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

Spring 2018 Small Groups

Our Spring Springboards -- small groups for spiritual growth -- start mid-April. 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 8-9 sessions.


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


Tuesday

Listening to Our Lives (WellSprings 2.0).  This is our signature small group, where participants explore big questions and timeless spiritual topics together: about Inspiration, God, Community, Suffering and Death, Spiritual Practice, Living our Gifts, and more. It's an ideal first Springboard if you’ve never tried one before, great for newer members, or anyone looking to deepen their spiritual lives. This group will meet for nine sessions.
Leader:  Rev. Lee Paczulla
Time: Tuesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Dates:  Weekly for 9 sessions beginning April 17
Place:  Gresh Center at Montgomery School


Wednesday

The Conversations. “Human conversation is the most ancient and easiest way to cultivate the conditions for change -- personal change, community and organizational change, planetary change. If we can sit together and talk about what's important to us, we begin to come alive. We share what we see, what we feel, and we listen to what others see and feel."

This quote, by Margaret Wheatley, is the basis of “The Conversations” Springboard. Springboards at WellSprings are one important way we deepen our connection with one another, our Spiritual Life, and with our beloved community. “The Conversations” provides an opportunity to discuss a different topic each week in a safe space, with boundaries that will allow each participant to hear and be heard. Topics such as Adversity, Belonging, Community, Social Justice may be explored, or topics centered on the week’s Sunday message. Each week will be a new focus for our attention and deep listening to one another. We hope you will join us! Topics will be announced at of start of each discussion.
Leaders:  Ellen Youngdahl and Linda Peduto
Time:  Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Dates:  Weekly for 8 sessions beginning April 18
Place:  Gresh Center at Montgomery School


Monday or Thursday

Small Groups Facilitator Training.  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 small groups. If you have ever been interested in facilitating a future Springboard, Soul Bite, Retreat or other Small Group, now is the time to take our facilitator’s training. We will be offering two trainings this spring. Each will be two sessions in length. Both trainings aim to provide future facilitators with tools to clarify their intentions, organize the structure of their proposal, create safe space, and establish healthy boundaries that facilitate group discussion. 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
Monday Sessions, Group 1: April 16 and 23, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Thursday Sessions, Group 2: April 19 and 26, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Place:  Gresh Center at Montgomery School

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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