Dawnbird is a worship and arts collective that seeks to make space for free and prophetic worship in Scotland. Formed in 2011, its aims from the beginning have been to explore and model extended, creative worship and prayer, to develop the church’s engagement with the expressive arts, and to build community around these activities.
Growing out of weekly worship times in a living room, Dawnbird incorporated a house church for several years but has now evolved into more of a network, frequently partnering with Wellsprings and others to resource larger events such as the Next Wave, and Glory in the Cowshed.
Wellsprings was conceived as a house of prayer and worship: the church, Wellsprings Community, emerged from this. It has been based in a renovated Victorian church building in Newcraighall since 2007. The vision is for a gathered community that values worship and encounter, underpinned by a Trinitarian, grace-based theology, and seeks to give it away to all those that will receive it. The community has regular meetings and also gets together for walks, shared meals and mutual support.
Wellsprings Community has hosted numerous workshops, conferences and events with national and international speakers. It is an independent church but connects closely with Perichoresis, the New Mystics and Kainos Koinonia circle. Links are also maintained with Kingdom Legacy and the Scottish Network Churches.