We define faith as a personal relationship with God through Jesus.
Faith is like the living water (John 4:13-14) of the well.
Faith answers life’s big questions of identity with ‘I am in Christ.’
To form faith we believe.
We define community as loving relationships with each other.
Community is like living stones (1 Peter 2:5) of the well.
Community answers life’s big questions of belonging with ‘we are the body of Christ.’
To form community we love.
We define mission as the relationship between the body of Christ and the world around us.
Mission is like living hope (1 Peter 1:3) of the well.
Mission answers life’s big questions of purpose with ‘we are sent by God to live out the life of Christ.’
To form mission we serve.
A time to present the needs and joys of the neighbourhood to the Father in prayer.
Contact - Gemma: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Join us as we pray for each other and our neighbourhood
Join others for the joy of singing together
On the first Sunday of the month, The Well meets for All Well. All Well always includes a meal, and offers a dynamic children’s programme, inspiring worship, and challenging teaching. If you’re not yet connected to The Well, All Well may be a good place to start. All Well is like a front porch to The Well, with the goal to gather and connect believers and seekers from all over the city. All Well feels like a big reunion of friends from many different cultures, gathered for worship and community in the presence of Jesus. Join us!
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.
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
Community Contact: Paula and Romain
Praying Together: A small gathering to pray for the people and needs of Etterbeek.
Alternating Wednesdays 19:30.
Bible Study: Gathering together to study God’s Word.
Alternating Wednesdays 19:30.
Community Contact: Chris
2nd and 4th Thursdays
16:30 – 20:00
Chaussée d’Alsemberg 172, 1190 Forest
Missionaries of Charity: setting up tables, serving food, and cleaning up afterwards.
Tuesday 15:00 – 16:30
Praying Together & Bible Study
1st and 3rd Thursdays
16:30 – 20:00
Boulevard Guillaume van Haelen 119, 1190 Forest
Community Contact: Click here
Honeysuckle: Offering strength through friendship to mothers who have suffered abuse.
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.
Every other Wednesday, 19:30
Rue Alphonse Hottat 20
Community Contact: François
Join us for a Discovery Bible Study (16:30), help serve dinner to the Elderly Residents of the Little Sisters of the Poor (18:30) then finish the evening with dinner in les Marolles (19:30).
Little Sisters of the Poor – Rue Haute 266, 1000 Brussels
Community Contact: Carlton
Women’s Book Club
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 19:30
2nd Wednesday, 19:30, Rue Waelhem 68
4th Wednesday, 19:30, Rue Waelhem 68
Schaerbeek Community Chorale
Sunday 18:00, Babelmet, rue Richard Vandevelde 40
Breakfast4Refugees: Serving breakfast to asylum seekers who line up outside the World Trade Center to attempt to apply for asylum.
Monday and Tuesday, 6:30, Chaussée d’Anvers 59 (WTC bus stop).
Hospital Paul Brien: Visitng those who are without support networks while in hospital.
Wednesdays and Fridays 14:30, Rue du Foyer Schaerbeekois 36.
Babelmet, Rue Richard Vandevelde 40
Community Contact: Simone
We try and find something fun to do each month in St Catherine.
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.
Le Petit Chateau: Spend their time with kids at Belgium’s larges asylum seeker’s residence.
Wednesday 18:30 to 20:00.
Meet 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. Wednesdays from 19:20 until 21:00.
Meet outside the St.Catherine Metro Station.
Praying Together and Bible Study:
Contributions to the Mission and Ministry of the Well can be made in two ways: