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3 November 2013

Final WellSpring Programs for 2013


Soul Parenting
Friday 15 November, 10am to 12noon
(Facilitators: Keren McClelland and Susan Campbell)

Come along to the final session for 2013.

A facilitated discussion group for parents of young children. An opportunity for thoughtful and uninterrupted conversations around attentive parenting, spirituality and raising resilient children.

Click here to book and pay securely online.
(Cost: $20)


Drumming Day
Tuesday 19 November, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitator: Christina Green)

This popular workshop is offered for the second time this year. There is a limit of 10 participants, so book in soon to avoid disappointment!

We will begin with a short meditation and then learn drumming and chanting. We will use both frame drums (Native American style) and hand drums (djembe, etc).

The chants are sourced 
from Jewish, Celtic and Native American spirituality.

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(Cost: $55)


Circles of Trust
Wednesday 20 November, 10am to 12.30pm
(Facilitators: Chris Page and Marg Loftus)

A ‘circle of trust’, based on Parker Palmer’s A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey toward the Undivided Life, is a place to explore one’s inner life with others through readings, poems, symbols, story and conversation. Drawn from ancient and contemporary wisdom it is a non-religious yet deeply spiritual approach to identifying our ‘inner landscape’. Throughout the year our outer landscape, such as ocean, mountain, desert, forest and the seasons will be used as metaphors and images of our inner life.

This is an open group and all are welcome to attend.

Cost: $20
(Pay on day).


Advent Quiet Day
Saturday 23 November, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitator: Michael Mosley)

A Season of ‘Waiting Upon’: Michael Mosley will lead our Advent Quiet Day reflecting on Advent as a season of ‘Waiting Upon’.

The invitations within Psalms 46, 122 and 139 and Isaiah 2:4 will provide themes for our reflections, as we wait upon God’s revelation to us.

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(Cost: $35)


Advent Journey: Walking with God
Tuesday evenings, 26 November to 17 December, 7.30 to 9.30pm
(Facilitator: Merrill Kitchen)

This series will follow Matthew’s reflection on Jesus’ links with the story of Israel. Looking back at that story, we will consider the way in which ‘the Word is always waiting to be born.

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(Cost: $35 per session)

SPECIAL OFFER: Individual workshops or this whole series is available at a 20% discount for groups of 6 or more.
If you wish to book in a group of 6 or more people, please email Monique to organise this.


Art Exhibitions

The Amen Collection – So Be It:

“Why do I make art? I hardly know why myself. But I do know I love doing it, that it satisfies some deep place within me, and often times it shows me something about my own life. It is a way of praying. Essentially it is for myself, however now I am happy to share what I make, though hesitantly, with the hope others may be encouraged to have a go, find joy in their own creativity, and maybe experience it as prayer. Enjoy, wonder, reflect.” (Mary McCowan)

Full Circle:

Any artists or craft-loving contemplatives around the churches are welcome to submit a piece that will be hung in WellSpring during Advent. Details/entry form can be downloaded here.

It is a fundraising project but also a reflection on Hope: in unlikely places, our theme for the lead up to Christmas, and a joint project between WellSpring and Ashburton Baptist Church.


Thanksgiving Service and Graduation of Spiritual Directors

Wednesday 13 November, 7.30 pm

Join with others in the WellSpring community to give thanks to God for the year past, and to celebrate the graduation of those who have completed their Spiritual Direction training in 2013.

Our special guest speaker will be Rev. Andrew Woff from the Baptist Union of Victoria.

donation will be taken towards the work of TEAR Australia.

Hard copies of the 2014 program will also be available at this service, and will be emailed to all on the mailing list after the service.

Can you help:

  • To organise supper?
  • To set up beforehand?
  • To clean up afterwards?

Please email Ann if you're able to help with any of these tasks.

We hope to see you there!



Art of Contemplative Practice:
A Formation Program for Everyone

This unit explores the foundational principles of contemplation and its relevance to our life, work and ministry contexts. The formation program will draw on the various contemplative elements of:

  • inner silence
  • solitude
  • Sabbath
  • prayer practices
  • listening
  • discernment, and
  • the human experience of God 

Participants will be invited to reflect on these aspects of contemplation and their impact on their developing awareness of God in their everyday life experience.

This unit can be taken as a stand-alone unit, either through Sentir (a college of the MCD University of Divinity, with WellSpring as one campus), with FEE-Help available for eligible students, or by auditing directly through WellSpring.

This unit is also a pre-requisite for the Art of Spiritual Direction Formation program

For more information or to apply, please click here.

Applications close on 16 December 2013.

Can you help?


WellSpring welcomes volunteers! There are many ways of being part of WellSpring – volunteering is an opportunity to share your time and gifts in this life-giving ministry.

If you would like to be involved – ‘upfront’ or ‘behind-the-scenes’; regularly or for special projects – Ann would love to hear from you by email or on (03) 9885 0277.

Attic chairs:

The chairs in the attic need some loving attention. If anyone has some time and skills to sew some seating covers and do some handiwork in strengthening the chair frames, we would love to hear from you! Please email Ann if you are able to help.

WellSpring 2013-4 Closing Dates

WellSpring's final day for the year will be Wednesday 18 December.

We will reopen on Tuesday 28 January 2014.

Bookings for 2014 programs will still be able to be made through the website over this time (the online booking form for 2014 will be available from the evening of the Thanksgiving Service onwards).

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