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 arrivals: Moira Clark and Katja Wilson introduce themselves

MOIRA: What a joy it is to have my church on the doorstep of Waterman House! I say ‘my church’ because a few days after my arrival in Broadstone, I decided to try Broadstone Methodist Church... And KATJA: I moved to the Broadstone area just over a year ago from Scotland. As a mum to two young children it was important that they felt settled first.      See full story...

New every morning: Rev Linda Chester reflects on a whole variety of New Beginning experiences

When we pause to reflect, it’s interesting that all of us are constantly facing “new beginnings” throughout our lives. They are so varied, we may approach each with excitement, uncertainty, fear, or even a mixture of all three. From our early years at school, we are familiar with the annual change of class and teacher in a new classroom. We usually adapt quite well to new friends and a widening circle of acquaintances.      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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...