When you come to Covenant…
Expect a warm welcome.
We have plenty of parking, handicap accessibility, and friendly greeters during all our Sunday morning services. Coffee and light snacks are available in the Covenant Café in the fellowship hall.
We welcome visitors and do our best to make you comfortable. We will encourage you to visit the welcome desk, but we will not make you stand up or stand out in any way. We understand that you may want to visit for a while before you choose to join. Some people like to attend classes or participate in charitable projects with us before they join; we offer many opportunities for this. For information about joining see the “How to Join” section.
Expect a vibrant worship experience.
Music at 9 am service is led by the band and at 11:15, the choir leads. Many in our church say the music is their favorite thing about Covenant; we are blessed with wonderfully talented and creative musicians who blend traditional and contemporary elements in their respective genres.
We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month at both services. We have an open table, meaning that all who accept Christ are invited to participate. We occasionally have baptisms during church services as well.
We believe in praying for one other and share prayer concerns during worship. Those who wish to be named can share their prayer request on a card, which ushers will collect during the service.
Our senior pastor preaches at both services almost every Sunday, with staff, lay speakers, and guest preachers occasionally filling in. Preaching is Bible-based and relevant to the everyday challenges people face. You can listen to past sermons in the sermons/podcast section.
Expect to be comfortable, no matter what you wear
Covenant UMC, like Austin, is a casual, laid-back place, and we dress accordingly. We believe the spirit people bring to worship is more important than the clothes they wear. People tend to dress more formally at our traditional services, with a handful of coats and ties making an appearance, especially among the older generation, and some of children actually enjoy putting on Sunday best. Generally, though, you will see plenty of people in jeans and casual clothes, especially at our 9:00 service and Wednesday night worship.
Expect children to be cared for in a safe environment
Children are an important part of the life of the church. They are welcome in worship and childcare is also provided in our nursery during all our worship services. We also offer a cry room at the back of the sanctuary.
Children are invited forward for a special children’s message during the services. During the 9 am service, younger children are led to children’s church after the children’s sermon.