A Story from Canada

  • Posted on: 27 February 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

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 east of Montreal.
We have two churches, St Thomas’ and St Margaret of Scotland, situated about 12km apart. One is the merger of two older churches and St Margaret’s is 160 years old (ancient for Canada!)

Epiphany Thoughts

  • Posted on: 19 January 2018
  • By: Gordon

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 coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter

Jesus—The Christmas ‘Present’

  • Posted on: 12 December 2017
  • By: Gordon
Painting of a woman at prayer

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 of our church.

Emerging Church

  • Posted on: 8 December 2017
  • By: Gordon

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 what he has to say has a very 'JSP' character—and reflects the recent 'Upside Down, Inside Out' JSP article.  

Upside Down and Inside Out

  • Posted on: 3 November 2017
  • By: Gordon

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


  • Posted on: 27 October 2017
  • By: Gordon

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 did so with adults and children using drama, flower arranging, dance, craft, music and creative prayer—and, after a shared tea, brought it all together in a memorable time of worship.

JSP Growth Seeks Support

  • Posted on: 27 October 2017
  • By: Gordon

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 enquiries from New Zealand and the United States!

Currently the JSP Trust is afloat thanks to a group of highly committed volunteers. It is financially sustained by a few generous donations, and from the underspend of a grant made by the Church Commissioners back in 2012.

The House of the Potter

  • Posted on: 4 August 2017
  • By: Gordon

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 and message. We hope you enjoy it—and find blessing from it.

Listen to The Potter's House on our music page.

MAGNIFICAT: a JSP Celebration

  • Posted on: 28 July 2017
  • By: Gordon

Join us for MAGNIFICAT: a JSP Celebration on Sunday October 22nd from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm at St Christopher’s Church, Holme Wood BD4 9EJ.

Magnificat will give opportunity to explore Mary’s Song in a range of ways, and enable us to grasp its remarkable prophetic message. We’ll begin with lots of creative activities and bring all this together in a time of rich and spiritually rewarding worship.  We’ll also be looking at what Magnificat has to say to the church today.