What to Expect

I know: it’s not easy visiting a new church for the first time.
Sometimes you feel like a nonmember at a country club.

We ant to make visiting Southwest Family Fellowship an enjoyable experience, easy, stress-free, and relaxing. We designed SWFF to be “user-friendly” for people, whatever their background, including those who have never been to church before. If I were visiting a new church for the first time, I’d like to know what to expect, so here’s a brief overview.

Sunday morning services

Now one service

10:30 am

Church location

8203 West Highway 71
Austin, Texas 78735

When you arrive


When you arrive at Southwest Family Fellowship for one of our Sunday morning services, enter through the west entrance and find a parking space in one of the two lots on the property.

Finding your way around

The main auditorium is the big building at the front of the property. Since we live in the beautiful and (mostly) sunny Hill Country of Central Texas, you’ll find some cafe tables and chairs set up on the patio outside the auditorium. It’s a great place to catch up with friends or meet new ones.

You’ll notice that everyone at SWFF is dressed comfortably, in anything from “office casual” to jeans and tennis shoes, shorts and sandals, it’s all good. We’re a pretty laid back place. We take Jesus very seriously, and ourselves not so much.

Grab some coffee

Head into the lobby and feel free to grab some free and delicious coffee or tea and if you have time, feel free to enjoy the beverage on the patio. If you don’t finish your beverage before the service begins, you are welcome to bring it in with you – we believe people are sacred, not buildings. On your way in, you should run into some friendly people who will greet you, answer any questions you have, and direct you to the auditorium.

Kid’s Check in

Kindergarten – 5th Grade

If you have kids, the greeters can point you to the check-in center inside our Kids building for infants through 5th grade. Children meet in the building in the back corner of the property, the one with the playground in front.

We take the safety of our children very seriously; all of our kids’ workers have passed state and federal background checks. We ask for mobile phone numbers of parents of infants and pre-schoolers in case we need to get in touch with you during the service.

If your kids are shy, they’re welcome to attend the adult service with you (we’ll post a warning if the days subject matter is adult in nature) but most kids really enjoy the First Peep (0-2 years), First Look (3-4 years), and KidZone (K-5th) programs.

Middle & High School Students

Middle school students have their own gathering during the 11AM service in the other building in the back of the church – the taller one. They join the adults for worship in the main auditorium and then are dismissed to their class.

High School students stay in the main service with the rest of the adults.

Both Middle and High School students meet for youth group (Ethos) from 6-7:30PM in that same youth building.

During the Service

Making your way into the auditorium, you’ll be greeted by a friendly face. Pick a seat where you feel most comfortable! It can be a bit chilly at times, so we have blankets on a few chairs and you’re welcome to use them.

While many churches hand out bulletins, we’re mostly a paperless organization these days. Rather than a bulletin, we have a church app that contains all kinds of helpful information from event dates and sign up to online service streaming to giving options.  You can download it for Apple or Android.  If you don’t want to download an app just yet, there is a “Connection Card” in the seat-back pockets in the auditorium. We invite you to fill it out: It is an easy way for us to get better acquainted; you can ask for any kind of information or assistance using the Connection Card. Please drop it in the offering box in the foyer by the center door. If you want to stay anonymous, that’s cool too.


Music & Message

The service usually begins with some upbeat music, followed by a welcome and introduction to the theme of the day’s service.

Then a speaker will begin the message. It usually lasts for about 30-40 minutes, and we do our best to make the messages interesting, enjoyable, and relevant to daily life. The message will be based on the Bible, and will often include interesting quotes from contemporary people, songs, or movies.

If we do our job right, you’ll hear solid Christian theology in intelligent, understandable, relevant terms. Hopefully, you’ll laugh a few times and maybe feel a tug at your heart, too. 

The service will close about 75 minutes after it began (and believe it or not, the time will fly). We hope you’ll come up and introduce yourself afterward. 

After the Service

After the service, you’ll pick up your kids from their rooms. Church is about God and worship, but it’s also about community and friendship, so we hope people really experience warmth and friendliness at SW Family Fellowship.

If the weather is decent there will almost always be kids on the playground and parents catching up. The life center of the church is the patio and nothing thrills me more than when people stay and linger – nobody wants to leave because they’re visiting with friends.


Pick up a Free Water Bottle

We’d also love for you to pick up a free gift out on the patio – a water bottle with the church logo on it – it’s just something to remember us by (and maybe to drink your water on subsequent visits).

When you’re ready to drive home, the exit is on the opposite side as the entrance. Hwy 71 can be intense and for safety sake we have a divided entrance/exit strategy.