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.
A prayer of blessing
One of our young friends wrote this prayer of blessing for me last week at our Easter celebration. My eyes may have leaked a little <3Read the full story
Easter Sunday message
Easter Sunday 2018 John’s Gospel reading today tells the story of Mary Magdalene. Mary came from Magdala, a village on the shores of lake galilee. She was one of a group of women who travelled with Jesus & the disciples and supported them. We don’t know much about her – and the fact there are […]Read the full story
The Pioneer Spectrum of Service
https://pioneer.churchmissionsociety.org/2018/03/pioneer-mission-is-a-spectrum/ Two experienced pioneers, Tina Hodgetts and Paul Bradbury, have developed this brilliant diagram and accompanying explanation in the link above, mapping the different areas of pioneering and the nuanced types of pioneer ministry going on in different kinds of work. It’s very helpful as to the broad sweep of pioneering. Our work at The […]Read the full story
If You Are Looking for Me, Let These People Go…
Good Friday Message In John’s Gospel – read powerfully today – we see the accusers who come looking for Jesus. And he immediately responds – “here I am – I am He” I’m struck by how direct and immediate his response was. He knew his hour had come – he knew why he was there […]Read the full story
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