Reverend George McMullan, of the Ilkeston Church of the Nazarene, accepted a cheque for £500 from councillor Jon Wright (left). The money will help towards the church work within the community. At present the church is open four days a week offering community activities supporting people within the community. The church operates a luncheon club on a Wednesday at 12.30pm for £3.50 as well as other weekly events. See left for more.
The church runs stay and play toddler sessions on a Thursday and Friday morning from 9.20am to 11.30am for £1.50. There is a community café called Fresh Start after the toddler sessions until 1pm, providing quality meals at a low cost. This is open to all the community. On a Friday, the church also runs chair-based exercise for those struggling with mobility. Friday tea time is youth night for age 11 and above at £1 per session. Sundays are family worship with relevant preaching and free lunch after the service. The aim of Fresh Start is to encourage people back into work through supporting them to get experience and helping them to look at opportunities they could take. From April, the church will be working with Age UK and EVS to run a project for men on a Monday afternoon.