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.



The Vicar’s Prayer

prayer In our busy hustle-bustle world it is so easy to experience almost everything as a chore, as something to get through, as something to be endured.  Help us, Lord, to enjoy and appreciate all the varied moments of life however mundane they may seem to be.  Help us to see other’s journeys, other’s burdens, other’s frustrations; and help us to be your angels of mercy bringing a ray of light into someone’s hum-drum day.  We ask in the name of Jesus, your Son, who came as a light in our darkness and a bearer of our burdens.