Partnership with Christian Police Association
Once upon a time, long ago, but not so long that we can’t remember it anymore, during a Benefice PCC meeting, we discussed the option of partnerships with organisations in the area. During the last Benefice PCC meeting on 12 February, we launched the partnership between Christian Police Association UK (CPA UK) and the 7 churches of the North Hartismere Benefice.
Why the police force?
We have probably all heard about the reduced funding and cuts to staffing in the emergency services. But also about the challenges these emergency services are facing; sometimes caused by genuine emergencies, but sometimes also self-inflicted, as for example by the use of drugs and abuse of alcohol.
The police is at the forefront of these battles with the forces of darkness, working long days, dealing with stressful and disturbing situations that you cannot talk about at home. As a Christian in the police force, you can add to that the inability to regularly attend church and be built up and encouraged by a faith community. And we believe that we can make a meaningful contribution here.
CPA UK, what’s that?
CPA UK is an association within the police force which encourages and supports Christians in the Police Service. Their objective is to communicate in words and action, the truth, message and hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ to colleagues and the community they serve, and to build bridges between the Christian community and the police.
They organise support days, prayer meetings and seek to come alongside and encourage colleagues to live out their faith at work. In recent years, they have seen significant growth in the work of Police Chaplaincy, which is a real blessing.
What can we do?
Although we might be a small force in the greater scheme of things, we have some real strength in our arsenal.
- As James says “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5 vs 16), our prayer is a mighty tool. But also remember what Paul said to the Ephesians: “For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6 vs 12). When you work on the front line in the emergency services, this will prove to be true very quickly. And that is why our prayer is so important.
So what can we do?
- I will publish a monthly prayer list on the benefice website Partnership CPA UK).
- At times I might receive a specific prayer request. I will send this around via the Sunday Sheet mailing list, to which you can subscribe via Stay Informed
I will inform the organisation about our coffee morning, community lunches and other hospitality events. So when a Copper is in the area he/she can drop in for a Cup of Comfort and meanwhile make links with the community.
As part of the hospitality, we will offer space on our notice boards, to inform people about specific events and services. As we cover a wide area, this would certainly be an asset.
I will take up the role as liaison officer or Gibber (Go-In-Betweener). We will publish some information monthly in our Benefice Magazine, including a profile of someone from CPA UK.
We can get a speaker at events (as we did at the Men’s Breakfast), talking about the organisation and the challenges they face.
- Making Links
When we organise events like the Alpha Course, Marriage course, etc, we will be able to invite CPA UK, giving them an opportunity to join us.
Where can I find more information?
I recommend having a look at the following website:
As your Gibber (Go-In-Betweener), you can contact me for information or if you have a suggestion as to how we can make this partnership more meaningful via Contact us.
My wish is that we will have a productive and meaningful partnership and that we all may live happily ever after…