Sunday services are held on Skype from 2 to 3:30pm as our Sunday evening services have been suspended until further notice.
In order to join our Sunday service click on the ‘Join conversation‘ link below. This will take you to our Skype connection so you can join the church service.
Here is our “Skype Protocol” information as well as hints and tips. We hope this will help you navigate the Skype screen.
We hope you are enjoying our on-line Guiding Star Church services each Sunday. We are certainly enjoying see everyone and being able to provide the services and we thank everyone who comes on-line to serve as Speakers and Mediums.
We have noticed over the past few weeks that there are some things we can improve upon so that our time together runs a little more smoothly, so here are some tips for all of us:
- Sign in between 1:35 and 1:55pm – this is social time for you and ‘set up’ time for everything that is going on behind the scenes.
- Turn your microphone off at 2pm so the chairperson can start church right on time.
- Turn your camera on or off – at your discretion. If you need to tend to something in your area please turn your camera off to keep distractions to a minimum.
- During mediumship – when the medium comes to you for a message and asks if you would accept it you have two options: 1 – turn your microphone on and reply, or 2 – use the ‘React’ button for a ‘thumbs up’ icon to accept the message. Some mediums would like to hear your voice to make the connection with you, but the choice is up to you. Please remember this is not a question and answer time for the messages.
- Turn your microphone off after the message. Background sounds are very distracting to the medium as they go to another person.
Below are two pictures – one of the bottom of your Skype screen and what the icons mean, the other is the top of your Skype screen and what those icons mean. We hope these are helpful to you and make your Skype experience easier for you.
At the top of your screen there is a black bar that shows – from left to right:
1 Rev. Sandy’s name
2 A small square with a ‘down arrow’ – changes the way you see your screen
3 A figure of a person with a ‘plus sign’ – add a person
4 Rev. Sandy’s Skype icon
There is really no reason to click onto this top bar.
At the bottom of your screen there is another black bar that shows – from the center to right (please ignore the two icons on the left and the ‘more’ icon on the right) :
1 – the microphone – turn sound on and off
2 – the camera – turn camera on and off
3 – the ‘hang up’ icon – to leave the call
4 – the chat icon – to send a comment to someone (everyone sees this)
5 – the ‘React’ icon (the heart) – this is where you let the medium know you will accept the reading – it looks like this: If you have any questions or want to try these icons for yourself please join us early on Sunday and you can try them.
Remember all you need do is click on each one and you will see what it does and how easy it is to use them.
We ask that you follow the instructions on the first page so we can all enjoy our time together in worship.
Also we ask that you consider making your donation to Guiding Star Church through our website – guidingstarchurch.com – ‘Donate’ icon or by e-transferring the amount you would like to give to firstname.lastname@example.org. These donations can be a one-time offering or you can set it up to make it a regular offering once a week or once a month, this way you will know that you are supporting the church and it’s done for you just like your monthly bills.
The ability for us to keep the church open until we can all join together in person again depends on each of us keeping our tithes and offerings coming in.
Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
Blessings to all and I look forward to seeing you at church,
The Ministers and Board of Guiding Star Church
We are located at:
550 Fennell Ave E, Suite 202, Hamilton, ON L8V 4S9
1 – From points on the Mountain – travel to Upper James St and turn East onto Fennell Ave. We are located in the plaza at the corner of Fennell Ave and Upper Wentworth. Use the farthest entrance off of Fennell Ave where Popeyes Chicken is. Parking and entrance door are at the rear of the plaza behind Popeyes Chicken.
2 – From downtown – travel to Wellington Ave and turn south onto Wellington and veer left at the fork in the road, this now turns into the Claremont Access which will turn into Upper James St at the top. Drive along Upper James St until you reach Fennell Ave and turn left onto Fennell. Continue along until you reach Upper Wentworth. We are located in the plaza at the corner of Fennell and Upper Wentworth. Use the farthest entrance beside Popeyes Chicken off of Fennell. Parking and the entrance door are at the rear of the plaza behind Popeyes Chicken.
All donations are gratefully received and a receipt will be issued upon request. Donations may be made on our PAYMENT page through PAYPAL.
Thanking you for your generous donations that support Guiding Star Church.