Initiated by the congregation at St Martin-in-the-Fields in 2017, HeartEdge is a movement for renewal, fuelled by people and churches sharing their assets, experience, resource and need.
An ecumenical network, HeartEdge brings together people to share ideas and experience, do theology and develop their church and community. We are developing in the UK, US, the Netherlands and elsewhere.
HeartEdge is about churches developing four Cs:
Commerce: Generating finance via enterprise, creatively extending mission.
Culture: Art, music, performance re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present.
Congregation: Inclusive liturgy, worship and common life.
Compassion: Empowering congregations to address social need.
We support churches in reimagining themselves and society. This is about churches engaging in commerce, culture, compassion or congregational life - our 4 Cs – investing in two, three or all four at the same time. We work with churches moving beyond conventional notions of church, being open to partnership and collaboration with others in the wider world.
What we do:
HeartEdge is focused on sharing; connecting; consultancy; and development. We share ideas, news and stories via a monthly email and this website:
We build connections via local and national events and consultancy days. We facilitate this with a network of HeartEdge partners - people and churches, experts by experience, offering mentoring and support.
We work with churches to identify gaps in resource, supporting development and new ways of working.
HeartEdge host events and gatherings where practitioners - volunteers and workers from churches and organisations - share stories, experience, ideas and resources. We focus on assets and obstacles. Not a talk-shop, we are experts by experience, reflecting on our work. We are a growing collective of people finding ways to share together and grow renewal.
Inverness Consultancy Day:
In November 2018 HeartEdge facilitated a consultancy day at Ness Bank Church in Inverness. It was great to see Inverness Foodstuff in action as part of the day. A volunteer run initiative, Inverness Foodstuff has over 80 volunteers from across Inverness, and was a finalist in the Scottish Charity Awards 2018.
A HeartEdge consultancy day brings together practioners - experts by experience - with local hosts to listen, learn, reflect out-loud and celebrate work going on. We're very grateful to all who participated at Ness Bank.