 at Hilary House
Sessions start with a period of meditation followed by a presentation and then discussion of the book Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach. For more information or to sign up, contact Deborah Cooper at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

General Information

Women Connecting is a gathering for women, inaugurated in Advent 2011, that occurs once during each church season. We come together around a selected theme and using readings, silent reflection, music and small group sessions, share our stories and listen fully to one another. As we listen and experience being heard, we come to a deeper understanding of both ourselves, our relationship with God, and the community to which we belong. This program offers a place to explore and be heard in a safe and confidential space. Women of all ages and from all places are welcome. The intergenerational and open nature of the group allows us to be supportive to each other in many ways. No registration is needed for this program, and childcare is available. If you plan to attend and need childcare, please let us know beforehand by contacting Joanne Conway at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Gatherings are held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. beginning in the Parish Hall.

Morning Meditation

Weekdays 8:15 a.m. in the Mary Chapel

Spiritual Direction

Click to download a list of area Spiritual Directors

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

Visit us anytime for a quiet space to pray, meditate, and reflect.

The Mary Chapel, accessible from the St. Martin’s Lane side of the church building, is open 24 hours / 7 days for your use.
No reservations are required, though please be aware of Morning Mediation on weekdays from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. and church on Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Headwaters of the Jordan River. Photo by Joan Mechlin.

Headwaters of the Jordan River. Photo by Joan Mechlin.


Regular Sunday Service Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 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, 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.

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