Friday, November 28, 2014

Looking Back: Old Church Is Reminder To Focus On The Future

While searching the Internet for Dorchester-related items, as we often do, we came across the photo at the right of the old Dorchester Methodist Church.

As many of our readers know, the old Methodist Church building was moved in the 1880s from Pleasant Hill to the east side of Dorchester, on Lincoln Street, where it stood for more than 110 years. 

As the 20th century came to a close and a new building to house Dorchester's UMC congregation was erected, the old church was taken to its current location north of Wilber -- its final resting place -- purchased by a collector of buildings whose dream of a museum never reached fruition.

Today, the last we knew, the building had been reduced to a pile of rotting wood. (The photo in the right corner was taken in the mid-2000s.)

The new Methodist Church is one of our community's best attribute. We do not regret that the church's forward-looking leaders favored reconstruction in the 1990s.  Smart move, much like the construction of the current school building.

However, it saddened us to witness the long good-bye of Dorchester's old church. It was not the dignified end we would have envisioned for a building that served the town and its faithful so well for so many years.

That said, we don't want to get mired in nostalgia. As JFK once noted, those who look only to the past are certain to miss the future.

Dorchester should have its sights set on the future.

“...I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead…” -- Philippians 3:13.