[Source: Northampton Chronicle & Echo Published: Saturday, 14 August, 1971]
by Dick Murray
The so-called "Jesus Revolution", which has been sweeping the United States, is also making a deep impact upon Northamptonshire.
In the US thousands of people have claimed an experience "of Jesus" that has changed their lives, infusing them with a new happiness and an awakened sense of love for their fellow men. Many are reported to have been freed of the shackles of drug addiction, saying that the "Jesus experience" is far superior to any LSD "trip." And without the bad after-effects!
In South Northamptonshire, Bugbrooke Chapel has felt the fervour of the "Jesus movement." The New Testament phenomenon of "speaking in tongues" has been experienced by members of the congregation and visitors. Physical healings also have been reported.
This enthusiasm has prompted Bugbrooke Chapel to sponsor a 40-day "Jesus Lives" crusade, beginning on Saturday, August 21.
The crusade will open with. a motorcade, starting at Midsummer Meadow. Northampton, at 2.30 pm and proceeding through Northampton, Duston, Harpole, Flore, Heyford, Pattishall, Astcote, Tiffield, Blisworth, Gayton, Rothersthorpe, Kislingbury, and ending at Bugbrooke Chapel for tea and the first session of the crusade.
Young people wearing "Jesus lives" T-shirts, and playing guitars and singing Christian songs will ride in the motorcade.
On Bank Holiday, Monday, August 30, the crusade will sponsor a Beat-Folk Music Festival on Nether Heyford Village green. From 2 pm to midnight (the later hours in the Village Hall) there will be a continuous programme of music, singing, and testimonies of faith.
In conjunction with the Nationwide Festival of Light the Bugbrooke crusade will join in the lighting of beacons on the evening of September 23.
The Rev. Noel Stanton. Bugbrooke Chapel minister. explains the reasons for the crusade:
"We are constantly meeting people with empty, meaningless lives. They long to find real happiness, with true friendship and love. They want to know and experience God's love. People of today, especially young people, are sick of our corrupt society. Yet they feel ensnared by it and long to be free."
In the "Jesus experience" many have found an answer to their needs, Mr. Stanton says.