Zoom Meetings and Instructions

Thank you for connecting with Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing!

This post is intended to provide some information about our virtual ministry on our Zoom channels.

Zoom/Video Conference Etiquette

Please be considerate when doing a Zoom session and consider the following tips:

  • Introduce yourself when appropriate.
  • Invite others to introduce themselves.
  • If you aren’t speaking, mute your mic.
  • Silence your phones.
  • Speak to the camera and not the screen.
  • Avoid distracting activities, especially those that make others feel like the call is just background noise.
  • Check the lighting. Front lighting lets us see you better. bright light sources behind you.
  • Address other participants by name if possible so that everyone knows who you are talking to.
  • Double check private Chat messages before you send them
  • If you are the host, wait until everyone else has left the meeting before hanging up

Zoom Overview

Up to 100 people can join and share video and talk to each other from their computer, smart device or telephone. Participants can join from their home, workplace, or even from their car .

Getting Set Up

When you join your first Zoom meeting, you will be prompted to download the Zoom client software. You can also download the software in advance. If you are on a smart phone or tablet, you’ll be directed to the appropriate app store. Either way, download and install the app to whichever device you plan to use for your meetings. For security purposes we do recommend you create a free account. Once the app/software is installed, you may have to re-click the link to join the meeting. If you would like to install and test the software in advance follow the below:

  • Go to https://zoom.us/test and clicking the big blue “Join” button.
  • You will be directed to download the software or to join the “test” meeting. Depending on your device you may have to click the link a second time to access the test meeting after installing the software.
  • Note that buttons will not appear on the zoom window unless you hover or move your mouse over the meeting window.
  • Once in the test meeting, you should see yourself. If not:
    • Ensure there is no shutter covering your camera. Sometimes this is a “slide switch” located over or near your camera.
    • Click the little up arrow in the bottom left corner just to the right of the “stop video” button. Make sure your webcam is checked.
    • If it’s still not working, click here for more troubleshooting help.
  • When you talk you should see the microphone in the bottom left corner fill with green according to your volume level. If not:
    • Click the little up arrow in the bottom left corner just to the right of the microphone button. Make sure your webcam/microphone is checked.
    • If it’s still not working, click here for more troubleshooting help.
Participating in a Zoom Meeting
  • Get your meeting link for Union Missionary Baptist Church services and meetings, check the email you received or for public events, check the website (umbclansing.org) under ONLINE SCHEDULE on from the Events Calendar . Click the link to launch your meeting.
  • In the top right corner you can toggle between “Speaker View” and “Gallery View”. Speaker view displays just the person who is speaking on the screen. Gallery view allows you to see all participants on one screen (up to 25).
  • If you are the host, configure the meeting to have participants join with their mic muted. Participants who are muted can press and hold the space bar to temporarily unmute themselves or click “Unmute” in the bottom left corner.
  • Some groups use the “Chat” feature. Click “Chat” at the bottom of the window to open the side-bar to read messages or send messages to either the entire group or an individual.
  • When the meeting is over, click “Leave Meeting” at the bottom of the window.