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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Upcoming Events


How to Be Happier

Saturdays, September 9 to October 14 - new members still welcome!


10 to 11 a.m. in the Hilary House
Facilitator: Dr. Sarah Whitman
Fee: $60
Learn ways to ways to increase happiness and life satisfaction in this six-week Wellspring series. The classes are based on the new field of positive psychology, which, instead of treating illness, looks at ways to promote happiness, life satisfaction, and resilience. Dr. Whitman is a psychiatrist practicing in the Philadelphia area. Her practice focuses on chronic physical pain.
Registration Required.

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Seven Songs for a Long Life

Friday, October 13, 2017

7 to 9 p.m. at Our Mother of Consolation Catholic Church
17 E Chestnut Hill Ave in Chestnut Hill
Free. No registration required, but appreciated.
In this documentary, learn how music and singing help clients express a range of emotions and tap into memories and reflections on life, love, and mortality at the Strathcaron Hospice in Sterlingshire, Scotland. A Discussion follows. Sponsored by of Our Mother of Consolation Catholic Church and Wellspring at St. Martin’s.
Learn more and register here.

Prayerful Looking: Art and Spirituality

Saturday, November 4

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Philadelphia Museum of Art
Facilitator: The Rev. John Hougen
Fee: $25
Turn a visit to the art museum into a spiritual retreat marked by “prayerful looking.”  Participants will explore how great art speaks to their faith and spirituality.
Learn more and register here.

Personalized Prayer Book

Saturday, December 16, 2017


10 a.m. to noon at Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Suggested donation: $20
Presenter: The Rev. Betsy Ivey, Canon for Resources and Support for the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
Learn how to design a daily hour of prayer by creating a customized prayer book, or “breviary”, that contains poems, prayers, and reflections that stimulate your spiritual contemplation.
Learn more and register here.



Ongoing

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 starting September 24

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).

Spirituality of Aging

1st 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 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: September 16, 2017
9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Parish House
Women Connecting is a seasonal gathering of women. Through the gifts of silent reflection and deep listening, we share and receive each other in the stories that we tell. As we listen and experience being heard, we come to a deeper knowledge of both ourselves and the community to which we belong. No registration required.

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: Returns September 24, 2017

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

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

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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