As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads and affects everyday life throughout Austin and the rest of the world, we want to let you know how The Austin Stone is responding. This page will serve as the primary, most up-to-date place for you to get answers to commonly asked questions in this season. Please know we are committed to doing everything we can to create a safe environment for our church family and the surrounding community.
Is The Austin Stone gathering at all of our locations this Sunday?
NO. THE AUSTIN STONE WILL NOT MEET AT ANY OF OUR LOCATIONS UNTIL THE CITYWIDE BAN ON LARGE GATHERINGS IS LIFTED.
We are canceling worship gatherings until the citywide ban on large gatherings is lifted. We do not cancel services lightly. We believe that our God moves in power through the gathering of His people as they worship together and hear the preaching of His Word. However, we believe that in the short-term, this is the wisest and kindest path for our church.
While we are not gathering for congregational worship, we encourage you to set aside time to worship through song, prayer, and engaging God’s Word. To aid you, we will publish digital resources to lead you in worship through reflection, song, and preaching. They will be available by 8 am on Sunday mornings, and can be found on The Austin Stone app and at austinstone.org/sermons. You can also see the section below for a list of resources and links.
Where can I access digital resources for the canceled services?
While we believe that listening to or watching sermons online is not a substitute for God’s grace experienced in worshipping with the gathered church, we hope these resources serve you well in these unique circumstances.
We will host digital services every Sunday, live prayer online every Wednesday, and will provide weekly resources for your kids, students, and Missional Communities.
You can access all digital worship resources by clicking the button below:
Access Digital Resources
In addition to digital worship services, we have developed a number of equipping classes, Bible studies, and personal devotional tools for your continued growth as a disciple of Jesus. You can find these resources at the link below.
How will this affect other events and facilities of The Austin Stone?
All previously scheduled events and meetings at The Austin Stone have been cancelled in accordance with the citywide shelter-in-place orders and bans on large gatherings. We will continue monitoring the situation and will communicate any updates here and on our social media channels. If you have a question about a specific gathering, please contact your ministry leader. Please refer to austintexas.gov/covid19 if you have further questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) and steps the city has taken to slow the spread of the virus.
The Austin Stone Counseling Center will remain open in accordance with government directives, and tenants of The For The City Center will have access to the building. You can refer to the websites of individual tenants for more information.
What about The Austin Stone short-term trips?
All international and domestic short-term trips with The Austin Stone have been cancelled.
While we are certainly disappointed, we are confident this is not outside of God’s good plans or purposes for our lives.
If you are currently registered for a short-term trip, any other form of international travel in partnership with The Austin Stone, or have questions regarding raised support, please contact Cheryl Barret (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
How can I continue to give to The Austin Stone while we are not gathering for services?
Your giving continues to be an important act of worship. You can continue to faithfully give financially online, in The Austin Stone app, or by mail so that the ministry of The Austin Stone may continue to thrive even in the midst of difficult days.
You can give online via The Austin Stone app or at austinstone.org/give.
If you prefer to give by mail, you can send checks to:
313 E. Anderson Lane, Building 3, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78752
How should I respond spiritually to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world. Ultimately, none of us is immune to this reality. But God has not left us alone. Jesus came to heal the sick and set the captives free. He has conquered sin and death and is coming again with a new heaven and a new earth, where there will be no suffering, no sickness, and no death. Our God sits on His throne and because we have hope in Jesus we can have peace in even the most challenging circumstances.
While you’re trusting Jesus in this situation, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Pray for mercy and healing for the sick, strength and endurance for medical professionals, insight for researchers, and wisdom for city and government officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others with the love that Christ has shown to us.
- Reject every instance of prejudice or racism. The church should be grieved with God by the rise in racist incidents and language against the Asian community as the world responds in sin to the origination of this virus in Asia. God desires people from every tongue, tribe, and nation to experience and know the love of Christ. So let us be people who fight injustice, the wickedness of racism, and prejudice in all circumstances, making sure to also examine and guard our own thoughts, words, and actions.
- Even as we’re unable to gather as a full church body, stay connected to the church family through calls, texts, or other digital platforms. Continue to grow as a follower of Jesus by engaging with online content. Pray for and encourage one another without ceasing.