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.


Sans Day Carol as sung by St Mary’s Choir on Easter Sunday


A Prayer for the Exploited – from the Internet (Anon.)

God grant that each individual in an abusive, imprisoning, exploited environment will be visible to someone who can help, someone who can act with your love to change that environment and provide healing for that precious child of yours, even as present-day helpers/healers act with your strength, courage, wisdom, and protection. If we do not see the ones in need, may we support those who do, those who are acting on our behalf to create a more just world, one situation/one person at a time. I pray you will stir our hearts until we act! Praise God for providing us with the eyes to see and the ears to hear and the hearts to know what is wrong, and the Spirit to teach us wisdom to deal justly, lovingly, graciously with all.



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.