Worship at FUMC
Welcome to Worship
Worship with FUMC Austin in person on Sunday mornings at 9:00AM and 11:00AM. Both services blend a traditional worship style (choral music, hymns, scripture, sermon, and prayers) with progressive theology. FUMC Austin is a Christian community that believes that faith and science, ancient rituals and modern life, head and heart, formal prayers and casual clothes are all compatible. Come as you are. All are welcome.
Out of care for the health of the whole community, FUMC Austin continues to monitor COVID-19 community spread, using the Austin-Travis County risk-based guidelines. We recently updated our policy on masks in worship and in our children’s ministry areas. While Austin-Travis County community level remains “low,” masks are optional in worship and for staff/adults and children participating in childcare and Children’s Sunday School. Read the full policy update here.
If you are unable to attend worship in person for any reason, the 11:00AM worship service is also available via livestream and can be accessed on the FUMC Austin Mobile App, YouTube Channel, and Facebook page as well as via podcast and video archive for convenient access.
Worship in person
Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Communion is celebrated weekly at the 9:00 a.m. service and on the first Sunday of the Month at the 11:00 a.m. service.
Children of all ages are always welcome in worship. Childcare is also available for infants and toddlers.
Park for free on Sundays in the Texas Trial Lawyers Association garage at the corner of 13th and Lavaca Streets or at open meters around the church. The church parking lot is reserved for those with mobility impairment.
Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via livestream
Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom
Worship online by participating in FUMC’s 11:00 a.m. worship service, which is shared via livestream on several platforms each week and is accessible through the FUMC Austin Mobile App, YouTube Channel, and Facebook page.
The Interactive Worship on Zoom, hosted by an FUMC pastor, will be taking a break for the summer. Our last Zoom worship experience for the season will be Sunday, May 22.
Podcast & Video Archive
Listen to the FUMC Sermon Podcast, an abbreviated version of weekly worship and includes a brief musical intro, the scripture, and the sermon, at your convenience. It’s available at the link above and on iTunes.
You can also watch a complete recording of weekly worship immediately following its conclusion by accessing the Worship Video Archives. Catch up with the community by listening to sermons you missed or revisit a favorite message later.
Frequently Asked Questions For Planning Your Visit
Are masks required?
- Out of care for the health of the whole community, FUMC Austin continues to monitor COVID-19 community spread, using the Austin-Travis County risk-based guidelines. We recently updated our policy on masks in worship and in our children’s ministry areas. While Austin-Travis County community level remains “low,” masks are optional in worship and for staff/adults and children participating in childcare and Children’s Sunday School. Read the full policy update here.
- At this time, Adult Sunday School classes and small groups have discretion about mask wearing while meeting.
- If you forget your mask and would like one, FUMC Austin has complimentary masks in both adult and child sizes available.
How many services are there, and how many people can attend?
We have two worship services each Sunday: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. With a Sanctuary that seats 750, there is ample capacity for everyone to sit comfortably while maintaining distance for those who wish.
What safety measures are in place?
- Austin-Travis County’s COVID-19 risk-based guidelines and CDC recommendations and requirements guide our policy on masking.
- Complimentary masks for adults and children are available throughout the building.
- Hand sanitizer is provided throughout the building.
- An Ionization system has been installed in the Sanctuary to provide clean, purified air.
Is childcare provided?
Childcare is available for infants and toddlers. 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 is also available in the balcony and is equipped with changing tables and rocking chairs.
Do we celebrate Communion in worship?
Yes. In the United Methodist Church, the Communion table is open to people of all ages. Communion is offered weekly at the 9:00AM worship service and on the first Sunday of the month at the 11:00AM service. Gluten-free Communion elements (the bread and juice) are available whenever the sacrament is offered. Individually packaged Communion elements may also be available for those who are not comfortable receiving the elements from the common loaf.
Is virtual worship still available?
We will livestream our 11:00AM worship service every Sunday. You can find that livestream on our 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. It will be taking a break for summer 2022. Our last Zoom worship experience for the season will be May 22. Check your weekly email for Zoom links.
Sunday School – 10:00 AM
- Adult Sunday School classes are meeting in person on a case-by-case basis. For class contact information, 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 has resumed for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. Drop off and pick up are in Wesley Hall, on the first floor of the Sanctuary building. Childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers is also available on Sunday mornings from 8:30AM.-12:15PM. Visit our Children’s Sunday School page for more information.
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.
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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