There are hundred’s of ways to meet online. Right now we use two: Facebook Live for worship services and Zoom for “coffee hour”.
Facebook Live is reasonably easy to use and does not require a Facebook account. You will need a device that is connects to the internet or a cell phone. From there you have two choices:
- If you have a Facebook account, log onto your account. Search for St. Matthew / San Mateo Episcopal Church in Auburn, WA. Follow that link to our page. You may need to scroll down a bit to find the live feed. You may also watch any of our worship videos at any time. Be sure to “like” our page.
- If you do not have a Facebook account the steps are a little different. On your device start your web browser (like Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox etc.). Copy, cut and paste the following link into your browser’s address window. You should also be able to click on the link. https://www.facebook.com/St-Matthew-San-Mateo-Episcopal-Church-in-Auburn-WA-101324997018/. This should take you to our Facebook page. You may need to scroll down a bit to find the live video.
Zoom is a video conferencing application that allows participants to interact with each other. It is a bit more complex to use than Facebook live which only allows one-way conversation/video. An overview is followed by the steps required to use this tool.
Overview – The general idea is similar to he “old fashioned” way to set up a meeting or party. Someone decided to host a meeting or party and mails out invitations to various friends. On the designated day and time everyone meets at the party location. Same idea with Zoom. Someone uses Zoom to set up a meeting and emails invitations to various friends. On the designated day and time, everyone meets at the online party location.
Now to the nuts and bolts. You will need a computer or tablet with internet access or a cell phone.
- You don’t need to know everything about Zoom to join “Coffee Hour”. Click here for how to join “Coffee Hour”.
- If you want to learn everything about Zoom there is a reasonably good tutorial from the University of CA at San Diego at the following address: https://blink.ucsd.edu/technology/file-sharing/zoom/guide/quick.html