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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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…

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

Spirituality of Aging

2nd Wednesdays of the month

November 14, 2018

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.

Women Connecting

Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Parish Hall

Contact: Joanne Conway at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Drawing Outside the Lines: finding your sacred space in the Advent season
Do we listen to our own hearts and live into the longings that we have for this season or do we fall prey to the voices around us and let others define how we celebrate the season? Come share with others as we try to find our own way into what God is calling us to this Advent and Christmas.

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.

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.

Encountering Hope in the Hungering Dark

Wednesdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 12 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. in the Hilary House

“Help us not to fall in love with the night that covers us, but through the darkness to watch for you as well as to work for you; to dream and hunger in the dark for the light of you….” ~ Frederick Buechner, The Hungering Dark

Written in 1969, in the midst of the Vietnam War, and the deaths of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, these words resonate today.

Come and share with others as we search for hope in today’s world. Using Buechner’s small book of sermons as a place to begin, we will share and explore how faith can bring us to hope.

Participants are encouraged to purchase the book The Hungering Dark ahead of time. It can be purchased here.

Facilitated by Wellspring team members: Joanne Conway, Barbara Dundon, and Elizabeth Morrison.

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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.


Making Room for the Light: A Family Advent Retreat

Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Parish House

Explore a deeper family relationship with Jesus and each other in this interactive mini-retreat, which will include spiritual experiences, storytelling and sharing followed by a pizza lunch. A truly wonderful way to search for the true meaning of Christmas as we grow as families.

This interactive morning is facilitated by Jim and Karen Rowley, who have an extensive background running family retreats.

The program is free and suitable for all ages. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required.

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New Year’s Eve Interfaith Kirtan Service with Mandala

Monday, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 8:30

Suggested donation: $10
Start the New Year on a meditative note with a New Year’s Eve Kirtan Service in the parish hall. 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.

Ongoing

Sermon Reflections

Weekly on Sundays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Hilary House

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?

Under the leadership of a Wellspring team member, we will use a process designed to help us listen to each other and deepen our experience of what we have heard. We will not be critiquing the sermon, evaluating its meaning, or hearing more from clergy or staff. Instead our focus will be on listening deeply to what God might be saying to us through the words of the day.

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 Dates:
November 17, 2018
January 5, 2019
March 9, 2019
May 4, 2019
June 8, 2019

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.

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.

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 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.

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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