325 Summer of Celebration

In 1638, Swedish and Finnish settlers arrived on the Kalmar Nyckel and Fogel Grip and established Fort Christina in what is now Wilmington Delaware.  Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church was constructed in 1698 and consecrated on Trinity Sunday 1699.  Standing the test of time, Old Swedes Church is one of the very few surviving remnants of the New Sweden Colony in the Delaware Valley and one of the oldest structures in Delaware.

In celebration of the 325th anniversary of the consecration of Old Swedes Church, we are having a Summer of Celebration.

Calendar of Events

May 18th – Arts Day at Old Swedes at 12 – 5 pm featuring free live performances by Opera Delaware, Delaware Shakespeare, Pieces of a Dream
(contemporary dance ensemble), and the Serafin Ensemble.  More information can be found here: The Arts at Trinity

May 19th — The Serafin Ensemble free concert at Trinity Church at 4pm. More information can be found here: The Arts at Trinity

May 26th – The XI Bishop of Delaware, The Right Reverend Kevin S. Brown to preach at Old Swedes Church at 9:30 am.
A reception will be held immediately following the service.

June 15th – The Old Swedes Foundation Garden Gala Fundraiser. Purchase tickets via:  Garden Gala Tickets

July 6th  –   Set sail aboard the Kalmar Nyckle at 10am.  Ticketing information below.

July 28th – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to preach at Old Swedes Church at 9:30 am.
A reception will be held immediately following the service in the amphitheater (rain location: Trinity Church dining room).


The 325th Summer of Celebration – Where will your decimal go?

We are inviting you to join us in a mini campaign to support our 325th Summer of Celebration.

Our goal is to raise $32,500 to improve the cemetery and amphitheater grounds, provide infrastructure for the Music Festival,
and reception for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s visitation.

We are looking for gifts of all sizes: $32.50, $325.00, $3,250.00 or whatever amount works with your budget.
Gifts can be made using our Vanco online service (link below), by check or by cash.

Any monies raised in excess of our goal will go into the endowment of Trinity to support the ministry of future generations.

This will be a summer to remember.


Come and sail with us on the Kalmar Nyckel

Trinity/Old Swedes is excited to announce an upcoming sailing trip aboard the Kalmar Nyckel on Saturday, July 6th, departing at 10:00 am. This 1.5-hour voyage offers a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the waterways. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, priced at $20.00 per person. We are grateful for the support of a generous anonymous donor who has underwritten this special sail. Join us for a memorable journey on the historic Kalmar Nyckel.

The ship has a capacity of 48 spots available for booking. To secure your spot, kindly utilize the “RESERVE YOUR TICKETS” link provided below. Ticket payments can be made through cash, check, or online. For online transactions, you may use the QR code displayed or select the “PAY FOR TICKETS” link. When making online payments, please remember to choose “Kalmar Nyckel Sail” from the drop-down menu of available options.

Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.


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