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

Fall 2018 Small Groups

Our Fall Springboards and Enrichment Offerings -- small groups for spiritual growth -- start the end of September. 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 Fall small groups are listed below. Please feel free to contact Linda Peduto with any questions.


Monday

The Practice of Mindfulness. This small group is modeled on John Kabat-Zinn’s foundational course in mindfulness training. Using formal practices such as yoga, non-violent communication skills, walking meditation and sitting meditation, we’ll learn to cultivate deeper awareness of our lives and how we can respond to stressful and challenging situations with compassion and kindness. Participants are asked to make a strong commitment to attend each session and to daily mindfulness practice throughout the 8-week group. Rev. Ken will check in with each person who registers prior to the start of the group to help us set our intentions for our time together.
Leader:  Rev. Ken Beldon
Time/Date: Mondays, 7:00-9:00 pm, Starting September 24 for 8 weekly sessions
Place:  Gresh Center at Montgomery School


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:  Ted Howe
Time/Date: Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, Starting September 25 for 9 weekly sessions
Place:  Gresh Center at Montgomery School


Thursday

Self-Care. What is self-care really and why don't we tend to ourselves as much as we might like to or think we should? In this 4-week group, we'll explore all the ways we might engage in self-care - what self-care looks like to us as individuals. We'll look at the Neuroscience behind why we often don't meet our own expectations in this area. Just mention the words “self-care” and you may be met with eye-rolls and the proclamation of “I know I should be __________.” Let's take away the guilt with new awareness. Come ready to explore in a safe and inclusive setting and walk away with a little more inspiration and kindness to ourselves.
Leader:  Cindy McKee
Time:  Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, 4 Sessions - September 27, October 4, 18, 25
Place:  Private Residence


Saturday

Becoming Comfortable With Uncertainty. Life is inherently uncertain. We naturally seek safety and security, but what we need instead is to develop resilience, and the ability to sit with and accept uncertainty. We will use Pema Chodron's book, Comfortable with Uncertainty, to explore, share, reflect, and grow together in our ability to live with uncertainty.
Leaders:  WellSprings Small Groups Team (Wendi Croft, Bev Fox, Linda Peduto, Lorraine Sexton, Ellen Youngdahl)
Time:  Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Starting September 29 for 8 weekly sessions Place:  Gresh Center 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
Time: Monday, September 10, 7:00 to 9:00 pm (one 2-hour session)
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
*Accessible entrance in back of Bell Hall. Follow the driveway loop to parking at top of hill, and enter the left-side doors.
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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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