Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Austin. We are glad that you have come our way, and we pray that we might be a blessing in your life.
What does our church believe?
We believe that every human being is a beloved child of God and that each of us is on a journey toward God, with God. Because First UMC is enthusiastically committed to our motto “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors”, our congregation welcomes ALL persons of all ages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, economic conditions, marital status, and mental or physical abilities to attend, join, and participate fully in the life of our congregation. When we practice radical hospitality and embrace the gifts of persons from divergent backgrounds and experiences, the church becomes the genuine expression of God’s unconditional love for us all.
First United Methodist Church exists to build a community where all people are invited to know God’s love and sent to join God in transforming the world.
When are FUMC’s worship times?
Every Sunday in the Sanctuary
9:00 a.m. Worship Service
This intimate, 50-minute service blends a traditional order of worship with an informal approach. Rev. Taylor Fuerst is the principal preacher and worship is centered on Scripture, drawing together contemporary issues and the best of United Methodist tradition. Both traditional hymns and newer songs are sung by a variety of vocal ensembles, accompanied by piano and violin. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated each week.
11:00 a.m. Worship Service
This larger, traditional service lasts about 60 minutes. Music is led by our talented FUMC choir and organist featuring traditional church hymns and a variety of musical offerings. Rev. Taylor Fuerst is the principal preacher for this service and leads a time for young disciples, when children can join her at the altar to learn about our Christian faith. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month.
Contemplative Worship 4th Sundays in Murchison Chapel
Contemplative prayer can provide a welcome respite, a place to find the inner resources to actively serve a chaotic world from a place of strength and peace. These services are offered on 4th Sundays and planned for the beginner or experienced practitioner of mindfulness meditation.
Every Thursday in Garrison Chapel
Each Thursday at 6:30 AM, following the Breakfast for the Homeless, the Rev. Cathy Stone leads on informal worship service in Garrison Chapel of the Family Life Center. This worship experience is specifically designed to be relevant to our neighbors on the street and to those involved in issues of urban poverty and homelessness.
To view our current worship schedule, click here.
Where is FUMC located?
First United Methodist Church is located on the northeast corner of Lavaca Street & 12th Street, on the west side of the Capitol in downtown Austin. The FUMC Family Life Center is located across the street diagonally from the church, on the northwest corner of Lavaca Street and 13th Street. Our address is 1201 Lavaca Street Austin, TX 78701.
Where is parking available?
Sunday Parking is Free and Plentiful
- Metered spaces are free (please reserve close spaces for visitors and the handicapped)
- All spaces in the church parking lot, immediately north of the main building are open
- Trial Lawyers’ Garage (southwest corner of 13th and Lavaca) is available on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Enter on 13th)
- Stokes Garage (southeast corner of 12th and Guadalupe) is available ONLY on Sunday mornings
- Parking for church business is available at all times in spaces marked “Church Business” in the church parking lot at 13th and Lavaca.
- Preschool spots may be used after 2:00 p.m. Please do not park in spaces reserved for Texas Trial Lawyers Association at any time.
- Monday through Saturday, on street parking is metered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. – 25 cents for each 15 minutes – 3 hour maximum.
To learn more visit Driving and Parking.
What options are available for children?
Children of any age are welcome to participate in all our worship services. For families with infants and toddlers, we know that parents sometimes prefer to worship with their children safe and happily engaged in our childcare rooms. Childcare is available during worship services for infants and children up to age 5. All childcare rooms are located in the Children’s Wing on the 1st Floor of the Education Building.
For those who wish to remain close to their infants and toddlers, a Family Room, furnished with rocking chairs, toddler toys, and a changing table, is available behind the sanctuary balcony. Large windows and speakers provide access to the service. When children reach about four or five and they are ready, we encourage parents to begin bringing them to worship on a regular basis.
8:30 to 9:45 a.m.
- Infants – EDU 103
- Toddlers – 4 year olds – EDU 104
9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
- Infants – EDU 103
- Toddlers and 2’s – EDU 104
- Children ages 3 and up meet in their respective Sunday School rooms
10:45 a.m. to noon
- Infants – EDU 103
- Toddlers and 2’s – EDU 104
- Ages 3 to 4 – EDU 102
- Children of kindergarten age and older are encouraged to attend worship with parents
To learn more about children’s Sunday School classes, visit Children’s Sunday School.
How do I get involved?
We have a diversified education program with both weekly and special learning experiences for all ages. Sunday School for all ages begins at 10:00 a.m.
Does FUMC follow a dress code?
FUMC has traditional worship in our Sanctuary and a Chapel service on 3rd Sundays in our Chapel. All services are casual in nature. Members will range from a collared shirt and jeans to business casual. Our church body is diverse and our attire is varied. Come as you are.
Who are FUMC’s pastors?
Reverend Taylor Fuerst leads our worship for the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sanctuary service. Our chapel services are led by lay leaders.
How do I contact the church?
Our offices are open Monday through Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed 12:00-1:00 p.m. for lunch), Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday mornings, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
- Telephone: 512-478-5684
- Fax: 512-478-6169
- Mail: First United Methodist Church
Austin, Texas 78701
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I join the church?
Church membership is open to any and all who seek the presence of God in their lives. Baptism is a requirement for membership. If you have not been baptized, please contact one of the pastors to schedule a personal pre-baptism counseling session. If you have been baptized in any denomination, you are free to join whenever your heart is called to do so.
To learn more, visit How to Join.