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.
Garfield Weston grant   We are excited to announce that the Garfield Weston Foundation has agreed to support our Heart of the City project with a grant of £30,000. 

A huge thank you to Garfield Weston for their support.

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.

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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    

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.


Lancaster brass concert   Lancaster City Brass Christmas Concert

What a fabulous concert we had on 11th December, courtesy of Lancaster City Brass. Thanks to Sally whose idea it was. It was so lovely to see so many visitors in our church. Thanks as well to all the helpers who made the evening run so smoothly.

All proceeds were in aid of our Heart of the City project. Watch this space for the total raised. 
Pop up cafe stall    
Pop up Cafe:

Well done to the organising team for our Pop up Cafe on 7th December. They raised £631.80 for our Heart of the City project. You can see more photos here

Fundraiser of the month - Iona   Fundraiser of the month - Iona

Congratulations to Iona who is our fundraiser of the month. She decorated these fabulous pots and sold them at various events this year. She has raised £50 for our Heart of the City project. 
Linda‚Äôs slimming challenge   Please support our church warden, Linda Hendry, in her slimming challenge. She is raising money for our Heart of the City Project by trying to lose 14 lbs (or 7kg) before Christmas 2019. You can show your support by making a donation via her giving page – click here to donate.  

Forthcoming fundraising events:

We have some exciting fundraiser events coming up over the next few months, including a a Burns' Night haggis supper and ceilidh, and a Cafe Create Ensemble event. Keep an eye on this web page for more information to follow, but here are the details for our next event:

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

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

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Pledge form