Expressions that are primarily intended to form deeper faith in Jesus are called Worship Expressions. On Sundays, the Well meets in Four Neighbourhoods Worship Expressions; Etterbeek, Forest, Ixelles and Schaerbeek.
Expressions that are primarily intended to form deeper community are called Friendship Expressions. This includes low commitment entry-level groups like C Shape Jam Session, as well as higher commitment more intimate gatherings, such as a neighbourhood prayer group.
Expressions that are primarily intended to form meaningful mission in the world are called Serving Expressions. Serving Expressions meet weekly to care for people in need and often overlap with the efforts of Serve the City, a social-profit association established by The Well.
A chance to come and talk more about faith with others. Contact Simone, firstname.lastname@example.org
Choose between joining us on Tuesday or Friday evenings.
Contact - Mary: email@example.com
Coming together to study the Word of God and apply it to our lives.
Contact - Faith: firstname.lastname@example.org
Choose between joining us on Tuesday or Friday evenings.
Contact - Mary: email@example.com
This is The Well’s ‘big church’ event which is intended to combine loving community with dynamic worship and teaching, as well as a children’s programme and a community meal.
Think Higher Thoughts - Do you love me with all of your mind?
Why connect to a church for spiritual growth? What kind of church is The Well?
Many people in Europe have grown up with a strong traditional faith, nurtured by family and culture. For some this is still meaningful, but for others the church is no longer relevant, or worse. Still others may have abandoned their traditional faith practices, but in so doing have not intended to turn their back on God. The Well exists as a complement to the traditional church, providing seekers and sceptics alike the opportunity to develop a robust personal faith, experienced in community and expressed in mission.
What kind of church would best relate to people who don’t like church? If asked, most people would define church as a sacred building, a religious meeting, or a global institution. But none of those definitions bear much resemblance to the life that Jesus lived on earth. Jesus was real. Jesus was unafraid. Jesus loved the poor. Everyone saw Jesus as a teacher but no one called him religious. Jesus invested deeply in relationships. Why can’t church look more like Jesus?
The Well is far from perfect. But The Well is open. The Well is authentic. The Well is relational. The Well accepts you as you are and challenges you to live like Jesus. The Well believes that life at its best is lived with a personal faith in God, in loving community with others, and by joining the mission of God to redeem and renew our world.
The Well is an inter-confessional Christian church closely connected to other churches through A.Net, BESPA, and Christian Associates church networks. The Well founded Serve the City in 2005, now active or starting in 100 cities around the world.
Expressions meet weekly, are led by a trio, and are a part of a neighbourhood cluster. Friendship and serving expressions are accountable to, and supported by, the worship expression in each neighbourhood, or the neighbourhood prayer group if a worship expression has not yet begun. It is The Well’s intention to reproduce expressions and neighbourhood clusters, so please contact us if you have ideas or want to start something.
Etterbeek: Sunday, 10:30, Le Cercle, Rue Doyen Boone 4, Etterbeek
Forest: Sunday,10:30, Factory Forty, Rue des Anciens Etangs 40, Forest
Ixelles: Sunday, 17:00. Centre Social Protestant, Rue Cans 12, 1050 Ixelles
Schaerbeek: Sunday, 17:00, Rue Waelhem 68, 1030 Schaerbeek
St. Catherine: Sunday, 10:30, contact Simone for more information
In 2005, in a small café near Montgomery Circle, a group of friends shared a coffee. We were from different cultures and faith traditions, but interested in following Jesus together according to the Bible and the Holy Spirit. The walls of the café were filled with images of flying pigs, an image that gave hope for impossible things – a vibrant, creative, dynamic faith community in the heart of Post-Christian Europe.
Our common goal was to form faith in Jesus Christ through reproducing communities of Christian faith and mission in Brussels and beyond. That first year, we launched 5 expressions of our community in cafés, art studios, community centers, and homes. Once a month, we all gathered together for friendship, a meal, and to exalt Jesus as Lord. Through our gatherings, both large and small, we saw God confirm the vision He had set in our hearts.
Since then, The Well has grown to include 12 expressions that are forming faith, community and mission throughout Brussels. In 2006 we launched a non-profit organization, Serve the City, to help our community meet the needs of the under-resourced in the city. Serve the City has grown from 72 initial volunteers in 2006 to serving in over 72 international cities. In 2013, we expect STC will mobilize over 1000 unique volunteers in Brussels alone.
We invite you to be apart of God’s unfolding story of The Well, one He is writing on the hearts of men and women in Brussels and beyond.
In first century Samaria, Jesus met a thirsty woman at Jacob’s well. She was an outcast in her village, passed around from man to man; alone. She came to the well for water, but instead met a man who told her everything she had ever done. He introduced Himself as the One who could offer her living water, no bucket required. The water He promised was, in fact, a well – an endless supply of life-giving water that would quench her real thirst forever. Jesus is the well. And today in Brussels, Jesus still loves to quench the real thirst of people He meets there.
Picture a well. What do you see? Ancient rounded stones of all shapes and sizes, fresh thirst-quenching water, and a big bucket with which to serve others. When we look at a well we see Jesus, and also the elements of church as Jesus intended – the living water of faith, the living stones of community, and a big bucket of mission to pour out the life of Jesus for a thirsty world. We see thirsty people gathering at The Well, becoming a community, finding life in Jesus. We see water from The Well served to a thirsty city and new Wells springing up in Brussels and beyond.
“Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
The Well is one church in Brussels meeting in many neighbourhoods. Once a month, on the first Sunday of the month, we all come together for All Well. On the other weeks, we meet in worship expressions in different neighbourhoods. Each worship expression is part of a Neighbourhood Cluster that also has serving and friendship expressions. The goal of each expression is spiritual formation, and the goal of each Neighbourhood Cluster is neighbourhood transformation. We believe that spiritual formation in community can lead to neighbourhood transformation where we live. In our Neighbourhood Clusters we often work in partnership with Serve the City. The Well dreams of having clusters in each of the 19 communes of Brussels.
Etterbeek: Sunday, 10:30, Le Cercle – Rue Doyen Boone 4, 1040 Etterbeek. Please contact Paula for more information
Forest: Sunday, 10:30, Factory Forty, Rue des Anciens Etangs 40, 1190 Forest. Please contact Chris for more information
Ixelles: Sunday, 17:00. Centre Social Protestant, Rue Cans 12, 1050 Ixelles. Please contact Laura for more information
Schaerbeek: Sunday, 17:00, Rue Waelhem 68, 1030 Schaerbeek. Please contact Carlton for more information
St. Catherine: Sunday, 10:30. Please contact Simone for more information
And then get involved with us in your neighbourhood.
Community Contact: Paula
Worship Expression: Sunday 10:30, Le Cercle, Rue Doyen Boone 4, 1040 Etterbeek
Prayer Group: A small gathering to pray for the people and needs of Etterbeek. Alternating Wednesdays 19:30. Contact: Gemma
Bible Study: Gathering together to study God’s Word. Alternating Wednesdays 19:30. Contact Gemma
Samusocial Gulladelle: French and Dutch lessons for mothers living in the shelter. French – Tuesday and Thursday , Dutch – Wednesday 19:00. Contact – Valeria (Tuesday and Thursday), or Gemma (Wednesday).
Community Contact: Chris
Worship Expression: Sunday, 10:30, Factory Forty, Rue des Anciens Etangs 40, 1190 Forest
Friendship Expression: In formation
Women’s Bible Study: Tuesday or Friday 19:00. Contact Mary
Community Contact: René
Worship Expression: Sunday, 17:00. Centre Social Protestant, Rue Cans 12, 1050 Ixelles. Contact Laura
Bread and Wine. Connecting with anyone who is involved in the Ixelles neighbourhood for a social event. This happens monthly on a Thursday evening. For information on this month’s event contact Ulrike
Ripple: Serving non-profit organizations in Ixelles. Contact Ruth
Honeysuckle: Offering strength through friendship to mothers who have suffered abuse. Tuesday, 20:00. Contact Marie, Lucy or Ruth
L’ilot: A temporary crisis centre for mothers and their children who are: in financial difficulty, victims of abuse, asylum seekers and those who struggle with addiction. Wednesday evening 20:00 to do activities with the residents . Contact Katie
Community Contact: Carlton
Worship Expression: Sunday 17:00, Rue Waelhem 68, 1030 Schaerbeek
Prayer Group: Praying for women working in prostitution, Monday 13:30, Rue du Brabant 195. Contact: Lois
Breakfast4Refugees: Serving breakfast to asylum seekers line up outside the World Trade Center to attempt to apply for asylum. Monday 6:30, Chaussée d’Anvers 59 (WTC bus stop). Contact: Carlton
Food4Friends: Serving dinner to homeless people and asylujm seekers. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 18:30, Gare du Nord. Contact: Nino
Hopital Paul Brien: Visitng those who are without support networks while in hospital. Wednesday 14:30, Rue du Foyer Schaerbeekois 36. Contact: Lois
Community Contact: Simone
Prayer Meeting: Monday 19:00, Le Grand Cafe (near the Bourse). Contact: Kaye
Le Phare: Helping to serve lunch and clean dishes at the soup kitchen, where many homelss people come for a warm meal. Tuesday from 10:30. Contact: Marie
Le Petit Chateau: Spend their time with kids at Belgium’s larges asylum seeker’s residence. Wednesday 18:30 to 20:00. Meeting outside the main gates – Boulevard du Neuvième de Ligne 27. Contact: Alisa or Quentin
Foyer Selah: Serving residents who are asylum seekers by playing board games with them and interacting with them socially. Please join us every other Wednesday from 19:20 until 21:00. Meet outside the St.Catherine Metro Station. Contact Paulina
You can also join our Serve the City St Catherine Facebook group to get current information about our serving activities.
We usually meet in a beautiful art theatre called Bouche à Oreille near Parc Cinquantenaire. All Well is a great occasion to visit The Well for the first time or to bring friends who are new to church. Usually the evening begins at 17:00 with a meal and the worship programme starts at 18:00, but check the calender in advance to be sure of time and location.
Contributions to the Mission and Ministry of the Well can be made in two ways: