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.
Thinking a lot lately about how we hold the tension of ‘proclaiming the Gospel’ and seeking to share what we know to be the good news of God’s love, with the missio dei , the understanding that God is already at work everywhere, already drawing hearts and minds to Godself. If we believe the latter, then we […]Read the full story
Blog Post from Sam, an Upper Room Intern
Blog about my personal view of volunteering: Why do I volunteer? I started my volunteering journey around November 2017 at Cotswold Cats and Dogs furniture shop at Cirencester. I started on the last Monday of the month, I went in just for a trial of a couple of days to see how I would get on. What […]Read the full story
Blog Post from Amber on Volunteering
Blog about my personal view of volunteering I have been volunteering at Scope charity shop which is a charity for disabled people and their families. I have been working there just over 7 months. I enjoy working in a team and taking on responsibilities in new roles and making customers happy. I volunteer because I […]Read the full story
Upper Room Intern Scheme Launches
Several weeks ago, the Upper Room launched its first Intern Scheme with 4 students who are studying online for qualifications and self development, along with volunteering in the local community. They will help run our Summer playscheme aswell as support a local primary school. Each had a wide range of courses to choose from and […]Read the full story
Annual Report 1st March 2017-28th Feb 2019 Hope Cirencester is a registered charity governed by trust deed. Our registered charity number is 1095438. Our charitable objects are to share the love of Jesus Christ, and to alleviate need and distress in the Cirencester area. Our motivation is that we believe God loves each person and […]Read the full story
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