- Phone: (972) 548-7990
- Mailing Address: 6400 McKinney Ranch Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75070
On the front lawn, with the altar between the crepe myrtle trees on the west side of the lawn. This means the orientation of the worship space is wide rather than narrow, which helps maximize unobstructed views for the congregation. This also allows for those who need the firmness of the concrete to participate in worship from the sidewalk and parking lot. If the weather so dictates (i.e. if the ground is very wet), we will move off the lawn and into the parking lot.
You must bring your own lawn/camp chair or quilt to sit on (if you do not have a chair, please email us beforehand so we can make arrangements). You may also want to consider bringing a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and other items to help make being outside in the Texas summer more pleasant. You may bring a pop-up tent, provided that you arrive early (pop-up tents must be set up before the service, not during), that you set up on the margins of the grass, and that you stake the tent to the ground. Unstaked tents are a hazard in the wind, and are forbidden.
Family groups (those who live together) are exempt from the six-foot distance requirement, but everyone else must maintain social distance, even outside. As you arrive and set up your spot, please maintain appropriate distance from one another. There are center and front “aisles” marked out on the grass; please avoid those aisles.
Masks are required, even outside (this is a directive of the bishop). The clergy and music leaders will also be wearing masks when not leading worship or singing. Those who show up without masks will be offered a disposable mask by the ushers.
Whatever is comfortable. Casual clothes, sandals, etc. are most appropriate for outdoor worship.
Worship starts at 9:00 am, and we highly recommend getting to St. Andrew’s at least 10 minutes early so you can find a spot, get a bulletin, get Holy Communion (see below), and get settled.
The hallway and bathrooms closest to the south doors will open for emergency needs only. The Great Hall, kitchen, classrooms, and office area will be closed, except for staff and set-up / clean-up volunteers.
Yes, we are celebrating Holy Communion at our outdoor worship services. However, as the distribution of Holy Communion remains subject to the diocesan protocols, there are some changes. The actual bread the congregation will consume each week will have been consecrated the week prior, and packaged by gloved and masked Eucharistic volunteers during the course of the week. When you arrive, find the u-shaped tables in the center of the lawn by the sidewalk. Send one member of your party up to the table and inform one of the lay communion ministers how many wafers you need. They will place a prepared envelope with the proper number of wafers on the table. After they step back, please come forward and take the envelope and return to your seat. During the service, after the Fraction (the breaking of the bread), the entire congregation will consume our bread together.
During the Peace, we will all stay put and greet one another from a distance. There will be no passing of the plate during the offertory. Two collection boxes will be available in the back where you can drop off your offering. Connection cards will be digital, rather than paper (you can fill them out on your mobile phone while you’re there). The clergy will be very happy to greet you from an appropriate distance, but there will be no handshakes or hugs after the service.
Children are welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be neither a children’s sermon or children’s church, but we will have a special children’s bulletin, crayons, and pipe cleaners to keep your little ones busy during the service. Parents, we know social distancing is difficult for children, and appreciate your help in keeping them with you.
If the weather is bad, in-person worship will be canceled and we will worship online as we have been doing. If the weather is questionable, be sure to check our website or Facebook the morning of. Online worship is 10:00 am, regardless of weather.
No...but, since you’re going to be sitting outside in your camp chair you can bring your coffee.
Y'all. It's Texas. In the summer.
At this time, we do not have a date to return to indoor worship.
Only you can answer this question. However, we want to be clear that it’s very possible, and in some cases nearly certain, that the answer is “no.” Particularly those in high risk groups, whether because of age or other pre-existing conditions, should consider staying home and worshipping with us online. Taking care of yourself is always a good option!
Don’t forget you can also join us for online worship – where you can worship from the comfort and safety of your own home.
If you or anyone with whom you've had exposure in the last 14 days has been diagnosed with COVID-19; or if you have a fever or other flu like symptoms, or have had a fever in the previous 24 hours, please stay home and worship with us online.