St Helens Church, High Street, Wheathampstead, St Albans, AL4 8AA. Worship Times: 9:30am

Mission & Vision

Our Vision…signpost

By 2016 St Helen’s and St Peter’s will be:

  • Vibrant centres for Christian service
  • A community growing in Christian maturity
  • Deepening our connection with God through worship



What does our Vision mean?

The Vision for St Helen’s and St Peter’s sets out how we would like to see our parish developing over a five year period starting in September 2011.

The parish is working towards its Vision for 2016 with five Strategic Priorities for

  • To strengthen our mission and outreach by providing practical and pastoral support around the village
  • To develop our worship with more variety and something for everyone
  • To deepen our faith through small groups and teaching, such as Bible study, prayer and Alpha
  • To introduce and nurture faith among children, youth and schools
  • Completing our extension and re-ordering

In each of these Priority areas a team of volunteers developed plans and continue to work on them with the aim of moving our parish towards its Vision.  Much progress has been made.  And while these areas are being developed, we are working to ensure high standards in the day-to-day workings of the parish, our worship, relationships within the congregation and community, and administration.

And what is our Mission?

Our Mission is what we believe our church is here for.  For St Helen’s and St Peter’s our Mission is

living and working for the glory of God in Wheathampstead and beyond


Where next?

As September 2016 approaches, the Vision Group is reviewing the considerable progress that the church community has made towards its Vision since 2011.  It is also reflecting on how the Vision and our priorities for development might change to reflect both that progress and the changes in the community in recent years.

The review commenced in 2015 by looking at the changing context of the church in the village, drawing on official statistics, discussions with key community stakeholders and consultations with the PCC and our congregations.

Out of this, we aim to develop a refreshed vision for a further five years from 2016 to 2021.   It is planned to launch the new Vision and the priorities for development within it in September 2016, which will also be an opportunity to celebrate all that has been achieved for God’s Kingdom in Wheathampstead during the preceding five years.