Thank you for visiting our website. We hope that you will find the help and information that you are looking for. We also hope to welcome you in person at our Church very soon. Whether you come for Prayer and Worship or for one of the many social activities which range from Seniors' Lunches to Children's Thirsty Thursdays, you will find a warm welcome and supportive friends at Broadstone Methodist Church.
As part of the worldwide Christian Church, to preach the Christian message, provide facilities for Christian worship, and to serve the needs of the Community
This has been our mission since a Methodist Church was first built on our site in Lower Blandford Road in 1890. By the end of the last century it was clear that our old building was not ideal for carrying out this mission in the 21st Century. The old building was demolished and our new building was opened in December 2003.
Within our building you will find our Sanctuary - our place of worship, and our Paul Mears Quiet Room, dedicated to the man who drove the vision of our modern building. This room is set aside for prayer, quiet contemplation and conversations in confidence. If you ever want someone to talk to, then please do let reception volunteers know.
Our Coffee Lounge is open each morning from Monday to Saturday, with light lunches served on Thursdays. Drop in to find a friendly welcoming atmosphere and the buzz of conversation. Towards the rear of the building we have meeting rooms, and a large hall upstairs. The activities which go on here daily include use by church groups and many local organisations. You will find more details about our church activities on the various sections of our website. As we are part of the local Poole Bay Methodist Circuit, you may also find their website of interest.
We hope you find something of interest to you and look forward to welcoming you to our Church community.
"Reflections on a strawberry." In our Autumn edition of Pivot, Rev Sue Gowling thinks about seasonal cycles.
Dear friends and neighbours, a warm welcome to the latest edition of Pivot.
I am writing this letter in early August when the summertime heat seems to be at its height. The children are enjoying time away from the classroom, and, once again, I notice that it takes an inordinate length of time to reach some of my other churches on the Isle of Purbeck because of our many summer-time visitors.
This summer, my husband and I spent some of our days looking after our granddaughters aged 6 years and the other 20 months. It was Mabel’s first experience of ‘Pick Your Own’ and I think she found some of the strawberries a little too ‘sharp’ – but she valiantly persevered and it didn’t stop her tasting the odd one or two berries as we worked our way round the fields harvesting them.
It reminded me that our journey through the seasons continues. Soon our Harvest celebrations will be in full swing – it is an important season in our church calendar. At Harvest-time we thank God for all God’s gifts of food and seasonal weather, especially the crops and other plants which mature in summer and autumn and yet nourish us all year. We thank God, too, for all creatures which move in the waters, fly in the sky and live on the land.
Harvest-time is still a popular celebration, although the days when village communities worked together to bring in the harvest have long since disappeared; and with most produce available in our shops throughout the year we’ve almost lost the concept of a ‘harvest season’.
The effects of climate change are often in the news. We’ve recently learned that ten of the UK’s hottest years have occurred since 2002. Bearing in mind that records go back to 1884, this reveals a worrying trend, as our precious planet attempts to deal with the climate crisis.
So at this time of year, it’s natural for us to think more generally about how our food is produced with debates about GM crops, intensive farming methods, the supermarkets’ influence on farming and the importance of Fairtrade, which changed the way we shop; although it seems that major companies have started to abandon the Fair Trade Movement, setting up their own in-house imitations; which may threaten the very idea of Fair Trade.
In the Book of Genesis, humankind is charged to partner God in the stewardship of creation so, with all the recent climate change evidence, it’s even more important than ever that we reflect on our responsibilities in caring for this God’s wonderful world.
Nature is finely balanced, so we should never take for granted what we receive from it and should always have a sense of thanksgiving in response. Alongside this we should have a deep concern for those whose lives are threatened because they have so little.
So, Harvest is a time for thankfulness, for profound thinking and for a re-commitment from us all to care for our beautiful planet and ensure there are many harvests to come in the future. Harvest Blessings to you all. Rev Sue.