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.

Survey Results

Thank you to the 250+ church members who responded to the Heart of the City building project survey earlier in June.  The results are now in, and demonstrate clear support for the project moving ahead. 
Survey result
As a result, the PCC has taken the decision to invite us as a church to make pledges to the Heart of the City Building Project by Sunday 5th July.


Jon explains all about it in this video (please click on the photo to watch the Youtube video):   John on video June 2020
To see the brochure which gives more details of the project, please click on the image of the new church centre:

If you are considering making a pledge or donation, then this brief guide from Richard, our Treasurer, will tell you how to respond. Please click here.

For an updated pledge form, please click here (pdf file) or here (word document for screen input).

For a Standing Order mandate, please click here (pdf file) or here (word document for screen input).

If you have any questions about giving, or wish to return a pledge form electronically, please contact Richard on his dedicated treasurer email address: treasurer@st.tees.org.uk
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If you would like to join Jon and Tim the HOTC Project Manager for a Zoom Chat to hear more about the project, and ask any questions you might have, then click on this link to register for an evening of your choice. 

Each Zoom Chat will start at 7.30pm, and last for up to an hour. To register for one of these chats, please click here and select your preferred date from one of the dates below:
  • Monday 22nd June
  • Wednesday 24th June
  • Tuesday 30th June
  • Thursday 2nd July

Thank you so much for prayerfully considering whether you might be able to give to support the HOTC project at this time. 

If you are able to return a pledge or donation, it would be a great help to the PCC if you were able to do so by Sunday 5th July.
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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