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Welcome to Christ Church Plano
Christ Church is a biblically-based Anglican church that helps people grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ and serve the world as Christians. We are connected to a beautiful and historic tradition of worship and live out our discipleship by nurturing families and actively serving our global community.
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Christ Church is a wonderful family of faith in the North Dallas corridor that reaches all the cities and communities around us. I invite you to explore our site and learn about who we are and what we do.
But the best way to discover Christ Church is simply to plan a visit: Come and see for yourself.
The Anglican Church is a worldwide fellowship of Christian believers. You will find our church to be deeply rooted in the historic faith from the ages, but wonderfully contemporary in its openness and warmth.
We are biblically centered. The Bible is our guide and focus of our church.
We are people-oriented. We care about singles, married people, and their children.
We are globally conscious. We have a 30-year track record of service to our community and to the world.
We are discipleship-focused. We have dozens of courses, groups, and events that can help you grow in the knowledge and love of God. Plus, you will meet a wide range of wonderful people!
May I say it boldly? This is the church you have been looking for! Come and see why, and be sure to introduce yourself to me or to any member of our staff. We will be here to welcome you.
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Gateway: Newcomer's Luncheon
Sunday, January 21 @ 12:30 p.m.
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We offer biblically rich and interactive worship services on Sunday mornings and Saturday evenings, featuring a breadth of congregational hymns, praise songs, instrumental and choral music.
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Our doors are always open to those in our neighborhood.
We support the work of parents, value children with us for worship, and provide excellent care for infants and toddlers. We serve a beautiful and diverse community. Join us for worship and meet our church family.
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We are located at 4550 Legacy Dr., Plano, TX 75024 in north Plano between Coit and Preston Roads.
From Central Expressway: Take the Legacy Drive exit and go west about 6 miles. Cross over Alma, Custer, Independence and Coit, then Christ Church will be on your left.
From the Dallas North Tollway: Take the Legacy Drive exit and go east about 4 miles. Cross over Hedgcoxe and Preston, then Christ Church will be on your right.
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Communion is served at all weekend services.
Children and students (preschool-12th grade) are invited to join our Sunday School activities during Sanctuary services. Older children (3rd-12th grade) will rejoin their parents for communion at the midpoint of Sanctuary services.
Nursery care is available for newborns and toddlers, no reservation required.
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Recently, I was feeling weary and disgruntled, focused on the wrongs and injustices of the world. I turned to Ecclesiastes, with the idea that reading “all is vanity and striving after wind” would suit my mood. The writer’s seeming pessimism would be right in tune with where I was. I was surprised in my study of the book to find that its message is not at all pessimistic or cynical, but rather is a guide for responding to God’s hand in our lives.
“Seize life. Eat bread with gusto; drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure. Dress festively every morning. Don’t skimp on colors and scarves. Relish life with the spouse you love each and every day of your precarious life. Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange for the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one! Whatever turns up, grab it and do it, and heartily! This is your last and only chance at it, for there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think in the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed” (Ecclesiastes 9:7-19, The Message).
The writer of Ecclesiastes was not a cynic, although nothing surprised him. He understood human nature—our desire to be in control, to be masters of our own fate, and to be able to solve any problem. He also realized the mystery of God—our Creator, who loves us and gives us every good gift to enjoy, and yet who is completely unfathomable to us.
God has given us the gift of life and all that goes with it. Even though it rains on us all, good and bad alike, we are meant to make the most of his gifts and enjoy them while we can as we await eternal life with him, where all will be made well.
“When you look at life with its seemingly aimless cycles and inexplicable paradoxes, you might conclude that all is futile, since it is impossible to discern any purpose in the ordering of events. Nevertheless, life is to be enjoyed to the fullest, realizing that it is the gift of God” (Charles Ryrie).
As you’re reading this, a group of 56 students, 10 adult leaders, and the Donison family will be in the midst of our first full day at Camp Eagle. This is now our third year of doing Student Ministry camp at Camp Eagle and we always enjoy our time together. Something that I appreciate about the camp is that they are able to teach the Bible as we go along our day while also building relationships and trust in our group. Students will learn that the church community they are part of will sustain them, not the camp experience itself. Sometimes we can so privatize our relationship with God that we want to go after a particular experience or feeling apart from normal life. God always seems nearer at camp or a retreat. And while it’s amazing in the moment, it dwindles away over time. Even our students understand this; they call it the ‘camp high.’ But the problem is that it’s like the energy drinks that some of the students pack: it gets them going for a while before the inevitable sugar crash. Maybe you’ve even had a similar experience with weekly worship. But what if following God didn’t have to be like that? Thankfully it doesn’t, because God is near to us every day if we take the time to acknowledge Him. The reason that we go to camp is not just to give our students a special experience of God, but also that they would know God meets them in the community we call church and that God has chosen our rag-tag bunch to be the primary way that His love is shown and known in the world. Learning these daily rhythms of love and grace is better than camp itself! Every year I don’t just pray for students to meet God at camp; rather I pray that the Holy Spirit would sustain them throughout all of life’s ups and downs. Would you pray this for our students as well? A prayer for young people: God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Dear Parents, Guess where I am right now? a) my office b) Rio de Janeiro c) Camp Eagle Camp Eagle! Just a quick greeting to ask you to pray for our group in the following ways: for students to continue finding community for students' hearts to be stirred by God's Spirit that students would enjoy being "unplugged" and can drink in the beauty of the hill country for strength, energy, rest, and insight for staff and volunteers safe travels for us and the Donison family (they are joining us!) divine protection from injury, illness, and negative spiritual or emotional experiences Can't wait to report when we return!
My family is between places. On Saturday, after months of preparations and packing, all our earthly possessions (save one suitcase per person) were packed onto a tractor trailer.
On Sunday, after months of teary moments, we said farewell to our Ottawa parish. And now we are living with my parents until our imminent departure for Plano. We feel at once like Abram and his family being called out from Ur (Genesis 12:1-3), or like Polly and Diggory in “The Wood Between the Worlds” in C.S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew .
And the Lord is using this unsettling “in between” time to grow us in the Gospel. As we feel our home is neither here nor there at the moment, the Gospel declares that our place in the Kingdom of God is unchanged (Philippians 3:20). As our usual security blankets are temporarily removed, the Gospel invites us again to trust the Lord and his provision alone.
We have prayed Compline (Night Prayer) as a family for years, but in this last few days this prayer has been our anchor:
Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may repose upon thy eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Paul is teaching a course at Redeemer Seminary, opening a path for his family to move to Plano, TX before the R-1 Visa clears.
I was in Scotland last week when the result of the Brexit vote was announced. In a way, life went on and the people continued to do their jobs, their duties, and live their life. It was the typical UK way: Keep Calm and Carry On.
But when we spoke to people about it, they felt uneasy. They saw clearly how the future was unclear. Some of the older folk we met on the street were worried about their pensions, about the future of the country for their grandchildren.
“And what could happen in your country, may I dare ask?” said one woman with her lovely Scottish accent. Indeed, our country, which turns 240 years old on Monday, seems as worrisome as ever. Our up-coming elections, the attacks on our citizenry, our security, our economy; our problems have most of us on alert all the time.
So what about our future?
But none of us know anything about the future. Nothing! It is always out there…unknown and unavailable to us. Tomorrow is going to be great…or not at all! We cannot know. Jesus addresses this issue head-on in one of the most famous passages from His Sermon on the Mount: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matt 6:34*).
Jesus makes this very clear point: Worry and anxiety about tomorrow are futile because tomorrow will bring its own troubles and worry anyway. Since the future is always going to be unknown, you will always have things to worry about. In other words, don’t go looking for worry…it is going to come find you anyway. Instead—and first—“Seek ye the kingdom of God, and his righteousness…” (v. 33).
Don’t look for worries…they are going to find you anyway. Look for the thing you most need to make it through the troubles, evils, challenges, and worries of each day: Jesus Christ.
In other words: Keep Christ and Carry On.
This was our third year at Camp Eagle, a discipleship and adventure camp in the Hill Country. Our group of 64 students and leaders split up into three adventure teams. We hiked, rappelled, swam, kayaked, ziplined, ate, prayed, and played games together. Moreover, we spent time learning about each other and sharing what has been going on in our lives.
The theme this year was “HOME,” reflecting on Israel and Judah’s journey through prophets and kings as they searched for rest. We learned that stability and prosperity, as welcome as those gifts may be, aren’t God’s first priority for his people. Students meditated during the week on how Jesus, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, guides us continually toward our only true rest in Him.
I was talking with a high school student one afternoon during a hike about the phenomenon of 'emotional highs' at camp. "I hate that," he said, "when that’s what camp’s known for. It’s so not about that."
We talked about how the good of camps and retreats is what stays with you, not emotional experiences or happy memories. It’s what you bring back with you. It's how you live differently in the world and with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
As everyone debriefed the week, our students shared what God had done in their lives. Several students shared a renewed sense of God’s calling to discipleship and love, a desire to share their lives more deeply with Him and with one another. Others shared their vision for community at Student Ministry: a place where strangers feel welcome, where no one has to fear being themselves, where people are treated like God’s family, and where we serve others out of the confidence and love of Christ.
Taylor and I sense that students are really getting a vision for God’s plans at Christ Church. Camp helped us see it together. For that, we are grateful.
We have now celebrated our first Independence Day weekend as a family. We ate, we swam, we prayed, we watched fireworks, and we even read the Declaration of Independence. All in all, it was a joyful July 4th weekend for us, a new immigrant family.
And this is precisely our new normal: we are immigrants. Our Ottawa house is sold, our stuff is in transit, and—aside from our dog, who we will fetch in mid July—our life is now here in Plano.
We are experiencing the process of being replanted . The 4th of July was a great example of that. It doesn’t yet fully feel like our own holiday. And yet, as we were warmly invited into the homes of new friends to celebrate with them, I believe that by this time next year, it may well be “our holiday.”
You, dear sisters and brothers at Christ Church, have already become for us our new church family. And though we are still processing what it means to live here, we know this: you have welcomed us with such warm and loving arms, that we have no doubt that the Lord has called us here.
We may be immigrants; but these immigrants know they are loved!
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God (1 John 4:7).
Fr. Paul is teaching a course at Redeemer Seminary, allowing his family to move to Plano before the R-1 Visa clears.
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20-25-28).
I want to take some time in our intro letter to brag about your students. While I'm sure that your students aren't always model citizens at home (parents often bear the brunt of the teenage years), I will mention the many ways I've been impressed with their care for one another and desire to serve.
I've participated in a number of conversations with groups of students, large and small, about what they want to be known for as a student ministry. The overwhelming consensus is that the students feel like their church is a family and want to extend that invitation to others.
Secondly, they want to make a difference in the world by sharing God's love in word and deed. This summer we've been polling the students and asking how they want to serve and what they perceive their areas of gifting from God to be. The collective wisdom of the students is that deepening an already existing relationship with Bonton Farms is the best way that we can impact our community. Stay tuned for more info as we want to guide the students in making decisions about how to partner with Bonton Farms.
Over and over, I remind your students that they aren't the church of the future, but an integral part of the church now! God doesn't need to wait for them to turn 18 to be useful in his Kingdom. And I know that as they serve one another and the community around us, we will continue to discover how God is at work in our midst.
For nearly ten years I’ve kept a note from my son. It is a hand-written note given to me on Father’s Day when he was about 12. All it says is something nice about his thankfulness that I am his father. It’s not a Hallmark card or a printed sentiment. It’s simply a snapshot of his thoughts. Still, I cherish this note. I put it on the cupboard where we keep our coffee mugs so I would be certain to see it every day.
Today, dads are in need of a bit of encouragement. They need a pat on the back, a sign that somehow the job they did in your life has brought you good things.
Of course, there are no perfect dads. We have all made mistakes. Each one of us has had to wrestle the demons of guilt for working too much or, in our own minds, not providing sufficiently. A lot of dads wonder if they are truly loved by their children: truly admired and respected. But the Bible makes a promise to you: If you honor your father and mother…it will go well with you . You see why, don’t you? Because honoring the person who brought you into this world is a way of honoring our Father in heaven.
I have known too many families whose dads grew old and went to their grave with some real questions about the love of their children. I also know there are some families in very difficult situations because of bad choices made by their fathers.
Even so, if you are able—if you think a word of encouragement might be a blessing to your father—please take the time to express that to him. If he has entered into glory, offer up a prayer of thanks for him today. If there are wounds, please pray for healing and strength to be free of the pain.
Pick up the phone, write a letter, pay a visit, or say a prayer. Give your dad something he will never forget: your gratitude.