Heart of the City Project - Building for Mission


Following a year of preparation, 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. This year, we will be submitting our plans to the council, and hope that building work can commence at the beginning of next year. With this in mind, our 2018 focus is on fundraising in the community.


Heart of the City Project - our 2018 vision
Four pillars


At the start of 2018, Jon Scamman, our vicar, set out his vision for our Heart of the City Project. As we get closer to submitting our plans to the council, for this exciting project, Jon is encouraging every member of the congregation to get involved in at least one fundraising initiative in 2018, and to put the "fun" back into "fundraising". Read about his 2018 vision here: Heart of the City.  

St. T's Community Cinema - Paddington 2 - Saturday March 17th at 2.30 p.m.

PaddingtonSettled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop -- the perfect present for his beloved aunt's 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy's big celebration.

Come and join us for a special screening of 'Paddington 2' in the warm and welcoming environment of St Thomas’ Church, Lancaster.

Doors open at 2:00pm with the film starting at 2:30pm

Tickets: Entry price is £3 per person... Bears go free! (Pay on the door)

Refreshments and snacks will be available to purchase.

All proceeds will go to our ‘Heart of The City’ project.
Fundraising campaign of the month


Each month, through 2018, we will be featuring one of our fundraiser's campaigns. This month's campaign is: Sofia's pennies.


Sofia (not her real name) is an asylum seeker, and a member of the St. Thomas Church congregation. Every week she comes to church. Find out in this humbling video how Sofia pledged money towards our Heart of the City project: Sofia's pennies


Would you like to help to turn Sofia's pennies into pounds? All funds raised will go towards the Heart of the City project, with Sofia's permission. You can donate using this link on give.net: Sofia's giving page. Why not give Sofia a message of support when you donate? Or perhaps you could let others know about Sofia's fundraising?


Our Heart of the City project will allow St. Thomas Church to continue to provide much-needed support to refugees and to those seeking asylum, living in Lancaster. You can find out what it is like being an asylum seeker in this moving account, shared by Maja Moeller at one of our Sunday services: Life as an Asylum Seeker


If you are visiting this page and are willing to donate to our Heart of the City project, we thank you.


If you are a fundraiser and would like to put your own fundraising initiative forward, for next month's "Fundraising Campaign of the Month", please email bfm@st.tees.org.uk.
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 Scamman family's give.net page, to see how your own page might look?  

Stuck for Ideas?

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. 

Last month's "fundraiser of the month"


Well done to Joshua who went screen-free for a week in January to raise money for Heart of the City... and thank you to those of you who donated money to sponsor him.

Joshua managed to raise a staggering £123.58 including Gift Aid!

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 January 2018

Download the January 2018 update here


Headlines from the January update


Pledges: By 8th December we had raised £569,958 including Gift Aid payments, a fantastic base for us to build on as the fundraising campaign continues in 2018.

Leadership team for BFM: Jon Scamman, Tim Parsons (project manager), Chris Park, Tim Purcell, Andrew Drummond, Naomi Elliott and Karen Shackleton meet once a month - e-mail bfm@st.tees.org.uk if you have suggestions or queries.

Spire: the total cost is expected to be around £114,000. Work should begin from the end of February and should hopefully be completed by end of June. 


Updated costings: Based on projected 2019 prices, PCC have agreed to continue with the plan to demolish the existing Church Centre and build a new one. Planning applications should be submitted in March. Our aim is to commence work in January 2019.

Crowdfunding: have you experience of crowdfunding, or would you like to be involved in a crowdfunding team? If yes, please e-mail bfm@st.tees.org.uk.

BFM - Heart of the City Update November 2017

Download the November update here

BFM - Heart of the City Update September 2017

Download the September update here


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.