On and Off Duty
- Issue 1035 Sept 2017
- Issue 1034 August 2017
- Issue 1033 July 2017
- Issue 1032 June 2017
- Issue 1031 May 2017
The 2017 Holiday Bible Week, based in the lovely coastal town of Portrush, was again brought to us by the CPANI team. This event, which has been held annually since the 1950s, was a great opportunity to join together in fellowship, with morning and evening worship sessions alongside a range of daily afternoon activities. The CPANI team had worked so hard to ensure that there was something for everyone.
The Big Church Day Out is one of the biggest and most widely supported Christian music and gospel gatherings in Europe and is held annually in West Sussex. However, this year, The Big Church Day Out was, for the first time, also held in the North of England at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire. Taking place over 2nd and 3rd June, the event drew over 15,000 people in worship, prayer, fellowship, and with the opportunity to enjoy some of the biggest names in Christian music. Flags flew, the sun shone, and those present took full advantage of the opportunity to be part of this unique gathering, enjoying performances across five different stages from musicians including Tim Hughes, Bethel Music, LZ7, Matt Maher, Michelle Williams, Newsboys, Gungor, Casting Crowns, Rend Collective and Hillsong.
Just after the June issue of On & Off Duty was published, we saw a further terrorist attack in London on 3rd June at London Bridge and Borough Market. The amazing response of the Metropolitan Police Service undoubtedly saved many more people from becoming victims that night. We also saw the terrorist attack on 19th June at Finsbury Park. Our thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured and with their loved ones. Accounts of the immense bravery of members of the public during both these attacks has shown how communities will stand together in the face of such atrocities.
Our prayers and thoughts are with all those who were killed or injured in the terrorist attack in Manchester on 22nd May 2017. We also hold their loved ones in our prayers. Children and young people were amongst the victims. We pray for the Lord’s peace and for us all to stand together against those who seek to commit these evil acts of terror.
It was only on 22nd March 2017 that a terrorist attack took place in Westminster. These attacks aim to take our peace, to try and make us live in fear. We have to be strong and, in prayer, continue to hope and work for peace.
CPA supporters from across the UK attended C3 Church in Cheltenham for the 2017 CPA National Conference, hosted by local Branch Leader Alistair Hammett and members of Gloucestershire CPA. We were pleased to welcome the safe arrival of our members from Northern Ireland and Scotland, who had especially long journeys to join us. Delegates were welcomed by Gloucestershire’s Chief Constable Suzette Davenport QPM, and by the Gloucester PCC Chief Executive Paul Trott. Conference then commenced with worship from the C3 Church Worship Band including Alistair Hammett on drums!
Reports & Forms
Part of our vision is to see ‘an active and growing Branch of CPA in every Police Service in the UK’. Let us pray particularly where Forces have no active Branch, indicated in red and especially where there is no single point of contact (SPOC). Print, and pray every day!
Jesus said, ‘Could you not keep watch for one hour?’ Paul said, ‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for … all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour’ (1 Tim. 2:1-2)
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our Annual Report for 2017. This is the first Annual Report I have helped to compile in my new role as Executive Director of the CPA.
2016 was a period of change and of growth for the Christian Police Association. Having been under the diligent leadership of Don Axcell for many years, the ‘torch’ was passed to me upon his retirement in April 2016. We thank Don and his wife Eleanor for all their unfailing support to the CPA over many years.
Shop & Other
It was always the practice, in the early days of the Christian Police Association to hold the annual gathering at Exeter Hall in the Strand, London. Many well-known speakers were invited to participate, among them the famous Baptist preacher C. H. Spurgeon. He spoke to CPA on more than one occasion but his first visit was in 1890 when he gave as his title ‘Why should a policeman be a true Christian?’ As the Gurney family business was shorthand writing, it is hardly surprising that such talks were fully recorded and many appeared in the CPA magazine. The message that follows appeared in the On and Off Duty magazine for June 1890.