St Martins Parish Church
Gathering in a 13th Century building, extensively restored in the 19th Century, the congregation is a vibrant one ranging in age from babes in arms to ninety-year olds, worshipping in many different styles from traditional BCP services through to contemporary lay-led celebrations.
Our ecumenical links with the Methodist Church are very good and representatives from the two churches meet regularly to plan joint services and events.
Car parking is 100 metres from the church through The Rectory entrance pillars on the right. A ramp is available to get up steps at the entrance to the churchyard. There is a toilet in St Martins Community Hall.
Broadmayne Methodist Church
Broadmayne Methodist Church is one of the smaller churches in the Dorset South and West Methodist Circuit and URC United Pastorate.
There are regular weekly services at 10.30 am except when there are joint services with the Parish Church.
Holy Communion is incorporated into the services on average one Sunday per month.
Services are led by clergy, some of whom are retired ministers, or local preachers.
Coffee, tea and biscuits are served after the service in the hall behind the church.
Church Council meetings are held three times a year, in January, May and September. All members of the church may attend these meetings.
Broadmayne Methodist Church, Main Street, Broadmayne, DT8 8EB
The minister is Rev Brenda Stephenson, tel (01305) 459009
More information can be found on the circuit website http://www.dsw.church/
In September 2018 the Covenant was extended to include all the churches in the Watercombe Benefice. It details what the churches currently do together and what they hope to do in the future. The covenant is renewed every three years.
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Throughout the year there are various joint services. The special services are:
• Traditional Methodist Covenant Service in January at Broadmayne Methodist
• Good Friday Stations of the Cross throughout the churches in the Watercombe Benefice
• Easter Sunday Service at St Martin’s
• Harvest Festival at St Martin’s
• Remembrance Sunday at St Martin’s
• Christmas Celebrations in the Village Hall
• 5th Sunday in the month Benefice Services
On the third Sunday of each month, except December, the two churches take it in turns to arrange this service. There are always two leaders planned – an Anglican and a Methodist – and the churches take it in turns to host the service.
Other Joint Ventures
• As well as joint services the two churches work together to provide Easter and Christmas Cards listing all the services in the Watercombe Benefice.
• There are regular planning meetings between the Rector of St Martin’s, the Minister of the Methodist Church and representatives of the two churches.
• The Rector and the Minister share outreach at Broadmayne First School and St Mary’s Middle School.
• For the More Senior Members of the community, members of the two churches organise Christmas and Easter Parties