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.
After reading the scripture passage, then the contemporary version, we wrote our own version and prayed it together: Blessed are the homeless. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you Blessed are they who are differently abled. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you Blessed are children who are poor and hungry. You are […]Read the full story
Modified by Kim from writings of Nadia Bolz Weber and amended for a British contemporary context, used in Eucharist at the Upper Room 13/7/18: Contemporary Beatitudes: You are of Heaven and Jesus blesses you … Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the agnostics. Blessed are they […]Read the full story
Scripture Reading Matthew 5:1-10 The Sermon on the Mount Now seeing the crowds, He went up on a mountain. And when He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 And He began speaking and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they […]Read the full story
The article below came to me via some form of social media and I do not have a reference for it, for which I apologise. It is not mine, but it made a big impact on me and I have worked with it to make changes in order to create a better life that I […]Read the full story
Perichoresis? Three Girls Praying’ by artist Gregg DeGroat.Read the full story
PI’m pondering the stories of Jesus on the lake many times in the Gospeks. He’s on the water in a boat crossing to the other side or sleeping during a storm, walking on the water, appearing on the beach to the disciples. This is fascinating to me, as water is such a representation of danger […]Read the full story