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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.
Upcoming Events for Visitors and Guests:
Invitation: Visitors Brunch
Sunday, October 29 @ 12:30 p.m.
Are you new or visiting Christ Church Plano? Do you have questions about Anglican worship? Would you like to find friends and community here? Join us for Invitation. Parishioners are welcome with their guests.
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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.
This Is Where We Worship
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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It happens at this time every year – at least for the last 36. I am moved to thanks and reflection on God’s enormous grace in bringing my wife, Cinde, into my life and then, as Jesus Himself said, joining us together as one (Mark 10:8, 9). On May 31, 1980, we established a covenant through which God forged a union. I wish I could say that it has been 36 years of unfailing marital bliss; but I am not that easy to live with! I have been known to quip that it’s a minor miracle that Cinde has put up with me all these years. It’s really not a joke, though; we have each recognized our dependence on a constant infusion of God’s love in order to live in a fashion that is consistent with the oneness that God created at our wedding. Perhaps coincidentally, for the last several years the Circle of Two marriage class has occurred almost simultaneously with our anniversary—as it did last weekend. Maybe that’s not the dream many would have for a romantic anniversary. But, taking that time to review our own priorities while building into the lives of other couples has indeed been a blessing for us. Based on the evidence of Scripture, marriage is supremely valued by God. He established it at the very beginning of creation (Gen. 1 & 2). The Bible also ends with a wedding – Jesus as the groom, and we, the Church, as the bride (Rev. 19:6-9, 21:1-22:21). The prophets of the Old Testament often refer to God’s relationship with his people in marital terms. And, it is significant that Jesus’s first miracle takes place at a wedding (John 2:1-11). The list could go on. But the point of it all is that God takes marriage very seriously. It is intricately tied up with His cosmic plan. It is representative of His desire for us to live in community. And it is even designed to reveal truths about Himself: our Triune God Who is an eternal community of love. I encourage you to mark your calendar now for a marriage seminar that Christ Church will offer next fall, October 28 & 29. Bishop Steve and Sally Breedlove will lead us in an examination of marriage and enrich our understanding of God’s design. I hope you’ll avail yourself of the wisdom they have to share and save the date.
The recent events in the news and our community have left us with heavy hearts. As parents, we can sometimes feel torn about how much to share with our children and what is appropriate for their ages. With each child, we consider what they are ready for and pray for God’s wisdom in these matters. I have an older son who is a local police officer. Because of this, I was hesistant to share recent news with my younger child. Would he be worried about his brother’s safety? How do I explain discrimination? How can I help him learn from these events without keeping him in a protective bubble? I thought about this and prayed for days before bringing it up over Legos. God gave me the words and helped me to frame the sad events in a way that was helpful to my son. With a child-like faith, my son was able to see a complex situation through the lens of our faith. There is evil in our world, darkness…but God is with us, shining a light and giving us hope in the scary times. In heartbreak, we are called to pray. He is with us. Immanuel. As stories continue to unfold in the aftermath of recent events, we witness God’s hand and see His amazing work rising from the ashes. I am grateful my young boy will also get to see this and continue to learn how our God is a redemptive and loving God who keeps His promises to His people.
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you…” (Philippians 1:3).
The Apostle Paul first wrote the words that are on my heart today. He was speaking to his favorite church, the people of God at Philippi. They had been such a blessing and encouragement to him over the years.
It was the church of his heart.
Fran and I would say that of Christ Church. You are the church of our heart. We have raised our family here. From a 29 year old clergyman with his new wife and a growing family…to now, nearly—or clearly!—eligible for our Primetimer Senior Adult group!
We do thank our God in remembrance of you. We truly do.
On Sunday, the 14th of August, I will have a final word with you before I begin what is likely the last sabbatical of my rectorship. Please come and be with Fran and me as we say a heartfelt and deeply thankful good-bye.
An Excerpt from Fr. David's Recent Article on Church Planting:
"It is one of the rarest and yet most natural occurrences in the church today. I have been in one for 31 years. As I prepare to leave Christ Church Plano, I celebrate the early members who let the seed of the Word fall upon them and take root. I commemorate the six churches we have planted from Christ Church. I honor the staff and clergy and missionaries that have been trained and sent to do their work, some to plant churches. I celebrate my wife who has endured the life of a Planter/Rector for 31 years.
"And I honor, most of all, the power of the Holy Spirit to take the meager preaching and plans of a manifest sinner like me, and turn them into seed; to cause growth and life to emerge and sustain itself for 31 years in this ecclesia plantabunt . The Church Plant."
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I have had my Texas baptism! On Sunday afternoon over 250 parishioners gathered in our parking lot to spend An Afternoon with the Donisons .
And in that hot midday sun, the dunk tank looked to me like an oasis. I felt a bit like the Ethiopian eunuch saying to Philip, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” (Acts 8:36)
So, I climbed in and proceeded to be dunked by children of all ages, including both wardens. What a glorious “baptism” into a new community!
But in all seriousness, the real Texas baptism for our family has been the incredible welcome and love by our new church community. People keep asking us how we are doing, and I think the best answer I can give is: we have jumped in with both feet, and the water is good!
Community is vital: it is where we know and are known, love and are loved, serve and are served. Christ Church has thrown its arms of love and welcome and fellowship around us. We are so blessed.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.