Some tips, from those who are just one step ahead of you!
Please get in touch so we can match you up with a ‘buddy’ to help you get started. It’s good to have a ‘practice zoom’ with just one or two others, so you can play around with the different features. We are also arranging practical tuition sessions ‘in real life’: more info soon!
The easiest way to join the fun is to use a desktop or laptop computer. An iPad or other tablet, or a smartphone, will also do, but the smaller screen size limits the number of participants you can see at any one time.
Find somewhere you can sit comfortably, ideally with yourself facing a window or light, and the screen you are using propped up in front of you on a level with your face.
There are various ways to find Zoom invitations on this website: Look in Events, or on the page for your activity, or in the list of forthcoming events at the foot of each page.
An invitation to a Zoom meeting contains a meeting identification number (eg. ID 123 456 7890) and a password (which may be a number or a word). If the meeting organiser (the ‘host’) has provided a one-click link, the password will be embedded in that link. See the Sunday Worship invitation, for example. It may appear as a string of letters and numbers for you to click on.
Follow the instructions on your screen after clicking the link. There may be a redirection warning, which tells you that you are leaving this website to connect to Zoom. Don’t panic!
Download Zoom, if it’s your first time on this device, and click to ‘Join Meeting’. Look for the microphone icon and video icon (bottom left). You can click to switch them on and off at any stage.
Normal practice is to mute participants except when they are speaking.
We’d love to see you, but if you prefer, it’s fine to watch without your camera on.
No computer or smartphone?
You can join in voice only, by phoning from a landline. Normal charges apply. Phone one of the numbers given in the invitation (We’re working to post these on the web pages for each activity, under “What’s On” in the menu; message the host if you can’t find them) You’ll be asked to key in the Meeting ID number followed by #. If it asks for a caller ID, just press # again. Then you’ll be asked to enter the numeric password. Normal phone charges apply.