The Sanctuary was built in 2004 and is a warm, inviting space. There is a cry room at the back of the sanctuary that provides space for parents with small children to get comfortable, and an audiovisual area with helpful people who can provide hearing aid devices to those who need them.
The wooden cross was fashioned from timber cleared and saved from the church grounds during preparing the site for construction. This type of Cross is also known as the “Easter Cross” because it has empty spaces where the nails would go. It’s a reminder for us that Jesus is no longer nailed to the Cross, but that risen, and that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us.
The Trinity Sculpture represents the oneness of Christ through the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with the Ichthus (fish) in the center. It is constructed of a single piece of cherry veneer, which also represents the continuous love of God through His Son for all people everywhere for all time.
Covenant’s stained glass windows follows a theme and are divided into two groups. The six windows on the left represent the gifts God has bestowed on us and the six windows on the right represent our commitment to God because of His gifts.
Originally the church’s main worship space, the Fellowship Hall is now used for Sunday morning gatherings over coffee, Wednesday night church family dinners, and all types of gatherings. Covenant has a long tradition of sharing space with community groups when we are able, including Boy Scout Troop 421 that we charter and the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, both of which use the space weekly. Off the fellowship hall there is a kitchen, and the space has a stage and sound system.
The west wing of our campus houses Covenant UMC’s nursery, children’s Sunday School, and Preschool, a half-day program for children ages 12 months through pre-K. Our children’s rooms are clean, bright, and well-staffed, and they provide a space for children to know they are loved. You can learn more by visiting the preschool site.
Our newest addition, the prayer labyrinth, provides a place for walking contemplative prayer. This ancient prayer tool is not a maze, but rather a single, winding path to the center. The labyrinth is a metaphor for life’s journey with its twists and turns, allowing us to let go of our burdens during the walk to the center, a place to stop and listen to God at the center, and a path out where we can consider how God is calling us to live in the world as we walk.
The stone and gravel labyrinth was built by church member Taylor Pokorny and her family and friends as a Girl Scout Gold Award project. A person can walk the path to the center and back out again in about 10 minutes when walking at an average pace.
Built as an Eagle Scout project, the outdoor chapel provides a cool, oak-shaded space with benches and a stone altar perfect for worship. This space is often used by our youth group, for blessing of the animals worship, bluegrass picnics and Easter sunrise service, among other events.
Our well-maintained library is located in the upstairs office area of the church. There are Bible study resources, biographies, fiction, readings on Christian life, children’s books, books for teens, and a video collection.
The newest addition to our church is the prayer room, a cozy space equipped with comfortable chairs, kneeling rail, books, art, a prayer wall, and a desk where you will find written prayer guides.