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The churches of All Saints and St Thomas, the worship we offer in these places, and our ministry in Houghton Regis are signs of God’s presence – they witness of his enduring love in our town and the communities we serve.
Following new regulations from HM Government and Church of England authorities about Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have had to suspend all public worship and most pastoral offices in our churches (from 5 November 2020). However, we will still offer worship online on Facebook LIVE.
Mass (Public Celebration)
The public celebration of Mass is suspended. This is a very regrettable decision, and Church of England authorities have challenged the Government about this.
Mass (online), Worship, and Teaching
During lockdown we have taken Mass, other forms of worship, and Christian teaching online - on Facebook Live and YouTube. Mass will continue to be live streamed from St Thomas' Church at the following times:
Opening of church buildings
According to Government advice churches across England can open for private prayer.
The celebration of scheduled Baptisms (Christenings) is suspended. Please contact the Parish Office to discuss baptisms after lockdown.
Baptisms of severely ill people who are reaching the end of their lives can take place. In these situations please contact the Parish Office on 01582867246 without delay!
Confession (Sacrament of Reconciliation) is available. Please contact the Parish Office on 01582867246 to arrange a time with the Parish Priest.
The celebration of scheduled Weddings is suspended.
Funerals can take place in church. Only immediate family members and close friends can participate to the funeral service to facilitate social distancing - up to a maximum of 30.
Alternatively, funerals services can take place at Crematoria or at the graveside - where local restriction may apply.
Memorial Services can take place in church. Only immediate family members and close friends can participate to the funeral service to facilitate social distancing - up to a maximum of 15.
Worship in Care Homes and Hospital Visits
Home Visits by the Parish Priest
Home visits by the Parish Priest (or a designated lay minister) are suspended according to Church of England guidance.
Ministry to the dying
Visits to those who are dying will continue wherever possible and allowed. Please, contact the Parish Office on 01582867246 without delay if you wish to request or discuss a visit.
As time progresses, these directives may be altered in accordance with advice from the Diocese of St Albans, HM Government, and Church of England guidelines.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Updated 4 November 2020
Created 18 March 2020
All Saints’ Parish Church suffered a break-in on Saturday 22 August at about 10:55pm. The incident was caught on the church’s CCTV cameras. The footage shows a single white male in his 20s or 30s forcing two collection boxes and spending about 20 minutes in the building looking for money or valuables. The man gained access to the church by forcing a protection grill and breaking the lower section of a stained-glass window in the sanctuary (north-easternmost window). Another protection grill was also damaged in a failed attempt to gain entry to another part of the church.
Collection boxes are emptied regularly, and we can safely assume the man made away with very little cash. However, the damage done the sanctuary window is great, and it will be rather costly to put right.
If you wish to donate to All Saints’ please follow this link: https://www.allsaintshr.co.uk/giving.html
The incident has been recorded and investigated by Bedfordshire Police, Crime Number 40/45800/20