Welcome to Hope Cirencester
Hope Cirencester aims to be good news to the town of Cirencester and its’ people. We are followers of Jesus, and we believe he came to change the world, to show another way of living that involved love, service & sacrifice, transforming the lives of ordinary people, bringing hope to people who were struggling. He still does that today, and we try and live by the example he showed us of caring for others, ourselves and each other. We believe Jesus reveals himself in and through people when they show love, and that each person is gifted, precious and unique.
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.
Dreamers who do
The title above is a phrase coined by the guru of pioneers, Jonny Baker. I reflect on it often as it speaks of the phases of pioneering for me: a) dreaming / imagining how life would be, living in the Shalom spoken of in the scriptures and seen embodied in Christ. b) seeing, naming, acknowledging […]Read the full story
Where are we now?
I haven’t blogged in a while. My marriage broke down a few years ago and its hard to regain perspective. Life is ok again now, but mainly is still day to day and based around good daily habits and practices for living well in the midst of curacy, pioneering and family life. However a few […]Read the full story
New school year
It’s that time of year again, as summer fades away to misty mornings, conkers and the start of the new academic year. Below are prayers for students and teachers. Please pray for all you know who are returning, to study or to teach, support or lead. Lord Jesus, we ask for Your help as we […]Read the full story
Liturgy of the Tip, or The Harrowing of Hell
Inspired by someone who doesn’t go to church who described the liturgy of visiting the tip (recycling centre!) on a Sunday morning. Just having moved house following a marriage break up, I am well acquainted with this liturgy and it has been a very moving experience. Queuing to get in and find a spot at […]Read the full story
Mourning our infidelity The article above is worth a read, by Elaine Storkey, on the Philip North / Sheffield issues. However in the comments was raised an important matter I wanted to explore so I have posted it here below. It discusses the process and the mechanics of making something work inside the church […]Read the full story
This is a lovely blog post that made my heart lift a little, just for the relief of being understood for a moment. If you pioneer, you’ll probably have experienced this too. http://pioneer.churchmissionsociety.org/2017/03/02/5-issues-facing-pioneers-today/#comment-80484Read the full story