Heart of the City Project

At St Thomas' Church, Lancaster, we are looking to repair the current church building and replace our existing church centre with a modern, highly efficient and highly flexible number of spaces for use by the church family but also by the local community.

PCC Decision

We are delighted to report that the PCC has unanimously agreed to give the green light to appoint a building contractor and start work on the new church centre. Our recent pledge appeal raised a total of £436,593 in additional commitments, including Gift Aid. That brings the total funds raised or committed to £2,539,115.  We are so grateful to everyone who has supported our Heart of the City project and we hope you will all continue to journey with us during the next exciting phase. 
PCC Go Vote


To see the brochure which gives more details of the project, please click on the image of the new church centre:

If you are still considering making a pledge or donation, then this brief guide from Richard, our Treasurer, will tell you how to respond. Please click here.

For an updated pledge form, please click here (pdf file) or here (word document for screen input).

For a Standing Order mandate, please click here (pdf file) or here (word document for screen input).

If you have any questions about giving, or wish to return a pledge form electronically, please contact Richard on his dedicated treasurer email address: treasurer@st.tees.org.uk
  Brochure cover

Watch our short film about the Heart of the City Project:



A huge thank you to Jim Cooke who produced this for us.

The latest plans and visuals

Thanks so much for your interest in our building plans, and we are grateful for your support and prayers. Here are the architect's 2019 visuals and plans of our new building.

Visual 1   Visual 2
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Ground floor - click on the image for a larger scale view   First floor - click on the image for a larger scale view
Ground floor plan   First floor plan
Second floor - click on the image for a larger scale view  
Second floor plan    




Our fundraising activities are continuing, and here you can find out about monies raised, as well information about forthcoming events.

Celidh and burns night supper   We are delighted to report that our Ceilidh and Burns Night supper made a profit of £763.88 for our Heart of the City project, as well as being a lovely evening. Thanks so much to all the helpers who made the evening a success.
Interested in starting your own fundraising initiative?

You can download several templates for your fun fundraising event including:

Use these templates to advertise your event and to help raise funds.


Want to let your donors give money online?

We have set up a Heart of the City account on www.give.net. You can set up a personal giving page on www.give.net by following the instructions in this link: Instructions for setting up a giving page. Why not have a look at the Staff team's give.net page, to see how your own page might look?  


Stuck for Ideas?

Here 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. 

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 Heart of the City Project

HOTC update slide for Jan 2020

Read our latest update on progress with the Heart of the City Project here: January Newsletter