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 Church of England churches in Ilkeston (St Mary’s, All Saints Kirk Hallam, St John’s and Holy Trinity) are getting together to demonstrate to people what Ash Wednesday is all about by offering ‘ashing’ – the signing of a cross on the forehead with ash – and a prayer card to passers by in Ilkeston Market Place on Ash Wednesday, February 14th between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.
This was done in Derby by people from the Cathedral last year (see photo below) and was well received by many of the passers-by so we are bringing the idea to Ilkeston for the first time this year.