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.
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
So there has been a bit of a ding dong about the nomination of Bishop Philip North as the next Diocesan Bishop of Sheffield. I waded into it a little unwittingly yesterday after reading a blog post from Rev Sue Walmersley, (below) a priest in the Diocese of Sheffield, Sheffield Speaking Out—What Do We Want? What […]Read the full story
God answering prayer
Great piece on God answering prayer this morning on Facebook by Pete Greig. so good I’ve copied it in full here: Pete Greig 25 February at 14:05 · When Jimmy Carter was president he also ran The White House tennis rota. God, in my experience, is not like that. He refuses to micromanage the universe. […]Read the full story
HUSH this evening at the Upper Room 7.30pm-8.30pm. An hour of silence by candlelight. Come and rest, breathe and heal from the busyness and anxiety of life.Read the full story