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Welcome To Holy Trinity
Shakespeare's Church


To be bridge-builders, bringing God to people and people to God, in the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ

Holy Trinity, Stratford, on the banks of the River Avon, is probably England's most visited Parish Church. As well as being a thriving Parish church, it receives many thousands of visitors each year due to the fact that William Shakespeare was baptised here, worshipped here, and is buried in the chancel.

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Holy Trinity Church supports Operation Christmas Child - the world's largest children's Christmas project, run by the Christian relief and development organisation Samaritan's Purse. 

Pick up a leaflet in church or from the parish office with instructions on how to pack your Christmas shoebox and how to make your donation. 

You can also pick up a shoebox or two from the parish office if you need one! 

Alternatively click here


Hurry! The Shoeboxes must be dilivered in church before 16 November! 

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Soundbites FREE Recitals in October

This Wednesday 22nd at 1.00 pm we will have a folk recital given by Marion Fleetwood. 

On 29th Sam Bridges, tenor, will be performing.

Sandwiches and other refreshments will be available from 12.30 p.m.  Any money raised will help the Friends support the music of Holy Trinity.


Church Closures

NO ACCESS TO SHAKESPEARE'S grave at the following times:


Regular closures:

On Mondays at 4.15 - 5.30 we have a Choral Evensong Service during which the church is closed except for those wishing to participate. On Tuesdays at 9.45am - 11.15 am we hold midweek Holy Communion during this the church will remain open to visitors however there will be no access to Shakespeare's Grave. You are, of course, welcome to join in our worship. 

There is no access to Shakespeare's grave on Sunday mornings, when services are taking place. Church is usually open to visitors 12.15 - 5 pm on Sundays, unless Christenings are taking place after the morning service, when church will be closed until 1.30 pm. 

Other closures: 


Monday 20

The church will close today at 12.30pm untill 2.30 approx. for the funeral service of John Golby. 

Wednesday 22

There is no access to the grave during the Soundbites concert at 1.00 through to 1.30 pm.

Thursday 23

The church will close from 2.30 pm untill 4.30 pm approx for the funeral service of Katie Bard. 

Friday 24

The church will close today from 1.00 pm untill 2.30pm approx for Stratford Primary School's Harvest Service. 






Services This Week

See Church Closures to find out when access to Shakespeare's grave is restricted due to weddings, funerals or other special services

Every week: Morning Prayer in St Peter's Chapel (access allowed to other parts of the church)  at 9.30 am on Mondays, 9.15 am Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays.

On Sundays there are services at 8 am, 10.30 am and 6 pm  (no access to Shakespeare's grave during services - but visitors are very welcome to attend)


Monday 20

9.30 am ... Morning Prayer

1.00-2.00 pm ... Memorial service for John Golby

1.30-3.30 pm ... Lay Chaplain available check

2.30 pm ... King James Bible Reading

4.15 pm ... Said Evening Prayer

Tuesday 21  

9.15 am ... Morning Prayer

10.00am ... Holy Communion

2.30 pm ... King James Bible Reading

4.15 pm ... Evening Prayer

7.30 pm ... Bell Ringing practice

Wednesday 22

9.15 am ... Morning Prayer

10.00 am ... Holy Communion in the Guild Chapel

10.00-12.00 pm ... Lay Chaplain available      

1.00 pm ... Soundbites concert: Marion Fleetwood, Folk

1.30-3.30 pm ... Lay Chaplain available

2.30 pm ... King James Bible Reading

4.15 pm ... Evening Prayer in the Quiet Room

4.30 pm ... Choir Practice

Thursday 23

9.15 am ... Morning Prayer

1.30-3.30 pm ... Lay Chaplain available

3.00-4.00 pm ... Funeral of Katie Bard

4.15 pm ... Evening Prayer

Friday 24     

9.15 am ... Morning Prayer

1.30-2.15 pm ... Stratford Primary School Harvest Festival Service

2.30 pm ... King James Bible Reading

4.15 pm ... Evening Prayer

Saturday 25

2.30 pm ... King James Bible Reading

Sunday 26

8.00 am ... Holy Communion Traditional Rite

10.30 am ... Parish Eucharist

12.15 pm ... Christenings

6.00 pm ... Congregational Evensong

Could your son or daughter become a Chorister at Holy Trinity? Click here for more information.