Virtual Church 

Link to Sunday Services content and Thought for the Day
Keeping Connected
24/7 Prayer - Join the battle
Keep Sunday Special
Pastoral Support for one another

Keeping Connected

During this time when we are not able to meet together physically we want to discover ways of connecting using the technology available to us. One group used the app ‘Houseparty’ for their group meeting last night which seemed to work well, another used Zoom which seems to be the favoured option for video conferencing and the youth used Google Hangouts. Instructions to do this are below.

Other tools available for keeping connected are: WhatsApp, Skype, FaceTime etc or just plain telephone to speak to one another!

Either way do keep connected and continue to pray and support one another.

24/7 Prayer – Join the battle
During this time of global crisis, we can feel powerless, isolated and ineffective. The one thing we can do is to pray for our nation: national leaders, NHS health workers, scientists working on a vaccine, emergency services, the outreach of the church.
 
With the events of Holy week and Easter fast approaching, I am inviting you to enter the spiritual battle in prayer with a new commitment. As a church we are going to pray around the clock for 7 complete days from Palm Sunday to Easter Day and together do business on our knees.

Will you join me?  Click the link to take you to the online sign up page in which you can enter your name for as many slots as you like over these 7 days. Please do set an alarm so that you don’t miss the slot you have committed to.

The Prime Minister has called this global pandemic, ‘A War’ – let's therefore put on the full armour of God and enter the battle.

Keep Sunday Special
Click here for to link to the virtual church sermon materials


I am also trying to get savvy with technology to post thoughts for the day on the Church Facebook page and see if we can do some live streaming or upload to the Trinity YouTube  channel – so will let you know when successful.

Pastoral Support for one another
We are putting in place the ‘buddying up’ pattern of pastoral care across the congregation, but thank you for all you are doing to support those in your group.

Every blessing
Stephen

To use Zoom:
Zoom works on Windows and Linux PCs, macOS, and there are also apps available for Google Android and iOS devices

The free version of Zoom lets you host a meeting for up to 100 participants, there is a time limit of 40 minutes for meetings with more than 3 participants

Download the Zoom app via the app store 

Create a free Zoom account using your email address

The Zoom website contains lots of help articles to get you started using Zoom on different types of device:

To use Houseparty:
Houseparty is available as an app for Google Android and iOS devices, it is also available as an extension for the Chrome browser for use on PC and Mac

Houseparty allows you to video chat with up to 8 people at a time

Download the Houseparty app via the app store

Create a free Houseparty account using your email address and phone number

The app is intuitive to use and includes lots of prompts when you first use it to get you up and running, there are wizards that allow you to add contacts from your device or Facebook

Here are couple of WikiHow tutorials for getting started with the app on Google Android and iOS:

To use Google Hangouts:
Google Hangouts is available as an app for Google Android and iOS devices, it is also available in the Chrome browser for use on PC and Mac

Hangouts allows you to video chat with up to 25 people at a time

Download the Hangouts app via the app store

Login using an existing Google account or create a new one

Hangouts Help provides guidance on getting started

Rachel Hargreave, 19/03/2020