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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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...

A new way of being Church? Jill Spracklen recalls the beginning of our Cafe Church

In my filing cabinet is a folder marked ‘New Initiatives’. It is now well filled and can no longer qualify for that labelling as it did in November 2010 when we shared in our first Cafe Church, one of three new initiatives started at the time (the others were Messy Church and Family Film Night), giving opportunity to experience another way of being ‘church’.      See full story...

Are we understood? Brian Tucknott reflects on our ‘church’ language and practices.

An 'old school’ evangelist asked the question "Don’t you know that you were bought with a price?" To which a wit in the crowd responded "I didn’t realise I was up for sale!" This is a story retold by the Rev Dr Robert Reiss, Canon Treasurer of Westminster Abbey until his retirement, in his book Sceptical Christianity.      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...

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...

Moving Forward at Broadstone Methodist Church

In the last edition of Pivot, I outlined our approach for discerning how, working on the strong base we already have, our Church should face current challenges, and move forward to build an even more vibrant Broadstone Methodist Church. The team set up to do this have had in-depth conversations with more than forty people and submissions from a number of others. As you may imagine, many of the suggestions and proposals were contradictory!      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...

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...

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...