Welcome to the website for The Upper Room
We are followers of Jesus, and we believe he came to change the world, showing us a model and a way of life. We see in the Bible that he spent almost all his time at the margins of society, with ordinary people who were suffering. He showed them dignity and shared the love of God with them. He wrestled against the power and authority of his day who sought to oppress and harass the people, speaking of justice for the poor as the way of his kingdom. He brought hope and healing to people who were struggling. He lived a life that sought to reconcile people to the Father, and he embodied that love in his actions. He still does that today, and we try and live by the example he showed us. Jesus still heals and loves, and still draws people from their suffering into joy and hope. Jesus challenged the political and religious leaders of his day and they killed him to be rid of his critique. His unjust death on the cross brought reconciliation, opening a new chapter with forgiveness for all of us, bringing us all a new start.
We run a drop in space called The Upper Room at 37a Market Place in Cirencester which is open on Monday and Friday mornings from 10am-12pm ; we listen, offer prayer for those who want it for comfort or healing, and welcome everyone with a cuppa. We eat together, journey through life together and help one another when times are tough. We love our town, and support local people and charities. We helped to set up the FoodBank in Cirencester and we offer practical support to people coming to temporary accomodation in town, and to young people at Chyp and The Croft.
We hope you find something useful or thought provoking here on this site. Thanks for sharing a part of your journey with us.
We are a registered charity, number 1095438. Our charitable objects are to show the love of Jesus and alleviate need and distress in Cirencester and elsewhere. We are a part of The Church of England, holding a Bishops Mission Order to carry out our work. We have a Council of Reference, a Bishops Visitor (Rev Canon Dr Andrew Braddock) and a board of trustees.
I used this lovely poem today for the start of Lent, found on a website full of all kinds of helpful things: https://alifegivinglent.wordpress.com/ I preached on the Mark passage from the lectionary on the connection between Jesus’ identity being affirmed by the Father: This is my son, the beloved. In him I am well pleased,” and […]Read the full story
We were seeds
I love this Mexican proverb below. It reminds me of the South American Liberation Theology movement which changed so many communities and still influences change makers today. It is a prophetic word that power can come from the margins. It feels to me a saying that many pioneers will understand.Read the full story
Ministry to “the poor”
I don’t really like or use if I can help it the label “the poor”. People who are lacking in material means are often rich and full in other ways, and have taught me most to what I’ve needed to know about ministry and indeed life in general. However it is at times used as […]Read the full story
Please be our Administrator!
Admin & IT Support Role at The Upper Room Introduction We are seeking a cheerful, organised, self-starting person with focus and solid office experience and strong administration & IT skills, to work part-time on Wednesdays in our Cirencester town-centre office (no company parking available), to support a small community based charity with a Christian ethos […]Read the full story
Confession & Penance
I’ve been thinking a bit about confession and penance lately. Not just because it’s coming up to Lent, but more to do with how we begin to re-order our lives after repentance of sin, in order to create new habits and patterns – amendment of life, as the liturgy refers to it. I’m from a […]Read the full story
I often get asked for book recommendations for pioneering / mission. Here is a list of the best books I’ve read that have been significant on my journey – either helping me to develop my thinking, explore what I’m seeing happen on the ground, material to use at The Upper Room or to use to […]Read the full story