Flood repairs and a devastating burglary mean it has been a busy start for the Stump’s new vicar – but she’s delighted to be at the heart of Boston’s spiritual and community life.
Despite officially starting in February, team rector of the Parish of Boston Alyson Buxton has been involved with the repairs to the church following the floods in December and this month faced a break-in which caused £1,200 of damage to the Grade I listed building.
But that has not put her off her new role and she told The Standard: “I’m thrilled and I’m honoured. It’s hard work, but I think Boston is a wonderful place to be.”
The new reverend is enthusiastic about the challenges and opportunities facing her, adding: “My vision for the church is for it to be at the centre of a changing community.”
Rev Buxton has previously been vicar at Horncastle and also part of the Bishop’s team in the Diocese of Ely.
Before joining the Church of England she was a qualified nurse and also a national projects manager in the pharmaceutical industry. She has also found the time to be a wife, a mother of two grown-up daughters and an owner of three dogs.
The Stump is important to her and she is completely committed to church buildings being a religious space. “They are an antenna of good news and ours is a very big antenna. First and foremost the building is there to worship God,” she said.
However, she is also keen for the building to be part of everyone’s life, adding: “It’s a parish church. It’s there as much for the town as it is for the congregation. One of the things we’re wanting to do is for Boston to be a space where people can come together.”
The new reverend is clear on her faith. She explained: “Church, for me, is that sacred place where the air is thin. Wherever we are in our lives, in a time of trouble, in pain, or good times, to experience the possibility that there might be more and to experience it with like-minded people - it’s absolutely life-changing.”
She is very confident about the current state of spirituality in the world. “I think we’re more spiritual now than we’ve ever been before. The focus of that spirituality for me is expressed through my relationship with Jesus Christ. As the Son of God, Jesus is a perfectly authentic human being and, through him, we are able to journey towards this reality for ourselves.”
Reverend Buxton is a ‘here and now’ vicar, combining the spiritual and practical aspects of her role with a sense of humour and fun. A she puts it: “It’s not all pie in the sky when you die: it’s steak on a plate while you wait.”