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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.

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.

“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!’

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!’

The Jesus Army asked their members for disclosures of sexual and physical abuse committed within their church, this was basically to save them money and was done without a care for the victims, the following is an account by one of the victims who was contacted by the police out of the blue.

Growing up in the JA was very difficult on so many levels and now we know what we do, I think it's a miracle that any of us have survived as well as we have. I think it shows our resilience in spite of what we've all been through, not because of it. I do… Continue reading The Jesus Army asked their members for disclosures of sexual and physical abuse committed within their church, this was basically to save them money and was done without a care for the victims, the following is an account by one of the victims who was contacted by the police out of the blue.

The Trustees have asked us to clarify the situation with the Jesus Fellowship ex leaders who have been removed from community houses because of three or more separate serious sexual allegations against each one.

The Trustees have asked us to clarify the situation with the Jesus Fellowship ex leaders who have been removed from community houses because of three or more separate serious sexual allegations against each one. The national safeguarding rules state that it is unsafe for them to remain living with other members of the community. The… Continue reading The Trustees have asked us to clarify the situation with the Jesus Fellowship ex leaders who have been removed from community houses because of three or more separate serious sexual allegations against each one.

An update with where we are with our work with the JA, here is a copy of a letter we have recently sent to the trustees and NLT, setting out the progress to date, where we feel they need to move forward and questions they need to answer.

Dear Trustees of the JFCT and members of the NLT, Ian Gorrie, Andy Crisp, Mary Gunn, Andy Lantsberry, Dave Williams, Helen Williams, Lesley Cutts, Ann Hawker, Richard Mercer, Richard Parker, Daniel Moriss, Steve Mosely, Steve Jones, Ian Bird, Maggie Stokell We would like to propose a meeting with you all to catch up with where… Continue reading An update with where we are with our work with the JA, here is a copy of a letter we have recently sent to the trustees and NLT, setting out the progress to date, where we feel they need to move forward and questions they need to answer.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” ​ Nelson Mandela

I moved to the Jesus Fellowship Church with my siblings when my parents joined in the 70s.  I was around 3 years old.  I was a naturally shy child and being uprooted from my secure home and thrust into a lively and loud church obviously caused some distress and insecurities.  However this was compounded by… Continue reading “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” ​ Nelson Mandela

“There were other stories of predatory ‘leaders’ who behaved in an unchristian way towards girls, boys and women all of which lead me to fear for my own young children. We heard that A had been sexually molesting a young boy for some time and this particularly disturbed us as there seemed to be nothing done about this – in fact there was silence about it. It was outrageous to us that the leadership not only didn’t throw him out of the church, but didn’t hand him into the police for his crimes.”

Why I left the Jesus Army When my husband and I left the Jesus Army, I was 31, having joined the church when I was 16 years old with my mum and my siblings. Although I had no choice in joining the church, I did in fact get baptised and move into community of my… Continue reading “There were other stories of predatory ‘leaders’ who behaved in an unchristian way towards girls, boys and women all of which lead me to fear for my own young children. We heard that A had been sexually molesting a young boy for some time and this particularly disturbed us as there seemed to be nothing done about this – in fact there was silence about it. It was outrageous to us that the leadership not only didn’t throw him out of the church, but didn’t hand him into the police for his crimes.”

It was the Best of Times and… the Worst of Times. (Tales of an Ex Teenage Rebel)

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it… Continue reading It was the Best of Times and… the Worst of Times. (Tales of an Ex Teenage Rebel)

“I realised the brotherhood and support that were often confessed were very conditional”

My experience begins around the time of the purchase of Bugbrooke hall; there was a sense of liberty and no barriers between status age or sex. People would just arrive at the chapel from all over the county at the weekend and queue for ministry after the meetings.I was invited to be involved in the… Continue reading “I realised the brotherhood and support that were often confessed were very conditional”