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.

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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.



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Women’s Lectio in Lent

Wednesdays, March 13 through April 17 from 10:45 a.m. to noon

Explore this ancient way of praying with scripture in a group setting. The gospel readings for Sundays will be the basis for reflection and prayer. Each session will end so that participants may attend the 12:10 pm Eucharist in the Mary Chapel if they wish. Pre-registration is necessary; attendance will be capped at 7 women. Please call Rev. Anne Ritchings or Kay Hankinson at 267-297-8467 with any questions.

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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.


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Book sharing: The Dark Hills

Fridays, March 22 to April 5 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Hilary House

Scott Robinson will lead a discussion on his book, The Dark Hills. The Dark Hills is part memoir of Scott’s experience with depression, part theological reflection, and part spiritual practice manual. Sessions will examine one or two chapters from the book, using prepared discussion questions as needed, and leaving time for conversation. Each meeting will conclude with a group reading of an appropriate Psalm. The program is designed for anyone who has experienced depression, or who has a loved one who is experiencing it.

Participants should have the book a week before the first session, as there will be pre-reading. The book can be purchased separately or as part of the registration.

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Opening To Spirit Through Creative Exploration

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Engaging in creative activities can bring us closer to ourselves and the Spirit in ways that thinking cannot. Using the works of Christine Valters Paintner and others, each session will combine prayer, reflection, shared understandings and artistic exploration. One need not be an artist to participate. A willingness to explore and be open to new ways of expression are all that is required.  Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend all four sessions to gain the full value of the experience.

Paintner’s book The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom, will be used throughout the sessions. It can be purchased separately or as part of registration. The program will be facilitated by Wellspring Coordinator Joanne Brewer Conway and parishioner Kay Hankinson. For more information contact Joanne at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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.


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Spirituality of Aging

2nd Wednesdays of the month

April 10, 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. This monthly drop-in group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, October to June. No registration required.

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Women Connecting

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Parish Hall

Contact: Joanne Conway at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Easter Gathering: Topic TBS
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. 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.

Ongoing

Sermon Reflections

Weekly on Sundays from 12:15 p.m. in the Houston Room

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:

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 2019 Dates:
May 4, and June 8

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.

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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