humbler church Bigger God w/c Monday 6th June 2022


Monday 6th June 2022 | Church History Course with Ruth Gouldbourne

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.

The course started on Monday 24 January and runs twice a month at 7.45 pm on Mondays until 8 August 2022 (see below for dates and topics).

Ruth Gouldbourne has been a Baptist minister for more than 30 years, ministering in churches in Bedford, London and Cheadle Hulme, as well as being a tutor at Bristol Baptist College. An Associate Fellow of Spurgeon's College, she is also Senior Research Fellow of IBTSC Amsterdam, and a Research Fellow of Bristol Baptist College.

19:45 (BST) | Register here:

Please be aware this weeks session will only be made available on Youtube, there will be no Zoom meeting. Register as normal for updates on where the video is located.

Tuesday 7th June | Sermon Preparation with Sam Wells and Sally Hitchiner

16:30 (BST) | Livestreamed here.


Also on Tuesday | Theology Slam: Deadline!

Deadline TODAY at 23:59 (BST)

The competition that spotlights the best young voices on theology and the contemporary world. Now in its fourth year, the competition is organised jointly by the Church Times, SCM Press, and, for the first time this year, HeartEdge. More information can be found at


Wednesday 8th June 2022 | Community of Practitioners workshop

Email our Sheppard Scholar, Shaun on to register and receive a Zoom link! 

We're reading Sam's book, Improvisation and are currently enjoying chapters eight and nine! 

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

16:00 (BST) | Zoom Meeting

Sunday 12th June 2022 | Theology Group

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. This month is chaired by Eddie Groves.

19:00 (BST) | Register here:


Monday 13th June 2022 | Music and Liturgy for Communion/Eucharist 

Sacred Trinity Church | Manchester and Online

Andy Salmon (North West Co-ordinator of HeartEdge and Rector of Sacred Trinity Church) will give tips about creative liturgical resources for the Eucharist/Lord's Supper/Communion/Mass/ Breaking of Bread (whatever you call it!) whilst Andrew Earis (Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields) and the Manchester HeartEdge Choral Scholars will share musical resources to help freshen up your communion experience. We will be broadcasting on St Martin's digital platform but people are also welcome to come in person to Sacred Trinity. We'll share the video afterwards but would love to have a few people with us.

18:00 (BST) | In person and online, register here:


JULY | Mission Summer School
4 - 8 July 2022

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Engage more deeply with the theology of mission and explore how it relates to your own practice

The HeartEdge and St Augustine’s College of Theology Mission Summer School returns online this summer.  This year the summer school will focus on Being With and reflecting on being with God, being with ourselves, being with God together, being with near and distant neighbours and being with creation.  

With a mix of teaching, workshops, case studies and interviews the summer school will take a different theme each day.  There will be opportunities to learn and reflect on mission post pandemic, disability and inclusion in our churches, the connections between local mission and global mission and how we can have a bigger impact in caring for creation.  There will be talks from Sam Wells, Richard Carter, Sally Hitchiner, David Kalete, Fiona MacMillan, Kyama Mugambi, Sanjee Perera, Ruth Valerio, and a series of case study workshops from churches, organisations, groups and individuals to explore the themes in practice.

Each day will have a similar pattern with talks and case studies in the morning, and a session to take the themes further in the afternoon.  The afternoon sessions include a panel discussion, an interview, an introduction to the new Being With course soon to be launched, and space for small group reflection.

The mission summer school is a partnership between HeartEdge and St Augustine’s College of Theology which provides in-depth and experiential engagement with the theology and practice of mission.  It is aimed at practitioners who want to engage more deeply with the theology of mission and to explore how it relates to their own practice. For those already studying it provides an opportunity to be immersed in the theology and practice of mission. 

Here's some of what last year's students said about the Summer School:

'Having a whole week with a community of practitioners is very helpful. Key has been the sense of 'belonging' and underpinning of Scripture, and prayer. Worth every penny and more!!!' 
'This was a wonderful week to take part in.' 
'Such a rich and diverse program, it will continue to give for a long time yet.' 
'It was excellent - thank you. lots of different ways to engage.' 
'... challenging, nourishing and thought-provoking. Good learning should leave you with lots of question. It did. I have also made new links with people.' 
'I really enjoyed the diversity of voices that came through during the summer school.' 
'It was really good. I loved the virtual visits. They were all amazing.' 
'I enjoyed all of it - and thought it actually worked well on zoom.' Registration

£80 – Mission summer school (Monday – Friday, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm, Wednesday evening Keynote address)


Input structured around the six dimensions of Being With – God, Ourselves, God Together, Near Neighbours, Far Neighbours, Creation.
A mix of teaching and conversation with leading scholars and practitioners including James Butler, Richard Carter, Sally Hitchiner, David Kalete, Fiona MacMillan, Kyama Mugambi, Catherine Morgan Hickey, Sanjee Perera, Ruth Valerio, and Sam Wells, among others.

Group exercises 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 including: Ascension Church Hulme, Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin Johannesburg, Milton Keynes Christian Foundation, St James Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westray & Papay Parish Kirks, and Young Christian Climate Network, among others.

SEPTEMBER | humbler church Bigger God conference
Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 September 2022

Venue: Ascension Church, Hulme Manchester 

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’.