Welcome to Broadstone Methodist Church

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope that you will find the help and information that you are looking for. We also hope to welcome you in person at our Church very soon. Whether you come for Prayer and Worship or for one of the many social activities which range from Seniors' Lunches to Children's Thirsty Thursdays, you will find a warm welcome and supportive friends at Broadstone Methodist Church.

 

   

Our Mission

As part of the worldwide Christian Church, to preach the Christian message, provide facilities for Christian worship, and to serve the needs of the Community

This has been our mission since a Methodist Church was first built on our site in Lower Blandford Road in 1890. By the end of the last century it was clear that our old building was not ideal for carrying out this mission in the 21st Century. The old building was demolished and our new building was opened in December 2003.

Within our building you will find our Sanctuary - our place of worship, and our Paul Mears Quiet Room, dedicated to the man who drove the vision of our modern building. This room is set aside for prayer, quiet contemplation and conversations in confidence. If you ever want someone to talk to, then please do let reception volunteers know.

Our Coffee Lounge is open each morning from Monday to Saturday, with light lunches served on Thursdays. Drop in to find a friendly welcoming atmosphere and the buzz of conversation. Towards the rear of the building we have meeting rooms, and a large hall upstairs. The activities which go on here daily include use by church groups and many local organisations. You will find more details about our church activities on the various sections of our website. As we are part of the local Poole Bay Methodist Circuit, you may also find their website of interest.

We hope you find something of interest to you and look forward to welcoming you to our Church community.

 

Minister's Letter from our magazine "Pivot" -Spring 2019 issue

Photo of Rev Sue Gowling"What else could I possibly need?" In our Spring edition of Pivot, with its theme of Fulfilment, Rev Sue Gowling reflects on what changed for her.

What does the word fulfilment mean to you and what does it mean to lead a 'fulfilling life'? Having asked folk this question, I've received many different answers over the years - but interestingly most of the responses have themes in common. They include things like: having a purpose in life; good relationships with family and friends; experiencing good health; living modestly; being positive and optimistic; experiencing a sense of achievement and accomplishment.

Until I was 41 years old, all these things were an important part of my leading a 'fulfilled life'. I really didn't think there was anything else i could possibly need. But you know, even then, deep down, I guess I knew my life didn't really 'add up'. It was only when I became a Christian that I realised there was something more to leading a fulfilled life, and that is my relationship with God, through his son Jesus.

Like all Christians, we look at the life of Jesus and try our best to use the way he lived his life as a model or template for how we live our lives.

There is a really interesting passage in the Bible, written by St Paul (remember, he didn't always believe in Jesus either) to the church family in Rome. He says: "Owe no-one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves their neighbour has fulfilled the law. All the commandments are summed up in this word, "Love your neighbour as yourself." Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of God's law."

Following Jesus is not easy, we are challenged and tempted, and we struggle with the trials and tests that life throws at us. But we know that Jesus promises to journey by our side helping us to carry our burdens and share our heavy load.

As we travel through Lent and Holy Week, we are in some small way journeying alongside Jesus. Through our church services and quiet contemplation and storytelling, we witness his pain and suffering at the hands of others and we experience a sense of powerlessness. But all is not lost! Our faith tells us that through Jesus' life, death and resurrection, Jesus is the fulfilment of God's promise of an eternal relationship to each one of us - whoever we are and wherever our journey through life has taken us.

Jesus promises us all that he offers us "life in all its fullness" and to that promise, my friends, we hold fast!

God bless and Happy Easter!
Rev Sue

P.S. Do come and join us at Broadstone Methodist Church in the centre of the village. A warm welcome awaits you at any of our services this Eastertime.