8-year-old Shares God’s Gift of Music

Owen Buxton head shot with violin

By Caroline Johnson*

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter services keep many church families busy during Holy week. Toss in family gatherings and dinners, and an Easter egg hunt or two and you would be hard-pressed to find a busier time of year – for children or adults.

Eight-year-old Owen Buxton found time to add another event to his Holy Week calendar. He shared his gift of music by playing violin during Easter service – at two churches!

Buxton’s calling is Christian music. His love of that and of God are apparent when you speak to him. His family calls Ninth Street United Methodist Church (Southern Hills District) in Cambridge home but the second-grader is comfortable performing anywhere. He especially loves playing in church with other musicians.

On Easter Sunday, Buxton was accompanied on guitar by Scott Rawlins. The two played at Ninth Street UMC and at Middlebourne United Methodist Church (Southern Hills District). Congregants were overheard saying, “how terrific,” and “how inspiring and uplifting” the duo were.

Buxton loves playing the violin but it’s not his only instrument. In music class at St. Benedicts, he plays the bells. When he’s not practicing music, the eight-year-old likes to read, play baseball and watch movies on the Disney Channel.

*Caroline Johnson is in her 1st year as secretary of Cambridge Ninth Street United Methodist Church.