During the Covid-19 outbreak, it's important that we do all we can to stay in touch while it's not possible for us to hold church meetings – our mental, emotional and spiritual health depend upon it. There are a number of online apps that can help us do that.
WhatsApp is a free, online messaging tool that enables people to send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls and share images, documents and even your current location. You can form groups and then have group chats together. WhatsApp works on laptops, tablets and mobile phones, but you need a mobile phone for it to work on your other devices. To find out more, check out the WHATSAPP website.
Zoom is a cloud-based video communications app that enables you to meet 'virtually' with others, either by video conferencing or just with audio only. You can meet with up to 100 people at a time, so it could be a great way for Small Groups and teams to continue meeting together. You don't need a Zoom account to join a Zoom meeting, but whoever sets up a meeting has to have an account in order to get the ball rolling. Accounts are free, with meeting times on free accounts limited to 40 minutes. Find out more on the ZOOM website.
Google Meets is another way of holding group meetings. Again it's free, but you need to sign up for a Google account to take part in a conversation and the group size is limited to 25 people. THIS LINK takes you to the Google Meets page.
You can find tutorials for all these apps on YouTube, so why not do a bit of exploring and find out more about how you could keep in touch with others? Post any comments or questions below and we'll do whatever we can to assist you.