Living God's Future Now - W/c 6 September 2020

'Living God’s Future Now’ is our online festival of theology, ideas and practice.   
 
We’re developing this in response to the pandemic and our changing world. The church is changing too, and - as we improvise and experiment - we can learn and support each other. 
 
This is 'Living God’s Future Now’  - talks, workshops and discussion - hosted by HeartEdge. Created to equip, encourage and energise churches - from leaders to volunteers and enquirers - at the heart and on the edge.  

Monday 07 Sep

Tuesday 08 Sep

  • Sermon Preparation Workshop, Tuesday 08 September, 16:30 (BST), livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/theHeartEdge.  
  • Reimagining music in church post Covid-19': Tuesday 8 September, 18:30-19:30 (BST), zoom meeting - register https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reimagining-music-in-church-post-covid-19-tickets-117674233801. 1. Congregational focus. In the opening event of our 'Reimagining music in church post COVID-19 ' series, Andrew Earis (Director of Music at St Martin’s), Gabriella Noble (Choral Conducting Fellow at St Martin’s) and Michael Haslam (Director of Music at St James’ Church, Piccadilly) explore the challenges of building congregational and community music-making in worship, as churches begin to reopen and explore what the ‘new normal’ might mean.

Wednesday 09 Sep

  • Fundraising as Community building - Imagining the Future: Wednesday 9 September, 14:00-15:30 BST, zoom meeting - register https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fundraising-as-community-building-part-2-imagining-the-future-tickets-118301973387.  This workshop considers the new opportunities available to you for fundraising and community building. Join us as we look at how to talk about success and impact for the coming months and consider how we might extend our table to meet new partners and/or develop new projects. We'll consider the theological questions of how we set out our visions and plans in ways that encourage funders and find those who might be interested in working with us to strengthen the communities we work in. This will build on the conversations from the event on 4th September (watch here) and, hopefully, provide you with some questions and thoughts as you continue to re-shape your community after lockdown.
  • Community of Practitioners workshop, Wednesday 09 September, 16:30 (BST), Zoom meeting. Email Jonathan Evens at jonathan.evens@smitf.org to register.

Thursday 10 Sep

Friday 11 Sep

Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up: Friday 11 September, 16:30-18:00 (BST), zoom meeting - register https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shut-in-shut-out-shut-up-tickets-117678695145. Since 2012 the Living Edge conferences have held space for disabled and neurodivergent people to gather, to resource each other and the church. In this HeartEdge series we'll share some of this experience, exploring issues and ideas across current practice and systemic barriers, outmoded belief and cutting edge thinking. Come and join the conversation with Fiona MacMillan, Naomi Lawson Jacobs and Rachel Noel.

Looking Back 

September has only just begun but in our Living God's Future Now programme we have already discussed homelessness (watch here), considered fundraising as a means of community building (watch here), and created sound responses to the Covid-19 pandemic for a new musical piece to be premiered at Telling Encounters: Disability, Faith, Church & God on 17 October.
 
See www.heartedge.org to join HeartEdge and for more information.

Over the next few months we are looking at everything from growing online congregations, rethinking enterprise and community action to doing diversity, deepening spirituality and responding to social need. 
 
Are we missing something? Be in touch about your ideas for development and change.

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