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Hope Cirencester at St John The Baptist Church today.


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Prayer for new beginning


Bernie Mann Dear Lord thank you for your Grace and love for us all and that no one is left behind. Please aid us to help others on their journey of discovery. Amen

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The Gentleness of God


Today I’ve been reading Psalm 107 and Hosea 11. Both have reduced me to tears as they communicate the gentleness and care of God for us, his people. I was raised in a tradition that emphasised continually the wrath of God and his fierce anger due to our misdeeds. But no-one ever drew my attention […]

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A Poem about Leadership


One of our Interns, Sam (on the left), wrote this poem after reflecting on leadership, for a Leadership training course he is just starting. He wrote if for himself, but also hoped it would be “embraced by the whole of the Upper Room Community”: “To lead is to organise people. How do we know we […]

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Advent Crafts Evening


On Friday evening, some women gathered for an Advent Crafts evening to celebrate the run up to the Christmas season. Aswell as food, drink, Christmas music and decorations to make together, we thought a little about how the season might be for us, a group of predominantly single parents. It can be a tough time, […]

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Picking up smooth stones


I was reading I Samuel 17 this morning. It seems to come around to me quite often and its a passage I love, about David and his defeat of the Philistine, Goliath. This morning a number of things I hadn’t really noticed before emerged: a) David hadn’t prepared. He wasn’t expecting this encounter with the […]

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Baptism & Confirmation at a Bishops Mission Order


Last week we had the joy of seeing Bishop Rachel baptising 7 and confirming 4 people into God’s church during the summer playscheme. Here is the short liturgy we put together for the occasion. It was designed to be fit for purpose in a large setting where many people were unfamiliar; to communicate the welcome […]

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How Hard Is It?


Who did the people in the crowd who ate the loaves and fishes think Jesus was? Did the woman with the 12 years of bleeding know all the doctrine and teaching about Jesus before she sought him out? Did the disciples – the chosen ones – really ever have much clue what the Messiah was […]

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The Prophetic Words of Women


I was teaching in a Bible college in another country recently, in a diocese where women are not yet ordained. In the group I travelled with there were 4 ordained women and we all taught male students training for ministry. They were adamant that because Jesus did not explicitly include women in the 12 disciples, […]

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