Why We Chose The Name ‘The Well’

One of our favourite stories is what is often called “the woman at the well” (John Chapter 4: 1-26).  It is an encounter between a Samaritan woman and Jesus, on the edge of town.  Jesus begins by asking the woman to help him get a drink.  This was a woman who most likely could tell you what it was like to be marginalised. 

  • A woman in a patriarchal society. 
  • A Samaritan, often referred to as ‘half-bred dogs’ by the Jews. 
  • Of questionable character, having had multiple husbands. 

And here was Jesus talking to her, engaging with her, offering her Living Water (eternal life with Him)! Then he goes a step further, and gives her a job to do: “Go and tell others in your community.”  We have no idea about what exactly she told others in town, but they believed her!!

Drawing from the Israel Bible Centre depicting Jesus speaking to the Samaritan woman at Jacob's Well.
Art from the Israel Bible Centre depicting Jesus speaking to the
Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well.

So we love that imagery and example – Jesus choosing the outcasts in the system to be His messengers.  We also love that He seemed willing to take risks on who He choose to work for Him!

We also love the imagery of a well, a place to come and have your thirst met.  A place of community, of gathering and of provision.  Our Indigenous sisters and brothers talk often of the water hole or the billabong, an essential place for every mob.  Our logo, designed by Indigenous artist Billy JANGALA Williams, reflects this.