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HeartEdge is about sharing, connecting, growing support and developing - finding new ways of being at the heart on the edge.

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Prison Chaplains and the Coronavirus Pandemic - Responses to Covid-19

9th April 2020

Prison Chaplains are having an especially difficult time as the coronavirus sweeps through British prisons.

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CHURCH LEADERS PLEDGE TO THE NATION - Responses to Covid-19

7th April 2020

With Easter this weekend, we want to get the message far and wide that the Church is here for the nation. This Easter we are asking 1000 UK Church leaders to publicly commit to supporting their local communities, to bring a message of hope, so that no-one will be alone, without the help they need, during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Early start - Sermon Preparation workshop

6th April 2020

The weekly HeartEdge Sermon Preparation workshop will begin at the earlier time of 4.00 pm this Tuesday 7 April.

Sam Wells and Sally Hitchiner will discuss the Lectionary readings for Easter Day.

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Event | Nazareth Community Workshop | 20 May 3pm till 5pm

Established at St Martin-in-the-Fields in 2018, the Nazareth Community now has over 60 members. Led by Richard Carter the workshop is an opportunity to learn about the life of the community, and consider how it could be applied in your contexts. Details and book here.

 

Upcoming events

HeartEdge | Online workshops
Tuesdays & Wednesdays

facebook & zoom

HeartEdge is offering two weekly online workshops - a Sermon Preparation workshop and a Community of Practitioners meeting -  live with Revd Dr Sam Wells which may be of interest to church practitioners. 

Details here and here.

POSTPONED | Liverpool HeartEdge Day

Dates for 2020 soon

A HeartEdge day is a a mix of ideas, story, theology and practice. Organised and hosted by local practitioners with input from Sam Wells .

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The HeartEdge four Cs:

Congregations developing open, hospitable, welcoming approaches to day-to-day communal life, liturgy and worship.

We think it’s possible to be a church without being defensive or closed-minded. The Holy Spirit works as much beyond the church as within it - we look for God at work and join in.

God wants us to live before death as well as after.

HeartEdge is about deepening and widening the congregation.

Engaging local need and addressing social justice.

We do unbelievable things when we start with our assets rather than deficits.

It’s possible to be compassionate with those excluded or in trouble, in a way that enhances community.

Care comes not from altruism but recognition of our own need, and desire to be transformed by the strangers God sends us.

Visual and performing art and ideas, re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present moment.

Exploring new avenues of arts from expand and encourage new cultures within church and the community.

Commercial activity generating finance, creatively extending and enhancing mission.

We think it is possible to have commercial activities available within Church that demonstrates a wider understanding of the Faith.

By allowing our assets - likes buildings and facilities - to broaden and appeal to a larger market we remain at the centre of our community, valued and considered by all.

Congregation

Day-to-day communal life, liturgy and worship

Congregations developing open, hospitable, welcoming approaches to day-to-day communal life, liturgy and worship.

We think it’s possible to be a church without being defensive or closed-minded. The Holy Spirit works as much beyond the church as within it - we look for God at work and join in.

God wants us to live before death as well as after.

HeartEdge is about deepening and widening the congregation.

Compassion

Partnering with others in forming relationships, releasing the gifts of strangers

Engaging local need and addressing social justice.

We do unbelievable things when we start with our assets rather than deficits.

It’s possible to be compassionate with those excluded or in trouble, in a way that enhances community.

Care comes not from altruism but recognition of our own need, and desire to be transformed by the strangers God sends us.

Culture

Re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present

Visual and performing art and ideas, re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present moment.

Exploring new avenues of arts from expand and encourage new cultures within church and the community.

Commerce

Finding income streams to achieve financial sustainability and grow flourishing programmes

Commercial activity generating finance, creatively extending and enhancing mission.

We think it is possible to have commercial activities available within Church that demonstrates a wider understanding of the Faith.

By allowing our assets - likes buildings and facilities - to broaden and appeal to a larger market we remain at the centre of our community, valued and considered by all.

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