We’ve missed you!
We are excited to welcome you back to worship!
We offer two Worship service options on Sunday mornings, at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Registration is required to attend in-person services.
- Adult Sunday School classes are resuming on a case-by-case basis. For class contact information, please visit our Sunday School page.
- Youth Sunday School has resumed, meeting outdoors. Contact Director of Youth Ministries Devon Bailey for more information.
- Children’s programming and child care will be available beginning July 11. Until then, parents are encouraged to bring their children to worship to reacquaint them with the church and prepare them to return to Sunday School and the nursery.
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions below for information on our safety procedures and what to expect Sunday mornings. Thank you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is registration required for Worship?
Yes. We are currently limiting the number of people in the Sanctuary for each service to ensure adequate space for social distancing. Each week, we ask you to register prior to attending worship so that we can properly plan for the number of people who will be in attendance. This will also help us to know if we need to add additional worship services. Registration will be available starting on Monday at noon for the following Sunday each week.
How many services are there, and how many people can attend?
We will have 2 services each Sunday: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. There are registration spots for 220 people in each service.
What safety measures are in place?
- The number of people in the Sanctuary will be limited to allow for distancing between groups of people.
- Masks are required for all attendees and worship leaders. Worship leaders may remove their mask while they are speaking or singing.
- The offering will be collected in baskets as you leave the service, rather than passing baskets/plates.
- The service is abbreviated to 40 minutes.
- Hand sanitizer is provided throughout the building.
- An Ionization system has been installed in the Sanctuary to provide clean, purified air.
- Ushers will dismiss the congregation by row at the end of the service to prevent a congested exit.
- Bathrooms near the Sanctuary will be cleaned periodically throughout Sunday mornings, and cleaning products are provided in all bathrooms.
Are masks required?
- Masks WILL BE required of ALL attendees (age 2 and up) and worship leaders, with the exception of the pastor when giving the sermon. This is regardless of vaccination status.
- Keeping the mask requirement allows us to bring back congregational singing, instead of choir only. It also allows us, as a community, to express solidarity with families of children younger than 12 who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.
- Please bring your own mask that covers your nose and mouth. We will have masks available if you forget yours.
Is Childcare provided?
Childcare will resume on July 11 with Covid protocols in place, including required registration and limited capacity. In the meantime, children of all ages are always welcome in worship, and we are increasing our efforts to help parents re-orient their children to church. The Family Room in the balcony will be available with limited capacity.
Will there be bulletins?
Bulletins will be provided in paper format and available online to access from a personal device.
Will we have communion?
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 will be 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
**This service has not yet resumed. Please check here for updates.**
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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