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.
What was good about 2016?
I know it’s been a grim year on the world stage and here in the UK. The refugee crisis, the war in Syria, the Brexit vote in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the US possibly eclipse any other apocalyptic news cycle in my memory at least. Added to that, the deaths […]Read the full story
Christmas Day message
Someone who heard it asked me to publish my brief Christmas Day talk so here it is: What does the manner of Jesus’ coming teach us? He comes as a child, to teach us to be childlike. To wonder. To imagine. To create and be playful. To be innocent – not cynical or manipulative, not […]Read the full story
Saying Thank you
I don’t know what it is about Advent but it always nudges me towards thankfulness, to reviewing the year and remembering those who blessed and supported me. It’s been quite a year, what with a marriage break up, house move and priesting, and I am so aware that God has been present to me through […]Read the full story
Where’s the Love?
This is so beautiful and I’m sure we’ve all felt this in recent months and wondered where we’re headed as the human race. I would love it if this was shown in churches and we considered how to love and bless and reconcile more, and how to lay down our instinctual ‘us and them’ protective […]Read the full story
I’m in a period of grieving and mourning and I came across this in Celtic Daily Prayer vol 2. I think it could be adapted for use in a corporate service such as All Souls too: Into My Grieving I weave the strength of the Father. Into my grieving I weave the compassion of the […]Read the full story
Internal peace is a little hard to come by at present for me, and so I loved this when I came across it as there is a peace in nature, and in letting go, that is helpful The Peace of Wild Things BY WENDELL BERRY When despair for the world grows in me and I […]Read the full story