School and Family Visits
The Stratford-upon-Avon Decorative and Fine Arts Society (STRADFAS) has produced a brand-new Church Trail, or quiz, which is available for use by schools planning a visit to Holy Trinity Church. The Church Trail is in full colour and includes a diagram of the church, plus photographs and drawings of differetn things. It is printed on two sides of A4 paper, and there is an accompanying answer sheet for adults, also double-sided. This can be downloaded from the Holy Trinity Church website as a free resource for teachers, and could be printed totally in black/white if preferred.
The trail is designed with Primary School age children in mind, and should take about 45 minutes to complete. The children start at the font at the back of the church, and then follow the arrows on the diagram around the church, answering ten questions, some with several parts. Although this is an ecclesiastical building, the questions are general, so that children need to find answers about coats of arms, Shakespeare's tomb, stained glass and St George, for example. There are several questions which need drawings for answers and the final question is a "spot the difference" one. Children from a local Stratford school found the Church Trail "great fun" and "a super challenge" and also said "it made us look really hard for different things".
STRADFAS, who have created this quiz, is part of the national Arts Society, which promotes fine and decorative arts around the country. The Arts Society has several voluntary activities, and Church Trails, as one of these, are designed to encourage children to explore a church and discover the treasures inside. Many churches across the United Kingdom have a Church Trail available for children and they have proved most popular with schools and other groups. The Society is delighted to have produced this Trail, with the collaboration of Holy Trinity Church and feel that children's exploration of the church will be greatly enhanced by completing this Trail.