Living God's Future Now - 26 September 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.

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 the ongoing impact of the pandemic, 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 


Theology Group with Bishop Sarah Mullally
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Sunday 26 September, 12:00-13.00

Join us after our 10am Eucharist at St Martin-in-the-Fields for our first in-person Theology Group since 2020. Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, will be in conversation with Sam Wells discussing the theological issues of the day and questions of the future.


Commerce Clinic
Monday 27 September, 14:00-15:30 (GMT)
Register here.

An opportunity for discussion and 1:1 support on developing church commercial initiatives with HeartEdge Commerce Development Coordinator, Dave Nicholson.

Biblical Studies Class
Monday 27 September, 19:30-21:00 (GMT)
Register here.

In the latest installment of our fortnightly Biblical Studies Class, the Revd Dr Simon Woodman will be discussing 'The Purpose of the Fourth Gospel'. Newcomers very welcome!

The Dream for the Church with Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York (Autumn Lecture Series)
In-person at St Martin-in-the-Fields and livestreamed online
Monday 27 September, 19:00-20:30 (GMT)
Tickets are available here.

The Autumn Lecture Series at St Martin-in-the-Fields kicks off with the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, on his 'Dream for the Church'. The in-person lecture will be followed by a drinks reception and an opportunity to purchase Stephen Cottrell's new book, 'Dear England: Finding Hope, Taking Heart and Changing the World', which he will be happy to sign.


I Wouldn't Start From Here: A HeartEdge Introductory day
In-person at Liverpool Parish Church (Our Lady and Saint Nicholas)
Tuesday 28 September, 10:00-15:30 (GMT)
Register here.

An ecumenical day exploring theology and the future of the church in Liverpool and the North West. Join Sam Wells of St Martin-in-the-Fields for a keynote talk, Miranda Threlfall-Holmes from St Luke in the City, Kathy Versfeld from Strawberry Field, Kath Rogers from Crosby, Jackie Belfield Methodist Hospital Chapain, Dave Nicholson Commerce Consultant for HeartEdge and many others. Helen Jones of BBC Radio Merseyside will chair our panel.

Sam and Sally's Sermon Preparation Workshop
Tuesday 28 September, 16:30-17:30 (GMT)
Livestreamed on HeartEdge 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.


HeartEdge Harlow Culture Workshop
Wednesday 29 September, 14:00-15:00
Register here.

In the third of four workshops hosted by the Harlow Archdeaconry Learning Hub, join Sarah Rogers, HeartEdge Cultural Development Coordinator and Revd David Mayne from Shoeburyness and Thorpe Bay Baptist Church to discuss how churches can further engage with cultural activity. Everyone welcome; come with questions and ideas.

Community of Practitioners
Wednesday 29 September, 16:00-17:00 (GMT)
Email Jonathan Evens 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.

Coming up soon

Autumn Lecture Series – We Have a Dream | Online and at St Martin-in-the-Fields
27 September - 15 November

After the ravages of the pandemic, it’s time for church and society to learn to dream again. Dr Martin Luther King Jr, had a dream of racial equality and social justice. Inspired by his dream, we’re gathering a chorus of dreamers from different walks of life to inform and shape our dreams for the years to come.

These lectures will be live, in person, at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and will also be live-streamed online. There will be a chance for questions from the audience, and we hope to gather with the speakers afterwards at a reception.

The first lecture will take place on 27 September with the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell Archbishop of York, on 'A Dream for the Church.' Register here.

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.