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Zoom is an online video conferencing platform that allows groups to gather and meet in a virtual setting.  The Diocese of New Westminster is a licensed organization that is providing access to parishes as part of the subscription.  This means we now have a platform on a month-by-month basis at no charge to the parish.  We can meet with up to 100 participants.  In the future we could possibly record services and upload to the parish’s Facebook or Youtube as well.

1.     In order to join in meetings, you are encouraged to set up your device to run Zoom prior.  

2.      You need a pc/laptop with a webcam and microphone and internet access OR
         you can use an iPad/tablet or smart phone with headphones.  
         A touchtone phone can still join with audio (no video) from the teleconferencing number.

3.      You can download the Zoom software from http://zoom.us. 
         This is recommended before a meeting so you can test your settings.

4.      Or you can respond to an invitation to join a Zoom meeting at the beginning of the meeting time. 
         Just click on the join link in the invitation and you will be prompted to download and install Zoom at that time.  This is a longer process.

5.      https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting takes you through the steps for different kinds of devices.

6.      If you are joining by phone, dial in the Canadian teleconferencing number listed on the invitation.  You will need the 9,10, or 11 digit “meeting code”  to get you into the right meeting.

During the next couple of weeks, we will be practicing this new (to us) technology in smaller meetings, such as the Lenten book study and parish council and trustees.  Let’s see how we can connect. 

Remember that old-fashioned ways of communicating, like telephones, were new-fangled once upon a time.  For those of you who once had “party lines”, think of this as the 21st century equivalent.