Several online resources exist for holding virtual gatherings. Conference and national UCC staff use Zoom extensively. Zoom is an affordable, easy-to-use web platform. In this time of social distancing your church may want to give it a try, if you aren’t already using Zoom. The conference is currently offering grants of $50 to congregations who are setting up the Zoom meeting platform, thanks to a gift that arrived just a few days ago for this very purpose. To request a grant email the conference office.
The cost for Zoom is $15 per month for unlimited meetings of up to 100 people, and you can cancel any time. There is also a free account option for meetings of up to 40 minutes. Go to the Zoom website at https://zoom.us/ to get started.
Other options for online gatherings are Skype and Google Hangouts/Meet. Facebook Groups can be an option for private groups of congregation or committee members.