humbler church Bigger God w/c Sunday 10 April 2022

Welcome to our exciting HeartEdge programme for 2022. We hope you will be able to join us, whether at online events or at our in-person events around the world. You can find all our events on our website — and if you're a HeartEdge partner, you can upload your own events through the members' area.

Last year, we launched Living God's Future Now, an online festival of theology and practice. We hosted workshops, webinars, spaces to gather and share ideas, lecture series, and more. This year, we're continuing our programming with a new theme — humbler church, Bigger God.

HeartEdge is fundamentally about a recognition of the activity of the Holy Spirit beyond and outside the church, and about a church that flourishes when it seeks to catch up with what the Spirit is already doing in the world. There was a time when church meant a group that believed it could control access to God – access that only happened in its language on its terms. But God is bigger than that, and the church needs to be humbler than that. Kingdom churches anticipate the way things are with God forever – a culture of creativity, mercy, discovery and grace – and are grateful for the ways God renews the church through those it has despised, rejected, or ignored.

We hope this reflects the lessons we've learnt from the past year: still trying to live God's future now, re-imagining our faith and our calling as a Church in a changing world. Thank you for joining us for the journey — we can't wait to see what this year brings. 

Monday 11th April 2022

Church History Course with Ruth Gouldbourne

Monday 11th April at 19:45 (BST)
Register on Eventbrite here - 

Week Six: "A thousand years when nothing happened"

This course provides an introduction to and an overview of church history. If we are to see a humbler Church and a bigger God, we need to deal with the history of the Church to understand where we are now, and why?

Tuesday 12th April 2022

Sermon Preparation with Sally Hitchiner and Sam Wells 

Tuesday 12th April at 16:30 (BST)
Livestreamed here - 

Sam Wells and Sally Hitchiner discuss this Sunday's readings and offer practical tips on preaching. 

Wednesday 13th April 2022

Community of Practitioners workshop

Wednesday 6th April at16:00 (BST) 
Zoom meeting
Email our Sheppard Scholar, Shaun on to register.

This is a space for practitioners, lay and ordained, to reflect on theology and practice. Each week, we alternate between 'Wonderings' and discussion of a work of theology. The book to be read is ‘Improvisation’ by Sam Wells. 'Wonderings' help us to reflect and pray on what has stood out for each of us in the last week.

Newcomers are very welcome. 

This week we reflect on recent experiences using ‘Wonderings'.

Sam's book 'Improvisation' can be bought here.

Upcoming Events in 2022

Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 September 2022
humbler church, Bigger God conference
Ascension Church Hulme, Manchester City Centre

This September HeartEdge welcomes Scottish hymn writer and Church of Scotland minister John Bell, Anglican priest, poet and feminist theologian Rachel Mann, Global South theologian Anderson Jeremiah and many other exciting contributors, for a two-day conference: “humbler church, Bigger God” – a gathering of the HeartEdge community in Manchester (27 & 28 September 2022).

The programme also includes Andrew Graystone, Grace Thomas, Molly Boot, Kathy Versfeld, Anthony Reddie, Azariah France-Williams and of course, our own Sam Wells. There will be many other contributors, and every participant brings their own insights and perspective.

On the Tuesday evening the Conference will include, in partnership with the Church Times and SCM press, the annual Theology Slam.

The HeartEdge Conference is a practical, two-day intensive of ideas, theology and connecting. It includes workshops on enterprise and commerce, launching cultural projects, developing congregations and sustaining community response, plus time to make connections and find encouragements. This two-day intensive will pack in lots and prioritise practical input and resources.

Some of the sessions will happen in other community venues in Hulme or around the City Centre.

Further information is available from: 

Ticket Prices:

Early Bird £110 (before 30 June)
Full price £150
Under 25 £75
Day rate:

Early Bird £55 (before 30 June)
Full price £75
Under 25 £35
For tickets go to:  

We don’t want ticket prices to be a barrier to anyone coming so get in touch if you think they may be.

For those wanting accommodation for the conference, Luther King House is offering rooms at the reduced rate of £40 a night single (£50 a night double or twin) including breakfast. Limited availability. To book, email or call 0161 224 6404 and quote ‘HeartEdge Conference’.

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8th April 2022

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