From start to finish our first VBS was an exciting time of seeing God at work in our community!  God provided the perfect location for us to host VBS right in the center of our town in the Stoneham Town Hall Auditorium!  The second HUGE provision from God involved putting together an awesome team of followers of Jesus made up of Wellspring Church families, adults and youth from South Main Baptist Church in Greenwood SC and Ed & Linda Miller from Inglewood Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, TX to work together to carry out the week of VBS!


Many of our friends from Inglewood Baptist Church also sent decorations, leader materials, DVDs, music and much more that we could use to carry out our VBS!


We had one hour before the first day of VBS to decorate the space and the adults and youth jumped into action and everyone was hanging decorations and helping to create a fun space for the kids to enjoy that week!





Photo Jul 31, 9 19 56 AM (1)We had fun with secret agent gear, costumes and disguises but most of all we got to help kids Discover, Decide and Defend the truth of who Jesus is!  35 kids attended our first VBS representing 18 families in our community!  For many of them this was their first ever VBS to attend.  We are so excited that kids and parents were exposed to the good news about Jesus!!  The feedback from the parents was amazing.  They were so thankful and appreciative but we know most of all they were able to experience the love of Jesus that week!


All the families whose kids participated in VBS were invited to attend our special VBS service on Sunday, August 3rd.  Six families from VBS joined us on Sunday and were able to hear the same message of Jesus their kids heard during the week!photo-265

We are praying that families we connected with through VBS will join us for our new Gospel Project series we are beginning on Sunday, September 14th!



Stoneham Strong 5K

Last month we had the opportunity to be an official sponsor of a 5K race in Stoneham that benefitted those in our community that were seriously injured by the Boston Marathon bombings last year.  Wellspring Church was included on the race t-shirts and flyers for our June Family Night were included in all 300 race bags.  On the day of the race we helped supply the water stations and set up a booth to give out free granola bars, Gatorade and invites to our Sunday worship service.  Thank you for your generous hearts and for partnering with us so we can have a presence in our community and connect with new families as we share the love and message of Jesus.  Pray also for the families who were affected by the bombings.  So many, one year after the events, still face daily struggles.  Pray that they would find peace, comfort and strength in Jesus.


Red Sox Family Night


This past Friday night we hosted our second annual Red Sox Family Night.  Last June with the event inside Amore Pizza we maxed out the capacity of the restaurant with 21 families in attendance.  This year we held the event on the Stoneham Town Common, included red sox themed games, live music, snow cones and popcorn and were able to connect with many more in our community with 46 families in attendance.

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We were blessed to have a church group from West Texas, another church planting family from Revere and Scott and Lori who are here for the summer assisting church planters all serve with us that evening to run the Family Night!  It is such an encouraging reminder that as followers of Jesus we are all a part of the family of God!

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The weather was beautiful and the kids enjoyed the Red Sox themed games!  The timed base running seemed to be the favorite.

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Mike, our worship leader, and his friend Simeon played live music and it created a fun atmosphere for families to enjoy a relaxing evening on the common.

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All the families who attended received invites to our worship service and upcoming Vacation Bible School.  Please pray that God would allow us to make great connections with families in our community as we follow up with those who attended!


The Manter family who are dear friends from our church in Texas and who have faithfully partnered with us in ministry here were in town for the weekend and participated in the Family Night with us.  We love to have visits from family & friends!!


Vacation Bible School

We have seen God faithfully answer prayers as we have prepared to host Wellspring Church’s first Vacation Bible School in our community!  First God provided groups from two churches, Inglewood Baptist Church in Texas and South Main Street Baptist Church in South Carolina to help staff the VBS.  Then God provided the perfect location for our event.  A couple of weeks ago we found out that we were approved to use a very large auditorium in the Stoneham Town Hall for our VBS!  It is located in the center of town and we will be able to advertise for the event with a banner on the town common.  Please pray for all the details of this event to come together and for many families in our community to be blessed by a fun week of discovering who Jesus is!

Easter Sunday


As followers of Jesus Easter is a special time of celebrating and remembering the incredible act of God that redeemed YOU and ME, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!  Our desire as we prepare for our first Easter service is to get the word out to our community and pray that God would draw families to hear and believe the WONDERFUL news of the gospel.  Our service will be Sunday evening from 5-6pm.  After the service we will have an egg hunt for kids, food and a time to connect with the families God brings.  We are inviting those in our community in a variety of ways.  We are personally inviting friends and neighbors.  We are distributing 1,000 door hangers to homes in the community.  And this Saturday from 10am – 2pm and next Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm we have been given the opportunity from the grocery store in town to pass out invites to our service!  Over the summer you might remember this same store allowed us to do a free lemonade stand and hand out invites to our Family Night with the group from Texas who was in town that week serving in Stoneham.  Please pray God would give us good conversations, boldness, and connect us with those who are searching for peace and an understanding of what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus.  Know that we will be praying for Easter services in your communities as well–that God would draw families to hear the story of Jesus and that many hearts would be turned to Him!

God’s Team


As giant snow piles begin to melt and thoughts of spring are on everyone’s minds our excitement is stirred by preparations for the next step in starting Wellspring Church. This spring we will begin meeting for weekly worship services on Sunday evenings and it has been exciting to see God work!  First we wanted to share with you a little about the team God has put together to start Wellspring Church as it is a picture of His faithful provision.


Mike & Chelsea Tulimiero

Mike and Steve met through working together at The Container Store. The first time Steve worked with Mike they had a faith conversation and Steve found out that Mike was a believer. Mike is in his mid 20’s, has a degree in music, works in music production and has also served as a worship leader in his parents’ church. Last spring Steve and Mike began meeting for Bible study with another friend from work and continued throughout the year to meet and talk about what God was teaching them. In December Mike led the music for our Christmas service and as the New Year began Steve asked Mike to lead music for our weekly services on Sunday nights.  Mike’s wife Chelsea is pursuing Doctor of physical therapy program at Northeastern University in Boston and she has become one of Cora’s favorite friends!


Pat & Jenny Brown

Pat, Jenny and their boys Hugo (7) and Harry (5) moved to the Boston area this past summer after spending 4 1/2 years in the UK while Pat completed his Masters degree and took a job in Scotland.  Prior to living in the UK, Pat and Jenny met while living in the Chicago area and attended The Moody Church.  They did not realize how hard it would be to find a church in the Boston area.  This fall their family was a part of our weekly Bible study and felt God leading them to help us start Wellspring Church!

Wednesday nights our three families meet to study through the gospel of Luke, to pray and to strategize how to reach families in our community with the gospel.  These families are a great encouragement and evidence of God’s faithful provision to provide a team for us to work with in sharing the love and message of Jesus!


Branch Church

It is amazing how God works!  Mason Adair along with his wife, Amber and kids Major (10) and Maley (5) moved from Texas one year ahead of us to start Branch Church in the greater Boston area.  Through mutual friends in Texas Steve was connected with Mason before we moved to the area.  Within a month of our arrival in Stoneham the Adairs had us over for pizza.  God provided friends and fellow church planters from Texas!  Branch Church and the Adair family has been a huge encouragement in journeying with us as we prepare to start Wellspring Church.  They have served us in countless ways with their time, teaching kids classes, through funding for ministry expenses and sharing their resources.  Again, another picture of God’s faithful provision!

Please pray for God to direct our every step as we prepare to launch Wellspring Church on Easter Sunday, April 20th!  Pray “that God may open to us a door for the Word, to declare the mystery of Christ.” Col. 4:3



There is no school today and as we watch the snow falling outside our window and the snow plows going up and down our street we wait to see how much snow we’ll get with the latest storm to move through our area.  With close to 50 inches of snow so far this winter and very cold temperatures its been a very active season!

Conditions like that make us appreciate all the more the good weather we had for our Valentine’s themed Family Night this past Tuesday and the families who braved the cold temperatures and attended!  It was a great time to connect with families we’ve met in our community and to invite those who attended to our last parenting themed study on Sunday, February 16th and our worship service coming up on February 23.

Please pray that God would continue to draw families to these events and that He would reveal Himself to them as they hear His Word and the good news of the gospel!  Pray also for us and those who are a part of our team as we prepare for these events, that God would equip us and bring all the details together.

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This Sunday night we are excited to start a new study that we pray will encourage parents in our community and provide an opportunity for families to connect with each other!  This parenting focused event is based on a study written by Dennis and Barbara Rainey entitled: Raising Children of Faith.  Each night of the study will provide a Biblical perspective on a variety of parenting topics.  Please pray that God would draw families despite snow and weather related elements, school winter breaks and illness.   We are excited to see how God will continue to work as we move towards weekly worship services this spring!

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And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10, 11

I have to admit…it is very hard to find words to express the amazing ways we saw God at work this past Sunday night for our first Christmas Service!  A whole lot of snow fell Saturday night and into Sunday.  Three other groups were scheduled to use the meeting spaces at the Stoneham Senior Center earlier in the day on Sunday and our group was the only one that didn’t cancel.  The plows worked hard all day Sunday clearing the roads.  This is how the Center looked outside on Sunday night:

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16 of us including kids were there to help with set up…it was encouraging to work together and see the room transformed into a beautiful atmosphere for our Christmas service!  Then as 6:30 approached, families started to arrive…despite the snow and business of the season God, in the way only He can, drew families to hear and celebrate the birth of Jesus!

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We started out with a craft that kids and parents made together that connected with the message.

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Pat and Jenny Brown read Scripture for the service and Mike Tulimiero did the music, leading us in four of our favorite Christmas carols!  Many others baked cookies, talked with new families and helped with set up and clean up.  We feel so blessed by God’s goodness in providing friends to serve with us in this call to start a new church in our community!

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The message Steve gave focused on remembering that the true wonder of the Christmas season is found in the story of Jesus.  Luke 2:11 was a key verse and everyone who attended was able to hear the good news of the gospel!

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It was exciting to see new friends, neighbors, families looking for a church and families we met with in months of moving here all in attendance.  We received so much encouraging feedback from those who attended commenting that it was a wonderful service!  God is the one to be praised because He allowed all who were there to encounter the WONDER of worshiping Him!  Thank you for your prayers, your support and partnership with us–YOU have been a part of allowing the families in our community to encounter the wonder of Jesus!  Know that we love and appreciate you with grateful hearts this Christmas!

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