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13 October 2015

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Helping WellSpring plan our 2016 program

The end of the year is approaching quickly and already it is time to plan the 2016 program. We would love to know what you want in the program, so here is a quick and simple survey as way of providing some input. If you would prefer to talk about your responses, please ring Ann Lock on 9885 0277.

The WellSpring Board is having a Visioning Day on 7 November and would also welcome your input, so the survey begins with two questions about WellSpring in general. Again, if you would like to talk about this, ring Ann.

As a reminder this year’s program has included:
  • Major Event: Groundworks Celtic Festival (based on current resources we can probably manage a main event bi-annually)
  • Regular groups: Meditation (weekly), Dream Reflections (monthly), Men’s Group (fortnightly), Circles of Trust (may change to quarterly), Soul Parenting (6 times/year). Everyone is welcome to join these groups.
  • Regular events: Prayer at Noon (each weekday), Soul Nurture (Quiet) Days (once per month), Silent Retreats (approx. 4 times/year)
  • Regular gatherings: Blessing Day and Annual General Meeting, Tenebrae Service, Transfiguration Feast, Thanksgiving Day
  • Seasonal and Occasional events: Lent, Advent, Gratitude series, Art and Poetry Days
  • Professional Development Workshops for Spiritual Directors (monthly)

We'd appreciate it if you would please complete the survey by 30 October. It will only take you 5 minutes!

Survey Link

Click here to complete the survey.

Soul Parenting
Spirituality and Parenting from Different Faith Perspectives

Friday 16 October, 9.30am to 12noon
(Panel with Susan Campbell)

How do our cultural traditions invite us to be reflective? What do they provide for us as we endeavour to parent with soul?

Click here to download a flier with more information.

Cost: $25 (members: $22.50)
Click here to book and pay online

Poetry: Images of Spring

Monday 19 October, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitators: Janet Hulston, Elizabeth Lee and Julie Robinson)

A day for sharing, creating and enjoying poetry, with a special focus on the many images arising from the Spring season. The day will include group time as well as time for individual reflection and creativity, with opportunities to enjoy the Quiet Garden at WellSpring.

Morning tea will be provided ­– please bring your own lunch – or plan to buy it at the nearby Ashburton shops.

Cost: Donation of $10 (pay on day)
Please let us know you're coming by clicking here.

Art: Creative Play and Conversations

Saturday 31 October, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitators: Liz Johnson and Mary McCowan)

Donation of $10 (pay on day)
Please let us know you're coming by clicking here.

Soul Nurture Day:
Prayer, An Exercise in Love – Reimagining How We Pray 

Wednesday 4 November, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitator: Ann Lock)

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.

  • Our final Soul Nurture day for 2015 will be held on Wednesday 2 December (facilitated by April Blackwell)

Cost: $25 (members: $22.50) per day
Click here to book and pay online

Thanksgiving Day

Sunday 29 November, 2 to 4pm

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.

Advent Journey

Tuesdays, 1, 8 and 15 December, 7.30 to 9.30pm
(Facilitator: Merrill Kitchen)

Luke’s Gospel invites us into a journey of remembrance, reconciliation and renewed relationships. Jesus challenges his disciples to embrace the received traditions of Israel that proclaimed a welcome to neighbours, strangers and refugees. There is a particular focus on Luke’s challenging parables. They will be reflected upon in the light of contemporary issues faced by today’s disciples of Jesus.

Cost: $40 (members: $36) per session
Click here to book and pay online

Christmas Gathering and Thank You to Volunteers

Monday 14 December, 10am to 12.30pm (including Prayer at Noon)

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, is 4 November 2015).

If you have any questions about either of these courses, please contact Rosanne Arnott.

#studioKids CHOIR@ABC
Singing Our Stories

Wednesdays, 4 to 5.15pm
beginning 14 October

Ashburton Baptist Church is facilitating a children’s choir for local residents in grades 2-6.

Cost per term: $75.

To enrol or request further information, please email studiokidsartatabc@gmail.com.

More information is also available from www.facebook.com/studiokidsartabc or phone Keren McClelland on (03) 9885 8210.

Christmas Holidays, 2015-6

WellSpring's final day for the year will be Wednesday 16 December.
We will reopen on Monday 1 February 2016.


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