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.

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...

Now open every weekday: Routes to Roots reveal their latest ambitious plans

Over the last twelve months Routes to Roots has made an excellent start on its ambition to establish a homeless hub in Poole. The charity is already accepted as a centre for many outreach activities to benefit the health and well-being of the homeless but for many years has only been able to offer help indoors on four occasions during the week.      See full story...

A new way of being Church? Jill Spracklen recalls the beginning of our Cafe Church

In my filing cabinet is a folder marked ‘New Initiatives’. It is now well filled and can no longer qualify for that labelling as it did in November 2010 when we shared in our first Cafe Church, one of three new initiatives started at the time (the others were Messy Church and Family Film Night), giving opportunity to experience another way of being ‘church’.      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...

Are we understood? Brian Tucknott reflects on our ‘church’ language and practices.

An 'old school’ evangelist asked the question "Don’t you know that you were bought with a price?" To which a wit in the crowd responded "I didn’t realise I was up for sale!" This is a story retold by the Rev Dr Robert Reiss, Canon Treasurer of Westminster Abbey until his retirement, in his book Sceptical Christianity.      See full story...

Always starting something new: Terry Millard reports on regular opportunities to support people

It seems funny to be thinking of new beginnings when the end of the year is in sight. But there are many new beginnings in life; some big and many that are small. If, like me, you knit or crochet, then the act of finding a new pattern and then starting that project can be deeply satisfying. Especially as you start on that new ball of wool after choosing the colour for your project. Or it might be the wool you are using is made from many oddments, but you still have that thrill as the project begins to grow.      See full story...

Churches Together in Broadstone

I recently attended my first CTiB (Churches Together in Broadstone) meeting at St Anthony’s as a representative of Broadstone Methodist Church. The experience was very much a learning exercise for me, listening to reports of the current activities. Sue Gowling is due to become Chairman in September and of course, we are now blessed with two new permanent Ministers, Helen at St John’s, and Andy at the United Reformed Church. I am optimistic that there will be even more positive achievements for CTiB as more opportunities for working together are identified - an important aspect of 'the Way Forward' for Broadstone Methodist Church.      See full story...

Behind the scenes

Is there a more joyful and inspiring sight than the annual London Marathon? Each year I marvel at the dedication, selflessness and sheer guts of runners pushing themselves beyond all reasonable endurance for the sake of strangers. It’s a day that arouses my total admiration as I sit glued to the television - with my box of tissues!      See full story...

Working with my dogs

I wonder what you think of when I mention the word “Teamwork”. You may think of an orchestra or a sports team, a stage presentation or the Duke of the Edinburgh awards, or even perhaps a marriage. Over the past 40 years of teaching and ministry, teamwork for me has of course meant working with colleagues, but equally it has meant working with my special four-legged friends and companions - my beautiful dogs!      See full story...

A tale of two Deacons: Deacon Sarah: called by God...helped by a team

This is about Deacon Sarah Wickett - known to many in the Poole area - often referred to as ‘a live wire’ ! Prior to her ordination in July, at her recent District Testimony Service, Sarah shared with us something of her journey and the ‘team’ of ordinary people used by God that brought her to this point in her life.      See full story...

A tale of two Deacons: Deacon Suzie

Hello everyone! I was asked to share with you what ‘teamwork’ means to me. Immediately, my thoughts go to the amazing group of people, lay and ordained, who are involved in diaconal ministry in this Circuit. And here is my first point: it’s not ‘my’ ministry… it could never be! I don’t have all the skills required nor the desire to embark on a ‘one-woman’ mission.      See full story...

The future: a personal view

When considering the future of the Methodist Church, locally, nationally and internationally and indeed the Christian Church in general, should we not always bear in mind the words of Jesus in The Great Commission? "All authority in heaven and on earth has beengiven to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28 : 18-20      See full story...

Family Outreach Team

It seems to me that I have been in teams all of my life - first at school, then in numerous teams over the years at work and now in retirement too. I work with teams as a member of Poole Lions Club and also doing Visitor Welcome in London in the summer. At church I’m in the security team, the grass cutting team and so on, but perhaps the team which gives me most satisfaction is the Family Outreach Team, led, of course, by Karen.      See full story...

Good day, bad day!

On a good day, teamwork is something to behold! On a not so good day, it can look like this! We’ve all been there. Working together toward a shared vision can be exciting, creative and rewarding. And we’ve all been there. Working together toward a shared vision can be frustrating, discouraging and fruitless.      See full story...

How many players make a team?

For Messy Church, the answer is ‘as many as you want’. Let me explain. First of all there are those involved with the planning of each session which take place one morning each half term and main school holidays. Six of us meet together to share our thoughts and ideas for the ten activities, games, food and worship to fit a theme which may be based on the time of year or a story from the Bible.      See full story...

Partnership on an international scale: Christian Aid

"We are a partnership of people, churches and local organisations committed to ending poverty worldwide." "Working together is fundamental to the work of Christian Aid." (https://www.christianaid.org.uk) These key principles demonstrate the importance of teamwork in tackling the enormous global challenges of extreme poverty and injustice. Christian Aid has more than 70 years’ experience of working in partnership to support communities to thrive.      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...

Transforming Young Kenyan Lives

The Karibuni Trust has a new name - Karibuni Children! After 22 years of wonderful achievement working with children from the poorest of the poor, this seems a much more appropriate name, and it all started with a young girl, Corinne Murphy, setting up a charity with her savings of £2.56!      See full story...