Ashburton Baptist Community Services

Ashburton Baptist Community Services Incorporated (ABCSI) is the community care ministry of our church, registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission. Through ABCSI we support:

Donations for the support of ABCSI work are tax deductible. See our Giving page for details.

WellSpring Centre

WellSpring draws on contemplative Christian traditions to invite people towards a deepening awareness of the Divine in everyday life. Through WellSpring we support the formation of all people in the following ways: 

  • contemplative prayer: each week on Mondays at noon and Fridays at 11am. On Fridays we follow the format of the World Community for Christian meditation.
  • retreats in different styles (for example, silent retreats, art and poetry-based retreats) and of varying lengths (from a few hours to week-long)
  • training people to become spiritual companions in a University of Divinity and AECSD accredited formation program.

A group of energetic, faithful and visionary people – from Ashburton Baptist and other faith communities – brought WellSpring into being in 1993 and it continues to offer rich opportunities for listening for the stirrings of God in and around us. The WellSpring Centre – the meeting spaces, prayer rooms, chapel and gardens on the northern side of the church – provides a beautiful, peaceful space for contemplation and prayer.

Gifts for the support of WellSpring are appreciated. See our Giving page for more information.