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.

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...

Girlguiding

Although not a sponsored unit, 4th Broadstone Guides has always had a strong connection with Broadstone Methodist Church. Formed in March 1971 by Sheila La Riviere and registered in January 1972, the unit has always met on the premises (except when the church was being rebuilt)      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...

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...

Our 'Way Forward' Vision and the Poole Bay Methodist Circuit

Many of you will now be familiar with our ‘Way Forward’ vision as presented to, and agreed by, our Church Council in January. The key elements of this vision are to continue and develop our work with young people and families, to create opportunities for worship within this work, and to make our traditional Sunday morning worship more vibrant and meaningful. The next stage of this vision is, through further discussion and planning, to implement the recommendations. However, things have moved on.      See full story...

Wild daffodils

They are shaking their heads, though not in alarm, only moved to and fro by the breeze; this time last week they had not opened up, as they waited for chill days to ease      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...