Getting the Most Out of the Online Sunday Worship Service

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE, 10:00 AM: (Link will also be posted on our home page at

Get set up with Zoom – now, not Sunday morning. Zoom is actually pretty easy, but you need to download the app onto your computer, tablet, or phone. Do that today. Reach out to if you run into questions.

Get out your chalice. We’ll be lighting a chalice at the beginning of the service, and you’ll be prompted to light your own chalice. Don’t have a chalice? Look around your house. A tea candle in a bowl, a special candleholder – what looks like a chalice to you?

Throw away expectations, and be open to the new! We’re not trying to recreate the standard worship service. It’s a different experience, to be together online, and it even has some advantages.

Be prepared to adjust your sound. There’s no way to equalize the volume on all the videos, so you may need to adjust your computer volume up or down during the service.

At the bottom of your screen, there will be a “chat bubble” icon. Be sure to click on that. During the worship service, you’ll be prompted to type in things, like joys/sorrows, answers to reflection questions, etc. The worship service will be run in “seminar” mode, so the way to communicate is solely through the chat box (e.g. you don’t have to worry about muting yourself). If your chat box disappears, just click on the icon again to make it reappear. (See instructions below to change your settings so this is easier.)

During the chalice lighting, type in where you are lighting your chalice, e.g. “The chalice is lit at the Crawford home.”

During joys and sorrows, if someone expresses a difficult sorrow, you can “hug” them by typing double parentheses marks around their name: ((Agnes))

Bring the whole family! Our services continue to be created with an intergenerational community in mind – complete with a “Big Idea.”

Sing away! There will be hymns.

Experiment! Maybe watch the service on your television, if you’re handy with plugging your computer into the tv. But have someone else keep a phone or laptop open (muted) so you can participate in the chat elements.

During the worship service, we’ll be using Zoom in “seminar” mode. No need to worry about combing your hair – you won’t be on video. But …

At the end of the service, we’ll post a link in the Zoom chat for “Fellowship Hour.” There, we’ll be in Zoom meeting mode, so we can see and hear each other.  See you there – bring your own coffee!

And one other thing … expect imperfection. Our goal for the worship services is to give everyone a vehicle for connecting with each other and feeling connected to our beloved church. And … we are SO “in beta” with this. There will be glitches. It will be messy. We need your patience and your sense of humor! Please attend as a covenanted participant and not a theater critic. 😊

How to set your Zoom account so your chat box stays available through the service


From your main Zoom window click on your initials or picture in the top right. A menu will appear — click on settings, then “General.” Make sure that the option for “Enter full screen automatically when viewing screen shared by others” is UNCHECKED.


From your main Zoom window go up to your menu bar at the very top of your screen, click on, then choose Preferences. A menu will appear. Click on “Share Screen.” Then make sure that the option for “Enter full screen when a participant share screen” is UNCHECKED.