St Thomas’, also known as St Thomas Meeting House, serves both as a church and as a community centre. Depending on the circumstances the sanctuary can be partitioned off, allowing the space to be used for other activities; from fitness classes, to music rehearsals or meetings.
The building was opened and dedicated in June 1988, but it traces its origins to the beginning of the previous decade when a Christian presence was established at Enfield Close to serve the communities of Houghton Hamlets, Parkside, and Brookfield.
St Thomas' can accommodate about 60 people between main hall and meeting room. It also includes a spacious kitchen, disabled facilities, central heating, and 11 parking spaces. Regular, long-term hiring is available. For enquires about hiring St Thomas’ please contact the Parish Office or complete the form on this page.
St Thomas' is open only for Mass and for lawful, COVID-safe meetings. Because of Govenrment restrictions we cannot accomodate family gatherings or parties at present.
Mass times at St Thomas'
Mass is celebrated publicly at St Thomas' twice a week.
Vigil Mass of the Sunday.
Is St Thomas’ a church?
Yes. St Thomas’ is a Church of England church in the Parish of All Saints’ Houghton Regis, and it is used for worship a number of times a week. However, St Thomas’ is also a community centre – local groups, families, and businesses can hire this space for events.
Could I get Baptised/Married here?
Yes, you could. But we do not hold Baptisms, Weddings (and Funerals) at St Thomas’ very often. All Saints’ Parish Church is the preferred place to celebrate these key life events.
Can I host family gatherings?
Yes. You can hold family events at St Thomas’ – such as receptions, wakes, birthday celebrations, etc…
Are there restrictions on parties?
Here are a few things to bear in mind when considering St Thomas’ for parties;
- Be mindful of the sacred and family-friendly nature of the space.
- You can bring your own alcohol. We are not licenced to sell it.
- We cannot accommodate bouncy castles, ball pits, and trampolines.
- Noisy activities should cease by 10:30pm – St Thomas’ is set in a residential area, and the Clergy House is attached to the venue.
What about community groups?
We welcome hiring (both short and long-term) from community groups, charities, and other local enterprises. For example, regular hirers include Weight Watchers, Slimming World, dance classes, youth work organizations, and music groups.
St Thomas' Church