Speaking into the void

Are you preaching, singing , or speaking into a camera this weekend? How do you feel before you press the record button, how do you keep going during those long minutes before you stop? And most importantly how do you feel afterwards? During recent online meetings, I’ve heard these questions countless times. Is anyone there?Continue reading “Speaking into the void”

Creating and running an online conference through Zoom

Before COVID-19 I had never run an online conference and barely been to one before. A few weeks ago, I wouldn’t have imagined doing anything like this. But I guess most of us are saying something similar. The last few weeks have deeply moved me and affected me. There are so many opportunities to continueContinue reading “Creating and running an online conference through Zoom”

Communicating hope in the Coronavirus

So in this mess we’re in, it seems that God is at work afresh. Its no surprise really that he can turn self isolation on its head. Jesus in his life chose self- isolation, rejection and death in exchange that we might enjoy community, acceptance and life. So lets now think about how we communicateContinue reading “Communicating hope in the Coronavirus”

Offering hope in a time of crisis

This post was written in April 2020, but it seems as important now as it did then. Enjoy… For extroverts lockdown is a testing time. I’m a 98% extrovert I love people and I love community. I am really grateful for technology and how it is being used to build genuine community during lockdown. IContinue reading “Offering hope in a time of crisis”

Sharing videos during your event on Zoom

Guest blog post by Beth Butler. Beth works for Crosslands and also studies with them. She lives in Newcastle and loves sharing Jesus with international students and the opportunities that brings.  Sometimes at your event you want to play a short video as part of the service or you want to share a document. WellContinue reading “Sharing videos during your event on Zoom”

Zoom bombing – protecting your events from hackers

Today we have a guest blog by Beth Butler. Beth works for Crosslands and also studies with them. She lives in Newcastle and loves sharing Jesus with international students and the opportunities that brings.  Here are a few top tip to make sure that you are not ‘Zoomed bombed’. This is when hackers join inContinue reading “Zoom bombing – protecting your events from hackers”

How to use Zoom Breakout rooms in your event

Today we have a guest blog by Beth Butler on Breakout Rooms. But before Beth shows you how to use this function. We want to show you why we need them. One way to prevent this dynamic is to make the meeting as interactive as possible. Change the learning style/engagement every 15 minutes. Encourage participationContinue reading “How to use Zoom Breakout rooms in your event”

How are you planning to spend your day?

Yesterday I left my house by car for the first time in days. The whole experience was surreal. Within the confines of my home, although life is chaotic, its actually pretty safe and normal. Outside everything feels different. I met some amazing people doing some amazing things. But the experience made me realise the importanceContinue reading “How are you planning to spend your day?”

Hosting a catch up with your children’s friends on Zoom

How to run a class chat on Zoom Friday marks the start of the Easter Holidays and yet it feels anything but a holiday. We’re trying to think how we can mark that something is different. That school is finishing soon, but I’m not sure even where to start. Whatever your feelings are on homeContinue reading “Hosting a catch up with your children’s friends on Zoom”