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.
A Prayer for Lent by Andrea Swarbrick
During the cold dark days of winter, snowdrops are slowly growing in the soil and then, suddenly emerging from the earth, they show us their delicate beauty and brightness, lightening the gloom as a sign of re-birth.
Lord, may we be like your snowdrops this Lententide as we are once more drawn into the story of Christ’s life and passion, then bursting out with new growth, joy and thanksgiving at the glory of Easter Day.
May our faith shine out bravely, lightening the darkness of the world’s winter so that it blossoms into the spring of new life in Christ.
Grant, Lord, that there may be a springtime in our lives this Lent.
St. 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.