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A look at the many important services the Northampton Jesus Centre provides, and how it helps people from all walks of life.

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November Book Club – Denisovich and Aitken

Friday 1 November – 7.30pm
Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre

Next on: 20 Dec

We have been reading One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Though twice-decorated for his service at the front during the Second World War, Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was arrested in 1945 for making derogatory remarks about Stalin, and sent to a series of brutal Soviet labour camps in the Arctic Circle, where he remained for eight years. Released after Stalin’s death, he worked as a teacher, publishing his novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in 1962, to huge success. Later works were not as well-received by Soviet authorities, and not long after being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970, Solzhenitsyn was deported from the USSR. He returned to Russia in 1994.

Our next book, which will be available at the Book Club, will be Pride and Perjury by Johnathan Aitken. Jonathan tells the story of how he fell from being Chief Lord of the Treasury to being accused of pimping, arms dealing and corruption and then committing perjury when lying under oath in a libel trial. He also describes the intense and dramatic events behind his failed libel action and his subsequent trial for perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Aitken’s fall from grace was the greatest personal catastrophe for a public figure since the trials of Oscar Wilde – a living hell including bankruptcy, divorce and a prison sentence. With insight and with elegance Pride and Perjury is a moving and compelling account of a fallen politician’s penitence and delves into the darker side of human nature. It is also an inspiring message of hope and redemption, as he describes his new-found faith in God.

If you would like to borrow a copy of either book to read, contact Tony Sanderson on 07740 853105.

Ask at the Info Desk for more details, or call 0845 166 8202 or visit facebook.com/CircleCafeBookClub.

Heritage Open Day Memory Lane Competition

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Write out your special memories of the savoy / abc together with your name and put it in the box at the centre’s info desk.

Six winners will each receive four tickets for the deco to see a show of their choice.

The draw is to happen on Sunday 15th September at 3pm in the circle café.

Terms and conditions apply: only one entry per person. Jesus centre staff, volunteers and affiliates (JFC) are exempt from this competition. The judge’s decision is final.

Northampton Jesus Centre’s August Book Club

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Friday 9 August 2013 – 7.30pm
Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre

We have been reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It is an ironic novel of manners. In it the garrulous and empty-headed Mrs Bennet has only one aim – that of finding a good match for each of her five daughters. In this she is mocked by her cynical and indolent husband.

With its wit, its social precision and, above all, its irresistible heroine, Pride and Prejudice has proved one of the most enduringly popular novels in the English language and has been the subject of a number of adaptations for film and Television. 2013 is the 200th anniversary year of its publication.

Our next book, which will be available at the Book Club, will be Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela’s destiny. Emotive, compelling and uplifting, Long Walk to Freedom is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader.

Donald Woods in The Sunday Times wrote, ‘Enthralling … Mandela emulates the few great political leaders such as Lincoln and Gandhi, who go beyond mere consensus and move out ahead of their followers to break new ground’

If you would like to borrow a copy of either book to read, contact Tony Sanderson on 07740 853105.

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Ask at the Info Desk for more details, or call 0845 166 8202

2013 dates: 4 Oct, 1 Nov & 20 Dec

Eating well when the chips are down

This post originally featured at A Day In The Life of Northampton Jesus Centre, a blog run by Northampton Jesus Centre’s volunteer coordinator.

Worried over billsIt’s not difficult to notice that there’s a real squeeze on people’s finances at the moment.

Every time I fill up the car with petrol it seems to cost a little bit more. The media carries stories hi-lighting the impact of Fuel Poverty, changes to housing benefit & council tax benefit, meaning some people are having to move to down size their accommodation or face additional rent & council tax payments. Universal credit and PIP will mean changes in who can receive certain benefits and the amount some people receive; the increasing use of Food Banks highlights the level to which some people are already struggling.

Struggling under debtOne young woman came in the other day. in her own words “she wouldn’t normally ask for help”, but she appeared to have tried everywhere else. She illustrated to me the way that the current economic and employment climate is impacting on a wider range of people than usually. Normally, in work, she was between jobs and waiting for her JSA claim to start and due to the abnormally severe weather was about to run out of money for the electric meter. Her energy supplier was sympathetic but couldn’t help. Her daughter was 6 years old, insulin dependent, needed her medication stored in a fridge, was there anything we could do to help?

Or the middle-aged woman who is having to move home, from the flat she loves, or face paying the extra £56 from her JSA to cover her 2nd bedroom that will no longer be covered by Housing benefit.

Man in a lounge looking out the windowOr the older man, who told one of our helpers that he’d got to decide whether to buy food for the next week or put money in the electric meter.

Here at the Jesus Centre we are trying to respond and prepare for the impact of the benefit changes by ensuring our groups and services are able to respond to these needs.

Burning moneyWe already run Money Worries- a weekly service that gives people debt advice, negotiates debt re-payments and gives advice on budgeting.

We are in the middle of our 5 week Money Course which includes an additional week on how to save money on your fuel bills.

Later in the year we intend to launch a new service Keep Warm- where, (subject to funding) we hope to be able to offer people small grants to help with energy-saving measures and advice on choosing the best tariff for their energy usage to keep their bills down.

We are becoming a Food Bank distribution point and continue to offer free drinks, a shower and laundry facilities to those in need in our Step Up scheme.

In addition we offer a number of groups that can provide support and increase people’s Wellbeing by supporting in a relaxed, informal environment and opportunities to make friends.

Happy fruit bowl faceBasic Cooking – which will include how to cook on a budget starts in mid April. Eat Well- lose weight- will show you how eating right & staying healthy need not cost the earth.

For more information on these and other of our groups check out http://www.jesus.org.uk/northamptonjesuscentre or call in and register at our Info Desk.

Poetry In Motion Event in Northampton

Fridays from 7.30pm – 10.00pm

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A relaxed evening of Poetry, Prose and Story Telling. Come and read your own work, the work of your favourite poets, or just listen and enjoy the many and varied contributions. Poetry groups welcome to come and join in.

The Circle Cafe is open for refreshments.

Circle Cafe
Jesus Centre
Abington Square
Northampton
NN1 4AE

2013 DATES:

  • 8 February
  • 10 May
  • 12 July
  • 30 August
  • 13 September
  • 29 November

Ask at the Info Desk for more details, or call 0845 166 8202

Music From The Heart – Handel’s Belshazzar

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A performance directed by William Christie of Handel’s Belshazzar from the Aix Festival is being shown. His experienced team brought Handel’s not-so-high drama and philosophic tragedy to almost operatic dramatic standards as the Persian prince, Cyrus, overran the dissolute Babylonians and freed the captive Jews.

Belshazzar, written in 1744, was among the first English oratorios that Handel composed after he had abandoned the Italian opera form and so still retains a strong dramatic element.

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Friday 15 Feb 7.30pm – 10.00pm

Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre (Refreshments available)

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