Living God's Future Now - w/c 29 August 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

Find earlier Living God’s Future Now sessions at

This Week


Out of the Depths: Hymn, Psalm and Song Creating Workshop
Friday 3 September, 16:30-18:00 (GMT)
Register here - 
This is a pre-conference music workshop for (Still) Calling from the Edge, the 10th annual conference on Disability and Church. It will explore the theme of calling from the edge in song and sound. Participants will be helped with hymn metre and the repetition of chanting traditions.


Theology Group
Sunday 5 September, 19:00-20:00(GMT)
Register here - 
A monthly opportunity to reflect on issues of today and questions of tomorrow together with Sam Wells. Sam will be responding to your questions and reflections on the Universality of Christ chaired by St Martin-in-the-Fields congregation member Steve Adams.

The Week After


Sam and Sally's Sermon Preparation workshop
Tuesday 7 September , 16:30-17:30 (GMT)
Livestreamed on HE Facebook Page here - 
Sam Wells and Sally Hitchiner discuss preaching from the Revised Common Lectionary in the light of current events and general good practice.


Living God's Future Now conversation – Ben Quash
Thursday 9 September , 18:00-19:00 (GMT)
Register here - 
Sam Wells and Ben Quash will be in conversation to discuss how to improvise on the kingdom. Ben Quash is fascinated by how the arts can renew people’s engagement with the Bible and Christian tradition, and is directing a major 7-year project to create an online Visual Commentary on Scripture.


Called to the Feast art workshop
Friday 10 September, 16:30-18:00 (GMT)
Register here - 
This pre-conference workshop for (Still) Calling from the Edge, the 10th annual conference on disability and Church in partnership between St Martin-in-the-Fields and Inclusive Church, will help create an exhibition of images and words for an inclusive Last Supper.

Coming up soon

2021 Festival of Preaching: 13-14 September 2021 | Online and at St Martin-in-the-Fields
Find out more and book tickets - 

Over two days we'll explore preaching and interpretation in-depth, hear sermons from skilled preachers, and join together in worship. We are delighted to be welcoming some outstanding new speakers to the festival, as well as hearing afresh from some of those who have joined us in the past. For 2021, the full programme will be streamed online. Take part from wherever you are in the world. Watch live on your computer, phone or smart TV, or access the recorded sessions at a later time. The first day of the festival - Monday 13 September - will be broadcast live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Book a seat to join us in the church. The Tuesday programme is online only.

Catch up with missed sessions...

Why not catch up with the lectures, workshops and conversation you've missed in the last 14 months or so? If you head over to one of the following platforms you will find a wealth of resources that will inspire and equip for your work, whether you are ordained, lay, or simply enquiring.

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29th August 2021

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