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Recent News and Developments

The Jesus Fellowship group in Leicester are now calling themselves "Springfield Christian Fellowship"

In a recent change, Companies House shows that company number 02524324 has changed it's name from "Jesus Fellowship Ltd" to "Residual Assets and purposes (Trustees) Ltd"

09/08/2019 : SPECIAL REPORT: Jesus Army workers facing large pensions gap because church did not pay their National Insurance

01/08/2019 : For Jesus Army, Must the Wages of Abuse Be Death?

On the 19th July 2019, The BBC1 lunchtime news, and the BBC2 Victoria Derbyshire programme aired a video report by Jon Ironmonger regarding the survirors of the Jesus Fellowship.
The video report is available to watch on the Jesus Fellowship Survivors Association website : BBC Report on the Jesus Army

20/07/2019 : Hundreds seek damages from the Jesus Army religious sect over claims of historic physical, sexual and emotional abuse

19/07/2019 : Jesus Army The phoney church that preyed on kids, beat them with sticks and sexually abused boys… in Northampton

19/07/2019 : Jesus Army sex scandal: The dark secrets of life in a commune

19/07/2019 : Jesus Army: shocking reports of life inside Christian cult

19/07/2019 : Ex-members of Jesus Army seek damages for alleged abuse

In May 2019, the leaders of the Jesus Fellowship Church have voted to wind up the Church, apparently due to the damage to it's reputation, and dwindling membership numbers, following over 200 accusation of abuse

The group intends to split appart into smaller groups, companies, and charities (of which there are likely to be many)

The Jesus Fellowship Survivors Association continues to support ex-members and bringing to light the abuses thay have suffered.

Whilst solicitors are working to secure financial compensation for those affected

02/06/2019 : Jesus Army must honour compensation scheme says Northamptonshire survivor who was allegedly beaten for missing midnight worship

28/05/2019 : Northampton's Jesus Army votes to disband in wake of historic abuse claims

30/05/2019 : The Jesus Army church may be folding... but its centres, communes and businesses will continue

Older News and Developments

In 2013 the Jesus Army appealed for victims of abuse to come forward. It is believed that around 150 cases have since been reported to them, including allegations relating to the late founder of the group, Noel Stanton

In 2015, Northamptonshire Police began "Operation Lifeboat", a JA led investigation into historic abuse within the Jesus Fellowship/ Jesus Army. Operation Lifeboat was created to invetigate cases of abuse which have been referred to the police by the Fellowship. There have been a number of prosecutions of ex-members to date.

In 2017, Mick Haines, the leader of the Fellowship admitted that the late Noel Stanton was in an “unaccountable position”, and "Noel had a flawed character", it is not yet known if there will be a full investigation into the allegations against the late Mr Stanton

In July 2017, five ‘apostolic’ leaders of the Fellowship stepped back from pastoral duties pending an investigation of their handling of the abuse allegations. Mick Haines (the senior pastor), Mike Farrant, John Campbell, Ian Callard and Huw Lewis.

In September 2017, it was reported that lawyers are representing around 40 ex-members of the Fellowship with the intention of a Civil Claim against the group

In Jesus Fellowship Survivors Association continues to work with professionals and the Fellowship trustees, supporting ex-members and bringing to light the abuses thay have suffered.

Jesus Fellowship Survivors Association

The Jesus Fellowship Survivors Association, a growing network of ex-members and services, is continuing to support and seek recompense for those affected by abuse during their time within the Fellowhship, further details and recent developments are available within their blog.

The group also maintain a number of facebook pages regarding different aspect of their ongoing work with ex-members.

Jesus Fellowship Survivors Association (website and blog) https://jesusfellowshipsurvivors.org/
Freedom and Truth Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1966635120244110/
SignPost Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/Signpostgroup/
Open Gates Charity Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1624127954297418/

Operation Lifeboat : Historic Abuse Investigation

Anyone wishing to contact the Northamptonshire Police investigation into historic physical and sexual abuse within the JA, can call 101 (full number 03000 111 222) and ask for the "Operation Lifeboat" team. Or call the 24-hour helpline run by the sexual assault referral centre, Serenity, on 01604 601713.

Civil Claims Case

Anyone wishing to contact the Lawyers representing the Civil claims case can visit their websites directly

Switalskis Solicitors https://www.switalskis.com/about-us/our-lawyers/david-greenwood/
Robson Shaw http://www.robsonshaw.uk/blog/jesus-army-in-the-news-following-arrests.htm


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Recent Archive Additions

2019

02/06/2019 : Jesus Army must honour compensation scheme says Northamptonshire survivor who was allegedly beaten for missing midnight worship

01/06/2019 : Leicester Jesus Centre to run independently after operator closes over child sex abuse claims

30/05/2019 : The Jesus Army church may be folding... but its centres, communes and businesses will continue

30/05/2019 : Child sex abuse victims tell of being 'fobbed off with a cup of tea and biscuits' after complaining of assaults and mistreatment at religious institutions

30/05/2019 : Shame stops children reporting abuse in religious institutions, inquiry warns

29/05/2019 : Popular Northampton theatre will not be affected by Jesus Army closure

29/05/2019 : Jesus Army will 'cease to exist'

29/05/2019 : Jesus Army churches close after child sex abuse claims

28/05/2019 : Northampton's Jesus Army votes to disband in wake of historic abuse claims

28/05/2019 : Church once known as the ‘Jesus Army’ shuts down amid hundreds of child sex abuse allegations

30/04/2019 : Jesus Fellowship property catches fire in Northamptonshire

2018
24/04/2018 : Former member of Northamptonshires Jesus Army member jailed for historic sex offences

2017
18/09/2017 : At least 40 people planning to sue Northamptonshire's Jesus Army over historic abuse claims

18/09/2017 : SPECIAL REPORT: Alleged victim of historic abuse reveals traumatic childhood growing up in Jesus Army

18/09/2017 : SPECIAL REPORT: Northamptonshire Police lost files relating to suspicious death of Jesus Army member

06/07/2017 : Jesus Army leaders in Northamptonshire step down after complaints over handling over abuse claims

08/06/2017 : Corporal punishment complaints at Northampton’s Jesus Army were not followed up... because it wasn’t illegal in the 70s and 80s

11/05/2017 : Sexual and financial abuse claims made against founder of the Jesus Army in Northampton

11/05/2017 : JESUS ARMY INQUIRY: Northamptonshire review board is not ruling out probe at a later date

28/03/2017 : Jesus Army sex offender sentenced for string of indecent acts directed at children in Northamptonshire

20/01/2017 : Tributes paid to church helper killed in road tragedy in Stourbridge