In the current climate many of us are scrabbling to find effective means of being church. Zoom, an online conferencing and webinar tool, can help with gathering church together. This short blog is basically an advertorial for a tool which millions of people around the globe are currently using.
From today schools across the UK will be using Zoom to hook pupils to each other and their teachers in their own homes, and thousands of Churches used Zoom yesterday in one form or another.
Here are two ways you could use the tool, and the great news is that Zoom have put together a series of short video tutorials to guide you step by step on what to do. Find them at https://zoom.us/resources. There is also a special set of resources which they’ve developed specifically for such a time as this https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/covid19.html. Basically you can:
- create Zoom on-line meetings where the whole church can gather – there are pricing plans to cater for gatherings of differing sizes and meeting durations https://zoom.us/pricing
- use Zoom to record a service, a thought for the day, a sermon, anything you that can be captured by a camera and microphone. Upload the video for others to access via Facebook, WhatsApp or streaming sites like YouTube or Vimeo (see other posts for details)
Our church has taken a monthly subscription to the Pro plan which meets our needs. Factor in VAT to the prices shown and remember an annual subscription slightly cheaper. The cost for us is below £15 per month, which is a fraction of what we would normally spend on heating and lighting our building. We’ve explained to the Fellowship that we’re renting a room to meet – it’s easier not to get technical, and there really is no need.
If you want to chat about what might work in your situation feel free to post a reply and I’ll contact you.
Neil Walker looks after many of Partnership’s IT services and has been a career IT Educator. He is an elder in a local assembly