How We Worship - COVID-19 Update

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March 28, 2020

Memphis Friends Meeting is implementing the CDC's recommendation to practice social distancing. We are suspending gatherings in the Meeting House through the April business meeting, at which time we will discern if we can resume gatherings in the Meeting House. 

Below is information for those who want to join us in the Virtual Meeting House.

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): https://www.afsc.org/resource/how-to-join-zoom-meeting  

  • Register in advance to get your "house key":
    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJwlfuuvpzsiwCgW2WaBTAOZGG_VOANHWQ

    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.

    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.

  • Those joining the Zoom meeting between 10:30 and 11:00 will find themselves with other Friends in our virtual meetinghouse courtyard, represented by an image of daffodils. We'll be greeting one another by chat or smile. If your microphone is muted, 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 Shahin at 901-491-7127 or [email protected] 

At 11:00 a.m....

  • We will be worshipping together in our Virtual Meeting Room. In the beginning and ending minutes of this worship, you will see an image of the meeting room. 

  • 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. Afterwards, the Communications Committee will send a group email to all those who have attended the online meeting so that we can share with one another any other messages or announcements and also give feedback to the Communications Committee about how online meetings can better serve our community during this time of caution and care for one another.

 
In light,
Blake for the Communications Committee

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