ESSEX—“Communities across the country need this time and action of healing. Our communities are hurting right now. Our police force is hurting right now because the public they swore to protect is hurting,” Bob Larson, teaching Pastor at Trinity Church of Essex said.

Larson’s wish for action and healing was granted at this past weekend’s National Faith in Blue Weekend (NFBW), national law enforcement-community engagement project that aims to connect police departments with faith based organizations and the communities that those two entities serve.

Trinity Church held a NFBW event with Essex police officers on Saturday, October 10, where over 150 people and police officers gathered outside the church to engage in conversations, play some games, listen to guests speaker, and enjoy a BBQ meal.

“What an incredible day for the First Annual Faith and Blue Weekend,” Trinity Church posted on their Facebook page. “We had an awesome time and, more importantly, saw the community and the police department come together as one. It was so wonderful to see so many people (150 + !!) come out and enjoy themselves. Looking forward to doing it again for years to come!

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