On and Off Duty
At our recent CPA Leaders Conference, Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton of Devon and Cornwall Police was welcomed into the position of President of the CPA upon the retirement of Sir Matt Baggott CBE, QPM.
It was a fitting venue to recognise this important change as Sir Matt Baggott had been appointed President of the Charity at CPA Leaders Conference in October 2007. At that time Sir Matt said “In over thirty years of policing, I have found God to be both personal and practical, helping me through both the good and the difficult times with a love that is both constant and true.”
There seems to be a frenzy that now envelops the Christmas season. Even the most enthusiastic devotees of Christmas will, at some point before the great day, probably fi nd themselves muttering those immortal words ‘Bah Humbug’. Uttered by Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’, the word ‘Humbug’ in this context is an expression used by Scrooge who does not approve nor enjoy the festivities that other people were enjoying at Christmas
Policing is not just an occupation but a vocation, demanding skill, expertise and a real commitment to deal effectively with all that is encountered in life. I believe, regardless of the faith, belief or even alack of it an individual may hold, it is also a spiritual role. Indeed, as it says in Romans Chapter 13, civic authorities have a God given place in our world.
Although ‘Sacred Scrabble’ and ‘Jesus Jenga’ may not be the sort of games you can find on Amazon, these were just two of the novel ways in which the South Wales CPA attracted visitors to their stand at the recent Open Day held at the National Museum
of Wales in St.Fagan’s near Cardiff. These specially crafted games proved very popular and gave the CPA team loads of opportunities to talk to visitors about a whole range of issues including faith and being a Christian.
It was a real privilege to attend the 2018 Holiday Bible Week, based in the beautiful coastal town of Portrush. This event, which has been held annually since the 1950s, provided a great opportunity to join together in fellowship, with morning and evening worship sessions alongside a range of daily activities for both children and adults. The CPANI team had worked so hard to plan and deliver this year’s programme.
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 2018. I continued to be inspired by the Mission and Vision of Catherine Gurney, who founded the Christian Police Association in 1883. The enthusiasm and energy of our nationwide network of volunteer leaders, trustees, CPA members, friends and community partners is amazing! This network covers the majority of Police Service areas across the United Kingdom. Our volunteers are supported by a small paid team, and we all work tirelessly to progress the mission and vision of the CPA. Together, we continue to encourage and support our members nationwide.
2017 was a period of sustained and exciting growth for our charity in both numbers of branches and members. We are so blessed that our charity operates across the majority of Police Service areas across the United Kingdom and I trust this annual report will give you valuable insight into some of the work we do.
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.