We are churches growing commercial and cultural activity, compassionate response to need and congregational life.

HeartEdge is about sharing, connecting, finding support and developing, at the heart and on the edge. People, organisations and churches join, identify gaps in their resource and find new ways of being.

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The HeartEdge four Cs:

Congregations developing open, hospitable, welcoming approaches to day-to-day communal life, liturgy and worship.

We think it’s possible to be a church without being defensive or closed-minded. The Holy Spirit works as much beyond the church as within it - we look for God at work and join in.

God wants us to live before death as well as after.

HeartEdge is about deepening and widening the congregation.

Engaging local need and addressing social justice.

We do unbelievable things when we start with our assets rather than deficits.

It’s possible to be compassionate with those excluded or in trouble, in a way that enhances community.

Care comes not from altruism but recognition of our own need, and desire to be transformed by the strangers God sends us.

Visual and performing art and ideas, re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present moment.

Exploring new avenues of arts from expand and encourage new cultures within church and the community.

Commercial activity generating finance, creatively extending and enhancing mission.

We think it is possible to have commercial activities available within Church that demonstrates a wider understanding of the Faith.

By allowing our assets - likes buildings and facilities - to broaden and appeal to a larger market we remain at the centre of our community, valued and considered by all.

Congregation

Day-to-day communal life, liturgy and worship

Congregations developing open, hospitable, welcoming approaches to day-to-day communal life, liturgy and worship.

We think it’s possible to be a church without being defensive or closed-minded. The Holy Spirit works as much beyond the church as within it - we look for God at work and join in.

God wants us to live before death as well as after.

HeartEdge is about deepening and widening the congregation.

Compassion

Partnering with others in forming relationships, releasing the gifts of strangers

Engaging local need and addressing social justice.

We do unbelievable things when we start with our assets rather than deficits.

It’s possible to be compassionate with those excluded or in trouble, in a way that enhances community.

Care comes not from altruism but recognition of our own need, and desire to be transformed by the strangers God sends us.

Culture

Re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present

Visual and performing art and ideas, re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present moment.

Exploring new avenues of arts from expand and encourage new cultures within church and the community.

Commerce

Finding income streams to achieve financial sustainability and grow flourishing programmes

Commercial activity generating finance, creatively extending and enhancing mission.

We think it is possible to have commercial activities available within Church that demonstrates a wider understanding of the Faith.

By allowing our assets - likes buildings and facilities - to broaden and appeal to a larger market we remain at the centre of our community, valued and considered by all.

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Connections

Make contact and connections via a growing collective. Find help for your church developing commercial, cultural and community activity.

Ideas

Find insight and knowledge to help your practice, learning from others with lived-experience and alternative approaches.

Support

Find those with lived experience relevant to your situation. Learn from other stories and grow solidarity.

Mentors

Not a consultancy selling techniques, we will take time to locate and introduce you to possible mentors with lived experience and professional support useful for you.

Events

Update on gatherings and events useful to your context.

Resource

Not a single branded technique - find a mix of useful videos, access books, articles and newsletters and the latest HeartEdge publications.

Projects

Update on activities and alternative approaches, trying out something new (or old or borrowed).

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Recent news

Moderator Visit and HeartEdge Development

30th November 2019

Rt Revd Colin Sinclair (second right) visited St Martin-in-the-Fields in November, and met with Sam Wells and HeartEdge Associate Vicar for Partnership and Development, Jonathan Evens. HeartEdge was on the agenda, including exploration of potential HeartEdge related development in Scotland.

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Inverness Consultancy Day

30th November 2019

In November HeartEdge facilitated a consultancy day at Ness Bank Church in Inverness. It was great to see Inverness Foodstuff in action as part of the day. A volunteer run initiative, Inverness Foodstuff has over 80 volunteers from across Inverness, and was a finalist in the Scottish Charity Awards 2018. 

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Resourcing Innovative Mission

30th November 2019

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Deepening Spirituality Day 

Saturday 1st February 2020

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Upcoming events

At the heart. On the edge.

Wednesday 12th February 2020

St Peter Mancroft, Norwich

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Liverpool HeartEdge Day

Wednesday 1st April 2020

A HeartEdge day is a a mix of ideas, story, theology and practice. Organised and hosted by local practitioners with input from Sam Wells .

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