The shut down of business and church life in most of the country, including our state of Illinois, has been a hardship for all sizes of churches. We've worked hard to encourage people to stay connected to their church family through weekly print/email communications and, most recently, through phone-in worship experiences. Following a successful Mother's Day event, we're set to hold a weekly experience that will "meet" every Sunday by phone until we're able to meet again in-person. We invite you to join us via the instructions below.
Connecting to our Sunday phone-in worship is easy. We invite you to use either of the following two methods:
Method #1: Send a text message [THE RECOMMENDED METHOD IF YOU CAN SEND TEXT MESSAGES]
1. By 10:40 a.m. on Sundays, text the two words "call me" to 319-527-2705 (do NOT include the quotation marks in your text).
2. Within 30 seconds or so you should receive a call from our conference call service. Answer the call.
3. When the recorded voice asks you to enter an access code, enter 809985 followed by the # key.
That's it! You're on the call and connected to our phone-in worship at no charge to you or the church.
Method #2: Make a call
1. By 10:40 a.m. on Sundays, call 319-527-2705 (if you use a landline, you’ll need to dial a “1” before that number; cell phone users won’t have to add the “1”) We’ll begin promptly at 10:40 a.m. so please do what can to call in on time .
2. The recorded voice that answers your call will ask you for an access code. At that point, enter 809985 followed by the # key.
3. Several people have experienced difficulties connecting to calls using this method, so if you use it, we recommend that you begin calling in by 10:25 a.m. to give yourself time for several attempts.
That’s it! At the end of the call, you’ll simply hang up. There is no charge to you or the church for the conference call service.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: One aspect of our weekly worship is that we invite everyone on the call to take communion. If you want to join us for that part of our worship, all you need is something to serve as your "bread and cup." ANYTHING will do! Your bread might be a cracker, a cookie, or a piece of meat. As we said, ANYTHING! And your cup might be water, juice, pop, or milk. Again, ANYTHING! What matters when we take communion is the attitude of our hearts, not the nature of the elements. Just be sure to have your "bread and cup" within reach when the worship begins.