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COVID-19 Update

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On March 15, 2020, Memphis Friends Meeting began implementing the CDC's recommendation to practice social distancing. We suspended gatherings in the Meeting House and reviewing that suspension at each monthly business meeting. At the July 2021 business meeting, Friends approved an experimentation with a hybrid format - with both in-person and virtual options - starting August 1, 2021. Because of the uptick in local cases, we have temporarily returned to only online worship.

Below is information for those who want to join us in the Virtual Meeting House (for those interested in joining in-person worship, please email [email protected] so that we can put you in touch with a member of the COVID Protocols Ad-hoc Committee).

Ahead of time....

  • If you don't already have Zoom installed on your computer, you'll want to install it on your computer for best results (Zoom is also available for smart phones):  

  • Register in advance to get your log-in information:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about your unique web link that will get you into the Virtual Meeting House day or night. If you lose that link, you can always come back to the registration link. (There is a pass code for the meeting that is included in the confirmation email. You may want to write that down and keep it close to your computer.) Feel free to share the registration link publicly with anyone you think might be interested.

  • Pick the comfortable, quiet spot where you will be sitting as you join us for meeting. During the online meeting, your microphone will be muted except when you are sharing a message and at the end of meeting when we share our names, joys, concerns, and announcements. Your video image will be visible to Friends, so you may want to select a spot with the peaceful simplicity of the meeting room.

A few minutes before 11:00 a.m....

  • Join the Zoom Meeting.

  • If your microphone is muted and it is not yet 11:00, feel free to unmute your microphone to say "hello." The Zoom host will mute your microphone again before worship.

  • If you are a first-time user of Zoom, the Zoom host or other Friends may be able to help you find your way around Zoom during this pre-worship time. For example, you may want to make sure you know how to mute and unmute your microphone (a feature that will be used during worship).

  • If you need additional assistance, please contact [email protected]

At 11:00 a.m....

  • We will begin worshipping together in our Virtual Meeting Room, with one computer logged in at the meetinghouse to capture the video and spoken messages of those who are attending in-person worship. 

  • During meeting for worship, if you are led to share a message, please unmute your microphone. As you speak, look at the videos of others in the meeting room to find confirming nods that others are hearing your words.

  • If you unmute your microphone to speak and another speaker instead speaks, please mute your microphone to ensure that everyone is able to clearly hear the speaker.

At noon...

  • The image will change to an image of hands-to-heart, and all microphones will be unmuted. The Friend serving as clerk will greet us, and we will begin to introduce ourselves to one another. 

  • During joys, concerns, and announcements, feel free to share information through the chat feature or by indicating to the clerk that you wish to speak.

  • Our sharing will draw to a close by 12:30. 

In light,
Blake for the Communications Committee