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Living God's Future Now - W/c 6 September 2020

7th September 2020

'Living God’s Future Now’ is our online festival of theology, ideas and practice.   
 
We’re developing 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. 

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Reimagining music in church post Covid-19

4th September 2020

Explore the challenges of building congregational and community music-making in worship as churches begin to reopen.

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Festival of Preaching

4th September 2020

A mix of short sermons, how-to sessions, music and poetry, to inspire your preaching in these challenging times.

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Event | 'Reimagining music in church post Covid-19' | Tuesdays 6.30pm

Interviews with composers and musicians on:

1. Congregational focus - Tuesday 8 September - In the opening event of our 'Reimagining music in church post COVID-19 ' series, Andrew Earis (Director of Music at St Martin’s), Gabriella Noble (Choral Conducting Fellow at St Martin’s) and Michael Haslam (Director of Music at St James’ Church, Piccadilly) explore the challenges of building congregational and community music-making in worship, as churches begin to reopen and explore what the ‘new normal’ might mean.

2. Composer focus - Tuesday 15 September

3. Voluntary Choir focus - Tuesday 22 September

4. Educational Choir focus - Tuesday 29 September

All at 18:30 - 19:30 BST

Details and zoom invitation here.

Upcoming events

HeartEdge | Online workshops
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays

facebook & zoom

HeartEdge is offering three weekly online workshops - a Biblical Studies class, Sermon Preparation workshop and a Community of Practitioners meeting -  involving Revd Sally Hitchiner, Revd Dr Sam Wells and Revd Dr Simon Woodman which may be of interest to church practitioners. 

Details herehere and here.

Living God's Future Now

'Living God’s Future Now' describes a series of online seminars, discussions and presentations hosted by HeartEdge. They are designed to equip, encourage and energise church leaders, laypeople and enquirers alike, in areas such as preaching, growing a church, shifting online, deepening spirituality in a congregation and responding to social need.

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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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