In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our congregation and our community, we will cancel all in-person Sunday worship services effective immediately. Each Sunday at 10 a.m. we will livestream a service on Facebook Live. We encourage you to stay home and worship with us remotely. Public health officials are encouraging us to practice “social distancing,” and we want to heed their advice so as to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.
In a time when we have been asked to keep our distance from one another, it is all the more important that we find alternative ways to stay connected and involved in each other’s lives. We may be physically apart, but we can remain spiritually connected. We offer the resources on this page in the hope that they may help us do so!
God be with you till we meet again.
When life’s perils thick confound you,
Put his arms unfailing round you.
God be with you till we meet again.
Alternatives to In-Person Worship
Although we can't gather together for congregational worship, we still encourage you to set aside time to worship through reflection, prayer, and engaging God’s Word. To aid you in this, we have gathered a collection of digital resources and will continue to add to them:
Effective immediately, we will cancel the 8:45 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday worship services. Each Sunday at 10 a.m. we will livestream a service on Facebook. We encourage you to stay home and worship with us remotely.
We will make a video recording of the 10 a.m. Sunday service available on our website and on Facebook.
Volunteer to Help Others
In a time when we have been asked to keep our distance from one another, it is even more important that we find alternative ways to stay connected and that we continue doing and being the church! We want to be there for our neighbors who cannot leave the house, who need a little assistance during these days, or who could you use a friend during these difficult times.
Check out this page for information on how you can help!
Walk the Labyrinth
Unwilling to give up on your weekly worship experience now that we can't worship together in person? Consider walking our outdoor labyrinth as an alternative to attending church services. Those walking the church’s labyrinth travel along a looping, spiraling path to a rosette at the center, pause there for as long as they wish, and then make their way out again. Modern labyrinths often are used as aids to meditation, contemplation or prayer.
The labyrinth is located next to the Children's Building (see campus map) and is available for public use.
Lent is a time of preparation. We invite you to carve out some time and space over the next several weeks to pray throughout Lent. The link below will take you to a ‘Journeying with Jesus’ Lent Retreat designed to help you take a step out of day-to-day life and go on retreat wherever you are. In this retreat you will follow key moments of Jesus' life and ministry. A retreat is time out from the normal whirl of events to look back on what has happened, take stock of where you are at and make any necessary changes for a better future.
Read a Lenten Devotional
During a time when we have been asked to keep our distance from one another, it is even more important that we find alternative ways to stay connected and involved in each other’s lives. We may be physically apart, but we can remain (and hope to remain!) spiritually connected. One way to do so is through this Lenten devotional. This collection of daily devotions was written by and for Oak Hill UMC members. We hope and pray that their words will help deepen your spiritual journey in the coming weeks. Devotionals will be posted at 5 am each day.
Listen to Sermons
We value the importance of corporate worship but we also value the health and well-being of all our members and visitors. In order to balance these values we encourage you to stay away from church and practice "social distancing" during this coronavirus outbreak.
If you can't come worship with us, we will bring the sermon to you!
Other Ideas from Around the Web
Below is a list of resources and ideas from around the web to support individuals, families, and groups as they worship and pray at home:
- Daily devotional for the season of Lent from author Sam McGlothlin and Abingdon Press (click the download link at the bottom of the article)
- Holy Week Devotional from Discipleship Ministries
- An array of free resources from the Forward Movement
Could you use some prayer right now? Are you or someone you love affected by the current Coronavirus outbreak? Submit a prayer request!
A Word About Giving
As part of your Christian discipleship, we encourage you to continue practicing generosity. Generous giving is an act of faith that places our trust in God during times of anxiety. It also supports important ministries that continue to touch people’s lives. You can continue to faithfully give online or by mail so that the many ministries of Oak Hill United Methodist Church continue to thrive during these difficult days.
To give online, click the button below:Give Here ->
If you prefer to give by mail, you can do so by mailing your check to:
Oak Hill United Methodist Church
Attn: Angie Bragg
7815 Hwy. 290 W.
Austin, TX 78736
Please include a note with your check letting us know:
1. Who the gift is in memory/honor of.
2. Who the gift is from. (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Smith Family, etc.)
3. If you would like to designate your gift to a specific ministry (Building Fund, Children’s Ministry, etc.).
One of the questions we have been grappling with is how to be the church in a time like this. How can we be the hands and feet of Christ and support our most vulnerable neighbors in a way that will not pose a health risk to our volunteers? Over the past few days we have gathered a growing list of ideas.
Check out ways you can help