UUCM is using Zoom (https://zoom.us/) for our online services, and other online meetings.

Zoom is a free cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to meet with others online – either by video and audio-only or just audio (by phone). When using Zoom, you join an online meeting, where you can see the participants, and interact with them.

To Join our next online service via Zoom, click on this link:

If you don’t have internet access or have trouble using Zoom online, you can join a Zoom meeting using a land line or mobile phone.  You will then be limited to audio only.  You can use the Zoom app on your mobile phone (Android or iPhone) to share the full experience.

Keep your eyes on this page for more information, as we all learn together!

If you need assistance with Zoom, we have volunteers to help you:
Amy Conley, Cathy Goldwater and Bethany Poulin.

Zoom has a comprehensive set of video tutorials on how to use various aspects of Zoom.

Go to Zoom Details, below.


  • You will need sound capability. Most computers come with built-in audio, perhaps with external speakers. All phones come with a microphone and audio.
    It is preferred that you use a headset (microphone and earphones — your computer might need a set with a USB plug on one end). The reason is that the sound will likely be improved, and, more importantly, it reduces background noise (such as dogs barking in the background, etc.) When there are many participants in a Zoom meeting with their microphones turned on, background noise can be quite disruptive.

    During a Zoom meeting, it is good practice to mute your microphone unless you wish to speak. Many people in a Zoom meeting who are not muted can make for a disruptive meeting, with lots of random background noise.

  • If you join a Zoom meeting online, you will need a camera for video purposes.
    Virtually all laptops have a built-in camera but most desktops don’t.  Cameras are not very expensive.  They clip on the top of your screen and, once you have installed the necessary software, you are good to go. 
    All smartphones have a camera.  If you are planning to use your smartphone you might want to purchase a stand for your phone…or you can work out how to prop it up in the right place for your call.

    If you use video on a smartphone, it’s better if you change the orientation of your phone to ‘landscape’, rather then ‘portrait’. Portrait mode may seem more comfortable if you’re holding the phone, but it means we see less of you during the meeting. Rather than holding the phone, try to use a stand, or prop it up against something to provide stability.
  • Before you join your first Zoom meeting, we recommend that you test out your audio and video capabilities. When you invoke the Zoom app, and sign in, you will see a ‘gear wheel’ icon at the upper right, or in the Zoom app’s menu Preferences entry.
  • Click on this icon, and you will see something like this:
  • Click on ‘Audio‘ to test your speakers and microphone (or headset).
  • Click on ‘Video‘ to select your camera and test your video capabilities, along with other settings.
  • If you wish, you can click on ‘Virtual Background‘ to provide yourself with a background that hides the potentially distracting real background in your home or office.

Click on the appropriate tab below to read more details about how to use Zoom:

Follow the steps below:

To Install Zoom

Go to https://zoom.us, and sign up for a free account.

Go to https://zoom.us/download, and download the appropriate Zoom app installer, depending on whether you have a Windows PC, a Mac, or a mobile device (Apple or Android)

Install the app on your device. This will result in Zoom icon appearing on your device:

To Start Zoom

Click on the Zoom icon to activate the app, which will give you something like this:

To sign in, click the “Sign In” button:

and enter your Zoom credentials.

Or, to simply join a meeting, click on the “Join Meeting” button, which will then take you to something like this:

Enter the meeting ID, and your name, if it isn’t already there, click “Join”, and you’re in!

You will typically receive an email invitation to a Zoom meeting that will look something like the following:

UUCM is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: UUCM Meeting for Worship
Time: Each Sunday at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 832 473 524  Password: 342862

One tap mobile
+13126266799,,832473524# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,832473524# US (New York)

Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 832 473 524  Password: 342862

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abKqrRgvBG

NOTE: If calling in, use the phone location closest to you, which would be New York, if calling from New England.

What does all this mean?

Using the Zoom Meeting Link

You may click on the link following “Join Zoom Meeting”. This will bring up a web browser page that looks something like this:

and from there, if you click on the Open Zoom button, it will bring up the Zoom app.

Note: Some users have encountered browser issues when attempting to use this approach. See below for a more direct approach that does not involve a browser.

Using the Meeting ID Directly

A more direct approach that does not involve a browser is to:

Run the Zoom app directly, which will bring up something like this:

Then, click on the “Join a Meeting” button, which will bring up something like this:

Enter the Zoom Meeting ID from the email invitation, and your name (if it isn’t already there), and click on the “Join” button, and you’re in!

Joining via Phone

If you wish, you can join a Zoom meeting via telephone. Look at the Zoom meeting invitation to select the telephone number closest to your area (which would be New York for New Englanders). For more details, click here.

“One tap mobile numbers” contain the meeting ID; other telephone numbers will require you to enter the meeting ID.

Here’s a YouTube video on how to join a Zoom Meeting for the First Time:

Click here for a good video tutorial about Zoom created by someone from Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins, Colorado