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.

Editorial for Issue 33, Autumn 2021

Are you coping with everything the world is throwing at us? If you are anything like me and trying to keep several balls in the air, you will be feeling just a little bit (or maybe a lot) stressed, anxious or even depressed; and in need of a time of quiet, calm or help. We are not alone!      See full story...

Fratelli Tutti

David Endicott reflects on the Encyclical of Pope Francis. If you have not read this encyclical, I would urge you to do so and to consider and take heed of the message. The message is in the title – ‘Brothers All’. Very simply – we all have a responsibility to each other, whoever we are and wherever we are born.      See full story...

God's help in unexpected places

Rev Linda Chester remembers her favourite aunt. How can it possibly be September already! Surely, I can`t be the only one to think that these past months have simply flown by? I have to look back at my diary to actually remember all the things that have happened - it`s so easy to forget as one week turns into another.      See full story...

Photographic memories

Marilyn and John Greenaway have been sorting their photographs. The last 18 months have been strange, unexpected and have given many of us time to pause, reflect, slow down, maybe take stock of ourselves. We decided that lockdown gave us the chance to tackle many jobs that we never normally have time for.      See full story...

In Memoriam

Sadly, over this last year many of our members and wider church family have died and we haven’t been able to come together to mourn their loss and celebrate their lives. In advance of a future Memorial Service, the editors of Pivot wanted to share some recollections and provide a base for reflection before too much time passes.      See full story...

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 session of big favourite: Women's Fellowship share insights into their afternoons

The Thursday afternoon Women’s Fellowship continues to grow and, at one of the November meetings, we welcomed two new members. The Sharland Room makes an ideal venue for our weekly, open and ecumenical fellowship where we average 25 members. It is really good to share with ladies from St John’s Church, St Antony’s Church and the United Reformed Church as well as with those who have no particular church link      See full story...

Editorial March 2018

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for penitence and self-denial, remembering Jesus’ death for us on the cross, so that we may grow in faith and devotion to our Lord. The extent to which this tradition is put into practice in our lives today varies widely ~ it would be interesting to know what, if any, acts of penitence and self-denial readers of Pivot are practicing in Lent 2018.      See full story...

Love Your Neighbour

At the end of January, my husband Colin and I went on holiday for a fortnight. We went to the far North West of Scotland and I like to describe it as our ‘character building’ holiday. My husband may describe it in other terms – but whatever words we use – it was a stunningly beautiful and exciting holiday in one of the remotest places of the United Kingdom.      See full story...

Saying Farewell

Farewell to a Gracious Lady: On 27 December 2017, Broadstone Methodist Church lost its most elderly member who passed away, aged 97. The Loss of a True Gentleman: Brian Skelton ~ a faithful member of our Church passed away suddenly on 18 January 2018.      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...

An invisible army: Jackie, Tim, Keziah and Toby Spencer

It is estimated that there are around seven million Carers in the UK and they are often referred to as an 'invisible' army. They are on call for very long hours in their own homes and give dedicated service. Jackie, Tim and Keziah are long term Carers and have shared some of their experiences with Pivot.      See full story...