St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas
St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney (Dallas area) Texas
708 S Chestnut, McKinney, TX 75069-6503 Phone: 972 658-5433 email:seraphim@orthodox.net

We have a new Hall!

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We started in 1994 in a tiny rented building in Dallas. In 2007, we bought land in McKinney, and after a period that seem like forever, finally started using our new, small, but very beautiful and acoustically excellent temple, June 2010.  We paid of the huge looking mortgage over 3 years early, and during that time, built a large covered outdoor deck, to serve as a “poor man’s room addition”, which we used to barely provide additional space for dining and church school classes, in all kinds of weather.  

 

In February, 2020 we completed expanding our worship area into our former hall, and buying a large two-story White House that will serve as our hall, classrooms and everything else. It has a large dining area and enough rooms so that we can have a dedicated room to each one of the grade levels in our church school, with rooms for hospitality and other purposes. We have taken on a little bit over $300,000 in debt. We are over 600 percent larger in membership since we began.

 

We have lots of ideas about creative ways to use the hall, such as homeschool co-op, feeding the homeless and giving them a place to come out of the cold or heat Monday-Friday, hospitality for travelers or a place to live for people who need a little relief for little while, and possibly even a place for certain former prisoners to parole to. We cannot do any of those things unless we are sure we can continue to pay the mortgage without dipping into our savings.

 

Will you join our ministry? We really mean that. It’s not just words. To donate to our building fund, and send us the names of your loved ones in your nuclear family, we will pray for them forever, at every liturgy. If you want we can keep you informed about things happening in our little country church in McKinney Texas. Just let us know your email address and your desire to be kept informed.

You can donate via PayPal, at: Donate to St Nicholas Orthodox Church

 

We are happy to accept checks which are even better because there’s no processing fee taken out. Mail to St Nicholas Orthodox Church, 708 S Chestnut, McKinney, TX 75069

 

Please, with your donation however you make it, send us the names of your nuclear family and who is Orthodox and who is not. Also, send us the names of your loved ones that have reposed. We will pray for them as long as the walls of our church are standing, in perpetuity.

 

Please be aware of the following coronavirus-related directives for attending service:

First, a pastoral note. In our parish we do not fight. We have had no fights regarding directives during the pandemic, wearing masks, or even politics! We are free men and women, and therefore you are free to wear a mask or not wear a mask. You’re free to kiss icons or not kiss icons or kiss the priest’s hand or not kiss the priest’s hand. We ask you to follow the directives below because you’re free to be obedient to reasonable directives. We serve the Holy Mysteries in the traditional way, no differently than we have served them always. Priest Seraphim Holland, seraphim@orthodox.net

1. Service attendance is limited to 35 people, in addition to clergy, singers, and servers.

Please sign up for services using the link found at orthodox.net or here: https://signup.com/go/GmQhOMA.

2. To better accommodate everybody, we are offering an expanded schedule of services, including two Sunday Liturgies – one at the church, and one at the parish hall (708 S. Tennessee – a 3-minute walk to the next street West of the temple. Our Hall is a large White House on the West side of the street. Across from it is a house with a large statute of a horse – you can’t miss it!).

 

Regular Schedule:

 Saturday, 5pm: Vespers

Saturday, 6pm: Vigil (Vespers and Matins)

Sunday, 10am: Divine Liturgy at the Church and another at the parish hall

 

There are also multiple services during the week, including molebens for the sick, our nation and the world, and weekday Divine Liturgies.

See orthodox.net/calendar for details.

 

3. You may stand next to members of your own household and anybody else that you are “attending the service with”.  You must remain 6 feet (2 meters) distant from everybody else. Please come to communion in family groups.

4. EVERYONE IS INSTRUCTED not to congregate closely after the service. This is the time when people get very lax. We are attempting to obey city ordinances as long as they do not conflict with our core beliefs, and we are doing well at this during the service, and terrible at this after the service. Please take more care.

5. Wash hands or use sanitizer upon arrival. Wash your hands as needed, such as if you sneeze or touch your face.

6. In accordance with Governor Abbot’s directive, everybody is strongly encouraged (but not required) to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose, with the following exceptions:

a. When serving, reading, singing, preaching, or during confessions.

b. When receiving Holy Communion, and taking after-supper.

c. If covering the mouth or nose poses a significant physical or mental health risk.

d. Very young children are not instructed to wear a mask. Parents, please use your discretion.
 

7. If you have or suspect you might have COVID or are in contact with somebody who does, please do not attend service. 

Useful links:

All Livestreamed services will be at http://www.youtube.com/orthodoxnet/live. We always livestream the Vigil and liturgy in the Temple, and sometimes other services.  

Calendar : http://www.orthodox.net/calendar

Sign up for services: https://signup.com/go/GmQhOMA

Mitey Mites PayPal link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=FHWE4PALUPG7U&source=url

 

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Welcome to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney Texas, 20 miles N of Dallas!

We are diverse community of Orthodox Christians from all parts of the globe. Some of us are emigres from Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Bulgaria and other Orthodox nations, while others are American converts to Orthodoxy. We have all found the "Pearl of great price" in the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Eastern Orthodox Christian Church, and we hope that this web page will give you (in English and some Russian) a taste of our beliefs, dogmas, doctrines and way of life.

The Divine Liturgy and other services are performed 100% in English, with some things added in Church Slavonic. We gladly welcome visitors and inquirers and always have a complimentary meal on Sunday to get acquainted.


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