Posts from 2021

Posts from 2021

Our Holiday Message Series: This Joy

Our next message series, This Joy, will begin on Sunday November 7th and will run through January 2nd. This Joy There may be nothing more powerful, or brave, than refusing to let the world steal our joy. Sadly, joy thieves are everywhere, these days. Whether it’s headlines in the news, illnesses and loss, hate and injustice, climate disasters… or just our boss or our partner or our kid’s bad mood… we’re tempted to shut the doors, change the channel, and…

A Letter From Our Board of Trustees and Rev. Lee

Dear WellSprings, The last year and a half of uncertainty and constant change has impacted so much in so many ways, some of which are still emergent. We are so grateful for the resilience of WellSprings throughout this time, which is in large part due to Reverend Lee’s skillful and steady leadership. We are also grateful to Reverend Lee for courageously and clearly communicating her need to slow her work pace over the next six months to begin to recover…

Fall Fun in YouthSpirit

We had a perfect day for a return to in-person YouthSpirit this past Sunday! Friends showed up ready to re-connect, so we organized an ice-breaker, a walk in the woods, and some card-making for the Helping Hands service project. For this coming Sunday, 10/31, friends are welcome to come in their Halloween costumes! You can register your kids for YouthSpirit at this link.

WellSprings Covid-19 Exposure Protocol

We were so glad to see case counts drop this month in Chester County, which allowed us to welcome our community back to Bell Hall, this past Sunday! We must remember, however, that the return to in-person attendance also means an increased risk that Covid-19 exposure could happen at a WellSprings event. People are still testing positive for this virus every day. While the vaccine prevents serious illness and death, it is not foolproof – and importantly, the youngest members…

WellSprings: There’s an App for That!

In continuing to build our online presence, WellSprings has officially launched a smartphone app, available for download now! This app will allow you to stay connected all week. You can now easily: Read the Order of Service Fill out a Connection Card Watch past message videos Read message transcripts Register kids for YouthSpirit RSVP to events Read the latest WellSprings news Contact a minister … and more, just by clicking a few buttons! We hope you’ll find the app helpful…

A Special Service to Remember Those We’ve Lost

WellSprings Annual remembrance Service To be Held October 31st At the end of each October, WellSprings holds an annual Remembrance Service. Together, we build an altar that holds mementos and photos of all our loved ones lost, from within and beyond our community. This year, as we continue to process the grief of the pandemic, we honor that we have that same need: to connect and share stories and mementos of the loved ones we miss so dearly, and carry with us through all our…

We Are Hiring!

WellSprings has two open positions to fill, for the year ahead! Do you know someone looking for a few hours of work each week, on Sunday mornings? Both of these roles involve engaging with our congregation’s children, and are ideal for a responsible older teen, college or grad student, or anyone who’d like to generate some part-time income. Please feel free to share within your own networks, to help us find great candidates! YouthSpirit Assistant Responsibilities: Support small group program…

“God Laughs” Message Series Resource Guide

The old Yiddish proverb – “We plan, God laughs” – feels too relatable, these days. Information shifts, new crises erupt, and so much of what we look forward to keeps slipping through our open hands. How can we find peace when expectations go unmet, and predictions fall apart? What promises can we trust, that don’t rely on forces outside our control – but within them? Download the resource guide

In-Person Services Temporarily Suspended

Dear WellSprings, You may know that over the past week, daily case counts for Covid-19 have been rising in our area. As of Thursday afternoon, the transmission risk for Chester County had moved up into the “Very High” category, as measured by the website CovidActNow. Therefore, according to the UUA guidelines our Board adopted this Fall, WellSprings is temporarily suspending the in-person component of our worship gathering, beginning this Sunday, September 19. Personally, I feel frustrated by this… and I…

Celebrating WellCome Back Sunday

On Sunday, September 12th, we marked our return to in-person services with our annual “WellCome Back Sunday” celebration. We began with music, and then moved onto a special segment where we told a story about a villager going each day to a river to collect water in buckets – one of which had a leak. We needed a little help from the congregation for the end of the story… We also heard both Rev. Lee and Rev. Ken speak as…

New Covid-19 Guidelines for Fall

Info updated October 19, 2021 Over the Summer, we let you know that our Board & Staff would be reassessing local pandemic conditions, and our safety guidelines, as we planned for the return to weekly, in-person worship. As a result, we’ve made a few additions to the in-person guidelines. We’ve also clarified the conditions under which WellSprings may choose to suspend in-person Sunday services again. Here’s what’s changing: An RSVP Is Now Required. To help us provide reliable distancing and…

Sunday Morning: Now Online & In-Person!

This past Sunday, August 15th, marked the first time we’ve gathered together in person for Sunday services since March 8th, 2020. It was a wonderful day for our community in so many ways. The music, the fellowship, and spirit in the room was healing for us all after such a long absence. We are planning a second “Sneak Preview” service on September 5th at 10 AM. You can read our FAQs, which cover safety protocols, if you plan to attend.…