Some guidelines for participating in a “Zoom worship service” that might be helpful (particularly for children, but probably for everyone):
- Spend your Sunday morning the same way that you would spend any
- Sunday morning with a church service; this is important for you and our entire church family to keep in the mindset that Sunday is a holy day, expecting God’s mediated presence in worship, whether you are celebrating worship from home or in a church building.
- As much as you can, choose a space in your house to be your worship space for the coming weeks that is the least distracting.
- Test your tech beforehand. If utilizing Zoom, there is an option to join via a web browser with no installation necessary. However, for best results, we recommend that you sign up for a free account beforehand and download the Zoom software. When you click our link to join the worship service, it will ask if you’d like to open the software, say yes.
- Log in a little early.
- Turn off unused wifi-enabled devices and other appliances that may interfere with your wifi signal (microwaves, baby monitors, electric blankets, etc. all interfere! If you’re interested, here’s why)
During the service
- Try to treat this as if you were physically present.
- Engage the liturgy verbally as directed– speaking, singing, etc.
- We would recommend children be present for as much of the service as parents feel is healthy for themselves and their children.
- Give them grace! This will be an adjustment for everyone!
After the service
- For those participating by Zoom, you can stick around after the worship service concludes to enjoy fellowship and chatting with one another.
- Also, consider calling a church friend and/or discussing with your roommates, spouse, and/or children the sermon or anything that you would like to discuss.