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.


Stop press

Lancaster Guardian       Thanks to the Lancaster Guardian who ran a feature about our project, and the £40,000 grant from Allchurches Trust. You can read the online version of the feature here
You can also read the original press release about the grant from Allchurches Trust here.
Eleanor Peel grant   We are most grateful to The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust has agreed to support our Heart of the City project with a grant of £10,000. 

A huge thank you to the trust, for their support.
Vision Evening fundraising sta   Thank you to everyone who came along to our Vision Evening with great suggestions and thoughtful questions. If you didn't make it, click here for a few images from the evening

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
Visual 3    

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    

Planning approved   GOOD NEWS

Why is Jon, our Vicar, looking so pleased? 

Because on 16th September, Lancaster City Council's planning committee gave unanimous approval for our plans...

...and on 2nd October, Allchurches Trust contributed £40,000 towards our project!



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

Fundraiser of the month - Paul   Fundraisers of the month - Jeanette and Paul

On a recent trip to Australia, Paul said he wanted to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and despite Jeanette's fear of heights, she decided to challenge herself and use this as a means of raising sponsorship money towards the Heart of the City project, and a CMRI trip to Uganda in January.
Jeanette reflected on her adventure... "To say I was petrified whilst going up is no word of a lie, but the sense of achievement I felt when I reached the top was tremendous, and the view was stunning. A big thank you to Paul for his continued encouragement while we were going up, and our guide who was very patient and so encouraging."
They managed to raise the amazing sum of £1,400 thanks to the generosity of family, friends and work colleagues, which they have divided between the two causes.

Forthcoming fundraising events:
Celidh and burns night supper   Join us for a fun evening of music, dancing and a traditional Burn's Night supper (haggis, vegetarian haggis, or mince and 'tatties').

This family friendly evening starts at 5.30 p.m with easier dances for younger and less confident dances. After a break for food we will be trying some more advanced Scottish dances. 

Book your tickets online here

We have more fundraiser events coming up over the next few months, including a Cafe Create Ensemble event. Keep an eye on this web page for more information to follow.
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

Heart of The City giving Pledges

Pledges are welcomed at any time throughout this project. 
►To download a copy of the pledge form, click on the links below:

Pledge form background and update

Pledge form