Online Meeting for Worship

Join us for Woodbrooke online worship at various times throughout the week. We offer 30 minute worship on Wednesday and Friday via Adobe Connect. We use Zoom for our other meetings throughout the week.

Announcement: See our new online worship advice page to download our online worship guide and tutorial sessions. 

Click here to join our  online worship via Zoom

Click here to join our Wednesday 09:30 and Friday 13:00 worship via Adobe Connect

New to Zoom? You can test Zoom here: https://zoom.us/test
We’ve also made a video of an example of a  Zoom meeting, showing how to set up Zoom and change the display, which you can watch by clicking here.

New to Quakers? You might want to download a guide to online for new worshippers or see the Quakers in Britain website.

When?
We give our worship time in UK local time, check your local time here. We welcome Friends from around the world to all our worships. All worship is 30 minutes unless otherwise stated.

Monday at 09:30 via Zoom
Tuesday
at 07:00 via Zoom
Tuesday at 19:30 via Zoom
Wednesday
at 07:00 via Zoom
Wednesday at 09:30 via Adobe Connect
Thursday (1 hour)  at 11:00 via Zoom
Thursday at 19:30 via Zoom
Friday at 13:00 via Adobe Connect
Friday at 21:00 via Zoom
Sunday
(1 hour)  at 10:30 via Zoom
Sunday at 19:30 via Zoom

Where? You can join our online meeting room a few minutes before the start of each meeting. Simply click here for Zoom worship or click here for adobe connect worship.

Why? Quakers have found with online worship that even simple technologies can offer more than just a superficial means of contact. They can provide a space where an authentic sense of presence and connection with other worshippers can be sought and found. All of our online worship is run in partnership with FWCC-Europe and Middle East Section (EMES).

“…the weekly online meetings have become an important part of my Quaker life. I look forward to them and enjoy the experience of sharing the silence with Friends not only from the UK, but also from some other European countries and further afield, such as Australia and the USA.”

Keith’s story of online worship, available on the Woodbrooke blog.

How does it work?

We use Adobe Connect and Zoom to hold our meetings, just follow a link to join. Occasionally, you will be given the option to download a small application to improve your connectivity, we suggest you do this if prompted and follow the instructions on the screen. Once you are in the room you will be given the option of using your webcam and microphone. There will be a chatbox for you to type messages to the meeting and offer ministry.

How do I get the best out of my experience of online worship?

We have found that worshippers feel more connected when they can see and hear each other. Therefore we welcome you to turn on your webcam. We’d also ask that you share in the chatbox where in the world you are joining us from. We are often a truly international meeting.

All worshippers may use their microphone to speak. It is worth being mindful of background noises, you might wish to mute your audio to mitigate distractions although in in-person worship we are used to hearing background noises too. On rare occasions, the host may mute your microphone, but you are always able to unmute yourself to give spoken ministry. As well as spoken ministry, you will be able to minister via the chatbox in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

You may wish to ensure that your microphone and speakers/headphones are turned on before you centre down.

The worship will last around 30 minutes unless otherwise specified. We suggest arriving slightly before the start time and there will be time after for optional conversation.

When the meeting is over, the elder will bring it to close verbally and you may see an image of two people shaking hands.

How can I receive news of online worship?

We’ll send you a weekly reminder if you click here and fill out the form.

How can I help?

The best way you can help Woodbrooke is by donating, or asking your meeting to contribute, to help cover the costs of keeping Woodbrooke going through these difficult times. See www.woodbrooke.org.uk/donations for more information.

We also rely on volunteers to run many of our online worships.  We want to offer more online worship but to do that need more hosts. Do you think you could host and/or elder online worship for Woodbrooke?

We are looking for people who:
  • > have experience with online meetings (Zoom, Skype, etc.) or a wiliness to learn
  • > are happy eldering unprogrammed online worship in the liberal tradition
  • > can be a welcoming and helpful host.

The roles of host/elder may be combined or separate. We can provide basic support, guidance and training. We are working with Britain Yearly Meeting to support for those interested in setting up online worship within their own Quaker community, see www.woodbrooke.org.uk/Online-worship-advice.

Contact worship@woodbrooke.org.uk for more information.

FAQ

Is this programmed or unprogrammed worship? 

Our online worship is unprogrammed so we gather in silence and anyone is able to give ministry via the chat or microphone. Our blog from Keith sharing his experience helps paint a picture of what it’s like.

Will loading the online meeting room mean I appear on camera?

Not necessarily, you have the option to leave your webcam turned off.

Can I see everyone?

Many of our Friends like to see each other through webcams but this is not a requirement for online worship. Some Friends may choose to switch off their cameras. The number of people you can see on your screen may be limited by the size of your screen or the bandwidth of your internet. We haven’t found these factors are a barrier to a gathered worship space.

Do I need an Adobe Connect or Zoom account to participate in the online meeting?

No, you can join us for online worship without creating an account. You will just need to follow the link.

What if I have never used Adobe Connect or Zoom before?

It is advised that you test your connection in good time before the meeting starts.

You can test Adobe Connect here: https://woodbrooke.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
You can test Zoom here: https://zoom.us/test

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