In the Coronavirus era, all meetings are held online using the Zoom software. This article explains something of how to do that.
To Enter an On-line Meeting
In any of the diary/calendars on this website, click on the word “zoom.us”, which is a link to the Zoom website. If you don’t have a diary link, your host will need to give you a meeting number (and possibly a password - see below). We are not using participant numbers.
You will need a computer, tablet or phone of some sort. We in the Church have experience with the following sorts of device:
- Windows 10
- Mac OS High Sierra and Catalina
- iPhone / iOS 9
- Android 8 (Oreo) and 9 (Pie)
- Linux Ubuntu (recent).
The Zoom.us company’s software supports a much wider range of devices. Please see their website for details, but be aware that the church may not be of much help if there are problems simply because we may not have any experience with it ourselves.
Your computer will need speakers, a microphone (which could be in a headset or earbuds provided with your device), and preferably a camera (which might be embedded at the top of your device’s screen). If you haven’t got a microphone or speakers, a USB-connected webcam can provide both, if you have a USB port. Look for a Microsoft Lifecam, Logitech HD Pro Webcam, or Trust Exis.
You also need a connection to the internet, either using mobile telephone network or using a broadband (cable, etc). While the amount of data needed per second is not very large, because meetings typically last an hour or more the total can get very large - please keep an eye on your plan’s data cap, if any.
You will get the best results using a wired connection to the internet, second best using WiFi to your broadband router, and the worst results using a mobile data plan. This is not so much about bandwidth but the delays these different connections add to the experience.
Using Windows or MacOS
When system asks you “Open Zoom”, then click on “Open Zoom”.
- If your system asks you whether Zoom can use your microphone, please click on OK.
- If your system asks you whether Zoom can use your camera, please click on OK.
If your system says that zoom.us is not available, it likely means you have not got an internet connection at that moment. Check your WiFi or Mobile Data connection, and check another website (e.g. testmy.net).
If you have used Zoom before on that device, you will have the software installed. Open the Zoom application on your device, select “Join a meeting” and type in the meeting number.
- Sunday: 503-456-015
- Tuesday: 104-229-840
- Thursday: 909-296-782
Using an iPhone or Android smartphone
If your systems asks you “Please enter your name”, change name if necessary then click on OK
On bottom Row, left icon, tap on “Join Audio” - Tap on “Call via Device Audio”
Using a Standard Telephone
You can speak and listen over a normal phone line by phoning one of the following numbers
- 0131 460 1196, or
- 0203 481 5237, or
- 0203 481 5240, or
- 0203 051 2874
You will be asked to enter the following
- meeting number followed by #
- participant number, which is blank, followed by #; so just enter #
- password followed by # (use the contact form on this website to ask for the password)