Pivot

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Editorial June 2018

When I was working I frequently received (and collected) pearls of wisdom in the form of leaflets. This was one such: This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody...      See full story...

I can do, you can do, we can do!

Good morning friends and welcome to Pivot. This edition is all about Teamwork and I wanted to share a few of my thoughts on this subject. You see for most of my working life I have been blessed to work as part of a team. When I started work in 1972 as a member of the Civil Service for the Lord Chancellor’s Department, as a young clerical officer I was very conscious that being part of a team was a real supportive help at the start of my career.      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...

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...