Zoom Fellowship at St Matthias: Sunday, January 31 at 11am

This is what a Zoom meeting looks like on a computer or smart phone…

Dear Siblings in Christ,

I hope you’re doing well! I wanted to send you a reminder about the Zoom fellowship meeting we will be having this coming Sunday, January 31, at 11am. Think of it as an opportunity to chat and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with your St. Matthias family from the comfort and safety of home!

If you’re not sure what Zoom is, it’s a way to connect online or through the phone with other people. This Sunday is a chance to try out Zoom and connect with your church family in a no-pressure setting — and you can do it through your phone if you don’t have an internet connection. I’ve included detailed instructions below (thanks to Sherri Bergsten for these!). If you still have questions after reading through these, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Zoom instructions:

Accessing Zoom on your Computer or Smartphone:

  1. Open your internet browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, etc.)

2. Find the zoom link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9780522760?pwd=allhak4rNnMzTyswc0lkbGo5Q0Uxdz09

(If you already have Zoom installed, you can also enter the Meeting ID into your app: 978 052 2760)

3. Click on the link or copy it into your browser

4. If Zoon is not already installed, click on “Download Now”

5. After you’ve clicked that and Zoom is downloaded, click on the Zoom program at the bottom left of your screen to install it

6. Say “Yes” to allow the app to make changes to your machine

7. You should see a message “Installing Zoom” on your screen

8. After installation is complete, click “Launch meeting”

9. Click “Open Zoom Meeting”

10. You’ll see a message asking for you to wait for the host to let you in – please wait momentarily until the meeting begins and the host lets you in

Once you join in the meeting, you will see two buttons on the lower left of your screen – a , and share camera button and a mute/unmute button. You can share the camera and your image will be shown on the screen for everyone in the meeting to see (if you don’t want to be seen, you can click on unshare camera). You can also mute and unmute yourself – meeting participants are generally muted except when they are talking. The host can also mute participants if there is a lot of background noise.

11. When the meeting is over, click on the “Leave Meeting” button on the bottom right

12. Click “X” at the Post-Attendee Zoom window to exit out of Zoom

Accessing Zoom on your Telephone:

By phone (not toll free)  – dial any number below and enter Meeting ID 978 052 2760 whenever you are prompted

  +1 646 558 8656             +1 301 715 8592             +1 312 626 6799

Please note – since you are on a phone, you will not be able to view participants and they will not be able to see you, but you will be able to hear the meeting and participate.

If a group of us are able to connect on Zoom successfully, we can think about having other opportunities to gather via Zoom, such as a Zoom forum or discussion, or even a Zoom bingo nite. And if Zoom works for many of us, we may like to have our Ash Wednesday worship service via Zoom.

I will also resend these links and instructions tomorrow along with the links for worship this weekend, but I wanted to give you an opportunity to read over the instructions and have this email as a handy reference to get on the Zoom meeting.

May the light and love of Christ continue to fill you!

Vicar MJ

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