'Living God's Future Now' in May | HeartEdge festival of Ideas May Programme

‘Living God’s Future Now’ is a new online mini-festival of ideas hosted by HeartEdge. Designed to equip, encourage and energise church leaders, laypeople and enquirers alike, we explore how churches and community improvise the Kingdom, grow the movement, develop preaching, shift online, deepen spirituality and respond to social need.

As part of ‘Living God’s Future Now’ join Sam Wells in conversation each month with a leading theologian or practitioner, to explore what it means to improvise God’s Kingdom. In the first at 6pm BST 14 May Thursday, Sam is joined by theologian Walter Brueggemann. Receive a free Zoom invite by emailing ben.sheridan@smitf.org.

Our May 'Living God's Future Now' programme includes:

  • ‘Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story’: Sunday, 10 May, 2pm BST via Zoom. Use art found in the National Gallery for deepening the Christian faith and exploring what it means to follow Jesus today. Topic: Moses & the Law – Exodus 32 / ‘The Worship of the Egyptian Bull God, Apis’, Follower of Filippino Lippi.
    For a free Zoom invite email jonathan.evens@smitf.org.
  • Biblical Studies class: Monday 11 May, 7.30-9pm BST via Zoom. Join Simon Woodman to look at the New Testament Epistles followed by discussion. Complete with handouts, you'll need to register in advance, for free - here
  • Sermon Preparation Workshop: Tuesday 12 May, 4.30pm BST livestreamed via FaceBook - Sam Wells and Sally Hitchiner discuss the Sunday's lectionary readings and share thoughts on approaches to the passages.
  • HeartEdge Practitioners Workshop: Wednesday 12 May, 4.30pm BST via Zoom. Ministers and other leaders of HeartEdge churches meet to reflect on issues relating to congregational renewal via commerce, culture and compassion. Join HeartEdge here. For a free Zoom invite email jonathan.evens@smitf.org.
  • How to build online communities: Thursday 14 May, 4.30pm BST livestreamed via FaceBook. Sally Hitchiner, Adrian Harris and Lorenzo Lebrija discuss how to establish online communities for churches.
  • Living God’s Future Now - In Conversation: Thursday 14 May, 6pm, Zoom meeting. Sam Wells in dialogue with Walter Brueggemann. For a free Zoom invite email Ben Sheridan at ben.sheridan@smitf.org.
  • Grief, Loss and Remembering: Friday 15 May, 4.30pm BST via Zoom. Join Carla Grosch-Miller, Joe Moffat, Philippa Smethurst and Kate Woodhouse to discuss death and bereavement with Catherine Duce. For a free Zoom invite email Ben Sheridan at ben.sheridan@smitf.org.
  • ‘Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story’: Sunday, 17 May, 2pm via Zoom. meeting - Topic: The Exile / The Psalms – Psalm 137 / ‘Beach Scene’, Gustave Courbet.
  • Theology Group: Sunday 17 May, 6pm BST via Zoom. Sam Wells on a theological question devised and chaired by Revd. Paige Fisher and Ben Sheridan - In the midst of human and economic crisis, how does God inform our decisions regarding the values of the physical and economic health of the world? For a free Zoom invite email ben.sheridan@smitf.org.  
  • Nazareth Community: Monday 18 May, 3.00-4.30pm via Zoom. A workshop led by Revd Richard Carter and Revd Catherine Duce to learn about the life of the community, and how it could be applied in your contexts. Including a Q&A and reflection time. For a free Zoom invite email: Catherine.Duce@smitf.org
  • Biblical Studies class: Monday 18 May, 7.30-9pm BST via Zoom.
  • Sermon Preparation Workshop: Tuesday 19 May, 4.30pm BST livestreamed via  FaceBook
  • HeartEdge Practitioners Workshop: Wednesday 20 May, 4.30pm BST via Zoom.
  • Church and Commerce - Relationships, Resilience and Recovery: Thursday 21 May, 10.30am – Georgina Graham, James Hughesdon and Sarah Rogers share possibilities and pitfalls of using church buildings commercially. If you would like an invitation please email Ben.Sheridan@smitf.org
  • Leaders Lunch with Sam Wells: Friday 22nd May 2020. Sam will be speaking on “Meeting the Abundant God in the Scarcity of Lockdown”. Bring your sandwiches!The lunch will be hosted on Zoom. Please register to attend here.
  • ‘Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story’: Sunday, 24 May, 2pm BST via Zoom - Topic: The Prophets – 1 Kings 19 / ‘Landscape with Elijah and Angel’ Gaspard Dughet.
  • Biblical Studies Class: Monday 25 May, 7.30-9pm BST, via Zoom.
  • Sermon Preparation Workshop: Tuesday 26 May, 4.30pm, livestreamed via FaceBook.
  • HeartEdge Practitioners Workshop: Wednesday 27 May, 4.30pm via Zoom.