Small Groups

Small group ministry at WellSprings provides rich and diverse experiences to help us deepen our connections, meet one another, and grow!


We offer Springboards throughout the year, led by our ministers or by members of WellSprings, focused on a particular area for personal or spiritual growth. Springboards offer a focused opportunity to get to know a small group of other WellSpringers and explore a topic over 1-2 months.


Retreats and Soul Bites are our one-time opportunities to gather for spiritual growth. Retreats provide the chance to take a deep dive, and typically meet for a full day or an entire weekend. Soul Bites are one-time, 2-3 hour opportunities to gather for a short conversation, activity, or practice together. We also offer ongoing drop-in style small groups for spiritual practice and mutual support, as interest and capacity within our community allows.


Most groups meet at the Montgomery School in Chester Springs. Some meet outdoors, in homes of members in our area (Downingtown, Phoenixville, Malvern, Coatesville, Exton, etc.), or in libraries, parks, or other open community spaces. Check out our current Springboard offerings, and contact our office for more information about how to get involved!




New Life Ripples Out as We Deepen Our Connections

Springboards—Small Groups for Spiritual Growth

Winter 2018 Small Groups

Our Winter Springboards -- small groups for spiritual growth -- start the beginning of February. Springboards are a great opportunity to engage spiritual questions, and to make new connections within our community. Led by the ministers and members of WellSprings, each group meets weekly for four sessions.


The Winter small groups are listed below. Please feel free to contact Linda Peduto with any questions.


Monday

Exploring God.  The “G” word – it makes some of us nervous, brings others great comfort, and for many, our response to the word and the concept of God falls somewhere in between. In this group, we’ll approach diverse concepts of the divine with curiosity, exploring different systems of theology, hearing perspectives on God from our Unitarian and Universalist traditions, and together considering a variety of ways we might encounter and come to know the “God of our understanding.” This group is open to adults of all ages, and to high school-aged teens.
Leaders:  Rev. Lee Paczulla, Kathy Burke-Howe
Time: Mondays, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Dates:  Weekly for 4 sessions beginning February 5
Place:  Gresh Center at Montgomery School


Wednesday

Mindful Mourning. Most often our grief wants a witness, the experience of being seen and heard with non-judgmental compassion. This springboard will be grounded in personal and interpersonal mindfulness practices to help us speak of and listen to our losses. Whether it’s a recent death or a loss that’s been with you for some time, all experiences of grief are welcome. It is expected that participants will maintain a daily mindfulness practice while the group is running.
Leader:  Rev. Ken Beldon
Time:  Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Dates:  Weekly for 4 sessions beginning February 7
Place:  Gresh Center at Montgomery School


Thursday

#MeToo.  The #metoo movement has inspired us and challenged us to a new kind of truth. The stage is set for us to speak our stories out loud and (ideally) to a listening ear. But wait... it's not always that easy. The experiences of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment can be tied to complex feelings such as shame, humiliation, rage, sadness, and fear. Join us in safety and in solidarity as we create the space to identify and clarify our feelings about the #metoo movement and our respective places in it, engage in a dialogue about the discomfort, power, and joy that is truth, and test the waters in regard to how truth can open doors to the mind, body, and soul. This group is open to people of all genders, and to adults and teens.

Note: This four-week Springboard is the first of a two-part series continuing with an eight-week Springboard in the spring. This (winter) Springboard will focus on the broader concepts of truth, spiritual and emotional integrity, and clarity of heart and mind. The second (spring) Springboard will focus on the sharing of personal stories of the emotional, spiritual, and physical experiences of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment, and the profound and immediate changes that take place when we speak our truth on this matter. It is suggested that if you are interested in participating in the eight-week spring offering, that you also participate in this four-week offering, though it is not a requirement.

Leader:  Elizabeth Musewicz
Time: Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Dates: Weekly for 4 sessions beginning February 1
Place:  Private Residence

Sunday Services

When

Two Services:  9:30 AM and 11:00 AM

Where

The Montgomery School (Bell Hall)
1141 Kimberton Road (Route 113)
Chester Springs, PA 19425
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How

Casual and contemporary. Come as you are.

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YouthSpirit

Sunday Mornings

YouthSpirit is just for kids! We strive to create spaces where our kids experience and talk about the things that make living more meaningful, like friendship, gratitude, kindness, forgiveness, and caring for self, each other and all living things. Children begin each Sunday morning in our lively, music-filled service with their families, and are dismissed to YouthSpirit about 25 minutes after the service begins.

Nursery

Our Nursery is staffed all morning with two experienced caregivers who can attend to the needs of our littlest ones (5 and under). We do welcome all ages to stay in our service throughout the entire morning, so please choose what’s best for your family!

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Contact Us

Mailing Address

WellSprings Congregation 
47 Marchwood Road, Suite 2A-2
Exton, PA 19341

Telephone

610-280-3797

Email

Office: office@wellspringsuu.org
Founding Minister, Rev. Ken Beldon:
          ken@wellspringsuu.org
Executive Minister, Rev. Lee Paczulla:
          lee@wellspringsuu.org

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