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.

Leeds Diocese appoints a JSP Children/Youth Worker

  • Posted on: 28 July 2017
  • By: Gordon

Dawn Moore (front right) began work in July as our new JSP Leeds Diocesan Children’s worker. Dawn has a fulltime post that includes two days per week working to support churches throughout the diocese that adopt Jesus Shaped People. The other three days she will be focused on supporting children/youth work in the Leeds Episcopal Area. Dawn joins us from the Diocese of Sheffield, and has previously had a range of parish based experience.  

Jesus-Shaped Songs: ‘HERE I AM, LORD’ and ‘LOVE OVERFLOWING’

  • Posted on: 7 March 2017
  • By: Gordon

The recent Launch of the new JSP Charitable Trust included the introduction of two new songs written specially for JSP by James Dey. 

The first of these, ‘Here I Am Lord’ is inspired by Francis of Assisi’s simple prayer ‘Who are you, Lord, and who am I’ that at the time so captivated Brother Leo, an early follower of Francis.  The hushed repetitive chant is reminiscent of Taize.

The River and the Desert

  • Posted on: 7 March 2017
  • By: Gordon
Photo of the Jordan River flowing through the desert
Photo of baptism site on the Jordon river

It began with the conviction that it was time to move on from Nazareth. I’d always known that this would come at some point—indeed Mum had frequently reinforced it. She often recalled the stories of Bethlehem and Egypt, and her special poem that we called ‘Mum’s Message’ had frequently been a source of spiritual inspiration. We’d also kept up to date with stories of cousin John’s life in the desert, and news had reached us that his ministry in the Jordan valley was growing fast—indeed there were folk from Galilee, and even a few from Nazareth, who had ‘taken the plunge’!

Cathedral celebration as Jesus Shaped People launches new trust

  • Posted on: 21 February 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)
The JSP trustees are dedicated at Bradford Cathedral
Cake celebrating the launch of the JSP Trust

From Blackpool to Birmingham, supporters of Jesus Shaped People(JSP) came to Bradford Cathedral at the weekend to celebrate its expansion across eight dioceses and to witness the launch of the next stage, a new charitable trust to develop it further. 

JSP began in the parish of Tong and Holme Wood in Bradford in 2005 and it has now been adopted by some 70 churches from Birmingham to Blackpool and primarily helps communities in deprived areas. Large social housing estates are a special priority for JSP, but it has also proved to be effective with churches in more prosperous areas.

Child Shaped God

  • Posted on: 15 December 2016
  • By: Gordon

The Joy of Christmas lies in the wonder of God choosing to step into our world, in simplicity and vulnerability – so that we can step into the world of his alternative kingdom. God chooses to ‘be re-shaped’ as a tiny human child, and in doing so offers us a route for our own ‘re-shaping’ – inspiring us into becoming a ‘Jesus Shaped People’.