wrigjef wrote:What are some best practices related to running a virtual ward sacrament meeting (without the sacrament) using a tool such as zoom.
I know of two area presidents who have said this is not supposed to be happening. We are not supposed to be attempting to replicate any of the regular large Sunday meetings.
Other than that, one primary teacher is taking materials around to her ward Primary class each week and leaving them on the doorstep. One Young Women president is Zooming (I guess that is a word now) with her Young Women on a regular basis, mostly to visit and see how they are doing, not trying to replicate a Sunday YW meeting.
Our elders quorum is sending out a weekly email. The presidency is still selecting a general conference talk for each 2nd and 4th Sunday and our quorum instructor is providing a summary of the talk and a set of questions to think about. The email before the 1st and 3rd Sundays includes a reminder of where we should be in the Sunday School Come Follow Me curriculum.
Members of the ward are making a specific effort to telephone other members occasionally to see how they are doing. A lot of texting and emailing is also going on. Whenever I happen to think about a member and wonder how they are doing, I make it a point to contact them and find out. Before, I would have waited until Sunday and checked with them at Church.
If I lived in an area where members were concentrated, I would probably walk around the block regularly and wave at everyone.
The single adults in our region are holding firesides, game nights, and other activities on a regular basis via Zoom. I have attended more of them than I ever would because I usually have to drive 2-1/2 hours each way to get to them.
For large groups, Zoom seems to be the favored method. There is a way to do some things on Facebook (one instructor is teaching an Institute class that way) but FB is a non-starter for me. I have not used Google Meet but I hear it is every bit as good as Zoom and if you are cheap with a free Zoom account, Google does not limit you to 40 minutes at a time. I am finding that many have regular Zoom accounts through work and other organizations that are willing to share without the time limit.
Our leaders are using Zoom for presidency and bishopric meetings and ward councils.
Those are the things that come immediately to mind.