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

Summer 2018 Small Groups

Our Summer Springboards and Enrichment Offerings -- small groups for spiritual growth -- start in July. Springboards, Soul Bites and other offerings 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 a various number of sessions sessions.


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


Wednesday

Parenting Young Adults Soul Bite.  We may not fully understand the challenges our children face as they grow into adulthood after high school through their late twenties or so, because much has changed since we went through the same process ourselves. We will explore challenges and opportunities of today’s emerging adults, share our perspectives as their parents, and discuss potential ways we can support our emerging adults and ourselves during this exciting and often perplexing phase of life. The goals of the Soul Bite are to help us support the spiritual development of our children and ourselves, and to strengthen the bonds between parents and emerging adults.
Leaders:  Lorraine Sexton and Linda Peduto
Time/Date: Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Place:  Private Residence


Saturday

Mindful Cooking and Eating Springboard. The practice of mindfulness can help us develop a full spectrum awareness of the senses: taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight. Mindful cooking and eating gives us a basic and beneficial way to develop these forms of awareness. It invites us to stop and sense and savor. For these four weeks, Rev. Ken will guide this small group as it cooks and eats dinner together, grounded in the intentions and practices of mindfulness. Open to all people who are looking to cultivate these qualities, whether you're an accomplished chef or still learning how to boil water.
Leader:  Rev. Ken Beldon
Time:  Saturdays, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Dates:  4 Sessions: July 14, 21, 28, August 4
Place:  Private Residence


DNA Refresh Groups

In this single-serving small group, we will be exploring WellSprings’ DNA – our values, beliefs, vision and mission that serve as our “genetic code.” Our DNA is intended to be replicated and reflected in everything WellSprings does, including our teams and ministries, and to help guide us in our relationships with one another.

Our WellSprings DNA is now over ten years old, and it was never intended to be “written in stone.” The Spiritual Development Ministry (Majid Alsayegh, Rev. Ken, Chris Chepel, Sally Reeves and Ellen Youngdahl) is leading the congregation in this “DNA Recharge” process to revisit and realign the DNA with the emergent truth of our congregation. We started having these conversations this spring, and they proved to be fertile, open-hearted, and appreciative explorations of who WellSprings is, and is becoming. Long-time member or recent guest, if you haven’t yet participated in a DNA refresh group, you are invited!
You have a choice of one of two meetings:
Leaders:  Spiritual Development Ministry
Group 1: Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Place:  Gresh Center at Montgomery School
Group 2: Sunday, July 29, Immediately following 10:00 am service
Place:  Bell Hall at Montgomery School


Small Groups Facilitator Orientation

(Prerequisite for facilitating WellSprings groups.)  WellSprings members are the heart and soul of our beloved spiritual community and we want to empower everyone to share their voices, talents and passions through shared exploration and experience in a variety of small groups. As we continue to grow and co-create a healthy WellSprings culture around shared understanding and values, we have developed an orientation open to everyone. If you are interested in facilitating a future Springboard, Soul Bite, Retreat or other group, this is especially important. It will run a single session, but you will be asked to read and review the packet of orientation information beforehand. We aim to provide future facilitators with tools to clarify their intentions, organize the structure of their groups, create safe space, develop respectful listening skills, establish healthy boundaries that facilitate group discussion, and live into our shared needs and values. We will gather in a small group so we can practice the dynamic of interaction that we hope to mirror.
Leaders:  Beverly Fox and Ellen Youngdahl
Group 1: Monday, June 25, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Group 2: Monday, July 9, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Place:  Gresh Center at Montgomery School

Sunday Services

When

Service this Sunday, August 12, will be
at 2:00 pm at Main Line Unitarian Church,
816 S. Valley Forge Road in Devon, PA

Spring/Summer Hours:
One Service at 10:00 AM
May 27 through September 2
   Services at 9:30 and 11:00 am
   resume September 9

Where

The Montgomery School (Bell Hall)
1141 Kimberton Road (Route 113)
Chester Springs, PA 19425
*Accessible entrance in back of Bell Hall. Follow the driveway loop to parking at top of hill, and enter the left-side doors.
directions  map

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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