On and Off Duty
It was very fitting to hold our 2019 Conference at St Andrews – Police Treatment Centre (PTC) in Harrogate. This centre is part of the legacy of the amazing vision of our founder Catherine Gurney. It is in Harrogate where she is laid to rest – not more than a few minutes’ walk from the conference venue.
Conference 2019 commenced with Patrick Cairns, Chief Executive of the Police Treatment Centre and North Yorkshire Chief Constable Lisa Winward welcoming delegates to conference. We were so grateful for the amazing support given by everyone hosting us. Peter Moore (our main PTC contact) and the whole team at St Andrews were exceptional in ensuring an unforgettable conference.
For Christians, Easter is a time of stark contrast, with Good Friday a time for quiet reflection on Christ’s anguish and cruel death on the cross at Calvary. This followed by Easter Sunday, a time to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, and new birth into
a living hope.
The apparent misnomer of ‘Good’ applied to the Friday has been the subject of much debate over many centuries. While some consider the term ‘good’ to be an archaic form of ‘Holy’, others suggest
This May over 20,000 people from across the UK & Europe will come together for the 2019 Big Church Day Out (BCDO) taking place in West Sussex. Celebrating
its 10th anniversary this year, BCDO has become an established and exciting event.
A central element of BCDO is the presence of over 500 volunteers, who cheerfully give their time and expertise to ensure that this not-for-profi t event runs smoothly for the enjoyment of the many thousands who attend.
We invite you to join us in Harrogate for the 2019 CPA National Conference. The programme promises an amazing time of worship, teaching, prayer and fellowship from Friday afternoon to Sunday lunch time.
There will be guest speakers from across our Yorkshire branches, who will be exploring the theme “Home and Heart”.
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.”
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 2019 and to our
new President! In my third year as Executive Director, it continues to be a privilege
to support all those who give their energy and time to continue the Mission and
Vision of the Christian Police Association. We remain true to the inspirational vision
of Catherine Gurney, who founded the Christian Police Association in 1883, as we
continue to be a national voice for Christians in Policing.
2018 was a period of change and growth. Our charity operates across the majority of Police Service areas across the United Kingdom and we continue to work closely with other locations to help set up further CPA branches. 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.