Heart of the City Project - Building for Mission


Following a year of preparation by the BFM team, the PCC expressed its unanimous support on 19th September 2016 for an exciting but costly set of plans for our buildings, which we believe are necessary for the future of St Thomas’ Church. If this project is to happen, it will need the involvement and sacrificial generosity of the whole church.

Creative fundraising ideas evening

Creative IdeasHere are some of the creative ideas discussed at our Fundraising evening. With so many ideas to choose from we have decided to focus on a few key events to begin with, such as a themed cinema afternoon and a vintage tea party... but there is nothing to stop you from getting going straight away and organising your own small (or large) event in the community. 

Please do share your ideas with us, and let us know if you are running an event and would like help advertising that. Have you checked out our Facebook page yet? This is where we will be sharing photos and write-ups of any fundraising events that have already taken place and we will also advertise future events here. You can also message us directly via the Facebook page if you have any questions about fund-raising. 

We have set up an easy way for you to invite friends to donate online: see St. Thomas Heart of the City Giving Page. We are designing templates for you to use for your fundraising, including posters, invitations, and information cards. You will be able to download these soon. 



Our First Fundraising Initiative

Well done to Janet who sold these gorgeous home-made Christmas gifts at a Christmas Fayre. She made a total of £79, which she has kindly agreed to donate to our Heart of the City/Building for Mission project. 

Ideas for fund-raising can take many forms. Some require a team of people to organise; others, like this one, can be run individually. They all make a difference and will help us reach our target for the project. 

Please continue to pray for this project and give thanks for those who are giving their time and effort to fundraising in the community. 


Progress updates for the BFM/Heart of the City Project

BFM - Heart of the City Update November 2017

Download the November update here

Headlines from the update


Pledges: Thank you to all who have pledged and given for your generosity, and if you haven’t yet made a pledge towards the BFM project, please do pick up a pledge pack from the welcome desk or the church website.    


Spire:quotes were received over the summer, for the work on the spire, the Estates Management team is considering whether to proceed in the autumn, or whether to wait until the Spring. 


Surveys: As we do not yet have the full amount of the project pledged, and to help us make detailed plans for the phasing of the project, we need to have the most up to date information about the state of our buildings. This will help us carefully plan how best to meet both our maintenance needs as well as release the visionary and missional elements of the building project in the most cost effective way we can.  

 Surveys completed so far include: 

• quinquennial conditional surveys on the church, centre, and pre-school; 

• a bat survey (no bats!); 

• asbestos surveys of the whole site;
• Mechanical and electrical surveys of the whole site

We are still awaiting the structural surveys on the church and the new church centre.  


Boilers: Over the summer, the estates management team considered six quotes for new boilers, and the successful contractor has been appointed with a quote of £23,212 (ex VAT).  Work is scheduled to be completed by 2nd October 


So what happens next?

Our intention is for building work to begin at the start of 2019.  Therefore, in the next 12 months, our goals include: 
•    Distilling the findings of the surveys in order to create a set of priorities that encompass both our maintenance and missional commitments; 
•    Set the scope for the project in the light of these priorities, our pledged giving, our faith for future funding (additional pledges, grants, and fund-raising activities); and if necessary, break the project down into substantial phases; 
•    Complete detailed architectural plans and submit a full planning application to the council as well as the DAC; 
•    Complete grant applications and encourage the church to participate in fund-raising activities for BFM.  
•    Prepare a tender pack to send out to potential contractors by next summer, so that they can bid for the work.  

BFM - Heart of the City Update September 2017

Download the September update here


thumbnailAerialBFM Vision Sessions held in 2016

Many thanks to all church members who attended one of the 13 BFM Vision Sessions between October and December 2016, and for your very helpful input into shaping the future of this project.

If you missed the BFM Vision Sessions, or want to see how the presentation developed during the course of the autumn, the latest version is available to download - BFM Vision Session, Autumn 2016, along with an audio recording of one of the sessions: Building for Mission Vision Session Audio Recording

The feedback summary from these sessions is available here.


The BFM Planning team incorporated the feedback from the vision sessions, and produced an adapted set of plans. These plans were unanimously agreed by the PCC on 9 January 2017, and presented to the church at the BFM Open Meeting on 11th January 2017. If you missed that presentation, click here to listen to the audio recording, or click here to view the presentation, including the latest set of plans and 3D visuals.

BFM Giving Pledges

Pledges are welcomed at any time throughout this project. thumbnailNE Perspective

►To view a copy of the Giving Brochure, click here

►To view a copy of the BFM financial insert for the Giving Brochure, click here

►To download a copy of the pledge form, click here


Thanks so much for your interest in our building plans, and we are grateful for your support and prayers.