On and Off Duty
- Issue 1043 May 2018
- Issue 1042 April 2018
- Issue 1041 March 2018
- Issue 1040 February 2018
- Issue 1039 January 2018
We are so grateful to Christian Police Association Northern Ireland (CPANI) for hosting this year’s conference which was held in the beautiful coastal town of Portrush from 20th to 22nd April. Delegates from across the United Kingdom were joined by a team from the International Christian Police Fellowship. Interest in this year’s conference was so high that that the main conference venue was fully booked and numerous other local hospitality lodgings provided additional delegate accommodation.
The term ‘Hero’ can be defi ned as ‘A person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities and in the opinion of others has special abilities or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal’. (extended from Oxforddictionaries.com)
In its true sense it is rightfully applied to those who, in the face of overwhelming odds, chose to act with courage and extreme fortitude with a conscious disregard for their own wellbeing; and others not only admire those actions but also to ask ‘how’ and ‘why’.
Update from CPA member and BCDO Safeguarding Lead, Clare McKnight.
The Big Church Day Out is one of the UK’s largest annual Christian events. It draws together all ages for two action-packed days of fun, fellowship, music and worship. Each year, more than 30,000 people from all over the UK and mainland Europe gather together in West Sussex (South) and Cheshire (North). This year, the event will be held on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018 (South) and Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June 2018 (North).
Neil Collin, one of our two UK CPA board members of the International Christian Police Fellowship (ICPF), provides an update on recent international Christian Police events.
“In March 2017, along with Tony Britten (CPA member and Treasurer of the ICPF), I was fortunate enough to attend my first ICPF Board Meeting in Germany. It was a great opportunity to ‘build bridges’ with our colleagues both across Europe and beyond. It was also a time when we were able to be part of a further impressive gathering in Nuremberg, with a number of presentations at regional governmental level.
As we enter 2018, it is only a few weeks ago that our annual CPA Leaders conference took place at Ashburnham Place in East Sussex. It was an excellent time of worship, fellowship and learning. Plans were made for 2018 and a number of key changes took place within our charity. The venue of our conference was very appropriate as we formally welcomed Sussex as our newest branch of the CPA and it was a pleasure to be able to meet the nominated Sussex CPA branch leader Samantha Gentry. We also welcomed Jonathan Kent and Tony Canning from Merseyside, and we look forward to further engagement with them in 2018.
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.
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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.