You are warmly invited to a talk by Holocaust survivor Ruth Barnett at the Northampton Jesus Centre on Tuesday 7 October 2014, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
“There is one race and that’s the human race”
Ruth Barnett – Holocaust survivor
Ruth Barnett was born in Berlin in 1935. She escaped the Nazi regime at the age of four with her seven-year-old brother Martin on the Kindertransport, a rescue mission that evacuated refugee children out of Germany.
Ruth’s story highlights the struggle with identity that many Holocaust survivors experienced and offers a different perspective on this period of history.
In her autobiography, Person of No Nationality, she describes the feelings of failure and worthlessness and her experiences of having to travel with a document with the words ‘Person of No Nationality’ across the top.
Her account of how her early experiences shaped her life shows how it is possible to recover from trauma and become an inspiration to others.
Booking charge is £3 (includes refreshments)
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For more info email: paul.veitch [at] northamptonjesuscentre.org.uk or phone: 0745 109 2222
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.
Elaine, a revered Jesus Centre volunteer, teaches one of our English for Speakers of Other Languages classes. Here she tells a heart-warming story from the Centre of help given beyond the call of duty.
The story concerns a man who had been in my ESOL class for a while who had been a physics lecturer in his home country.
When we got to the part of the lesson that day in which we practice talking about our week he told us about how he now had a menial job and that he regularly had to walk for two hours to get to work. He explained that sometimes it took three hours to get back home because he was so tired, and in fact that week after finishing a difficult ten-hour shift at 10pm he didn’t get home until 1am because his legs were so tired.
I put out a request for help to my friends on Facebook and within an hour I’d been offered a bike for him. With team work from other volunteers we got the bike to him that weekend.
This article first featured in Jesus Life magazine Q3 2005.
The Northampton Jesus Centre has witnessed some remarkable events. Jesus Life reports.
HEALING RAYS, the name of the group, comes from Malachi: ‘But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings,'” explains team member Dave Howell. “In a book on healing, I discovered ‘wings’ could also be translated as ‘rays’.”
Twenty-nine years ago Dave was told he had the ministry of intercession. “After a while I realized it was my particular ministry, and moved into a healing gift,” he recalls. “The first brother I prayed for, we were amazed to see the pain went!”
Every Tuesday morning Dave, together with Ann and Tony, assemble in one of the Jesus Centre’s skills rooms and wait to see who will come through the door.
“The three of us work very well as a team,” says Ann. “Tony is very prophetic. Dave brings healing and deliverance. And I have discovered a gift of discernment.”
All sorts of people, Christian and non-Christian, come looking for healing for their body, soul or spirit. Ann has seen many ‘God happenings’ with the group.
“One lady was obviously very distressed. People are usually reticent but she just sat down and started talking. She had grown up knowing God (her dad was a vicar), but had rebelled and delved into the occult and hypnosis. Now she was climbing walls, literally, was about to be prescribed anti-psychotic drugs, and was really scared. ‘Help me please,’ she said to God.
“We spent the whole two hours with her. She arrived stooped and sad, and went out glowing!
“The next week she was back with a friend who wanted to get herself right with God. We encouraged them in their vision to start healing ministry in their own church.
“Another week, two elderly ladies came in. One had severe sciatica. I had a word of knowledge: ‘By this evening you’re not going to have any pain.’ And she didn’t – not that we knew that for some time afterwards!
“A young South African was referred to us by another church member. He had been very badly damaged, first by rejection from his birth mother, then by abuse from a step-parent, and finally, by a very bad trip after eating some magic mushrooms. We did our usual praying bit. Dave led him through a prayer of repentance, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and he started to speak in tongues.”
Church members are welcome to join the group too. “One member with HIV has been so much better since he has been receiving regular prayer. His doctor says he’s the healthiest HIV patient he has!” says Ann.
“We are just the channels of God’s power,” says Tony, “and as we are obedient to Him, He can do what he wants through us.” “Being an intercessor has given me more empathy for people,” concludes Dave. “And seeing results is a tremendous encouragement to believe for more things to happen.
“We just want more people to come along!”
Jayne Elliott, NJC volunteer coordinator and team leader writes.
One of the services we run is ‘Listening Ear’. This service is open to anyone who walks in regardless of faith or non-faith who needs someone to talk to.
It’s amazing that in this social networking, media obsessed society, with many ways to communicate with the outside world that people still feel there is no one who will really listen to them or who they can talk to about the things that are really worrying them.
Your Space, our Women’s only drop in session on a Thursday afternoon also operates as a listening service. The women who’ve come to talk recently shared concerns about their lack of meaningful relationships, abusive pasts, struggles with depression, anxiety, mental illness and their health. Some of them struggle with faith and their relationship with God, seeing Him as an angry authority figure, who they can never please, rather than as a loving heavenly Father who loves and accepts them and wants a relationship with them. This may well be a reflection of their relationships with their fathers, step fathers or partners.
It is always an immense privilege and often very humbling when someone shares their story with you. Often where they start isn’t where they finish and you have to listen right to the end to uncover the real issues they want to talk about.
Sam (not her real name) came in very agitated and concerned about her mental health, feeling very depressed and anxious and on the surface concerned about a doctors’ appointment. But by the end of our conversation she opened up about her loneliness, which had led her into pornography and masturbation and the feelings of guilt this left her with that kept her from coming to God to ask Him to help her. We were able to share together and pray for God to deal with her emotional needs that were at the root of her habit.
Do you have to have been through the same experience as the person? No, you just have to be willing to give up some time to listen.
Do you have to have an answer to their situation? No, most people just need to talk. Sometimes they find the answer within themselves; others are keen to receive prayer.
Does God come and wave a magic wand and sort all their problems out? If He did we’d have people queuing around the building to get prayed for! Prayer does sometimes work like that. But essentially what we ask the person to do is to invite God into the situation and ask Him to bring wisdom, peace, healing, or whatever the person feels they need. Then we hand the situation over to God for Him to work.
And He does.
Our Listening Ear service is available Mon- Fri 10-4pm
Your Space women’s only drop in is available every Thursday afternoon 1.30-3pm in the Step Up lounge
A special post from Steve Jones, the Northampton Jesus Centre manager.
Everyone has a story.
Rob first heard of the Jesus Centre when he was hitch-hiking to work, having got a job out of necessity twelve miles from where he was living and being without money.
The driver, Simon, invited him to Church and to the Jesus Centre. Since then Rob has been coming to the Step Up virtually every day before work. He says there’s a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the Jesus Centre and it helps him to use his time constructively, and now he has his own place life is a bit less stressful and he’s also started attending Jesus Fellowship groups at Cornhill (one of our Jesus Army Church houses) as well as the Northampton Jesus Centre.
The beauty of the Jesus Centre for me is the way it nudges us into the path of so many visitors who come for any number of reasons. To me each person is a gift and it is a privilege to show love in some way to each one. The other day I was thinking of some of the reasons people come here:
A meal or a drink in the Circle Café
Help finding accommodation
A cup of tea or coffee
To collect their mail or giro
To check emails
For someone to talk to
Just to get warm and dry
To drop off dirty washing or to pick it up again clean
To learn or improve their English speaking and writing
To receive prayer or to pray in the prayer room themselves
To make new friends in a Jesus Centre group or activity
To pick up some warm socks or other clothing
To browse an exhibition or art installation
Jesus Centres are a great way of showing off God’s love to 21st century Britain : Compassion in Action.
Main photo courtesy of ngould.