Outreach Officer: Jane Blackall

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Our part-time outreach officer, Jane Blackall, takes care of congregational communications: producing the newsletter, maintaining and developing this website, editing the weekly podcast, and working on numerous other forms of publicity. She also oversees organisation of the church calendar, and works on developing the programme of church events, with a particular interest in providing religious and spiritual education for adults and offering small group facilitation.

Jane says: “I am able to put a precise date on it: the first time I set foot in Essex Church was 18th April 1999. Over the last sixteen years I have gradually got more and more involved in the work of running Essex Church and also in nationwide projects for the Unitarian denomination.

Fairly soon after joining this congregation I offered to set up a website for the church and have been the ‘webmistress’ ever since. I have edited the newsletter since about 2001 (I think, but I’ve rather lost count now!), set up our first engagement group back in 2002, been a member of various committees, and got involved in many other exciting and challenging projects along the way. Through getting involved in the wider movement I have developed a particular interest in small groups, and have been involved in organising Hucklow Summer School since 2005, and was also a member of the Unitarian Engagement Support Panel for a number of years. I am hugely grateful for all the opportunities and encouragement I have been given by this congregation down the years.

Since 2008 I have held a part-time role on the staff at Essex Church. A large part of my work is carried out ‘in the background’ as I continue to put together our newsletter, website, orders of service, leaflets, posters, podcasts, and so on. Part of my role is to organise the calendar of events. From time to time I facilitate religious education courses and spirituality workshops and I occasionally lead worship too. You will often see me on the lookout for volunteers to help on Sundays or for people to write articles for the newsletter and I am always grateful for any help that is offered.”

To contact our outreach officer, email: jane@kensington-unitarians.org.uk