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Instructions and Advices for Online First Hour and Worship

Kalamazoo Friends Meeting

March 2020

Note: This online worship help guide is a slightly modified version of one developed by Lake Erie Yearly Meeting who based it on one from Patapsco Friends Meeting. We are grateful for their leadership and service in this important work.

For the health and protection of our Meeting community and to support the public health of the wider community in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, KFM is conducting First Hour discussions and worship online using the Zoom conferencing service.  Many in our community are familiar with Zoom; some are not.  For those who are not, instructions for how to set up and join a Zoom conference follow at the end.

Many have participated in meetings of various kinds on Zoom; few have participated in a meeting for worship on Zoom.  To help establish and sustain the quality of worship, we have prepared some advices below.  First, for ease of reference, here is the call-in information, with details for setup further below:

Topic: First Hour and Worship

Time:  09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Sun, until May 31, 2020, 11 occurrence(s)

If using your computer or other browser, join Zoom Meeting using this link:

Or you can use your mobile phone to call in by suing:

One tap mobile  +13126266799,,380528016# US (Chicago)

 Another alternative for phone access is to dial:

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

And then enter Meeting ID: 380 528 016

Advices for Participating in Online Worship

  • Enter the meeting in silence as you would for an in-person meeting for worship. Do not introduce yourself when you enter.

  • Keep your device on mute unless you are speaking.  Everyone will be muted by default upon entering, and the “host[1]” has the ability to mute and unmute any participant.  Background noise such as dogs barking or cell phones ringing can be very disruptive to the spirit of worship and make it hard to hear.

  • If you are led to speak

○     As always, allow some silence after any preceding message to allow it to settle in our hearts.

○     Unmute your device.  (See Instructions below.)

○     Introduce yourself, simply saying “This is <your name.> (Some may participate by phone, so it especially helps them.)

■     Pause briefly in case someone else has also started to speak. If so, wait for the clerk to recognize you. Otherwise, start speaking.

○     Mute your device when you are done.  (The host may do so if you forget.)

  • Continuing in worship, the clerk will invite joys and concerns as usual. Continue to follow the same advices for speaking.

  • If you need to get the attention of the host or clerk for any reason, use the chat feature and message to the appropriate person in the list.  If you are using only a phone to connect, consider texting the host first; unmute and speak to the group, if necessary.

Instructions for Setting Up Zoom and Joining a Zoom Conference

  • Set up Zoom in advance of the meeting time.  Allow 15 minutes at least.  Allow more if you think you may need assistance. 

  • Familiarize yourself with the Zoom features you will use during the meeting, such as muting and unmuting, starting and stopping your video, controlling what you see, and the chat feature.

  • Use only one audio connection per room, ensuring all other microphones and speakers are muted. (For example, you might have more than one person in a room and might be tempted to each use your own device to connect.)


Download and Install to your Computer or Mobile Device

  • Get the latest software for your device at

  • Participating with video is helpful but not required.

  • To join by phone, call 312 626 6799, Meeting ID: 627 666 925

  • To mute or unmute your phone, dial *6 (Don’t use the mute button on your phone.)

  • At the end of the call, just hang up.

Participating by phone

Instructions for Using Zoom During a Meeting

Note: If you don’t see any of the controls shown in the illustrations below, try moving your cursor over the window where the control is supposed to appear.

Controlling Your Display

In the upper right of the video portion of your screen,

  • Select Gallery View to see a small video box for each participant.

  • Select Speaker View to see the person speaking full screen, with the other participants in small boxes along the top of your screen.

Muting and Unmuting

Click the Unmute/Mute button on the left end of the tool bar.  Use the ^ to adjust your settings.

[1] The host is the person running the technical side of the Zoom call, as distinct from the clerk.