JSP Sees Steady Growth Across the UK

Jesus Shaped People is growing steadily across the UK, and particularly in churches that serve urban estate communities and other areas of social disadvantage. Originating in Bradford, West Yorkshire, it is now making a significant contribution to churches in the Anglican dioceses of Leeds,...
Photo of Father's Day family service at St Wilfrid's Calverley, photo credit: Rachel

Announcing the new JSP 'Team Building' resource

JSP's plan to provide extended materials that enable churches to focus in on each of the 'Five Priorities' has take a step forward recently with the creation of a 10 week programme on 'Team Building'.  St Wilfrid's Church Calverley has been trialling this for us, and we're glad to publish their...

Developing JSP Prayer Resources

A big part of Jesus Shaped People is our trying to offer ongoing missional support to the parishes which have engaged with it. One of the things that has come up is a desire to develop good resources to help estate parishes with prayer. We are going to be holding a day on Saturday 16th February to...

Bethlehem: City of Sheep and Bread

Happy Christmas! I have always loved the Kings College Cambridge introduction to their Festival of Readings and Carols that invites us to go ‘in heart and mind to Bethlehem’. I’m incredibly fortunate to have made regular visits to Bethlehem over the past twenty-seven years. I’ve been inspired both...

Resources are now under Programmes

As part of our continued efforts to make the JSP web site easier to use, we have moved resources to the Programmes menu. Downloads for each individual JSP course are now only a single click away from the homepage. Just point to the Programmes menu and choose the course you need. Following the links...

Cinema Showing of 'MESSIAH' by George Frideric Handel

A one day Cinema showing of a dramatised version of Handel’s Messiah is taking place on March 28th as a preparation for Easter, in cinemas across the UK. The high quality production features the English Concert Baroque Orchestra, the Erebus Ensemble, and internationally acclaimed soloists. For more...

JSP Prayer Power Partners!

We are so very grateful to the growing group of people who pray regularly, some daily, for the life and work of Jesus Shaped People. We are delighted to email them a prayer letter every two months that keeps them informed of JSP development and progress. Perhaps you would like to join them—indeed...

A Story from Canada

In the early part of 2017 our Parish decided to use JSP as a starting point for building upon our outreach work into the community. We had been looking at JSP for some time, and discussing it with Gordon. Fall River is a small town on the periphery of Halifax Regional Municipality, the largest city...

Epiphany Thoughts

I’ve benefited from a further reading of T.S. Eliot’s poem ‘The Journey of the Magi’, and invite you to do similarly. For copyright reasons we are not able to publish the whole poem, but you can find it at The Poetry Archive. A few thoughts spring to mind from each of Eliot’s three stanzas: A cold...

Evening of Prayer March 11th 2018

Join us for an Evening of Prayer, Sunday March 11th 2018, 6–8pm. Be refreshed by Jesus Shaped Prayer Be encouraged by Jesus Shaped Stories Be inspired by Jesus Shaped People Including refreshments. St John’s Church, Thorpe Edge, Bradford, BD10 9HX. Download a poster for use in your church.
Painting of a woman at prayer

Jesus—The Christmas ‘Present’

It’s time for a fresh realisation of ‘God Present’. Wonderfully, Jesus is exactly that—the ‘God Present’. He is the Immanuel; the ‘God is Present with Us’ gift that lifts our realisation of who we are, and who God is, and how we can enjoy life with Him in a way that re-shapes our lives and the life...

Emerging Church

Over recent months I have frequently been encouraged and inspired by Richard Rohr's daily meditations.  Richard is an American Franciscan monk who heads up the 'Centre for Action and Contemplation' and who speaks prophetically to urge the church today to 're-emerge' in a 'bottom up' way.  Much of...

Upside Down and Inside Out

Jesus' Way turns things the right Way up!   Jesus Shaped People urges that we identify afresh with the essential features of God’s Kingdom that challenge our world’s thinking. Here’s ten of them for us to be thinking about Lowly ones are the tops! Servant leadership is vital. Simple life style is...

MAGNIFICAT

What an inspirational Jesus Shaped People event! Churches from across the diocese and further afield met at St Christopher’s Holme Wood to explore Magnificat, the special song of Mary, and recall the challenging visit Mary made to her relative Elizabeth who was also pregnant in a surprising way. We...

JSP Growth Seeks Support

Jesus Shaped People is on the brink of expansion, as growing numbers of churches benefit from the fresh approach to Christian discipleship it offers. Already well rooted in many northern dioceses, In the past few months, interest in JSP has spread to the south of England—and there have even been...

The House of the Potter

God's longing to 'reshape' his church for his purposes is strikingly recognised by the prophet Jeremiah when he goes down to the house of the potter. It's a picture that undergirds much of the vision of JSP, and we're delighted that James Dey has recently composed a song that captures this story...