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.

Christine Fletcher’s Cornish Treasures

After many years in Cornwall, Chris and Nick Fletcher moved back to be near family in Dorset in the summer of 2015. They soon felt very much at home at Broadstone Methodist Church. Chris had been heavily involved in the Cornish Art world, both in St Tudy and latterly as chairman of Constantine Art Society and her work has been exhibited from Polperro to Mawnan Smith. Living in Broadstone, Chris joined the Poole & East Dorset Art Society (PEDAS) and also the Canford Heath Art Society, (CHAS).      See full story...

Blending colours

I was at a low ebb, the children were young, I felt I was a failure and not able to succeed at anything. It was at this point that I recalled how right from a child I had enjoyed dabbling with a paint brush, a pastime my granddaughter now also enjoys. My father was my greatest critic, always offering good advice and encouragement when it was needed. Then he died ~ and so did my courage and confidence in my ability to paint.      See full story...

What about your gifts and talents?

Talent? Not me! I can't arrange flowers or make fancy cakes. I can't sing, play a musical instrument, write poetry or write a good article. I can't exhibit any of my attempts at painting or sketching! I can't stand up in front of a large audience and deliver a speech or a sermon. I can't organise events for special occasions. I just can't! No? But . . .      See full story...

Open, welcoming and friendly afternoons

If you’d like to share fun, interesting and friendly afternoons, if you would like to travel the world from the comfort of the Sharland Room, and if you would like to feel you are supporting local and international charities... then join us on Thursday afternoons at Broadstone Women's Fellowship (times and subjects in the weekly Notices).      See full story...

Book review: Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land, by Tom Stuckey

We are very fortunate to be able to regularly benefit in person from Rev Tom Stuckey’s theological knowledge, when he leads worship or Bible study groups at Broadstone. Tom is a prolific author and has just published his latest book, sub-titled ‘The Future of the Church in Britain: A Methodist Perspective’.      See full story...

What a gift!

Having been in ministry for ten years, the Methodist Church generously gift their ministers with a three-month long Sabbatical. This is meant to be a time of spiritual, physical and mental renewal. My Sabbatical took place during January, February and March of this year and so I returned to ministry at the beginning of April, in time for Easter.      See full story...

Making God relevant for children

What would you do if you were asked to teach a class of middle school children for 1 hour each week for 6 -7 weeks on the subject of Christian faith? This is what I was asked to teach at Broadstone Middle School as part of their University of Broadstone Curriculum. Some of the things on offer are in areas of sport, gardening, table tennis, circus skills, comic book art, and music making…etc. Some exciting and fun things to choose from for sure!      See full story...

Alison Kay: inspirational local talent

Alison Kay has lived in Broadstone for over 20 years. She left her Swansea home to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and from there she went straight on to become sub principal viola player with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 she left this full time position to spend more time with her family. She freelanced mainly as a viola player and continued teaching the violin, viola and music theory at Parkstone Grammar School and Talbot Heath School. She also tutored young chamber groups at home and entered them into the Bournemouth Music Festival.      See full story...

Making Music: the band members' stories

The Worship Band makes a big contribution to worship at Broadstone Methodist Church. They give a strong and rhythmic lead to the singing at most of the regular family services, yet the seven members of the band are of a wide range of ages and of musical skills. Here are extracts from some of their stories.      See full story...

The icing on the cake!

I was born in Poole and amongst my ancestors there was a baker, a dressmaker and several teachers, so maybe it was pre-ordained that I should become a Home Economics teacher. My chosen college had been evacuated to Bournemouth with various hotels in Boscombe occupied as halls of residence      See full story...

Saying it with flowers

Talents come in various forms. It could be painting, writing, music or craftwork etc, and one of the many talents enjoyed in Broadstone Methodist Church every week is that of flower arranging. We are fortunate to have several members in our congregation who have a skill in this area and every Sunday we are blessed with a new and vibrant arrangement at the front of the church.      See full story...

Busy hands

We all have our talents and I think the Knit and Natter Group are great at using theirs to help others. We have several ladies who are very good at either reading the knitting patterns or who are able to help others when they have gone wrong in their knitting. Then we have others who are able to come up with a different stitch or pattern to use so we don’t get bored with the projects.      See full story...

Gardening

This Pivot we are focusing on the vegetable plot. Any garden, even a window box can provide some vegetables for the summer. By now you will have made a start with growing your vegetables and have planted runner beans.and tomatoes in the greenhouse or on a windowsill to give them a start.      See full story...

Are we nearly there yet?

Go on, drop the magazine if you have never heard those words or thought them yourself! On some car journeys, when I heard those words coming from the back seats, it usually prompted swift action to try and quieten things down before things got too distracting. I guess that I didn't like being reminded, again and again, that we're not there already either. So often we push on to the destination, and once we've set out we simply want to get there as soon as possible. Maybe it’s a more common experience than we care to admit. So often we focus so intensely on the getting there bit that we fail to make the most of the journey itself.      See full story...

Meet Jo

It's a new year with lots of exciting things happening, the first being the arrival of my granddaughter, Kaylee in America. This has led to my decision to cut back on my hours at the church as well as the church's decision to hire Jo Farmer to assist in the Children and Young Families' Ministry. What a lovely lady she is as well as a real asset to the ministry. Following is an interview with Jo which I thought might help you get to know her a bit better.      See full story...

Dementia-friendly communities

In May 2014 Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer's Society, gave the opening address at a Dementia Awareness Conference held in Broadstone Methodist Church. The journey for Broadstone becoming a Dementia-Friendly Community had commenced. Subsequently the Alzheimer's Society has supplied the following article for Pivot.      See full story...

Knit and Natter Group

Over the last two years our group has come a long way from when we used to meet in the small porch room at the front of the church. When I originally had the idea of setting up the group, I thought we could meet perhaps once a month, with people bringing their own projects along, and that we would occasionally work towards charity projects.      See full story...

Gardening tips for spring

Writing this on a freezing, foggy day, it seems a long way to the spring and summer but we can plan now for great things to come! Get out your seed catalogues and remainders of seeds from last year and plan which seeds to sow when and where. This can be done either for windowsill propagation or in the greenhouse.      See full story...