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Getting set up to participate in streamed services
First, register for the streamed service you want to participate in by clicking on the appropriate link above.
Usually the day before the service you have registered to participate in, you will receive an email with the song sheet for the service. Print the song sheet so you can sing along, or simply follow the words of the song. No one will hear you – we mute your microphone when you join the service.
To participate (rather than simply 'watch' the service), have some flowers and lit candle/s where you will be viewing the service. And have a consecrated host (or a piece of bread) and a glass with a little port/red wine/red fruit juice in it ready so you can take communion at the appropriate time.
On the day of the service, you will receive an email with a link to join the Zoom video broadcast about 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start so you have time to get yourself ready. Simply click on the email invitation link to join the broadcast.
Enjoy the service, participating in the singing and responses as much as you are able. Zoom has two main settings – 'Speaker View' and 'Gallery View'. There is usually a button somewhere on your screen that allows you to toggle back and forth between these two views. Sometime you need to move your mouse or touch your screen for the buttons to appear. Speaker View is best for participating in the service – it will show one large image of the service being broadcast (there may be one or several smaller images inset within the main image, and you can often turn these smaller images off by clicking or tapping on a '–' minus sign or a '—' minimise bar. Gallery View may be of interest at the start – you see a gallery of small images of all those participating via Zoom in the broadcast.
When the people present at the service begin to participate in the communion, receiving the bread and wine, join in the act of communion. Take the bread (or host) saying to yourself, "The presence of Christ is being strengthened within me", and eat the bread. Then take the glass (or chalice) saying to yourself, "The spirit of Christ is transforming and empowering me", and drink the wine (or juice). Or use other words that are meaningful for you. Then sit in quiet reflection until the communion concludes and the service continues.
At the end of the service, click of 'leave meeting' to exit. And if you get disconnected from the broadcast at any time, you can rejoin by clicking on the link in the email invitation.
You can find out more at www.zoom.us. Using Zoom on your computer or laptop is pretty easy. You simply click on the link in the email invitation and your web browser will take you through some simple steps to get going (basically, you just say “yes” or “allow” to anything it asks and “join the meeting”).
And it's even easier on iPads and Android tablets. Just download the appropriate App. For the Zoom iPad App see here. Or for the Zoom Android App see here.
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