You, Zoom, and UUCE

How to use Zoom in the Age of Online Church

While in-person events are cancelled to help prevent community spread of COVID-19, we are doing our best to help provide robust virtual offerings for our members and friends. Some are hosted by staff, some by members. One could be hosted by you! 

Most of these events take place via the online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The church account is available to host meetings for groups and classes, just like we would offer your group the option to reserve a physical room in the church. To request that the church host a meeting for you or your group, please use the Room Request Form connected to the Church Calendar. 

Remember, our UUCE Meetings DO have passcodes that you will have to put in to complete the Join Meeting process. This passcode can be found in the newsletter, by asking a church friend, or emailing either your group facilitator or contacting the Office! 

Below you can find answers to Zoom FAQs, as well as some tips and tricks! 

View Rev. Sarah Skochko’s Zoom Etiquette Video (on Facebook) Here

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • I’ve never used Zoom before, how do I get started? 

You can join Zoom meetings without creating an account, but you will be prompted to download some software the first time you join a meeting. Click to download the software. Once the software is downloaded, and you click a meeting link (or paste one into your browser), you will be prompted to ‘Launch Zoom Meeting’. Click “Allow”. Your meeting will launch! While creating an account is not required, you can create an account for free that provides up to 40 minutes of hosted meeting time per session with 3 or more participants, and unlimited One on One meetings.

  • Can I view meetings in my browser without downloading or launching Zoom?

Yes, but you will have a better meeting experience if you download Zoom. Certain browsers are still working out compatibility issues and you may have audio difficulties if you try to participate without downloading Zoom.

  • Can everybody see me?

It depends! If you are in a Meeting, and you selected “Join with Video” then yes, all other Meeting participants will see you. However, if you are viewing a Webinar then only “panelists” (aka presenters) are visible to everyone. “Participants” are not visible during Webinars, like in Worship. 

Tips & Tricks:

  1. Know where your microphone is! If your audio is on, make sure you are aware of your microphone’s location on your device. It helps to avoid mishaps like “Extremely Loud Paper Rustling” and “Unintelligible Speech Due to Covered Microphone”.
  2. Mute yourself when you aren’t speaking. While this can feel awkward at first, it helps make sure that the current speaker’s audio comes in crisp and clean for all participants.
  3. Check on your webcam angle – if your screen is tilted away from your face, it can give others an intimate knowledge of your nose hair. Tilting your screen slightly can make a huge difference! 
Don’t see your favorite Zoom Tip or Trick? Share it with us!

Troubleshooting:

The Zoom Help Center Website has a HUGE selection of helpful articles and videos available to help with education and trouble shooting. Izzy is available to help with any issues that arise during Office Hours (Weekdays 10am-3pm) but you can always check here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us