How to use Zoom

Posted: 03-11-2020 | by Nigel McQ

ABCI Churches’ Council Nov 2020

Information on how to access the virtual meeting.

We will be using the application ZOOM –

(Video Tutorial Links at bottom of this article)


Registration into the meeting will be available from 9:30am. Please join the meeting as early as possible.

You will initially be “held” in the Virtual Waiting Room until Your name is checked off our list.


When joining the meeting you will have the opportunity to add or change your display name.

Please make sure you name is changed to church and full name prior to entering the meeting.  You will not be given access to the meeting unless you can be identified.

EG “Carrickfergus, David Ramsey”.


Upon entry to the meeting your microphone should already be muted.  Please do not unmute your microphone unless directed by the Chairman to speak.  This will reduce background noise.

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Once you have started or joined a meeting, you can access the meeting controls located at the bottom of the meeting window (move your mouse in the Zoom window to display meeting controls).

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If you wish to make a comment or ask a question you can do so by using the “raise a hand” feature.  Click on “Participants” to open the panel and select “Raise Hand”.

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You can also send a comment or question using the chat feature.  Click on “Chat from the control bar to open the Chat panel. Then enter your comments and press Enter on your keyboard.

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If you wish to speak you must have your video enabled.


The details you will need for the meeting have been sent to all the relevant church representatives by post or email.

If you are already familiar with using ZOOM, just enter the details above in your preferred method.


 If you are new to ZOOM, the easiest way to get started is to open your web browser (Chrome, Safari, MS Edge, etc) Enter in the address bar or just search for “ZOOM” and click on the result.

  • Then click on “Join” or “Join a meeting”


On a Desktop Computer:

You will be asked to enter the Meeting ID

On the next screen

  • Enter your Church and Full Name as outlined previously
  • Tick the “I am not a Robot” ReCaptcha security challenge.
  • Click “Join”
  • Enter the Meeting Passcode and click “Join Meeting”
  • Click “I Agree” to accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy if it asks.


You are now waiting to be registered into the meeting.

(If you have the Zoom app installed on your desktop you will be asked if you want to open the meeting via the app before entering the meeting ID)

On a Mobile Device:

 If you already have the zoom app installed on your device, you will be asked to “join Meeting” via the app.

Otherwise, if this is the first-time using Zoom on your device you will be asked to download the app from your App Store or directly from Zoom.

Follow the instructions for installing the app and signing in.

You can find more device specific instructions at


Join a Zoom Meeting

Joining & Configuring Audio & Video

Agree and Close notice.

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