12 November 2015
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Thank you for helping us plan next year's program!
The end of the year is approaching quickly and already it is time to plan for 2016.
to those who responded to our last newsletter, requesting input through our very simple and quick survey.
Your responses are integral to the way WellSpring is shaped.
If you haven't yet had a chance to give your input, it's not too late and will only take you 5 minutes!
We'd welcome your responses until next Monday 16 November. Click here
to complete the survey.
If you would prefer to talk about your responses, please ring Ann Lock on (03) 9885 0277.
Thursday 19 November, from 8pm
‘The ears with which one hears the message of the Gospel are hidden in a person’s heart and these ears do not hear anything unless they are favoured with a certain interior solitude or silence.’ (Thomas Merton)
A Celtic-style service is held in the WellSpring chapel, which incorporates some music, prayers and quiet reflection.
This will be the final Celtic-style service planned for WellSpring for the foreseeable future.
A $5 donation is suggested.
Friday 20 November, 9.30am to 12noon
(Facilitator: Alex Sangster)
A unique opportunity for uninterrupted, thought provoking conversations about who we are as parents. It’s not yet another course about parenting strategies or child development. Instead, we’ll explore the vital ‘inner work’ that will help us thrive during the adventure of parenthood.
Clear the date, find a babysitter, make a booking and use this opportunity to care for yourself (and, in turn, your kids)!
Cost: $25 (members: $22.50)
to book and pay online
Sunday 29 November, 2 to 4pm
(NOTE CHANGE OF DATE)
Come along on Sunday 29 November to participate in stations of thanksgiving as we hear more about the life of WellSpring.
Earlier this year a number of people met with the Board to talk about their area of interest, e.g. Retreats, Spiritual Direction, University courses, Building Bridges, Healing Steps, Ashburton Baptist Church, etc. It was a great day and we all thought ‘let's do this again with as many people as possible!’
As there are no spiritual directors graduating this year (no intake in 2013), we have the opportunity to do this at the Thanksgiving Service.
So... we’ve changed the date to allow some more time, booked the whole church and WellSpring facility and invited people to share what they are doing at WellSpring.
A very significant part of the afternoon will be the acknowledgement of the move of WellSpring’s academic partnership from Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation to Whitley College, beginning in 2016. Peter Sherlock, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Divinity, Michael Smith and Peter Johnstone from Sentir, and Frank Rees (and possibly others) from Whitley College will all be present as we symbolically hand on the care of students from Sentir to Whitley.
Soul Nurture Day
Wednesday 2 December, 10am to 3pm
Christmas Gathering and Thank You to Volunteers
Monday 14 December, 10am to 12.30pm (including Prayer at Noon)
(Facilitator: April Blackwell)
Join us for our final Soul Nurture Day for 2015!
Soul Nurture Days (Quiet Days) provide space to rest, reflect and pray silently in company with others. They are spent mostly in silence, and may include scripture, meditation, communion and prayer. Each day has a particular focus.
Cost: $25 (members: $22.50) per session
to book and pay online
The whole WellSpring community is invited to join the WellSpring volunteers and staff for an end-of-year Christmas get-together.
We will especially honour and thank the volunteers for their tireless efforts during the course of 2015.
Cost: suggested $5 donation or bring a plate.
Please let us know you're coming by email
The Art of Contemplative Practice and
The Art of Spiritual Direction
These two WellSpring courses are recognised by the University of Divinity – and the units may earn credit towards the Graduate Diploma of Spiritual Direction or Spirituality and the Master of Arts (Spiritual Direction/Spirituality). FEE-Help may be available for course fees, for those who enrol through the University of Divinity.
Alternatively, the courses can be audited for those who do not wish to obtain academic credit.
The Art of Contemplative Practice: A Formation Program for Everyone
This intensive unit is offered for those seeking to explore contemplation as a basis for living and ministry. It is a pre-requisite for The Art of Spiritual Direction Unit 1, but can also be taken on its own without progressing on to the Art of Spiritual Direction.
Dates for 2016 are:
- Sat 16 & Sun 17 January, and
- Fri 5 to Sun 7 February (live-in retreat off-site), and
- Sat 27 & Sun 28 February 2016
Click here for more information and to apply (closing date for 2016 applications is 14 December 2015).
The Art of Spiritual Direction
WellSpring also offers a three-year course for those who sense a call to the ministry of spiritual direction.
Click here for more information and to apply (closing date for 2016 applications for Unit 1 of the course, has been extended to 30 November 2015).
If you have any questions about either of these courses, please contact Rosanne Arnott.
Quiet Garden Movement newsletter now available
The latest edition of Quiet Spaces, the newsletter of The Quiet Garden Movement, is now available to download.
WellSpring is a member of the Quiet Garden Network.
Click here to download Quiet Spaces in PDF format.
Christmas Holidays, 2015-6
WellSpring's final day for the year will be Wednesday 16 December.
We will reopen on Monday 1 February 2016.
or ring (03) 9885 0277 for more information