“Upper Room is full of the Holy Spirt – people asking deep questions about who Jesus is, praising God for receiving asylum, crying when they are afraid and lonely. I have learned more about faith from our Iranian brothers and sisters experiences than I feel they from me. My walk with Jesus has grown immensely through this church.”Mike, Communitas team member in Glasgow
Upper Room Church meets in the West End of Glasgow and is a community of mainly Iranian asylum seekers and refugees. Led by four Communitas staff and supported by an advisory team and ministry workers from within the church, this thriving community of between 200-250 members – we are mainly Iranian in Glasgow!
With gatherings in English and Farsi, we are trying to be supportive of the existing language needs of the community while being welcome to everyone. Weekly Bible studies, soon Conversational English Classes and a Women’s Bible study are also held in addition to a Thursday evening service. During our Thursday gathering, we have worship, a fellowship meal, Bible teaching and 2 hours of prayer for people!
Upper Room Church was a Bible study in a top floor flat (apartment) and during a teaching in the
Book of Acts, we realised we were a church. We are 40+ people, mainly made up of Iranian asylum
seekers and refugees, who grew too large and upset the local city council. We now hold our gatherings in a local church and see this as God opening a new door and chapter in the life of Upper Room. Our gatherings are in Farsi & English and include a time of worship, a fellowship meal, a Bible teaching and then prayer. Perhaps our prayer time is the most striking thing about Upper Room. We spend 1-2 hours praying around people in need or with those wanting to give praise.
Our church leadership team of 5 is a mixture of part-time & full-time Communitas staff who are gifted in teaching, worship, kids ministry and administration. We’re looking for people that are committed follower of Jesus Christ and have a strong commitment to the mission and values of Communitas. As a ministry partner (long term or on an internship), we see the primary responsibility for you to be building discipling relationships with individuals (and groups) who are seeking Jesus. Share life with them!
In addition to the church and Bible studies, we have started a social enterprise for refugees to start businesses & find employment, are launching conversational English classes and are training up lay leaders from within our Iranian brothers and sisters in Christ – the roles are entrepreneurial in an entrepreneurial community!
Do you find yourself thinking, ‘I could do that!’ or, ‘I want to do that!’ as I follow Christ? We LOVE shepherding people toward the call God is placing on their lives. Maybe He is calling YOU to serve in the UK?!
For more information please download the full opportunity profile.
Successful applicants will be asked to go through the Communitas missionary candidate process.