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.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie is a registered charitable organisation in the United Kingdom which provides care and support to people with terminal illnesses and their families. It was established in 1948, the same year as the National Health Service. There are 108 nurses in Dorset and they travel to where they are needed.      See full story...

The Leonardo Trust

The Leonardo Trust is an independent charitable trust set up in 2001 based in Broadstone to help people in Dorset who are registered voluntary carers for relatives or friends. Being a full-time carer is extremely hard work and getting time off can be difficult but it is very important that every carer has some time to themselves for short periods of rest and relaxation not just for themselves but also for the person they care for.      See full story...

Reflections on Social Care

Many of you will be familiar with the serious concerns about Social Care expressed through the media. You may have heard on the News recently about the Dad, disabled and hospitalised since last Easter. He has a wife and children at home who need him and, given the right amount of care and equipment, he could return there. He has been offered a place in a Care Home as, so far, the responsible department will not agree to fund his return home.      See full story...

Co-ordinating Pastoral Care

How should we describe our role? In essence we are the bridge between the Pastoral Visitors and the Minister. The Methodist Church website has this to say about pastoral care within the Church “A Healthy Church Community is one where people know they are loved, visitors are welcome, young and old alike are valued and feel safe. The care that we offer, both at times of crisis and in everyday life is an active proclamation of God’s love in Christ and for all the world.”      See full story...

It’s Traditional !

As children, we were never aware what the trigger was but every year, at the beginning of Lent, skipping ropes would be the essential piece of equipment for all of us. Individual ropes abounded, but so too did long heavier ropes that would stretch across the street. Of course, traffic was not a problem then; few families had a car, so the only motorised traffic we saw on our street was the electric milk float (if we were up really early), the bus once an hour, the baker’s delivery van and, very occasionally, an emergency vehicle.      See full story...

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Dear Friends and Neighbours, In my last letter, I wrote about my experience of attending a Silent Retreat at the start of my Sabbatical which took place in the first quarter of 2017. I thought I might share with you a little more about my time away.      See full story...

Transforming Young Kenyan Lives

The Karibuni Trust has a new name - Karibuni Children! After 22 years of wonderful achievement working with children from the poorest of the poor, this seems a much more appropriate name, and it all started with a young girl, Corinne Murphy, setting up a charity with her savings of £2.56!      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 a Difference - Raleigh International

Raleigh International is a charity which specialises in international development, coordinating projects in countries such as Nicaragua and Tanzania. Many of you will remember that last summer, Jill and David Spracklen held an afternoon tea in aid of the charity, and that I (their granddaughter Katie) subsequently went on a 10 week trip to Nicaragua with Raleigh.      See full story...

Christine Fletcher’s Cornish Treasures

After many years in Cornwall, Chris and Nick Fletcher moved back to be near family in Dorset in the summer of 2015. They soon felt very much at home at Broadstone Methodist Church. Chris had been heavily involved in the Cornish Art world, both in St Tudy and latterly as chairman of Constantine Art Society and her work has been exhibited from Polperro to Mawnan Smith. Living in Broadstone, Chris joined the Poole & East Dorset Art Society (PEDAS) and also the Canford Heath Art Society, (CHAS).      See full story...

Blending colours

I was at a low ebb, the children were young, I felt I was a failure and not able to succeed at anything. It was at this point that I recalled how right from a child I had enjoyed dabbling with a paint brush, a pastime my granddaughter now also enjoys. My father was my greatest critic, always offering good advice and encouragement when it was needed. Then he died ~ and so did my courage and confidence in my ability to paint.      See full story...

What about your gifts and talents?

Talent? Not me! I can't arrange flowers or make fancy cakes. I can't sing, play a musical instrument, write poetry or write a good article. I can't exhibit any of my attempts at painting or sketching! I can't stand up in front of a large audience and deliver a speech or a sermon. I can't organise events for special occasions. I just can't! No? But . . .      See full story...

Open, welcoming and friendly afternoons

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).      See full story...

Book review: Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land, by Tom Stuckey

We are very fortunate to be able to regularly benefit in person from Rev Tom Stuckey’s theological knowledge, when he leads worship or Bible study groups at Broadstone. Tom is a prolific author and has just published his latest book, sub-titled ‘The Future of the Church in Britain: A Methodist Perspective’.      See full story...

What a gift!

Having been in ministry for ten years, the Methodist Church generously gift their ministers with a three-month long Sabbatical. This is meant to be a time of spiritual, physical and mental renewal. My Sabbatical took place during January, February and March of this year and so I returned to ministry at the beginning of April, in time for Easter.      See full story...