One Church, Multiple Locations


1 Rutland Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8DG

10:30am Service

Arena Church has onsite parking for 35 vehicles. There are also several car parks and free parking areas within a 2-minute walk.

All the Erewash Borough Council car parks are free to use on a Sunday, with the nearest being Brussels Terrace at the bottom of Bath Street.
There are parking spaces just over the road (near George’s/Domino’s). We also have an arrangement with Dunelm to allow parking at the extremities of the car park – not near the doors.

Arena Church in Ilkeston

Arena Church is a place where everyone can belong, our ethos is that “everybody is somebody at Arena”. This is no new idea of ours, it comes from the heart of Jesus, he hung around with the majestic and maligned, the businessman and the beggar, the politician and the prostitute and he loved them all. Jesus heart is for everybody, and that is our heart at Arena. We are seeking to build a Church that reaches every area of society, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. Wherever you are in your life, you will be welcomed at the Arena.

Our Sunday services reflect the inclusive nature of Jesus, whether you have never stepped foot in a Church and just want to ‘see what it’s all about’ or whether you have been in Church your whole life, there is something for you. Our services reflect the greatness of our God alongside the reality of our humanity. They are passionate, intimate, exciting and engaging as we seek to go on this journey called life together. We don’t want you to put on a mask or a facade, we want you to come as you are.

We are one Church in many locations. Each of our campuses reflects the heart of Arena but also the community in which we are placed. We would love to welcome you to one of our campuses this week.


Arena Church

Lead Pastor Kristian Thorpe

All of our Campuses come under the leadership of Kristian and Caroline who have been in the church for nearly 20 years. Kristian has been involved in church leadership 1992 and has a passion for church planting. You can check out their full bio by looking at our About page.


Arena Church Ilkeston

Campus Pastor Phil & Sharon Pye

Phil has been part of the Senior Leadership Team at Arena Church since the summer of 2007. During this time he has also served the Assemblies of God denomination which Arena Church belongs to as a Regional Superintendent and for the last eight years until May 2019 as a member of the National Leadership Team.

Phil and his wife Sharon celebrated 40 years of marriage in July, and in all that time they have also been in Christian Ministry serving at three other churches.
Phil loves to see people come to faith and then grow in their gift and call, he seeks to help in this by pastoring, teaching and training.

He is the proud granddad of three ‘little ones’ – Charlotte, Caleb and Arrietty – who keep him on his toes. As time allows, Phil enjoys trying to keep fit, watching sport, current affairs and always having a book ‘on the go’ to read.

What’s On in Ilkeston

Sunday Service
Our weekly services continue every Sunday at 10:30am

Early Morning Prayer
Every Tuesday morning 6:30-7:30am

Acoustic Cafe
Saturday 16th November 7pm-9pm
At The Project – Live music, refreshments available

Bible School
Thursday 21st November 7pm-9pm

Money Course
Saturday 23rd November Ilkeston campus, 9:30-12 noon
Looking at how to wisely handle our money, putting a budget in place (particularly in light of Christmas), dealing with debt and planning for the future.
For everyone 16 and over, no matter where your finances are at. Please sign up by emailing


Everyone Welcome, Free Entry, We’d Love To See You

Friday 6th December 12 noon to 2.30pm
Tickets £3 – Admission by ticket only.
Everyone welcome to join us for festive food and entertainment.

Sunday 8th December at 10.30am
With our local dignitaries and performances from schools.

Sunday 15th December at 10.30am
The little stars of Arena breathe life into the season with their Christmas presentation.

Friday 20th December 2pm
Free admission for service and afternoon tea.
Everyone welcome to join us for traditional Christmas carols and readings.

Sunday 22nd December
Two services 4pm-5pm and 7-8pm
Our traditional carol service (no service Sunday morning). Christmas Fayre 5pm-6.45pm with festive treats and drinks, mince pies, donuts, hog roast, Santa’s Grotto and kids’ fair ride, market stalls.

Wednesday 25th December at 10am
Our Christmas day service with Christmas carols, a short message and a chance for kids to come and show their new toys.


Arena Church in Ilkeston has a service at 10:30am every Sunday – if you’ve missed any or would like to hear the teachings from previous services, listen to the podcast below.


Arena Kids runs every Sunday and is for kids between the ages of 1 and 11, it’s a stimulating and age-appropriate experience of church.