The story of Christmas, symbolised in our Advent Posada journey, helps connect the disparate sections of our community. Fr Chris writes on Posada’s visit to Longsight Police Station:
Inspector Andy welcomed us and after tea and biscuits we were shown the Prayer Room, a multifaith quiet area set aside for those who need to pray.
We met the Hindu Chaplain, a serving police officer. He is organising the GMP South Manchester Division Carol Service the week before Christmas.
We were very encouraged to hear of a force wide initiative begun by Tracey a Community Support Officer stationed at Longsight. She makes up hampers for Christmas for the homeless and vulnerable. It’s a fantastic project which is being done with the goodwill of the officers.
Tracey also showed us some lovely rooms at the station which have been furnished out of crime recovery money – a room for children who have to be taken into care, and another for adolescents – both appropriately furnished and decorated they could easily be a family front room.
We discussed initiatives in which the community can be brought closer together, and ideas for the future. It was a splendid visit, and our thanks go to the Station, and we pray for the Police who serve our community, and especially for them this Christmastime.