TESTIMONY :: Wellspring Sunday
On Sunday Wellspring and St Pauls Church Worship Communities joined together for our first Wellspring Sunday.
Wellspring was planted by St Pauls 18 months ago, it is a plant partnership between St Paul’s School and Church. Over the last 18 months numbers have risen on a Wednesday afternoon to between 40-50 children and adults.
This Sunday was an opportunity to join together those who go on a Sunday to have a taste and see of what happens at Wellspring… We met at 10.45 as usual but in St Pauls Hall, where we shared what has been happening, had interviews and Mark even hired in Boyzone stools (living out his boyband dreams). We heard of how Wellspring has enabled people to encounter Jesus who would not normally have engaged with Church on a Sunday, and how this has been such a important partnership with School and Church as they became Church planters together.
The whole morning was a celebration of God’s family, though we meet at different times we are all in the same family and in a family of God that is growing together, planting together and living out the vision of Transforming Wigan to see 1 in 10 people being on a journey with Jesus.
We finished the service by having our first Wellspring baptism of Imogen Wade (my daughter).
Grandpa Wade came from Cornwall to do the baptism and fitted into the service of celebrating family, celebrating Wellspring and the hopes we have for the coming months and years of not only Wellspring, but future Worship Communities to be birthed from the St Pauls family.
We looked at Romans 12:4 where it says: For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function. A reminder that as we plant and refresh across Wigan, we are one family and are all on the mission together to grow disciples and share the good news of Jesus.
On Sunday it truly felt like the body of Christ joining together and celebrating together. Of course it would not have been Wellspring or a Worship Community without a bring and shared lunch which continued the family theme, enjoying food, fun and fellowship together.
We are looking forward to be celebrating as a wider Church family in the next year as we continue to refresh and plant new Worship Communities and grow this family of God.
Wellspring Missional leader