Pivot

Pivot is our quarterly church magazine, colourfully illustrated and packed with interesting articles. The articles below are a small sample from our magazine. If you would like to read more, please call in at our church to pick up a free copy.

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Volunteering and working together: Annette Brooke shares some thoughts on new health and social initiatives in Broadstone

The Harvey Practice in Broadstone is one of several GP practices in Dorset to take up the challenge from Altogether Better, which operates on behalf of the NHS, to recruit Practice Health Supporters. Currently people are being identified who are prepared to voluntarily give their time to work with staff to find new ways to improve the services that the practice offers, and to help to meet the health needs of patients and the wider community.      See full story...

New session of big favourite: Women's Fellowship share insights into their afternoons

The Thursday afternoon Women’s Fellowship continues to grow and, at one of the November meetings, we welcomed two new members. The Sharland Room makes an ideal venue for our weekly, open and ecumenical fellowship where we average 25 members. It is really good to share with ladies from St John’s Church, St Antony’s Church and the United Reformed Church as well as with those who have no particular church link      See full story...

Editorial March 2018

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for penitence and self-denial, remembering Jesus’ death for us on the cross, so that we may grow in faith and devotion to our Lord. The extent to which this tradition is put into practice in our lives today varies widely ~ it would be interesting to know what, if any, acts of penitence and self-denial readers of Pivot are practicing in Lent 2018.      See full story...

Love Your Neighbour

At the end of January, my husband Colin and I went on holiday for a fortnight. We went to the far North West of Scotland and I like to describe it as our ‘character building’ holiday. My husband may describe it in other terms – but whatever words we use – it was a stunningly beautiful and exciting holiday in one of the remotest places of the United Kingdom.      See full story...

Saying Farewell

Farewell to a Gracious Lady: On 27 December 2017, Broadstone Methodist Church lost its most elderly member who passed away, aged 97. The Loss of a True Gentleman: Brian Skelton ~ a faithful member of our Church passed away suddenly on 18 January 2018.      See full story...

Care, Compassion, Christ, Community, Children

As 2017 drew to a close there was one word on my mind, Community. It is not unusual to hear in the press these days the phrase ’Care in the Community’, but what does this really mean to most of us? Who are the Carers, who is being Cared for, what constitutes the Community, how do we Care with Compassion and where do our Children fit into all of this? Big questions. It is our Children that I will focus on here.      See full story...

Caring

You may think it is a funny way to start an article on ‘Caring’ by mentioning the 26th President of the USA, Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919). A distant uncle to World War ll President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore was one of America’s better loved Presidents. A man of integrity and vision, he vehemently opposed all forms of corruption and, ahead of his time, held a life-long enthusiasm for conservation.      See full story...

An invisible army: Jackie, Tim, Keziah and Toby Spencer

It is estimated that there are around seven million Carers in the UK and they are often referred to as an 'invisible' army. They are on call for very long hours in their own homes and give dedicated service. Jackie, Tim and Keziah are long term Carers and have shared some of their experiences with Pivot.      See full story...

Marie Curie

Marie Curie is a registered charitable organisation in the United Kingdom which provides care and support to people with terminal illnesses and their families. It was established in 1948, the same year as the National Health Service. There are 108 nurses in Dorset and they travel to where they are needed.      See full story...

The Leonardo Trust

The Leonardo Trust is an independent charitable trust set up in 2001 based in Broadstone to help people in Dorset who are registered voluntary carers for relatives or friends. Being a full-time carer is extremely hard work and getting time off can be difficult but it is very important that every carer has some time to themselves for short periods of rest and relaxation not just for themselves but also for the person they care for.      See full story...

Reflections on Social Care

Many of you will be familiar with the serious concerns about Social Care expressed through the media. You may have heard on the News recently about the Dad, disabled and hospitalised since last Easter. He has a wife and children at home who need him and, given the right amount of care and equipment, he could return there. He has been offered a place in a Care Home as, so far, the responsible department will not agree to fund his return home.      See full story...

Co-ordinating Pastoral Care

How should we describe our role? In essence we are the bridge between the Pastoral Visitors and the Minister. The Methodist Church website has this to say about pastoral care within the Church “A Healthy Church Community is one where people know they are loved, visitors are welcome, young and old alike are valued and feel safe. The care that we offer, both at times of crisis and in everyday life is an active proclamation of God’s love in Christ and for all the world.”      See full story...

It’s Traditional !

As children, we were never aware what the trigger was but every year, at the beginning of Lent, skipping ropes would be the essential piece of equipment for all of us. Individual ropes abounded, but so too did long heavier ropes that would stretch across the street. Of course, traffic was not a problem then; few families had a car, so the only motorised traffic we saw on our street was the electric milk float (if we were up really early), the bus once an hour, the baker’s delivery van and, very occasionally, an emergency vehicle.      See full story...