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 day in the life of a funeral director

As a funeral director, it is my job to help families through their journey of losing a loved one and putting them to rest. This involves many aspects, including those that are probably not often thought of, such as ongoing arrangements, liaising with the hospital, clergy, churches, crematorium, florists, gravediggers, etc and ensuring all is in order by the time of the funeral.      See full story...

Extract from a Holy Land Journal

Nearly every Pilgrimage to the Holy Land begins at the top of the Mount of Olives with the panoramic view of Old Jerusalem and beyond. This is always a special moment for pilgrims realising that, after all the planning and preparations, they have actually arrived in Jerusalem. The scene is dominated by the 7th century Dome of the Rock. This mosque with the iconic golden dome commemorates Muhammad’s ascension to heaven. However, the ancient rock on which it stands is holy to the Jews as the rock where Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac.      See full story...

My life in choirs

Singing has always been a part of my life. All the La Rivieres sang in choirs, and still do. As a boy I joined the choir at Kenton Methodist Church when I was seventeen. I also belonged to the Kenton Male Voice Choir. Conducting started with training the children for Sunday School Anniversary. A very big event at Kenton. I also trained and conducted at three Scout Gang Shows. That was great fun.      See full story...

Celebrating decades of Fairtrade: continue fighting poverty through trade

It is all too easy to think that we cannot make a difference through our individual actions. A lack of vision or a lack of motivation to achieve a particular change reinforces 'it is not worth bothering'. My favourite example to counter this view is the Fairtrade movement which proves we can tackle injustice and reduce exploitation by expressing our choices. And it is pretty easy to buy Fairtrade bananas!      See full story...

Margarete's Marmalade

This a recipe that I have used for a number of years. It's quick and can be done over two days, so you can fit it around other jobs. I buy a years’ supply of Seville oranges and put them in 2lb lots into freezer bags and freeze them so that I can make batches of marmalade throughout the year. I have never failed with this recipe. I hope it works for you!      See full story...

Creative Knit and Natter

Over the summer the ladies of Broadstone Methodist Knit and Natter Group turned their skills to a variety of projects. They are thinking ahead and started knitting and crocheting poppies for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, and as I write this they are going very fast and have proved popular.      See full story...

Giving Hope to the Homeless in Poole

There has been much in the news of late about the worsening condition of the nation's homeless including those in Dorset. "Every day my situation gets worse" - Mel, one of Poole's homeless and a Routes to Roots' client, told the BBC in March. "The Untold - No Fixed Abode" later recounted Mel's story of going from parking for work in one multi storey to sleeping rough in another.      See full story...

Where it all began

It’s almost 3 years since I started here at Broadstone Methodist Church and looking back the thing that first gave me a glimmer of hope that this ministry might prosper happened just before Christmas in my first year. It was the Young Ladies' Craft Group.      See full story...