St Mary’s stands at the very heart of Ilkeston and is the ancient parish church of the town. We value both our history and location, seeking to reach out to the community that surrounds us and to value all that is best in our heritage, while being open to all the new things that God has in store for us.


Merchant Navy Day, Wednesday 3rd September.


A prayer for anyone going through a storm
By Daphne Kitching

Lord when the storm rages,
When the wind and the waves seem as if they will overwhelm us,
Help us to know the stillness of your presence and your peace.
And even if you seem to be sleeping through our storm,
May that, in itself, be a reassurance that we are safe.
You are with us. You will not abandon ship.
You will bring us through any storm life throws at us.
We will reach the end of our journey
Safely in your company.
Thank you Lord,



bell2St. Mary’s has had a peal of bells since 1732. These have been recast and added to, making up the current ring of 8 bells, installed in 1910. The bearings that the bells turn on have become worn after over 100 years. In order to keep the bells ringing out over Ilkeston for future generations the bearings need replacing and work on the frames, wheels and clappers are urgently required. We have to raise £30,000 to complete this work.

Any donations would be very much appreciated and should be sent to Mr John Bell, Treasurer, St Mary’s Church, Market Place, ILKESTON. DE7 5JA.