Zoom Support

during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many of us are on a learning curve with the various video conference possibilities during this time.

Zoom provide on-line advice at this link:

Zoom | Support during the COVID-19 pandemic

I have been trying to simplify instructions for newcomers to Zoom so that they can engage in virtual gatherings and meetings.

Getting started with ZOOM

To join a meeting you DO NOT require to have a ZOOM account and login.

Phoning into Zoom Meeting

If you have difficulties with the Zoom apps, it may be possible to PHONE into the meeting using one of the provided phone numbers included in the invitation and the Meeting ID code. (Off line participants can be invited to join this way – but obviously they aren’t seeing these notes!)

iOS – Apple Devices

if you have an iPad, iPhone or other iOS Device, go to the App Store and download the free Zoom app. Then when you click on the zoom link provided by the person hosting, the video call should begin. You may be asked to enable audio, microphone and camera… click OK to any such questions.

Android Devices

If you have an Android device, go to the Google Play store and download the free Zoom app. Following the link (provided by the host) will open the video call in the app… you may have to enable microphone and camera and should respond OK/YES if requested.


If on a laptop or desktop running WINDOWS, clicking the link (provided by the host) will open a browser page, and if you don’t already have the WINDOWS app it will be automatically installed – you should follow the screen prompts and enable camera and microphone if asked.


If a MAC user the experience should be similar as for WINDOWS above…


If a Linux user, you presumably know what you are doing and have ZOOM installed already! 🙂

Improve these notes..?

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Edit Facebook posts

Had second thoughts about that Facebook post, just noticed a typo, spelling mistook, or the effects of auto-correct?

Facebook posts can be edited or deleted

Scroll to the post you want to edit.

Depending on whether you are on a tablet, phone, Windows, Linux or whatever… this may vary slightly… but you should see three dots, or a down arrow icon…

  • in the upper-right corner, click the three-dot or down-arrow icon.
  • There are options to EDIT or DELETE your post
  • Click Edit Post.
  • Edit: Edit the text as needed then click UPDATE/SAVE
  • Delete: Click Delete and it’s gone.

IT’s for Ministry

Back in February 2001, nearly 20 years ago, I registered the domain name itsforministry.org – IT’s for Ministry. Initially this was a place to host “Talks to Children”. Talks2Children.itsforministry.org is still there (currently on a wordpress.com site), with some Children’s Address type ideas. It hasn’t been updated for a while!

IT, Information technology has supported the ministry of the Church in many ways in recent decades, and now in the midst of the Covid19 outbreak we are making use of various virtual possibilities for Church.

I have occasionally added posts here with useful resources, and will do so more frequently during this unprecedented time.

May God bless you richly as together we discover new ways to be Church…

Take care…


Funeral Recording

About 30 years ago, during my training for ministry, I conducted my first funeral service. It was a family funeral. A great uncle of mine had died and I was asked to conduct the service. Some other family members were not able to attend the service, and unbeknown to me a cousin had arranged with the Crematorium staff for the service to be recorded. The service went well, my uncle had a good send off, and I had notched up the first of what would become a 4 figure number of funerals. I felt uneasy that the service had been committed to a C60 cassette tape, and I sought assurance that after it had been listened to the recording would be destroyed. But many, many years later when my parents were moving house I was reunited with the C60 cassette tape! I listened to it. Not bad for a first one, but how my style had changed, and I had said things that I wouldn’t now.

My attitude to the recorded funeral service has changed too. Nowadays I frequently record the audio of a funeral service, and can make it available on a CD or more often an MP3 file to stream via the internet, for family and friends unable to travel to be at the service.

Technology has changed, attitudes change… But video live stream for a funeral… a step too far… we’ll see what I think in a few years!