Worship with Wellspring at the Thoreau Center

3500 Kingman Blvd - Des Moines  

 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mornings

Nursery available for ages 0-5     Children's Church grades 1-5 (9 a.m.)    Youth Group grades 6-12 (9 a.m.)

Thoreau Center Door

Who are we? 

At Wellspring we value questions.

Wellspring Community Church is a faith community that has been reaching out to other progressive Christians for 21 years.  We believe in the historical Jesus who came to show people the way to God through love, forgiveness and inclusion.  We believe faith is not a doctrine but a transformative experience that shapes the lens by which we see and live our lives.  The teachings of Jesus and questions relevant to our current realities are integral to the culture of Wellspring.


We are a church without real estate.

For Wellspring, this means we desire to create a community that is fluid.  We meet on Sunday mornings to worship; to share our stories, renew our hope and vision for life and then to live into our understanding of faith in the community at large.

There is no building program; our by-laws provide that we will not own real estate. We choose to put our resources of time and money into action, rather than maintaining a building. We meet in a comfortable and inviting rented space, the Thoreau Center, where we can adapt our space as needed.



Worship at Wellspring is a time to enter into the wisdom of God. We practice worship through reflection, song and shared conversation on the Biblical text of the day.  We are an inclusive community of faith, where all are welcome at the table of communion.  We invite everyone to enter the story of God where they are able.

Wayne Muller, in his book "Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight In Our Busy Lives," describes the purpose of Sabbath Worship:

Sabbath is more than the absence of work; it is not just a day off, when we catch up on television or errands. It is the presence of something that arises when we consecrate a period of time to listen to what is most deeply beautiful, nourishing, or true. It is time consecrated with our attention, our mindfulness, honoring those quiet forces of grace or spirit that sustain and heal us.

Please join us for Sabbath Worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Preparing Hygiene Kits for Syrian RefugeeS

During Lent, we prepared hygiene kits for Syrian refugees, giving our offerings as an act of prayer. This practice of fasting was guided by words from the prophet Isaiah:

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?  Isaiah 58: 6-7