02 March 2017
A Multi-lingual Chapel at Boston Stump has been declared officially open. The chapel, which will offer an inclusive, sacred space to provide opportunities for peace, prayer and reflection, has been supported by the diocesan Transformation Fund and an open invitation is extended to all.
The official opening took place on Shrove Tuesday, which was designated as the ‘Shrove Tuesday Finale’ as part of the recent Boston Connected: Community Table events. On Tuesdays throughout February, people had been gathering in ever-increasing numbers to enjoy a free lunch and a time of fellowship and the forming of new friendships at the church. Supported by the Church Urban Fund’s ‘Near Neighbours’ initiative, Boston Connected: Community Table has proven to be a great success, with a variety of pancakes also on the menu on Shrove Tuesday thanks to the team of church volunteers and students from Boston College.
Some of the fillings for the pancakes had been suggested by those who have been attending the lunches in recent weeks, and commenting on the project the Revd Alyson Buxton, the Team Rector of the Parish of Boston, has said, “We hope that through these free shared meals, and the exchanging of recipes, new relationships will have been formed, with consequent opportunities for valued and deeper understandings of differences.”
Alison Fairman was specially invited to open the Multi-lingual Chapel, with the Revd Alyson Buxton paying tribute to Alison’s great work in the local community, and they were then joined by Jurate Matulioniene, a leader of the local Lithuanian community, for the lighting of a trinity of candles in the centre of the chapel. Speaking after the opening, Jurate described the church as ‘a very welcoming place’, with a ‘special atmosphere’ and a sense that ‘all are welcome’, and visitors to the chapel will be able to make use of some helpful resources for prayer, including prayer cards written in several languages.
To see a video reflection on the Multi-lingual Chapel from the Revd Alyson Buxton, please see the diocesan YouTube page here
For more information on the Parish of Boston, please see the parish website.
Details on English Lessons, to be held in Boston Stump, are on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BostonEnglishLessons/)
Details on the Diocese of Lincoln Transformation Fund may be found here.
To read about the ‘Near Neighbours’ initiative, please see the Church Urban Fund website.
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