Connecting Online

But God has put the body together, . . . If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 

- 1 Corinthians 12:24-26

Give Someone a Call or Hang Out With Friends Online

Social Distancing and Stay at Home orders have made it difficult, but it is still important to stay connected with friends and family. While nothing can replace being with others, we have a wide range of digital tools available today that make it easier to stay connected with others.
Here are some of those tools. If you aren't already using one or more, consider trying them out and asking friends to "dinner," sharing a game together, or just socializing.
If you need some help utilizing a tool or want to recommend one not listed, contact us below.

Digital Tools

Video Calling

Most smart phones today have video calling as an option. The advantage is that it is as easy as making a phone call and selecting the video option. The disadvantage is that some of them require the participants to have the same kind of phones or operate on the same network.
FACETIME is a phone and computer app that works exclusively on iOS (Apple) devices.
GOOGLE DUO is a phone and computer app that allows up to 12 parties to talk on video. It is available for both Android and iOS phones.

Social Media Messaging

FACEBOOK MESSENGER is primarily used for sending messages, but also includes a video chat option for use between members of Facebook.
GOOGLE HANGOUTS is an app available to all Google gmail accounts for messaging, voice calls, and video. It is available for download for Android, iOS, and desktop computers.

Video Conferencing

JITSI is a fully encrypted, open source video conferencing platform that you can use without limitation for free, with no account needed.
ZOOM is a stable video conferencing platform with a free version that allows unlimited 1 to 1 meetings and group meetings for up to 40mins.
SKYPE is a video conferencing program that can be run simply by generating a link for other participants. Downloading software to any mobile or desktop platform and setting up a free account makes additional features available.