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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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Christmas Services at Holy Trinity Church, All Saints Luddington and St. Helen's Clifford Chambers 

Christmas Eve

2.45 pm Organ Recital

Prior to the Carol Service resident organists Benedict Wilson, Stephen Dodsworth and James Fellows will be performing a selection of Christmas Music on the church organ. 

3.30 pm Christmas Carol Service

A traditional carol service with candlelight in which we hear the story of the birth of Christ, enjoy the choir singing Christmas music and begin our celebration of Christmas by joining in plenty of carols!

6.00 pm Waiting for Jesus

An interactive crib service for families in which the amazing events in the stable are acted out and we sing carols together. Children are invited to come dressed as a shepherd, angel or wise man and join in if they wish!

11.30 pm Midnight Mass

Our first Eucharist of Christmas is a wonderful celebration of Holy Communion with plenty of candles! As we enter Christmas Day itself, we rejoice that Jesus Christ is here with us, not just a baby born 2000 years ago, but present in bread and wine and within each of us.

St. Helen's, Clifford Chambers Christingle Service 5.00 pm  


Christmas Day

8.00 am Holy Communion a short service using traditional language with a few carols. The perfect, peaceful start to your Christmas Day!

10.00 am All Age Eucharist This service of Holy Communion is for all the family, whatever your age! With Christmas carols, creche facilities for the younger ones and an interactive talk, it’s a joyful celebration of Christmas for the whole community.

St. Helen's Clifford Chambers Christmas Eucharist 9.15 am

All Saints Luddington Christmas Eucharist 9.15 pm 

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 9.45 am - 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: 

Tuesday 16 

There will be no access to Shakespeare's Grave from 9.40 am approx. for our midweek Holy Communion Service, this will be followd by a Memorial Service for Maureen Hill. The church will open to visitors again at 2.00 pm approx.  

Wednesday 17

The church will be closed from 2.00 pm approx for the KES Christmas Carol Service. We may open again to visitors following the service. 

Friday 19

The church will close at 1.00 pm approx. for the Broad Street School Carol Service. It will open to visitors again at 2.30 pm approx. 











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, 10.00 am and 6 pm  (no access to Shakespeare's grave during services - but visitors are very welcome to attend)

Monday 15 

9.30 am ... Morning Prayer

2.30 pm ... Reading from the King James Bible 

4.15 ... Evning Prayer in St. Peter's Chapel

Tuesday 16

9.15 am ... Morning Prayer

10.00am ... Holy Communion

12.30 pm ... Memorial Service for Maureen Hill 

2.30 pm ... Reading from the King James Bible 

4.15 pm ... Evening Prayer (entrance via the choir vestry) 

7.30 pm ... Bell Ringing practice

Wednesday 17

9.15 am ... Morning Prayer

10.00 am ... Holy Communion in the Guild Chapel

10.00-12.00 pm ... Lay Chaplain available      

1.30-3.30 pm ... Lay Chaplain available

2.30 pm ... KES Christmas Carol Service

4.15 pm ... Evening Prayer

4.30 pm ... Choir Practice (entrance via the choir vestry) 

7.30 pm ... KES Christmas Carol Service 

Thursday 18

9.15 am ... Morning Prayer

1.30-3.30 pm ... Lay Chaplain available

2.30 pm ... Reading from the King James Bible 

4.15 pm ... Evening Prayer (entrance via the choir vestry) 

6.30 pm ... Bridgetown School Carol Service 

Friday 19

9.15 am ... Morning Prayer

1.30 pm ... Broad Street Primary School Carol Service 

8.40 pm ... Compline 

Saturday 20

7.30 pm ... Stratford Choral Society Prelude to Christmas Concert

Sunday 21 - Fourth Sunday of Advent 

8.00 am ... Holy Communion Traditional Rite

10.00 am ... Parish Eucharist

10.00 am ... Junior Church in the parish centre  

6.00 pm ... Congregational Evensong


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