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 2019 Small Groups

Our Winter Springboards and Enrichment Offerings -- small groups for spiritual growth -- start in January. 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.


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


Sunday

Family Caregiving. While initially related as a spouse, child, neighbor or parent, additionally a family caregiver becomes responsible for care in service of a loved one who needs you. If you'd like to know more, this Springboard will introduce the Seven Caregiving Stages with strategies for navigating each one with both grace and grit.
Leader:  Gael Chiarella Alba
Time/Date: Sundays, 12:30-2:30 pm, January 20, February 17, March 17
Place:  Gresh Center at Montgomery School


Monday

The Story of Light. Before the dawn of modern civilization, the lives of humans were ruled by the seasons. During the warmer months people were busy growing, gathering, and hunting food. It was in the winter, with the long dark evenings, the snow and wind blowing outside, that telling stories was a way to entertain, connect and stay warm through the long cold. People would gather together by the fire in order to share their light and their wisdom. Let us gather in the ways of old to share our light. Stories may be anything of value be it a favorite fairy tale, short story, memoir snippet or even a creative work of your own; the format can be written, sung, or even drawn/painted. Participants are to select/prepare 4 to 8 (depending on length) stories prior to meeting. The only limitations are to share what will be brought to each session, so we know everyone will have enough time to share.
Leader:  Bev Fox
Time/Date: Mondays, 7:00-9:00 pm, January 21, 28, February 4, 11
Place:  Gresh Center at Montgomery School


Tuesday

Knowing Our Worth. The way our world works, it's often hard to disentangle our sense of worth from the dollars and cents we carry in our pockets. In this group, we'll explore and hear about each other's relationships with money, and take an open, curious look at ways of thinking about socio-economic class in America. We'll also consider how our identification by "social class" can be influenced by other identities we carry (i.e. our gender, race, sexuality, ability, etc.). Rev. Lee will draw on her training as a facilitator with UU Class Conversations to open up a space that brings a sense of heart and grounding in our own personal stories and experiences to our time together.
Leader:  Rev. Lee Paczulla
Time:  Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, January 29, February 5, 12, 19
Place:  Gresh Center at Montgomery School


Retreat

Mini-Mindfulness Retreat. You’re invited to join us for our upcoming mindfulness retreat. This gathering is intended to be accessible for people with a range of experiences with mindfulness, whether you’re just starting out on the path or you’re looking to deepen your practice. The retreat will include a variety of mindfulness practices: guided and silent sitting and walking meditation, gentle yoga, and lovingkindness practice. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, and bring a yoga mat and meditation cushion or pillow with you. There will be chairs available if you wish to sit in one for any of the practices. We hope this time together early in the new year will help us all set our intentions for mindful living.
Co-Facilitators:  Rev. Ken Beldon and Linda Peduto
Time:  Saturday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, January 12
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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