I spent the early part of my childhood in community. My family moved out of community around age 9. It was an unstable situation in the community house, and whilst we lived a relatively 'normal' life compared to some others, it was still an unsafe environment. My family did normal things like visiting the coast,… Continue reading Finding Freedom
My wife and I moved to Northampton in 1973, and were introduced to a Baptist Church in Bugbrooke. We attended as visitors at first, but were soon encouraged to become more fully involved. From the early stages I was concerned about the level of pressure that was being placed upon people to commit themselves without… Continue reading “I had given at least twelve years and all I had to this Church; my time, my will, my soul, my life – and for some unexplained reason I was to be found falling short of this high calling.”
Hi, not sure if this is of any use to you, I wrote this partly to try and help me understand my own feelings and to remind myself to carry on and not try to hide from it all again, as I find myself wanting to. Then I thought that if it does that for… Continue reading “I thought I had ‘got over’ the church, I had told myself that my upbringing was ‘not that bad’, I had told myself that ‘although I had been abused as a child this could happen in any walk of life’…”
Hi. I just wanted to say thank you for the invite to members of the Jesus Fellowship to the meeting on June 2nd. I wanted to come but can't, as my folks are over from Australia, but I did want to share with you about a recent 'change of heart' that I've had about you… Continue reading A recent ‘change of heart’ that shows the tide is turning and people are slowly acknowledging the truth.
He was the principal of the Christian school which met at the church. His dad was the Senior Pastor. He had four years of teacher training and all the obligatory certifications, internships, and education needed. He added a Masters Degree in Theology and another Masters in Educational Administration. He was fully qualified to do the… Continue reading Why Churches Disbelieve Victims and Believe Pastoral Abusers, a very interesting article sent through to our twitter account.
Behind the scenes we are working hard to get this to fruition, but one way some people can already get their voices heard is through the Independent Inquiry for Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) If you don't already know, please see below something that we have put together to explain IICSA to you. The Independent Inquiry… Continue reading An ongoing piece of work that a group of survivors are doing, includes looking into having an independent inquiry of the JFC/JA. We feel strongly that this will be the only way to get to the truth, give the victims a voice, get validation and some closure.
When I started secondary school, I was encouraged to start to find a household and spiritual support for myself, apart from my family. I’d stayed at other community houses without my parents previously and it seemed exciting to go to other places at the weekends, staying up late, evangelising. A number of sisters invited me… Continue reading “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’