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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 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
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: email@example.com
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.