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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Knit and Natter

Well we are over half way through the summer, the children are on their school holidays and the roads are getting busier with holiday makers. But the crafters at Broadstone Methodist Church Knit and Natter group have not let that stop them from producing their usual amount of knitted and crocheted items.      See full story...

Fulfilling a commitment

In my last Pivot article for Knit and Natter I mentioned my up-coming challenge of taking part in the Big Sleep Easy 2018, organised by Bournemouth YMCA. Back in the summer of 2018 Wendy from Lesley Shand Funeral Directors, asked our Knit and Natter group to help make about one hundred hats and scarves, that the Douch Family Funeral Group were going to pass on to Bournemouth YMCA. These would be used by volunteers who were going to sleep outside in a cardboard box to raise awareness and money for the homeless and rough sleepers.      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...

Now open every weekday: Routes to Roots reveal their latest ambitious plans

Over the last twelve months Routes to Roots has made an excellent start on its ambition to establish a homeless hub in Poole. The charity is already accepted as a centre for many outreach activities to benefit the health and well-being of the homeless but for many years has only been able to offer help indoors on four occasions during the week.      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...

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...

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...

Always starting something new: Terry Millard reports on regular opportunities to support people

It seems funny to be thinking of new beginnings when the end of the year is in sight. But there are many new beginnings in life; some big and many that are small. If, like me, you knit or crochet, then the act of finding a new pattern and then starting that project can be deeply satisfying. Especially as you start on that new ball of wool after choosing the colour for your project. Or it might be the wool you are using is made from many oddments, but you still have that thrill as the project begins to grow.      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...