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Our mission and values

At Westminster Abbey, we see ourselves as a living symbol of faith at the heart of the nation. Our main purpose is to be a working inclusive church.

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Our mission

  • To serve Almighty God by offering divine Worship daily and publicly;
  • To serve the Sovereign by daily prayer and by a ready response to requests made by or on behalf of Her Majesty;
  • To serve the nation by celebrating the distinctive witness of the Christian faith; by upholding the place of religious faith within national life; and by active engagement with Parliament, Whitehall and others in positions of public service;
  • To serve all pilgrims and visitors to the Abbey, and to maintain a tradition of hospitality.

Our values

As one we serve each other, our visitors and the wider world in all that do with:

  • Truthfulness
  • Integrity
  • Empathy
  • Excellence

Download our mission and values (PDF, 10.7MB)

Our five-year plan

Our five-year plan guides the direction and content of our work over the next five years. It sets out what we do and what we want to do, bringing together continuing commitments and future projects.

Download our five-year plan (PDF, 12.4MB)

Annual reports

Each year, the Dean and Chapter of Westminster offers Her Majesty The Queen, as the Abbey’s Visitor, our annual report on the fulfilment of the mission of the Collegiate Church of St Peter in Westminster.

You can download our last five annual reports at the links below.

The 2017 Report of the Dean and Chapter to The Visitor Her Majesty The Queen (PDF, 3.5MB)

The 2016 Report of the Dean and Chapter to The Visitor Her Majesty The Queen (PDF, 3.6MB)

The 2015 Report of the Dean and Chapter to The Visitor Her Majesty The Queen (PDF, 2.5MB)

The 2014 Report of the Dean and Chapter to The Visitor Her Majesty The Queen (PDF, 2.5MB)

The 2013 Report of the Dean and Chapter to The Visitor Her Majesty The Queen (PDF, 7.5MB)

The work can be tough, but even the cold and rain don’t bother me as I enjoy it so much. I love every day that I spend at the Abbey – just being here makes me smile.

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Tim - Gardener

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