Well, that’s it then; Christmas is over for another year. The mince pies have all been eaten and the last of the turkey has vanished. The decorations have lost their sparkle and they are ready to be put away for another year. It’s New Year and it is a customary and traditional time to look back and a time to look forward. Many will be wondering what will 2023 bring. This is a time to look back and consider whether the memories are good or not. Will the New Year promise better things to come?

Wellspring are looking back and looking forward too. We look back sixteen years to the time that Wellspring Church started and we look back on so many special times of worshipping together and all the friends we have made. We remember old friends who have passed away, or moved away and are no longer with us and we remember new friends who have joined us this past year.

All those years ago there was a strong feeling the new Church should be named Wellspring. The dictionary’s definition of Wellspring says it is ‘a source’ or ‘stream’; a ‘fountainhead’.

In John’s Gospel chapter 7, Jesus said “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 

Jesus is the centre of our church – He is the wellspring of life, the river that flows from within us.

I wonder today “Are you thirsty?” We can try to fill the emptiness inside us with all sorts of other things such as possessions, relationships, property, money – but nothing seems to satisfy that void or thirst we have inside.

St Augustine said “You have made us for yourself O Lord and the heart is restless until it finds its rest in You.”

This New Year we invite you to come to the source of living water – the one and only one who satisfies the need we all have inside us. Wellspring Church meets every Sunday at 11am in the Event Room over the Trevi Bar, Camposol B. Our meetings are held ‘café style’ and you are invited to come along, bring a cup of tea or coffee and join in just as much as you want to. There will be no pressure, but there will be a very warm welcome and you could find the worship and the word speak to that unfilled space you’ve been longing to fill.