Let’s get together after the Sunday service and catch up on Zoom! You bring the coffee, we’ll all bring the conversation. Contact the Parish Office for the link or sign up on Realm.
Frequently Asked Questions about Zoom
Zoom is a web conferencing platform that is used for audio and/or video conferencing.
You need a free account with Zoom to participate in Zoom calls. Using a free account you can make unlimited phone calls, hold unlimited meetings, and even record both.
Yes, you will need to download the Zoom app/software to your device; installation is straight-forward.
That depends on the device you use to access Zoom. If you’re using a smartphone, a tablet, or a relatively recent laptop, you likely have all the equipment you need. If you’re using a desktop computer, you might need to add a microphone and a video camera.
Tips for Using Zoom
- We suggest muting your microphone when you’re not speaking. Most microphones are quite sensitive and can pick up background noise and side conversations quite easily. The “mute” button is at the bottom of your screen with other Zoom controls. If you’re using a device with a keyboard, you can also press and hold the space bar to quickly mute and unmute your mic.
- Zoom offers a variety of display settings – ways you can view other participants in the meeting. For example, the “gallery” setting places all participants in their own boxes in a grid-like pattern. The “speaker” setting places whoever is speaking large box and reduces the appearance of other participants. Experiment a little to see which settings you’re most comfortable with.
- Zoom has a “chat” function. You can use this to send text-based messages to the entire group or to specific participants. The messages appear in a separate chatbox on your screen.
- Zoom also has several “reactions” which are emoji-like characters that appear on your screen for others to see. Basic reactions include:
- Thumbs up
- Heart / Love
- You can also use reactions to “raise your hand” if you want the meeting/gathering moderator to know you have something to add to the conversation. More formal meetings may use this function as a standard protocol. Typically, our coffee hours have simply had people jump in when they have something to say.