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Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Austin

Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Austin, inclusive faith community of Christian believers in the heart of downtown at the corner of 12th Street and Lavaca. We may be 182 years old, but God’s story is still unfolding in and through this community of faith. Join us as we blend ancient worship practices and progressive theology to build a community where all people are invited to know God’s love and sent to join God in transforming the world.

All are welcome.

Sabbath: Freedom for Flourishing

Lent at FUMC Austin

This Lenten season, we will turn to the ancient practice of sabbath keeping, the rhythm of rest and renewal that is part of God’s design for creation. Week by week, we’ll walk through the woods together toward Easter morning, keeping sabbath as we go — with the poetry of Wendell Berry as our guide.



Worship with First Church this Easter.



Experience the miracle of Easter with joyous worship at FUMC AUSTIN on Sunday, April 9. While our building is under construction, we will still be able to worship together at 9:00AM and 11:00AM in our historic Sanctuary, even as it is being restored and renovated. We will celebrate the risen Christ with music, scripture, and prayer. Join us as we proclaim the good news!



Worship in person

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Worship online

Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via Livestream via Facebook or Youtube

  Podcast & Video Archive

Sermon Podcast available here
Worship Video Archive available here

Parking for worship at First Church

Parking for those with special mobility needs is available in the church’s surface parking lot on the southeast corner of 13th and Lavaca Streets. Addtional parking is available in the parking garage on the southwest corner of 13th Street and Lavaca Street. 

Childcare is available for Christmas Eve

First Church always welcomes children to fully participate in worship. There are books, crayons, and activity sheets located against the back wall of the  Sanctuary. We also have a Family Room located in the balcony for those who need to feed or change an infant or allow a toddler to roam. 

Entering the Sanctuary during its renovation

Scaffolding has gone up as we restore our historic Sanctuary Building, but our front doors are open. The scaffolded entrances to the Sanctuary are well-lit and have handrails. If you have special mobility needs, please use the North Entrance off the parking lot or the South Entrance (12th Street).

Easter Egg Festival is back for egg hunts, egg races, and other fun!

THat’s Right…the Bunny Is Back


FUMC Austin welcomes you to our annual Easter Egg Festival in our “backyard” at the Capitol Grounds at Colorado and 12th Street for egg hunts (preschoolers) and egg races (elementary ages). A visit from the Easter Bunny is a special tradition along with fun activities like face painting and games by our youth. This event is free and open to the public. Bring non-perishable food donations for the Capital Area Food Bank to help us love our neighbors this Easter.



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Some Bunny Needs You!

Some Bunny Needs You!

Some Bunny Needs Your Help for Easter Egg Fest! Help us ensure there are plenty of treats for the children at our Easter Egg Festival on April 1. *Donate individually wrapped candy and egg-sized plastic toys or stickers. Recommended candy choices are Lifesavers,...

February 2023 Mission Emphasis

February 2023 Mission Emphasis

Our February mission emphasis is Huston-Tillotson University. As Austin’s oldest institution of higher education and its only Historically Black College and University (HBCU), the university is a sacred space. HBCUs play a vital role in dismantling racial inequity,...

January 2023 Mission Emphasis

January 2023 Mission Emphasis

Our January mission emphasis is the Immigration Care Team (ICT), a ministry offering active support and provision to asylum seekers and other immigrants. Formed in April 2020, ITC is currently providing ongoing financial resources for a young woman seeking asylum from...

Make a GIFT That Makes an Impact

Make a gift and make transformation happen through FUMC Austin

Together, FUMC Austin supports the spiritual health of people at every age and stage of life, invite unhoused neighbors to share food and fellowship several times a week, and host ESL, VBS, and FEAST. Together, we advocate for social justice and work to constructively disrupt systems of power that marginalize people and communities. Together, we make transformation happen here.

Make a one-time gift or set up recurring giving using Church Life or text FUMCAUSTIN (all caps) to 73256 and follow the prompts.

Mobile App

The best way to stay connected!

The FUMC Austin mobile app provides updates on events, worship, news, and service—all at your fingertips! Stay up-to-date on opportunities to grow in your faith and connect with others.


The church office is currently open from 9:00AM to 2:30PM, Monday through Thursday, and closed on Fridays. 

Masking Updates and Precautions

While community COVID levels remain officially low, decreased reporting and high incidences of other respiratory illnesses like flu and RSV have led to a pediatric health crisis that is once again stretching local healthcare workers and resources. As a faith community, we are called to mindful care for the most vulnerable. At this time, adult staff and volunteers who work with children will be required to wear masks. Children are invited to mask at their level of comfort.

We urge you to consider the health of young children in our community as well as the healthcare workers who are doing their very best to provide care to all who need it. Please join us virtually for worship if you are feeling unwell. We also encourage you to mask in worship, at special events, and other large gatherings at First Church and throughout the festive holiday season. Masks will be available for those who would like one in our Sunday school and worship spaces.