Church of England Diocese of St.Albans Houghton Regis

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

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.

However, following directives from HM Government, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and church authorities, we have suspended all Public Worship to counter the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) among worshippers and visitors. The public celebration of Mass has been suspended and no pastoral offices (Weddings and Baptisms) will take place until further notice.

Worship Online

During lockdown we have taken Mass, other forms of worship, and Christian teaching online - on Facebook Live and YouTube.
Sundays and Holy Days at 10:00
Weekdays at 9:00am

Opening of church buildings

According to Government advice churches across England can reopen for private prayer from 15 June.
All Saints' Parish Church will be open to the public from Saturday 20 June on certain days and with a few safety requirements put in place by the Church of England. Check our Facebook page for weekly opening times.
St Thomas' Church on Lowry Drive remains closed to the public until further notice.

Funerals

Funerals in church can take place in church again (from 15 June), with a restricted number of mourners.
Funerals can also take place at Crematoria or at the graveside.
Only immeditate family members can participate to the funeral service to facilitate social distancing.

Worship in Care Homes and Hospital Visits

Worship in care homes is suspended as this would usually see a group of up to 10 church volunteers entering places of care and increasing the risk of spreading the virus.
Hospital visits are suspended. Please, contact the Hospital Chaplaincy Team or hospital staff to arrange Pastoral Care on-site.

Home Visits by the Parish Priest

Home visits by the Parish Priest (or a designated lay minister) for Holy Communion are suspended to enable social distancing.

Ministry to the dying
Visits to those who are dying will continue wherever possible and allowed. Please, contact the Parish Office 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 18 June 2020
Created 18 March 2020