We’re going to gather together in a Zoom meeting. Zoom meetings allow everyone to hear, see and talk to each other. You can join our meeting on a web browser from your computer, tablet, smartphone, even a regular telephone. We will send you an email tomorrow with a link that will take you to our service.
It’s a good idea to go to www.zoom.us to learn about this technology in advance so you don’t miss anything. It’s actually very simple and easy to use. Because so many churches are now giving “virtual services” Sunday mornings, we advise you to log onto the service five or ten minutes before it starts to make sure your connection is good.
- If it’s your first time using Zoom, it will ask you to download a small piece of software onto your computer or tablet.
- Then, you join the meeting by clicking “Open Link”.
- If your device has a camera, a window will open up with a video preview. It’s up to you whether you want to “Join with Video” (so everyone else can see you) or “Join without Video” if you don’t want to be seen by others (e.g., you’re still in your pajamas!)
- A popup window may come up with two choices: Join With Computer Audio and Test Speaker and Microphone, depending on your device. Press the “Test” button and follow those instructions to make sure you can hear and talk; we advise that you use earphones to hear better and reduce noise.
- Then, click on the button that says “Join with computer audio”. Your microphone will be automatically muted to start, but you will be able hear anyone who’s talking.
- You can talk to the group by unmuting: either hold down the SPACE key on your computer as you speak, or to leave your mic open all the time click on the little microphone icon in the lower left corner of the screen.
- The meeting will open at 11 for “coffee hour”, and the service will start at 11:30 as usual. Please mute your mics during the service except for Joys and Concerns. We will have music, but singing hymns together online has too many delays, unfortunately.
- We will have small video chat groups after the gathering where we can break into groups of 3 or 4 every few minutes.
It’s a good idea to go to www.zoom.us to learn about this technology in advance so you don’t miss anything. Because so many churches are now giving “virtual services” Sunday mornings, we advise you to log onto the service five or ten minutes before it starts to make sure your connection is good.
Make sure there’s light on your face so we can see you! Face a window, or turn on a lamp in front of you. Avoid having windows or bright lights in the background. If your room has a lot of background noise, make sure you’re close to your microphone.