Welcome to Worship
We are glad you are joining us!
We offer two Worship service options on Sunday mornings, at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., with Livestreaming of the 11:00 service.
- Adult Sunday School classes are meeting in person on a case-by-case basis. For class contact information, please visit our Sunday School page.
- Youth Sunday School has resumed, meeting in the high school classroom of the Family Life Center. Contact Director of Youth Ministries Devon Bailey for more information.
- Children’s Sunday School and childcare has resumed for children ages three years through 5th grade. Drop off and pick up are in Wesley Hall, on the first floor of the Sanctuary building. Visit our Children’s Sunday School page for more information.
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions below for information on our safety procedures and what to expect Sunday mornings. Thank you!
Frequently Asked Questions
How many services are there, and how many people can attend?
We have 2 services each Sunday: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. With a Sanctuary that seats 750, there is ample capacity for our congregation to sit comfortably with distance for those who wish. Every other pew is blocked in some sections in order to provide additional space for those who desire.
What safety measures are in place?
- Masks are required for all attendees and worship leaders. Worship leaders may remove their mask while they are speaking or singing.
- Alternating pews are available in some sections of the Sanctuary to allow for distancing between groups of people.
- Hand sanitizer is provided throughout the building.
- An Ionization system has been installed in the Sanctuary to provide clean, purified air.
Are masks required?
- Masks are required of ALL attendees (age 2 and up) and worship leaders. This is regardless of vaccination status. Worship leaders may remove their mask while speaking or singing.
- Please bring your own mask that covers your nose and mouth. We will have masks available if you forget yours.
Is Childcare provided?
Childcare is available for infants and toddlers with Covid protocols in place, including required registration and limited capacity. In addition, children of all ages are always welcome in worship. Activity boards and other materials for children are available at the back of the Sanctuary. The Family Room in the balcony is available with limited capacity.
Do we celebrate Communion in worship?
Yes, Communion will be offered weekly at the 9:00 a.m. service and on the first Sunday of the Month at the 11:00 a.m. service. Communion elements are individually packaged and distributed as you enter the Sanctuary. All will be invited to momentarily remove their masks to receive Communion elements while seated near the end of the service. Those who wish to wait and consume the elements later may do so. There will be no lining up or face-to-face interaction between Pastors and attendees during Communion.
Is virtual worship still available?
We will livestream our 11:00 a.m. worship service every Sunday. accessible through our Zoom worship time, FUMC Austin Mobile App, YouTube Channel, and Facebook page. The order of worship can be found each week at fumcaustin.org/bulletin. An abbreviated service of scripture and sermon audio is archived on our website below and iTunes podcast. Our interactive worship service on Zoom includes opportunities to connect with one another, share prayer concerns, and view our worship service together. Check your weekly email for Zoom links. An abbreviated service of scripture and sermon audio is archived on our website and iTunes podcast.
During the week, Murchison Chapel is open for personal prayer and contemplation during office hours, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Every Thursday in Garrison Chapel
Thursdays at 6:30 a.m., Family Life Center
Each Thursday at 6:30 a.m., following the Feed My People Breakfast for the Homeless, the Rev. Cathy Stone leads an 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.
Holy Communion has its origin in the Passover Meal which celebrates the ancient Hebrews’ escape and deliverance by God’s hand from bondage to freedom. It is a meal to which Jesus gave new meaning as he shared it with his disciples on the night before his crucifixion. From the earliest of times, believers have experienced Christ as present among them in this holy celebration. Methodists believe Christ is present in this meal as Spirit, not actual flesh and blood.
Everyone who claims Christ as Lord is welcome at the table, for it is not a Methodist table, but the Table of the Lord. Children are most welcome! While they may not understand the deep theological meanings, they can share and feel the blessing of being a part of God’s family who love one another and who are deeply loved by Jesus Christ.
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