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.

Breaking News:
Auction of Promises Catalogue is out - click here 

Auction of Promises Tickets are now on sale - click here to book online

Progress with our Heart of the City Project to dateTImelineNov18

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


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

Read our new brochure by clicking on the image below:

Brochure 2018

You can also see the detailed proposed plans here. Click on an image to see it enlarged in a new window:

Ground Floor Plan First Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan First Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan Site and Roof Plan
Second Floor Plan Site and Roof Plan
Marton Street Elevation Peter Street Elevation
Marton Street Elevation Peter Street Elevation
Victoria Place Elevations Penny Street Elevation
Victoria Place Elevations Penny Street Elevation

If this project is to happen, it will need the involvement and sacrificial generosity of the whole church. We have now received planning approval from the Council and are embarking on the next phase of the project. We hope that building work can commence at the beginning of next year.

Listen to Jon Scamman's latest reflections on the Heart of the City project here.


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Auction of promises2

Now is the time to invite friends and neighbours to our exciting Auction of Promises Evening on 16th November. Catalogues (£5) are now on sale either in church next weekend (11th November) or by booking online via Church Suite - price of catalogue includes a glass of wine or soft drink. (Licensed bar). It is free to come along to the event, but you will need to buy a catalogue for bidding for items because this will include your bidding number on the back. If you book online you will be given your catalogue on the night with your bidding number. Please note that all promises must be settled in cash on the night. 

If you cannot make it on the night, but would like to bid for certain items, the process is:
  • Purchase a catalogue either via Church Suite or after one of the church services, in order to get your unique bidding number.
  • E-mail hotc@st.tees.org.uk with the subject matter Auction Bid FAO Jess.
  • In the auction bid e-mail, please clearly state:
    • Your unique bid number
    • The specific lot number you wish to bid for (please add SA before the number if the lot is in the silent auction)
    • The minimum and maximum amount you wish to bid
    • If you are bidding for more than one lot, please make sure you clearly list each bid separately in the e-mail with the above information for each and every bid.
  • Advance bidding will close at 5 p.m Wednesday 14th November 2018.  


Our amazing selection of auctioned items is now available to view in the online catalogue - click on the image below to see this:

Catalogue cover

If you are unable to e-mail please write all the necessary information above on a sheet of paper and put it in an envelope marked FAO Jess Walmsley. This can be sent to the church office or handed in at church on Sunday at the 11 a.m. service. You will then be contacted after the auction, if you have been successful, to arrange payment as soon as possible. 
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Thank you to the very generous donor who said "St. Thomas' holds a very special place in our hearts, it is where we first became involved in a church as adults. It is a wonderful church that believes in the gifts of the spirit and I hope will continue to be a wonderful blessing to many others". 
Put it in your diary! - JONATHAN VEIRA CONCERT - MARCH 16 2019 7.30pm

Who is Jonathan Veira? Have a look at his website: http://www.jonathanveira.com

Fundraiser of the month - Rose


Really well done to Rosemary who raised over £200 for our Heart of the City project, by running a coffee morning and then selling leftover produce after the 9 a.m. church service. 




Saturday 2nd March 2019 - "Challenge" event (a bit like Taskmaster)

Saturday 16th March 2019 - Jonathan Viera concert (see film clip, above)

More information on these exciting events in the coming months! 

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. 

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

Latest Newsletter

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

Newsletter - Heart of the City Update July 2018

Newsletter - Heart of the City Update May 2018
Download the May update here

Newsletter - Heart of the City Update March 2018
Download the March update here 
Newsletter - Heart of the City Update January 2018
Newsletter - Heart of the City Update November 2017
Download the November update here

Newsletter - Heart of the City Update September 2017
Download the September update here
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
Thanks so much for your interest in our building plans, and we are grateful for your support and prayers. Here are the architect's visuals of what our new building will look like: