Friday, July 3, 2020, 5:30pm 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 of our locations this Sunday?
No, unfortunately, we will not meet in person at any of our physical locations this Sunday. Given the increase in new coronavirus infections across the state, our elders have prayerfully decided to continue with exclusively digital services until it is safer to gather in person.
Stay tuned for more updates via this web page, your email inbox, and social media. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue tuning in to our digital services each week. Click the button below to access the most recent digital worship services.Access Digital 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 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 (email@example.com) for more information.