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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.
Need some Inspiration?
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light,” Isaiah 9:2, Matthew 4:16. Just as those words of Isaiah are echoed in Matthew’s gospel, so too have these words been echoing in Mary Conway’s heart of late. Sometimes it is just so dark. Do you feel it? Have you found yourself walking in darkness? In her latest blogpost for The Well, Mary offers words of living hope that it was the ones waiting in the darkness who saw Him first.
“We really do at the core of us have a young child within and when we meet each other at that level, with the united heart of one child reaching out to the other’s child, we simply live out peace much better in our daily lives.” Heidi Lepper Barrett shares another post in her column for The Well.
New at the blog: “Though we can respond to His invitation with but a fraction of what He deserves, every moment we spend time with Him, no doubt, He is wholly pleased.” Bonnie Shaw invites us to just come.
In her latest post for The Well, Dr. Heidi Lepper Barrett builds upon previous blogposts to continue encouraging happy, healthy, whole and holy lives.
In her latest blogpost, Mary Conway brightly weaves together a summer art class, a dusty box of mugs, and the Parable of the Talents. Oh, and you really must check out the story behind her “merciful” mug. Read on!
“There are infinite ways in which the Holy Spirit gently guides our hearts to take action, but like any good musician, when we learn to practice reading the music of our own symphonies … we become more equipped to recognize and carry out His direction.”
Please welcome Sonya Mack, our newest writer here at The Well. In her first blogpost for us, Sonya draws parallels between a beautiful symphony and the work of the Holy Spirit within each of us.
The glass mirror as we know it today is only about 200 or so years old. For most of human history it was only in still water where one could see what one ‘looked’ like. Which begs the question: at any moment, do you know what you ‘look’ like? Not identifying features such as the shape of your nose or color of your eyes … but do you know what you ‘look’ like to others? When others see your face, do they want to approach you or avoid you? When others see your face, do they feel welcomed and loved or not so much? When God looks at you, does He see His own Light reflected back? Heidi Lepper Barrett explores in her latest post for The Well’s blog.
How do the Oklahoma State University crew team, Garth Brooks, and The Brady Bunch play a role in God’s Reckless Love? Let’s go on a journey with Bonnie Shaw’s latest reflection to find out!
“In the end what we all want is to have inner peace so we can live out the Gospel. But it’s pride and shame and our inner thoughts that actually promote most of our suffering and distress. We have been conditioned from day one that there is in fact something to pursue that is greater than God himself.” Heidi Lepper Barrett shares on how pride and shame create havoc with our identity as daughters of God.
We had to make a location change for the July 20 Summer at The Well gathering. Noteworthy: Our new venue has a smaller capacity, and as of this writing, only a handful of tickets remain. Info detailed in blogpost.