We are an inclusive Christian church, rooted in the Anglican tradition. On Sundays we gather to worship God through prayer and music. We actively serve our neighbours, especially the homeless, underhoused, and marginalized. We acknowledge that we gather on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded land of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Whoever you are, you are welcome here.
As Anglicans, we don’t define our doctrine in a single confession (which can sometimes make it difficult to pin us down). We are a people united by common prayer. To find out more about what we believe, you’ll need to pay attention to our liturgies (worship services) and the ways in which our faith shapes the way we live in the world. While we don’t define our faith from any single confession, there are a number of historic definitions of faith that are important to us. These include the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed. Anglicanism creates a wonderful space for what we call “Big Tent Christianity.” Throughout history, Anglicans have forged a middle way between Protestant and Catholic. The Anglican Church continues to be home for many from across the theological spectrum—liberal and conservative, fervent evangelical and steadfast Catholic. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that within the St. Helen's community, you’ll find a diversity of views, perspectives and backgrounds. We all come from different places and with different experiences that inform how and what we believe. We have encountered God in a variety of ways. Centered on Christ, our community is finding ways to be in healthy relationship with one another across our differences.
The Anglican Church is a community of worshiping Christians, with more than 70 million members around the world. In Canada our church is called the Anglican Church of Canada. In other countries, it is known as the Church of England or Episcopal Church.
The Anglican Church is divided into regional groupings called “dioceses”. Each diocese has its own bishop (or bishops), who have the overall responsibility for the spiritual well-being and administration of the churches, or "parishes", within the area.
St. Helen's West Point Grey is a parish of the Diocese of New Westminster, which encompasses over 70 churches across the Lower Mainland. The diocese is led by Bishop John Stephens.