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).
Our summer sessions included a trip around Russia, talks on the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Children of Chernobyl (to which we made a donation) and an Outing to Barford Farm and Garden to enjoy their delicious ice-cream. Over the past year we have also contributed to Wimborne Rotary Club’s project to supply water purification systems in disaster areas and to a children's charity in Fiji created by Dorset couple Margaret and Peter Long.
On the autumn menu we look forward to Robert Maguire telling us about the work of Poole Lions, Di Baggs’ Photos of Hawaii, and a film afternoon: This Wonderful Life (23 November). By popular request the inspirational Rising Voices choir make a return visit on 30 November to which everyone is invited. All ladies are warmly invited to the Thursday afternoons in the Sharland Room ~ there is no joining fee ~ just come when you can and you are welcome to bring a friend. Programmes are in the magazine rack by the reception desk in the coffee lounge. Please take one.
For the past 90 years these meetings have played a significant part in the lives of countless Broadstone women who have been able to broaden their horizons in friendships and faith, especially in the earlier years when there was very little opportunity to socialise. In the Methodist Church the sections of Women's Work and Women's Fellowship combined under the name of Network in 1992. Six years ago Network became Methodist Women in Britain. However, Broadstone has retained the name Women's Fellowship because we want to remain open to women from other churches in the village.
On Sunday 8 October we are privileged to welcome Anne Browse as guest preacher for the Women's Fellowship Anniversary service. Anne has just completed two years as the National President of Methodist Women in Britain and is now Vice-President for 2017/18. Anne is a farmer’s wife living in Devon, she has a grown-up family, has been a Methodist local preacher for many years and, until early retirement, taught French and German. Anne is a dynamic personality who exudes the words on our church’s Network banner: Encouraging, Enabling and Equipping. Her two years as National President has opened her eyes to the faithful witness of women and the needs and aspirations we share wherever we may live and worship.
Broadstone Methodist Church is part of the Southampton District and Alison Judd is the current World President of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women. Alison will hold this office for 5 years and has already visited Methodist women in USA, Sweden, Norway and Zimbabwe. As Rev Les and Alison Judd have conducted worship and led a church weekend for Broadstone, we hold Alison in our prayers in her exciting and exacting role on the Methodist world stage.
Lines from a Prayer by Anne Browse, Day 1 in the Methodist Prayer Handbook:
"Gracious, liberating God, help us to value life in all its forms, to treasure and nurture and protect the gifts which you have entrusted to us. We pray in the name of Christ. Amen."
The coordinators of Broadstone Women's Fellowship are Di Baggs, Carol Carter, Tricia Compton, Elizabeth Rundle and Josie Walsh