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Traditional Ministry Meets Modern Technology at Christ Church Plano

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Practicing traditional viewpoints from a modern-style cathedral, Christ Church is a bit different than other churches in the surrounding area. Lots of natural light streaming in from the windows helps to illuminate the upcoming Lenten artwork on the walls, as well as their teachings. In essence, "Our members pursue a Christian life that exhibits worship, spiritual discipline and generosity of spirit," says Ryan Swindoll, Director of Communications.

Perhaps you are a newcomer to Plano searching to connect to a large Anglican congregation. "Visitors find that we have an excellent ministry that supports young families with professional childcare, monthly parents' night out, and Bible education for children and students," Swindoll notes. Making it easy, new residents can get answers about theology and worship style by attending their Gateway class. "Joining our church," Swindoll continues, "is as easy as showing up on a Sunday morning or Saturday night and filling out a welcome card. Our pastors personally contact everyone who visits so that no one is left on the outside."

Continuing the blend of modern and traditional, services are conducted with hymns played alongside more well-known contemporary songs with music led by piano, organ, choir and instruments. Church attendees stand or kneel during prayers and scripture reading, becoming more active participants in the service.

Keeping current with technology, recent sermons can be viewed on their website where you can also listen to a daily prayer. Weekly emails on pastoral thoughts, upcoming events and other topics are available through their e-newsletter. Social media, Facebook and Twitter are also used to connect with members and those outside the congregation.

Christ Church congregants support a variety of nonprofits outside the church from shelters to food banks, as well as senior homes, elementary schools and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Within the church, there are many ways for members to be involved and get to know their fellow church members from family gatherings and senior adult luncheons to Bible studies and grief recovery groups.

There are also yearly retreats and international fellowship evenings. "We invite our neighborhoods to get to know us anytime," Swindoll tells us, "and especially through a holiday service, a beautiful concert or art exhibit, Vacation Bible School, or our broad selection of small group communities."

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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