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In ancient Samaritan villages, the water well was an important gathering place. It was a place where women encountered one another to draw water and share their lives.
Meet “the Wellies,” the women connecting the dots to make The Well a reality.
“I wanted the image of The Well to be one of welcome and to showcase the natural beauty of the sunrise.” – Christine Hilbert, artist
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What is this all about?
In Samaritan villages, the well was an important gathering place. Often centrally located, the water well provided basic sustenance for life. It was a place where women encountered one another to draw water and share their lives. The well was also where the Samaritan woman first encountered Jesus and was spiritually healed. She then went and shared the Good News with those she encountered.
It is in this spirit that The Well was born.
The Well launched on July 16, 2016, when 350 women gathered together in Downtown Des Moines to spend quality time with each other, to grow in our understanding as women of the Church, and were treated to great food, music, and conversation. It was an experience of faith, friendship, and sharing the joys (and challenges!) of everyday life.
But the vision for The Well is more than just this one-day event. To capitalize on the momentum and energy from the summer gathering, seasonal events such as Advent at The Well and Lent at The Well will be offered, providing more opportunities for growing in our faith and enjoying fellowship with one another.
Just as the Samaritan woman encountered Jesus at the well, we pray The Well opens doors to a deeper and sustained encounter with Jesus for the women who attend.
The Well provides women an opportunity to experience a culture of encounter, one that fosters spiritual friendships and builds up the local Christian community.
The Well encourages holy leisure, rest and celebrating femininity and beauty – all in a festive environment.
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Editor’s Note: Another area of growth for The Well is our newly organized team of writers who will share monthly contributions here at the blog, providing encouragement and feminine companionship for the spiritual journey. Here’s Cindy’s Lenten reflection. Would this itching ever stop?!? My family loves fostering kittens, but #42 came with fleas and was happy Read more about How Learning about Fleas Helped me Reflect on Sin[…]
In this episode of The Water Jar, Katie Patrizio joins us as we discuss preparing for Lent, specifically the Scriptural call to pray, fast, and give alms. We dig a bit deeper with prayer and introduce the 1% Challenge™ — a movement encouraging us to spend 1% of our day, or 15 minutes, in God’s presence. Read more about Podcast 1: Preparing for Lent and an Introduction to The 1% Challenge[…]
Oh the things we can accomplish in fifteen minutes. Take a walk around the block. Boil water and cook noodles. Hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. Twice. Have a great phone conversation with a friend. Browse Twitter and Facebook feeds. Play CandyLand with an eager kid. Read a chapter of good fiction Read more about Take the 1% Challenge with The Well this Lent[…]
The Joyful Things At times I’m so discouraged With problems of the day. I fail to see the joyful things That are along the way. When troubles overwhelm me, It’s then my nerves may fray, That’s when I need to take the time To simply sit and pray. Reflecting on God’s many gifts Read more about The Joyful Things[…]
If you logged on yesterday hoping to register for Advent at The Well, did you go to battle with the ticket system? We heard from many women who had issues getting successfully registered. But we also had a great opening day of registrations, so we are a bit perplexed. The Whoozin tech support staff said there Read more about Trouble with the Ticket System?[…]
Make plans now to attend Advent at The Well for a few hours of faith, fellowship, and fun! Learn more and register here now!
For those who didn’t attend our 2017 summer gathering, you missed seeing and enjoying Katie Wallin’s “well” cake. It was so beautiful many didn’t realize it was even a cake at first. Some may have even poked at it, but I’m not naming names. 🙂 Katie’s creative baking skills are once again at work for Read more about Advent at The Well: A Word About Our Cookie Table[…]
Hello friends! Long time, no blogpost. After our splendid Summer at The Well gathering on June 24, we took some time to rest and intentionally pray for guidance and direction regarding the future of The Well. I’m excited to share there’s a lot happening behind the scenes to build the spiritual and organizational foundation of this Read more about Save the Date! Advent at The Well[…]
Do deadlines energize you like they do me? 2017 Summer at The Well is two weeks away and today is the last day to register in order to receive a blessing bag. Head on over here to the ticket system. Speaking of that ticketing system, given we changed systems from last year, I ask all Read more about Everyone Needs Deadlines (At least Walt Disney said so)[…]
I am not sure about most of you, but the idea of being spoiled is something that is not a totally familiar concept to me. I mean, I love my life, my family, my friends, etc, and they are amazing and appreciative and generous. But being spoiled? Like my parents do to their grandkids? Lavish, Read more about A Door Prize Extravaganza: A peek at what we’re giving away at The Well on June 24[…]