Church’s Big Idea for Cotmanhay

NILALM110319B1 - Arena Church members are planning to do jobs for people in Cotmanhay
NILALM110319B1 - Arena Church members are planning to do jobs for people in Cotmanhay
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AN ILKESTON church needs your help with a ‘monumental’ weekend providing practical help to the Cotmanhay community.

The Arena Church has organised its Big Idea for the weekend of May 27, where church members will take to the streets armed with paintbrushes, spades and brooms in a bid to help those less able with gardening, cleaning, decorating and DIY.

Chief organiser of the Big Idea and church member, Paul Swindell said: “An important part of what we do as a church is we want to be part of the community and serve them.

“The community on our doorstep is very important to us so who better to serve than them?

“So it’s really an extension of what we do here anyway.”

The Arena was responsible for the Cotmanhay food bank over Christmas, which proved very popular.

The teacher explained: “We wanted to do practical things for the community. Many members of our congregation are from Cotmanhay and we have many links with the area so it seemed the obvious place to help out.”

He added: “It’s safe to say that this will be a monumental weekend.”

The event is planned to run every year.

There will also be events across the town, including kids’ activities at the church’s Rutland Street base and at its charity shop in the Market Place.

To nominate someone in Cotmanhay who you think could benefit from some help – perhaps older or disabled people – fill in one of these forms and return it to 8 Heanor Road, Ilkeston, DE7 8ER.

If you are a business that can lend tools, materials, or cash backing for the event, call the church on 0115 944 2996.