New:  Zoom  Passcodes / Waiting Rooms Required

Starting September 27th, 2020, Zoom will require all meetings to have a Passcode or Waiting Room enabled.

For meetings that do not have either a Passcode or Waiting Room enabled by September 27th, Zoom will enable a Waiting Room for you.

The host of each meeting can decide whether they would like to use a Passcode for their meeting, or a Waiting Room. (Examples of a PRUMC host would be a Sunday School president, Bible Study facilitator, staff member, etc.)

If the decision is made to use a Passcode, the host will create the Passcode in the settings section of their Zoom account (instructions here.) We recommend visiting zoom.us to review your account and easily make changes.  Leaders are responsible for sending the Passcode to their participants before meetings begin.  Read Zoom’s FAQs about Passcodes here.

If the decision is made to use a Waiting Room instead of a Passcode, participants will be let in by the facilitator as they join the meeting.  Learn more about Waiting rooms and watch a video here.

Zoom Bible Study

Scheduling a Meeting

Recording a Meeting

Screen Sharing

Breakout Rooms

How to Get Zooming

Zoom is a video-conferencing website that allows us to be with each other in these times of social distancing.  If you are new to Zoom, rest assured – we are too!  But within just one week, we have been able to bring people together face to face for meetings, Sunday School classes, Bible studies and fellowship.
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We are grateful for this tool and would like you to be connected with your church family in this way.  The first step is to download the mobile or desktop application to get started. If you are on a phone or tablet, search for Zoom in your App Store. If you are on a desktop computer, you can access the download here: https://zoom.us/support/download
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We recommend getting the Zoom app for all devices – phone, tablet and desktop/laptop.  You will be asked to create a login.  You will only need to create one login which you can use to access Zoom on all of your devices.

Types of Users

Basic users can attend any meeting they have access to (using a Zoom link) regardless of size or length of time.  If a basic user would like to host a meeting, they are limited to a length of 40 minutes.

Licensed (paid) users can attend any meeting they have access to (using a Zoom link) regardless of size or length of time.  If a licensed user would like to host a meeting, they can meet with up to 300 people for unlimited time.

If you are a PRUMC Small Group Leader and need to set up classes or studies, please contact a PRUMC Staff member for assistance.  If you are a basic user and would like to set up meetings under the church’s licensed account, we will need to add you to our network.  We simply add your email address, and then you are notified by Zoom asking you to “switch accounts.”  (The church’s Zoom account is associated with jill@prumc.org.)  Many of these emails have been caught in spam filters so be sure to check yours if you aren’t notified in a timely manner.  For inquiries, please contact:  Jill Barnes  |  jill@prumc.org