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Highlights of parish life in Houghton Regis
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 directives from HM Government and national Church authorities about Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are able to reopen our church buildings for worship from Saturday 4 July. However, we will still offer a reduced schedule for worship; public celebration of Mass will be offered three times a week until further notice.
Mass (Public Celebration)
Mass will be celebrated publicly on
Holy Communion will be distributed in one kind only, under the form of Bread. The Precious Blood (the chalice) will not be distributed among the faithful.
There will not be singing at these celebrations.
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 reopen for private prayer from 15 June.
Baptisms can take place in church. The same hygiene and social distancing regulations used for Mass (above) still apply, and we have to limit the numbers of people attending to 30.
Weddings can take place in church. The same hygiene and social distancing regulations used for Mass (above) still apply.
From 4 July the government strongly advises that numbers are restricted to 30 for public health reasons. This maximum number includes all those at the ceremony, including the couple, witnesses, officiant and guests. It also includes any workers who are not employed by the church such as photographers. It does not include staff or volunteers employed by the church such as vergers or churchwardens.
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Worship in Care Homes and Hospital Visits
Home Visits by the Parish Priest
Ministry to the dying
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 2 July 2020
Created 18 March 2020
With the church building closed and social distancing in place we have decided to offer a weekly Coffee Morning delivery service beginning on 6 June 2020.
There will be a Standard Pack available to order consisting of :
2 scones, 2 cakes and 2 cookies for £4. (Gluten/milk free options also available)
Simply order your pack either by phone or by email before 11am on Friday for delivery on Saturday between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.
Please have the correct payment (plus any donation) ready in an envelope, we will place your Pack on your doorstep, knock on your door and step back to a safe distance. We’re happy to chat for a few minutes, then if you could take your pack and leave your envelope for us to pick once you have closed the door.
This service is only available for residents of LU5 area.
Call Suzy on 07946 627298 or text Rich on 07528 129115
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We held our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 7 December – yes, the same date at the Mayor’s Carol Service. It was a fun and lovely day filled with festive cheer, homemade food, and caroling sung by our choir.
Visit our What’s On page to find out more about our regular social events.
The Parish Barn Dance was held at the Peter Newton Pavilion in Dunstable on Saturday 9 June.
The evening featured a live band, lots of dancing, shared food, fun for the whole family, and a raffle. The yearly fundraising and social event was attended by many people, and it continues to grow in popularity thanks to a number of committed volunteers who organise this and various other activities through the year.
Photos below by Father Diego and Dr Matthew Hurley.