From the desk of Lauren Palmer
Good morning McKinney!
With Easter approaching in just a few short weeks, (April 21 to be exact) I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to a new Anglican church in McKinney, Holy Trinity McKinney—who is hosting their first-ever Easter service and are opening their doors to everyone in our community. Before I get started, I have to tell you how ironic it is that I am telling this story, because a few short years ago, Holy Trinity founders Erik and Andrea Willits, attended the same Anglican church that I currently attend; the one where I was married 12 years ago; where both my boys were Christened; where I have attended Bible studies and Mom groups for years…and somehow, we never met! Such a small world.
Holy Trinity McKinney was founded in 2018 by Erik and Andrea whose vision included a church for the neighborhood, a church in and for McKinney, and that like our city, draws its life from the riches of history with a focus on the future. The couple envisioned a sacred space for people to find rest for their souls, away from the overwhelming and overworked lives many of us lead. The Willits began by gathering a group of friends in their home each week to talk and pray. During these meetings, the group discussed the mission, values, goals, and focus of the church. Four Values were discerned to anchor the church in the Kingdom of God and its mission in McKinney:
- ROOTED-to be a church committed to the Scripture and Tradition, while also remaining deeply invested in the community of McKinney. (John 1:14-18)
- SACRED-to be a church committed to the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, using these practices to inspire sacramental living by seeing God in all things. (Psalm 139)
- FORMED-to be a church committed to Christ-likeness, shaping its congregation through God’s rhythms of abundant life. (Romans 12:1-2)
- (CO)MISSIONED-to be a church that recognizes the invitation and responsibility to join God in His work. The mission ripple begins in local neighborhood and moves out into all the world. (Matthew 28:16-20)
Holy Trinity leans heavily into tradition while embracing aspects of contemporary and modern worship. With the Lord’s guidance, Erik and Andrea have designed Holy Trinity McKinney as a place to experience life in the goodness of God. It is grounded in the Bible and the richness of Christian, Scripture-based tradition.
In the Spring of 2018, Holy Trinity McKinney began offering weekly pre-launch services and Table Groups to build community and spiritual formation during the week. Friends, this is a community of people learning to be aware of God’s presence in everyday life and living God’s rhythms of abundance. Doesn’t that sound healing? Doesn’t that sound like peace?
Today Holy Trinity McKinney holds Sunday morning services at The Station at 10:30 AM. Family worship together and receive communion together, though a children’s formation class is also provided during the adult scripture reading and sermon time. On Wednesdays, Morning Prayer services are held at the Chapel at Chestnut Square at 7:30 AM, and a brief mid-day Eucharist service is offered on Wednesdays at noon during Lent.
Easter Sunday is April 21st. Erik and Andrea would like to personally invite you to visit Holy Trinity McKinney on Easter, if not before then, “I hope you’ll join us at 10:30 a.m. for Easter! It’s a perfect opportunity to experience something old and something new, a sacred space that’s energizing for your daily life!” -Reverend Erik Willits
thank you Holy Trinity McKinney for sponsoring this post.
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