Bethany UMC New Worship Center has Opened!

posted by Allison Stoos

On October 16th, 2016, Bethany United Methodist Church on Anderson Mill Road in Austin, Texas celebrated their 40th Birthday as a church body by consecrating their new Worship Center. Designed by Jackson Galloway Associates as a design-build effort with SpawGlass Contractors, the new building provides a 1100-seat worship space with 90-member choir loft, gathering space, ministry center, prayer chapel and music suite. The massing of the building navigates around several existing heritage trees while utilizing the visual and acoustical benefits of a pie shaped assembly space. Through the combination of architecture and AVL systems, the worship space successfully transitions between a naturally lit traditional service that highlights the choir and stained glass, to a more theatrically lit contemporary service with blackout shades.  

On Celebration Sunday however, Bethany UMC combined the two services, highlighting music from each of their ministries - adult, teen and children's choir, orchestra, handbells, praise band and organ. The service also included consecrating each of the items of chancel furniture - also designed by JGA. The lectern and altar table include interchangeable acrylic panels to note the liturgical season (green in the photo shown below).

The dedication featured a blended worship style of traditional and contemporary.

Congregation Seating & Cry Room

Prayer Chapel / Bride's Room


Men's Restroom 

The most intimate of spaces should be equally as beautiful...

See more from Bethany UMC's Celebration Sunday on the Rio Texas Conference's Website