Want to motivate your whole church for mission and service? Jesus Shaped People is a comprehensive and all-embracing programme, with resources for adults, children and young people. It can benefit a wide spectrum of churches from different traditions and contexts, especially smaller urban, inner city, social housing estate churches, churches with few or no children or young people, or churches without a Vicar or Minister. For an in-depth introduction, you can download the JSP summary leaflet.
Despite our technology, wealth, and 21st Century ‘know how’ we’ve been humbled by a virus, like an elite Premier League Football Club knocked out of the FA Cup by a team no one has heard of. How did this happen, how can we get rid of it, when will it end, how is it going to affect my future are legitimate questions. At Jesus Shaped People we felt there is another important question: What is God saying to the churches?
This year 'Thy Kingdom Come' is highly appropriate as Christians give special time to pray in the current Pandemic. JSP has recently become aware of a series of very 'Jesus Shaped' Ignatian style meditations entitled 'TakeTime'. We warmly recommend personal use of these during the ten days from Ascension Day to Pentecost. You can find them at https://mailchi.mp/19408e1baa25/taketimetaketimeorguk-3483854
This short explainer outlines how we have gone about preparing to create new resources for churches now living with the Covid19 backdrop. In the meantime please see our 2 short reflections around themes that have emerged from this crisis, one on ‘Loss’ and the other around ‘Discovery’. They can be used via a Church Facebook Page, or a Zoom meeting, or part of a Sunday service, and include key questions for interaction and discussion.
This is a short reflection for churches or small groups tackling a theme around the Covid 19 crisis. It includes key questions for interaction and discussion. Please let us know if you use it or if it was helpful - nb please ignore 'Loss' on the video title, its about 'Discovery'!
This is a short reflection for churches or small groups. It includes key questions for interaction and discussion. Please let us know if you use it or if it was helpful. Nb please ignore the 'Discovery' title of the video, it is about 'Loss'!
Thy Kingdom Come and Jesus Shaped People
Ascension Day, May 21st to Pentecost, May 31st 2020
The current global crisis is inspiring people to cry out, 'Lord teach us to pray'. This year 'Thy Kingdom Come' can be adopted with greater passion and purpose, as we seek for the Holy Spirit to renew us in the resurrection life of Jesus. At JSP we're glad to warmly encourage this.
Perhaps you would like to make this a special period for prayer? These downloadable resources can help inform and shape our prayers