Easter Cross

In church, we have a cross that was originally made from Christmas trees. It symbolises the birth of Jesus at Christmas through to his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Each Sunday in Lent we will add a symbol to the cross, which is linked to short readings from the Bible in which the events of Easter unfold. This is very moving and takes us through the full range of emotions from the excitement of Palm Sunday, through the fellowship of the last supper, shock at the betrayal, fear at the arrest and sadness at the trial and crucifixion. But, of course, it doesn’t end there!
On Easter Sunday members of the congregation are invited to bring a flower to place on the cross, which has been stripped of the other symbols. The cross will then look beautiful and will be a symbol of the Resurrection and new life in Christ.
Last week the Palm leaves, this week was the Betrayal, (the bag of coins)

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IMC Christmas @Museum Pt 3

A bit late but here’s the weekend report.
On Sat 11th we descended onto Erewash Museum for the 3rd and final time this year as part of the Santa Saturdays. Armed with a message, games, and activities we set up in the gallery area and spent the next 4 hrs keeping kids and adults entertained. We even had a visit from Santa himself.
There was a steady flow and not busy as expected, but a chance to speak to people.
We had the baby in a manger, where visitors could hang stars and say thank you to someone.
Game – spinning the wheel to get a star lined up with the nativity scene. Win a prize as well and a message, learning the Christmas story as well.
Crafts – Making small happy birthday Jesus cards, making wooden angels, Colouring sheets, bookmarks and distributing the leaflet with Christmas worship and also nativity books.
Great work Team, well done.
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IMC Christmas @Museum Pt 2

Part 2 of our IMC @ Erewash Museum – Outreach.
Well, we returned to the Museum for another chance to be part of the community, as part of the Museum Christmas Community event. Along with other stallholders, (Arts, crafts, food, and charities), it was a great day. Well received and appreciated by staff.
In a small room just off the main corridor we set up and played Carols, a steady flow throughout the day, music was heard all over Museum. We managed to talk to people passing, pass on the information and be part of the community event. We even had a round of applause from all.


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IMC Christmas @Museum Pt 1

Wow-what a great Night at the Ilkeston Lights Switch on. We were asked by the Erewash Museum to be there as part of the Christmas market they were holding, (which unfortunately was scaled down due to illness and no time), with a low staff, we still went to support them and was well-received, over 1,000 went through the gates.

We were also up at the Cantelupe Centre which was on the marketplace, they had a continuous flow and were well received along with other stallholders, well spread out in 2 places. We did our part helping, supporting, part of the community and bringing a Christmas message,

Game – spinning the wheel to get a star lined up with the nativity scene.

The Christmas Spirit Tree – adding tree shapes to branches – people were asked to think of some small act of kindness they could do for someone and put the name on the tree. (to be displayed at the Christmas festival)

Christmas cards – Sending a Christmas card with a message to an injured soldier, recovering in hospital. Lesley has the cards and will send them on.

Crafts – making wooden angels, Santa and snowmen Christmas decorations, Colouring sheets distributing the leaflet with Christmas worship and also nativity books

Great work everyone.


Summer Sounds 2021

With Music from a Take That and Robin Williams tribute band, stalls, and performances Erewash and Victoria Park was Alive with over 1500 people, as Summer Sounds returned to Ilkeston’s Victoria Park on July 25.

There was also a fun Punch and Judy Show and craft activities for children provided by Jolly Jingles Fun Time. Also stilt walkers making giant bubbles, by Joker Entertainment. The Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor John Sewell opened the event at 3pm, Music performances then started on the park’s Victorian bandstand.IMC as last time had its own stall and games area, Crafts activities were also available as well as a display of our new building project.

Our games area was popular with prizes on hand and a chance to get a gold medal at our Olympics spin the wheel. The Splat the Rat brought in the crowd and was popular with kids and adults taking part. Kids even came back for more, (Probably due to only the games area in the park).

Another popular area of the stall, and was more popular than ever before, was the free glitter tattoos, with long cues from 4pm – 7pm. It was a great event and great to see people, there was also a great chance to talk to people and engage with the community. If you came to our stall, did you enjoy yourself, have a tattoo, or placed splat the rat/games.

Sticky Theology

Part of our summer series exploring different perspectives on ‘sticky’ theological topics. Don’t expect concrete answers – do expect to go away with lots to think about. Watch it here.

God’s will, free will, the reason for suffering… all pretty sticky things to discuss, we know! Well, here’s the recording of our panellists Professor Clive Marsh and Deacon Eunice Attwood.’Sticky Theology’ debate on the topic of: ‘does everything happen for a reason?’ with host Revd Simon Sutcliffe and

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Live Online Service, done through Zoom

We used the software and did it in similar way as to in church, with music, prayers and a message/reflection. We also broke into groups online to chat and coffee. Some members read from bible and all joined in in singing.

Just some comments received

“The informal chat room at end were great and well received, a chance to catch up”

“Good to see a number of friends”,

“Lovely to see everyone on screen Without Masks”

“Screen shares worked well and smoothly”

“Feeling very uplifted and positive that we can still meet and worship together online”

“Service was very good, my cat thought it was good and not fall asleep “

“Loved the service this morning and was really well done, loved seeing faces not seen for a while”Fancy joining us, see link or get in touch

Mission in Lockdown – IMC in The Community (Update)


In September we started the ideas flowing for working in community during lockdown, well the bulbs ideas have grown in strength and well received.
Now Christmas is near and so is advent. Through WhatsApp, emails and zoom, ideas came in and people have been giving some thought about Christmas and some good ideas have come up.
A few folks have been looking at some resources which are now available from Scripture Union, Methodist church and from other Christian sources, and there have been some discussions about how/when to try to keep in contact with the many families who are Messy Church regulars.
Ideas include trails, Quiz / Social nights via Zoom, Carols singing, Messy Church, sending card and much more.

IMC In the Community – Lockdown

Planting bulbs to share some love and joy

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During October, the folk at Ilkeston Methodist Church have been busy planting bulbs to bring some cheerful colour for the people of Ilkeston to enjoy in early Spring next year.

Faced with the cancellation of many of the usual community events in the town due to the pandemic, the people at IMC realised that they needed to come up with new ideas for ways of sharing some love and joy with those who have had a tough time over the last few months. We challenged members to come up with ideas for ways to be involved with the community, many ideas were shared, yet on IMC Whatsapp the Bulb idea was springing into action with all using our skills, contacts and knowledge.

The bulb-planting took hold and by the end of the month, over twenty pots had been planted up safely, keeping to the rules on social distancing, and delivered with a message of support to an outdoor area at several care homes; Victoria Court, Oliver House and Hargreaves Court, the Museum and the United Reformed Church in Ilkeston.The hope is that Spring 2021 will bring plenty of colourful flowers to enjoy and even better, some hope of better times ahead.