Management Committee

Every month the Essex Church management committee – currently consisting of six people – meet up to discuss issues regarding the running of the church. Regular reports of the committee’s activities are published in the church newsletter.

committee members

Gina BayleyginaBayley I have been a member of Essex Church for over four years. I spent over forty years attending Anglican churches, but increasingly over the years felt very much like a square peg in a round hole. I admired the music and litany of the Church, but as an audience-member not a participator. I had never heard of the Unitarians and it was only when it was mentioned in a novel I was reading, that I decided to investigate further. I am so glad I did! I have now found my spiritual home, where I can be accepted as myself, with all my doubts and feel free to explore different spiritual paths.
Roy ClarkroyClark_200x300 Early in 2013 I reached a crossroads in my life. I recognised that I needed more meaningful interaction with others and to rediscover a spiritual perspective. Becoming a member of the congregation at Essex Church has provided me with both. I find that belonging to an inclusive outward looking community gives me the space to develop and refine my faith without being bound by dogma or doctrine. When I was asked if I would consider becoming Chair of the Management Committee and Board of Trustees I was honoured to accept and be able to serve what has become my spiritual home. By day I am a Visual Artist and writer.
Juliet EdwardsJuliet Edwards, member of the committee and trustee at Essex Church. I have been a member of this congregation for twenty five years. I was already a Unitarian when I started attending at but a time in my life when I had little self confidence. I felt welcomed by the congregation and that if I tried something, like stewarding, or reading aloud in the service, people were rooting for me rather than being critical or waiting for me to make a mistake. That acceptance helped me to turn my life around. Now I’m one of the “old guard” and try to extend the same encouragement that was given to me.
Brian EllisbrianEllis_200x300 I came to Essex Church a few years ago after I read about the Unitarians and realised that here were others who came together to celebrate and affirm values and ideals that I had held for most of my life. From the start I was befriended, supported and encouraged, so when invited to join the committee I felt that accepting would give me opportunities to give to the church as well as receiving. At the moment this mostly involves me in work to help maintain the physical fabric of the church.
Heidi FeridHeidi Ferid, member of the committee and trustee at Essex Church. I have been a member of Kensington Unitarians since 1996. At the time I was surprised to find myself ‘going to church’ on a regular basis since I had given up my Catholic faith in my late teens – but I felt attracted by the generosity of spirit that I found in the Unitarian movement. I felt also a sense of belonging to this place. It took a while for all this to become clear to me. I have been involved in different ways. I am a painter and one of my paintings is on permanent display in the Church Hall.
Harold LorenzelliHarold Lorenzelli, member of the committee and trustee at Essex Church. I joined Essex Church in about 1973 when I became a member of the choir. I left for a short period in the 80′s when my career plans changed but returned after a break of three years or so. When invited to join the committee as a trustee I accepted as it seemed a good move to become more involved in the workings of the Church. At present I hold the post of Music co-ordinator and organise the singers and pianists that help provide the music for weekly worship. I think what I like about Unitarianism is its non-dogmatic, broad-based interest in people and our search for a faith.