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Here & now: Sophie Dorling - Reform Magazine

Here & now: Sophie Dorling

Sophie Dorling says goodbye to her old church

Dear Wimborne URC,
Thank you for your many years of service, it has been an absolute pleasure.
Your four walls have seen a lot over the years: christenings, blessings, weddings and funerals, not to mention the odd mishap during a service!

You’ve also witnessed a lot for me personally: my christening, becoming a member and then becoming an elder.
At times you’ve been one of the few constants in my life. No matter what happened in the week, seeing you on a Sunday made the week feel complete.
However, now it’s time for a change! Don’t fret, this isn’t a goodbye, more of a ‘see you soon’.
I’ll keep you updated on what’s to come.
Take care, Sophie

Yes, I did just talk to a church… I wonder if you have ever done the same? After growing up in the church there’s something comforting about thinking it can hear what I’m saying. If you haven’t tried it, give it a try, and see what you think.

For 21 years I’ve known Wimborne United Reformed Church as it stands now, every nook and cranny memorised, and each creaky floorboard stored in my mind to avoid stepping on it in the middle of a service! But times have changed and, as a church, we also have to move with those times…

Sophie Dorling is an elder serving at Wimborne United Reformed Church in Dorset

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This is an extract from an article published in the May 2022 edition of Reform

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