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 the New Year
written by one of our Readers, Andrea Swarbrick.

prayerHeavenly Father, as we stand at the brink of a new year, we look back, with thanks, as we see how your love and goodness has supported us through all our adventures. Help us to look to the future, confident in the knowledge that you will always be with us whatever life may bring, for you are our changeless, loving Lord. We pray that the peace which came into the world as a babe in Bethlehem, may be proclaimed in peace in our homes, in our lives and throughout the world.