Last modified on Friday, June 9, 2021, 10:00am CDT
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect 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 this Sunday?
Yes! We are currently hosting indoor and outdoor services at most of our locations on Sunday mornings!
Do I have to wear a mask?
Masks are optional at all our congregations. You’ve likely seen or heard about the CDC’s updated guidelines around masking.
From now on, masks are optional at in-person gatherings! For those who don’t feel quite comfortable in a mask-optional setting, most congregations will continue to utilize outdoor services and our online broadcast for you to worship with us!
Please note, Kids and Student programming for Sunday services will vary based on congregation. Please go to your congregation’s page for specific Kids and Students information for this Sunday!
Indoor and outdoor services will be held as follows:
- Downtown: 8:30am and 10:30am indoor services at Emo’s Austin
- North: 9am and 11am indoor services with outdoor overflow at the North Campus
- Northwest: 9am and 11am indoor services at the Northwest Campus
- South: 9am indoor service at Hays Communities YMCA
- St. John: 9am and 11am indoor services with outdoor overflow at the St. John Campus
- West: 9am and 11am indoor services at the West Campus
Stay tuned for more updates via this web page, your email inbox, and social media. We’ll continue streaming LIVE services each week at 9am so we encourage you to continue tuning in to our live broadcast each week. Click the button below to access the most recent broadcast worship services.
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.
- Respond to 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 spread of the virus around the world and the suffering it has brought.
- God desires people from every tongue, tribe, and nation to experience and know the love of Christ. So let us be people who reject every instance of prejudice and discrimination.
How will this affect other events and facilities of The Austin Stone?
We will continue monitoring the situation and will communicate any event updates here and on our social media channels. If you have a question about a specific service, 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?
For the Nations leadership is assessing the possibility of sending short-term trips and will communicate any plans once trips have been approved. We are hopeful to have more defined plans by January 2021.
Due to the fact that universities are virtual for Fall 2020 and the Austin stay-at-home order has been extended until December 2020, in-person short-term trips for Winter 2020 and Spring Break 2021 will not take place.
For more information, please contact Robin Ten Eyck.