Living God's Future Now - w/c 18 April 2021

'Living God’s Future Now’ is our mini online festival of theology, ideas and practice.

We’ve developed 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.

The focal event in ‘Living God’s Future Now’ is a monthly conversation where Sam Wells explores what it means to improvise on God’s kingdom with a leading theologian or practitioner.

The online programme includes:

  • Regular weekly workshops: Biblical Studies (Mondays - fortnightly), Sermon Preparation (Tuesdays) and Community of Practitioners (Wednesdays)
  • One-off workshops on topics relevant to lockdown such as ‘Growing online communities’ and ‘Grief, Loss & Remembering’
  • Monthly HeartEdge dialogue featuring Sam Wells in conversation with a noted theologian or practitioner

W/c 18 April 2021


St Martin-in-the-Fields and HeartEdge Theology Reading Group
Sunday 18 April, 18:00-19:00 (BST)
Register here.
Explore and discuss Dante’s The Divine Comedy with Revd Dr Sam Wells, St-Martin-in-the-Fields congregation and HeartEdge partners. Join this journey through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso - the greatest single work of Western literature – beginning in this session with the Inferno.


Building for the Future: A Zoom conference to consider strategies for churches and church buildings
Monday 19 April, 15:00 – 16:30 (BST)
Register by emailing with ‘Building for the Future’ in the subject line.
During the pandemic churches have questioned the ways in which our buildings play a part, for better or for worse, in God’s mission and in local communities and neighbourhoods. General Secretary, John Bradbury, of the URC will give a keynote address and HeartEdge will share about support in the use of your building. An opportunity for conversation and a listening exercise to hear the questions that you have, the challenges that particular churches face, and positive ideas and news.


Sermon Prep Sally Hitchiner and Sam Wells
Tuesday 20 April 16:30 -17:30 BST
Live streamed on the HeartEdge Facebook page here.
A live preaching workshop focusing on the forthcoming Sunday's lectionary readings in the light of current events and sharing of thoughts on approaches to the passages.


Community of Practitioners workshop
Wednesday 21 April 16:00-17:00 BST
Email Ben Sheridan at to take part. This is open to all, including ordinands and lay leaders. Church leaders join in community, share and reflect together on their recent experiences in the form of wonderings with one of the HeartEdge team.


Book Launch: Wizards, Muggle Crust and the Human Purpose of Business
Thursday 22 April, 19:00 (BST)
Reg here
In our lifetimes the purpose of business is being reformed. But on the human and social side purpose of business our language is lacking (argues Douglas Board). Douglas will draw on his book ‘Elites: can you rise to the top without losing your soul?’ to propose that the human purpose of business is to create places (organisations, systems, communities) of extraordinary achievement in which ordinary lives matter. In this HeartEdge workshop Douglas will explore these issues with Jo Hill, Monisha Shah, Professor David Grayson CBE, Richard Goold and Revd Dr Sam Wells.


Theology Group
Sunday, 25 April 2021, 18:00 – 19:00 (BST)
Reg here 
The St Martin-in-the-Fields and HeartEdge Theology Group provides a monthly opportunity to reflect theologically on issues of today and questions of forever with Sam Wells. Each month Sam responds to questions from a member of the congregation of St Martin-in-the-Fields who also chairs the session and encourages your comments and questions.

Coming Up

Mission Summer School - 12 – 16 July 2021
12-16 July 2021
For more details and to reg click here
An opportunity to engage more deeply with the theology of mission and to explore how it relates to your own practice.Input structured around the four Cs of Commerce, Culture, Congregation and Compassion. A mix of teaching and conversation with leading scholars and practitioners including the Revd Dr Sam Wells, Professor Anthony Reddie, Dr Cathy Ross, and Revd Heather Cracknell, among others. Workshops to engage with the themes and issues presented. Encounters with churches, organisations and projects (HeartEdge and Fresh Expressions) to get a hands-on feel for how it works out in practice.

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18th April 2021

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