St Martins Transformation



For the last decade the church congregation has been faithfully praying about how they could use their building to serve their community.

In 2012 Allenton was given ‘Big Local’ Funding and a community organisation ‘Allenton Big Local’ (ABL) was set up. One of the founding members of the ABL Partnership was also a member at St Martin’s and it soon became evident that there were several groups in Allenton who shared the same social objectives and vision.

Working together with the community groups and with a grant of £70,000 from ABL, ambitious plans were drawn up to extend and refurbish the existing church buildings and develop a community hub. However it soon became obvious that this funding would not be enough to fulfil the dream.

Thinking ‘out of the box’ the partnership viewed the challenge as one not simply about monetary funding. Guided by the church vision and shared group aspiration, the team has built on local network and agency contacts which has resulted in the wider Derby community coming on-board in support. The result is a DIY SOS style project, with much of the work being provided free of charge or at cost by local tradesmen.

What it will deliver

St Martin’s working with and alongside other community groups will provide:

  • An affordable community café providing a meeting place for the deprived in the area.
  • Toddler groups (much needed in this poor area)
  • A community garden set within this busy urban area, boasting ‘plot to plate’ initiatives, sensory garden and outdoor play
  • A community project (involving the café) supporting adults with learning difficulties
  • Strengthening existing links with ‘Enthusiasm’ providing a place for youth clubs and dance groups
  • New community rooms for local groups to meet and hold events
  • New toilets and disabled facilities that local shoppers can use
  • Provide a refurbished Church building fit for 21st Century Worship

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Read the latest articles and media releases to follow this exciting project:

August 2017 – Derby Telegraph: £350k community centre being created in Allenton

August 2017 – Connect East Midlands Article: Major new community centre in Allenton

July 2017 – East Midlands Business Link Report: ‘Demolition Day’ Swings Into Action

News from St Thomas’s Road Methodist Church

News from St Thomas’s Road Methodist Church

Our ‘Simply Worship’ service on the 4th Sunday of the month aims to be accessible to people with learning difficulties or dementia.  Here is the story of how it started:

On one particularly poorly attended Sunday at St Thomas’ Road Methodist Church in Derby, Revd Jenny Dyer found herself preaching to about a dozen people, two of whom had learning difficulties.  “I was preaching about the Chilcot Report,” she says, “and thinking what on earth are they making of this.  Not only did two of the worshippers have learning difficulties, but another had left an adult son with learning difficulties at home.  Others on our membership list have either learning difficulties or dementia.  It was a lightbulb moment.  I thought: we have to change our worship to be more accessible to these people.”

It was the beginning of a new initiative.  The church got together with Prospects (now part of Livability), an organisation that promotes worship groups for people with special needs.  Prospects came and led a training day, attended not only by the faithful few from the church but by Local Preachers and Worship Leaders from around the circuit, and people from other churches in Derby and beyond.

Then the services started.  Since February, St Thomas’ Road has been running a service it calls ‘Simply Worship’, at its usual service time, once a month.  ‘Simply Worship’ aims to be accessible to everyone, including people with special needs or dementia.  “It is a bit of a challenge though,” says Revd Jenny, “because it also needs to have enough meat in it for our other worshippers.  But so far everyone seems to enjoy it.”

The congregation sit café-style round tables, and tea, coffee and squash are served as people arrive.  There is always something on the table for people to do and help each other to do, as they settle in.  Sometimes it has been craft, and once it was a puzzle.  Once it was baking: “It was a Sunday soon after Easter and we made ‘empty tomb marshmallow croissants!’”  The worship is informal, interactive, visual, colourful.  “We aim to keep it simple, but with depth,” says Revd Jenny.  And it always finishes with the Lord’s Prayer with actions.

Future challenges?  “We need to get it better advertised,” says Revd Jenny.  “So far we have not been successful in attracting people who are not already connected with us, but we hope that will change soon.  And also I’d like us to learn some simple Makaton signs to go with some of the songs.”

News from Mickleover Methodist Church

    News from Mickleover Methodist Church



Our Spark to a Flame Service of Alternative Worship is held at 10.00am on the second Sunday of most months. This provides an informal worshiping and learning environment for both children and adults. It runs in the large hall in parallel with the morning service in the Chapel and normally attracts about 60 people.  The next service will be on 14th October. This was our September service.   

  • Messy Church is held monthly on the first Tuesday in the month from 4 – 6 pm. Come and share in play, games, worship, teaching, craft and a meal together.The next service is 6th Nov. This was our October Messy Church.

  • Women’s Fellowship meets at 2,30pm on Tuesdays.The meeting starts with devotions, followed by speaker each week.The meeting ends with a cup of tea, biscuits and a chat. it is a very friendly group and would be delighted if you joined in. Our Autumn Programme is being prepared

  • Wesley Guild meets at 7.30pm on a Wednesday. It has a wide range of interesting speakers and an opportunity for a chat over coffee. Our Autumn Programme is being prepared

  • A Fairtrade Coffee Bar for the Mickleover community is open at the Methodist Church on the last Saturday of each month from 10.00 to 12 am and includes a Fairtrade stall. The next dates to be arranged.
  • Funtime. Do you like to relax and chat over tea or coffee, play games, puzzle over quizzes together and have fun? Then why not come along to Funtime at the Methodist Church on alternate Wednesday mornings. The next dates are 14th March,11th & 25th April, 9th , 23rd & 30th May, 13th &27th June.
  • If you want to relax and have a chat for a while on a Friday morning, come along to the Mickleover Methodist Church for Coffee and Cakes. It is open from 9.00 am to 12.00 every Friday but will not be open in August.  You could also join in the Scrabble Club at the same time on the last Friday of the month from 10 am.