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The PSUK (Police Sport UK) Annual Snowsport Championships were recently held in the snow covered slopes of Hinterglemm in Austria. The competition, attracting over 130 racers supported by family and friends, is the only PSUK event held outside the UK (due to a predictable lack of snow!) and incorporates three snow sport disciplines: various alpine slaloms for both skiers and snowboarders, and Nordic cross country races for individuals and team relay. One competitor was Norfolk CPA Branch Leader Marie Reavey, who shares her thoughts on her time at the event.

 

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Thames Valley officer James Kyriacopoulos recently completed a gruelling 170 mile ‘Grand to Grand Ultra Marathon’ in aid of the charity ‘Walking with the Wounded’, supporting vulnerable Armed Forces veterans on their journey of re-integration and independence.  The week-long race started at the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and concluded at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah. Along the way, the course passed through desert and red rock canyons.

 

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For our regular readers, you will know that the Editor allows me to have an ‘… and finally’ section on the back page of On and Off Duty. This month he has kindly let me have a one off ‘And Firstly…’ So, here goes…

May I take this opportunity, on behalf of the CPA, to wish you a very Happy and Peaceful New Year. I extend our thanks to all those officers and staff who worked hard to keep us safe over the festive period. We pray that they have the chance to catch up on well-earned rest!

 

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We celebrate Christmas, enjoying the company

of those close and dear to us with the giving and receiving of gifts and perhaps eating more than we should. However, please take time to remember
the officers and staff within the Police and other Emergency Services who may not have as much time to enjoy this special time with family and friends. Every day during this season they will continue
to work hard, protecting local communities and ensuring our safety and security is maintained over the Christmas and New Year period.

Prayers at Christmas

LORD watch over us all at this special time. May we each know your Grace, and have opportunity to share the Good News with others of why you came to live amongst us.

 

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A new and exciting initiative was launched recently in Plymouth at a joint conference which brought together two leading organisations who share a common vision to develop and transform communities through social action. The two day event, supported by CPA members from the Devon & Cornwall Branch, was hosted by Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) and ‘Gather’, a national network organisation delivering effective missional movements

in towns, villages, and cities across the UK. ROC, a community partner of the CPA, has been active in the South West since 2011 and has already established a number of community projects across the region.

 

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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!

 

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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)

 

 

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The CPA currently has 41 Branches spread across the United Kingdom. It is thrilling to get regular reports of what God is doing in the Police Service and of the interaction of police, churches and Christian organisations. The following pages give a flavour of how God is blessing, but also of prayer needs and some of the challenges being faced. Some of our Branches are struggling, and so our hope is that you will read these reports thoughtfully and then commit all Christians working in the Police Service to your prayers.

 

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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.

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