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.

Heart of the City Project - Update to the church, 26th March 2020

Brochure2 cover   Click here to read our updated brochure. Find out more about our Heart of the City project and the new centre that we plan to build.

If you are able and willing to commit to Pledge 3, please fill out the form here and send into the church office before March 29th. If you wish to contact Richard Eglese (church treasurer) to discuss any of the financial aspects of the building project, please get in touch via his dedicated email address: treasurer@st.tees.org.uk.

Listen to Jon Scamman's sermon from Pledge Sunday 15th March 2020,  "Above and Beyond"
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Read Lancaster Guardian's feature on our project, based around our recent press release, which covered the following points:
  • The project is now live! We are waiting for building proposals to come in.  
  • Grants from foundations have now reached £151,000 (quotes from LEF and The Countess Eleanor Peel Trust included).
  • Of the £1.9 million pledged by the congregation, £1.5 million has already been donated.
  Visual 1

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    




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