We're Doing it Live! Part II: Corporate Prayer Online
Good Evening All,
As mentioned in the previous post ("We're Doing it Live!"), we have moved services to online streaming for the time being.
As part of our streaming process, we have streamlined our Sunday services to keep them Sermon and important announcements only. We strongly believe in Corporate Prayer as a church and want this to continue on even in the midst of the "Stay-at-Home" era.
Thus, we are implementing Zoom meetings for this purpose. Zoom.us is an online service that offers internet based video + audio conferences.
Please note, video is a feature and not a requirement. This service is compatible with Laptops, Desktops, Tablets, and mobile [smart]-phones. You can download the app from your respective app store.
I will guide you through how to configure your account and join a meeting.
Create Your Zoom.us Account
Step 1: Open a web browser and navigate to https://zoom.us
Step 2: Click the Big Blue button near the top right for "Sign up, it's free"
Step 3: Enter your email address and press "Sign Up.
NOTE: If you do not have an email address, you can make a free one at www.gmail.com or www.outlook.com.
Step 4: Zoom.us will send an activation email to your email account. Locate that email and press the link that says "Activate Account." It will look something like this.
Step 5: One you activate your account, you will be redirected back to the Zoom.us homepage. Proceed with filling in your name and create a password. Click Continue.
NOTE: The password has special requirements that must be met.
Step 6: You can invite friends to join as well, but this is not necessary. Check the box for "I am not a robot" and select "Skip This Step."
Step 7: Now your account has been created. At this point, you can test your meeting or go to your account to review your settings. From your perspective, that is all that is needed in creating your Zoom.us account. Next, we will send the meeting link for you to join with.
To Join the Meeting
Our Fellowship will send out a Meeting invite that will include all of those in our church directory. Included in this invite will be:
~ Meeting URL or link (This is a single click to join)
~ Meeting ID
Let's walk through that process now.
Step 1: You receive the meeting invite from Out Fellowship; it looks something like this.
Things to notice:
~ The direct link to the meeting
~ The meeting ID
Step 2: At the scheduled time, select the direct link to the meeting. It will open the link in a browser and on your first meeting, you will get a prompt for a download. Proceed. This is the Zoom.us meeting launcher; it is a requirement.
Click save file.
Once the download finishes, it will be listed in the browser downloads or your download directory. Simpy double click it to open it; the installation package will automatically run.
Once the installation finishes, the meeting launcher will open and automatically connect you to your meeting.
NOTE: The Host (Our Fellowship) must be present in order to start the meeting. If you connect early, you may see the following message.
Congratulations! You have now successfully joined the meeting!
A few things to note:
~ If you are using a webcam, your camera is enabled by default and will be seen by the other attendees.
Refer to the above screenshot in the red box I outlined.
~ Join Audio - Enables your audio and can be used to mute/unmute
~ Start Video - Enables your video and can be disabled at anytime
~ Invite - Adds participants by email address
~ Manage Participants - This is a Host function that allows the host to mute, disable video, or kick people out of the meeting should it be necessary
~ Share Screen - This allows the host to actually share their display if we ever needed that function
~ Chat - Opens a chat dialogue for the meeting; all attendees can view the chat and respond if they wish. This is usually used when someone does not have microphone or is experiencing technical difficulties.
~ Record - This would allow the host to record the meeting. We will not be using this due to the personal nature of these requests.
~ Reactions - Think of these as emoticons and little smiley faces.
Once the meeting is over, the host can disband the meeting or you may choose to leave at anytime but selecting "End Meeting" in the bottom right corner. This is disconnect you only.
I understand this is a lot of technology and a technical barrage over the past few weeks. I am proud of you all for participating and staying with us! Thank You. If you have any questions or need help, please reach out to Pastor Howard or Daniel and we will assist as necessary.
Please stick together through this difficult time as I don’t want to lose any more church family. We should be back in 2 to 4 weeks and we will continue streaming the services live going forward. Love you all and blessings, Pastor Howard