Reopening

We are so excited to re-open our Sanctuary beginning on Sunday, February 28, 2021!  And while Unity Church of the Hills never closed, the time has come for us to gather together in person so that we can experience the Presence of God as a community. 

We will re-open our Sanctuary to a limited number of people so that we may safely gather indoors for our Sunday Service together. In addition, the Service will also be streamed to the Pavilion outdoors for any overflow in person attendees, as well as continuing to be livestreamed to Facebook, YouTube, and our website as we always do.

We will, of course, be practicing safe, physical-distancing both in the Sanctuary and in the Pavilion, as well as following all other appropriate safety guidelines. In order to maintain the physical distancing required for your safety, you will need to RSVP. Seating is limited in both the Sanctuary and the Pavilion, so RSVP as soon as possible afer reservations for the coming Sunday are open. 

PLEASE NOTE: Reservations for the next coming Sunday’s Service will open at 1pm immediately following the close of the current Sunday Service, and will remain open for reservations until Sanctuary and Pavilion capacities are reached, or at 7am on the morning of Sunday Services, whichever comes first.

Reopening News & Announcements

Reopening Update – 02.19.2021

The city of Austin is now at stage 4 with regards to Covid. Based on the matrix created by our re-opening team, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to re-open the Sanctuary and Pavilion for Sunday Services beginning on Sunday, February 28, 2021. The Sanctuary will...

Reopening Welcome Video 
November 2020

Please review the guidelines below before you RSVP

Attendance Guidelines

In the RSVP, you will be asked the number of people in your party and their names. Children who are willing and able to wear a mask, and can abide by the other guidelines are welcome to attend. However, until further notice, we will not be offering childcare, so please plan accordingly.

If you registered in advance and find that you are unable to attend, please call the Church at 512-335-4449 or email communications@unityhills.org as soon as possible, so that we may open up your reservations to someone else who might like to attend.

When the maximum number for the Sanctuary and Pavilion has been reached, RSVPs will close. There will be a waiting list. Should someone who has RSVPd not be able to attend, the first person on the list will be contacted.

Please understand that by registering, you affirm and acknowledge that you will be attending the Services voluntarily, and both recognize the possibility of potential risks involved, and assume personal responsibility for such risks.

To protect everyone’s health and to provide safe physical distancing, we want you to be aware of a few guidelines we have in place for everyone’s safety:

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Proper cleaning and sanitation of the Church is an on-going process. Certain areas (Front entrance, Foyer, Bookstore, Hallway, Unity Oaks Lobby, all Restrooms and the Pavilion) will be cleaned before and after the Service. All other areas will remain closed until further notice.
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If you are feeling ill or running a fever, please stay home. If you are in a high-risk group, we encourage you to continue watching the livestream from your home. Yes, livestreaming will certainly continue as normal, even after the Chruch is fully opened again. If you are uncomfortable attending in person, or simply more comfortable watching from your home, please do take advantage of our continued livestreaming on Facebook, YouTube and through our website.

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When you arrive on the property, there will signage and a parking usher that will direct you to designated  parking spaces. Parking for reservations in the Pavilion will be to the left. Once this area is full, we will open parking in the back behind the Pavilion.

Entry for those with reservations in the Sanctuary is through the Main Entrance. Entry to the Pavilion will be along the walkway between the two buildings. A registration table for check-ins will be setup at each entry point.

An RSVP is required for both Sanctuary and Pavilion seating. Until further notice, we will continue observing safe physical distancing of 6-feet. Therefore, there is a limit on the number of people who may attend, as well as limited seating in accordance with these safety guidelines.

We will require an RSVP check-in before you enter either the Sanctuary or the Pavilion. This check-in is necessary to conform to COVID-19 safety guidelines in tracking attendance for contact tracing purposes in the event an attendee tests positive for COVID-19. We appreciate your cooperation with these safety guidelines that are intended to protect our entire spiritual family.

Please maintain safe distancing (6 feet) as you wait to check in and in all areas of the Church.

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Check-in will open at 11am. Please arrive early to accommodate the time needed for safe check-in and seating.

Our on duty Service Volunteers will have received extensive training and we ask that you honor any requests they may make of you. Their first concern is the safety and health of each and every person in attendance, including you. So, please cooperate with any and all requests to these ends.

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Upon your entry, you will be asked to sanitize your hands. In addition, there are a few self-assessment screening questions that will be posted prior to check-in, and you will need to satisfactorily answer these in order to safely attend Service.

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Please be aware, there will be various signage placed at strategic locations throughout the Church grounds intended for everyone’s safety. We ask that you read these and observe all guidelines contained therein.

Ushers will be on duty to show you available seats.  Families, couples and those already within a social/physical unit may sit together.

Each person attending the Service is required to wear a mask as you approach the check-in area. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. When indoors, masks are required at all times. When outdoors, or in the Pavilion, please keep your mask on whenever you are moving about. If you are seated in the Pavilion, you may remove your mask while seated. Those attending in the Sanctuary must continue wearing masks at all times while indoors.

Restroom availability will be limited to two people at a time in each restroom. 

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Users of the Unity Oaks Ladies restroom need to avoid using stalls and sinks that are labelled for Wee Wisdom use only. Please check with a volunteer if you have questions, or special needs.

We are practicing touchless greetings. Please do not put others in an awkward position by asking for physical contact. Namaste/bows, air hugs, jazz hands and other appropriate non-contact greetings are encouraged and appreciated.

Until further notice, our nursery and Youth Education classrooms will not be open. We will not be offering childcare at this time. Please keep your children with you at all times, or supervise them on our playground.

There will be no printed bulletins, paper forms or handouts of any kind. Everything will be handled via digital media.

Congregational singing is discouraged as there has been some evidence that singing and talking loudly can possibly spread the virus whether an individual is showing symptoms of the virus or not.

Online giving is encouraged. However, baskets will be placed in the Sanctuary and Pavilion for in-person giving.

For the time being, water fountains will not be available for use. Feel free to bring your own bottled water, or other personal non-disposable containers.

The Bookstore will be open after the Service. Two customers at a time will be allowed in the bookstore. Congregants are encouraged to shop in advance and place their orders ahead of time. Pre-ordered items will be made available on a shelf outside the bookstore, labeled with your name. 

For now, seating will only be available for the 11:25am Service.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 safety guidelines, and will make safety adjustments as necessary.

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There will not be any hospitality or indoor fellowship time offered at this time.  Any after-Service fellowship will be in the Pavilion.  Congregants may also use the parking lot to connect with others in fellowship.

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We encourage people to arrive early to allow extra time for checking in, to be seated, and to go to the restroom if needed.

PLEASE NOTE: Reservations for the coming Sunday Service will open at 1pm immediately following the current Sunday Service, and will remain open through the week until capacity limits are reached, or until  7am on the morning of Sunday Services, whichever comes first. 

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