Meeting up - Virtually


Here's what's available so far:


Sunday morning after the service at 11:30 am

Here at Orchardhill we all love to have a coffee after the service. Its a time to get together and chat about anything and everything. We can still do this except you have to make your own coffee!

So join us for a coffee or a tea after morning worship in the following Zoom Room  Morning Coffee after Sunday morning worship Zoom in at 11:30 am here

If you need a password :-   4WVATf

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:00 am

Everything stops for tea - or coffee - at eleven most days in the Manse! Why not join Grant for a chat about what's going on with you. We'll chat with whoever comes in for up to half an hour, but you can join and leave any time you wish during that time. The only down-side is that you'll need to have boiled your own kettle- but bring a drink to the table! 

Normally meets Monday to Thursday at 11am. 

To join the chat from 25th to 28th May, use this link: and, if you require it, the password is americano. You can also join by telephone if you call 0131 460 1196,,92683841189#. Telephone the Minister for these details over the phone.

Tuesdays 10:00 am or by contacting Dave Thomson any other time.

Problems with your computer? Chat and explore   Tuesdays at 10:00am 

General Chat about problems that you may have with your computer and how to fix them.....maybe!

Dave offers us hands-on advice and hand-holding as we look at some of the problems that people face with their computers daily. 

Meets Tuesday  10:00am

Join the chat using this link:      password:-  fixit

Tuesday 7:00 pm

Appreciating Art    There will be a series of virtual meeting on Tuesday 5th May at 7.00pm starting with a brief presentation on the Pantheon in Rome, architecturally possibly the most influential ancient Roman building, followed by a discussion about it and its influence in the world today. It should be fun -- no prior knowledge needed ! -- and if you can attend please let Gareth Griffiths or Gordon Thomson know by emailing  and the Zoom log-on details will be provided"

Wednesday 7:00 pm

Quiet-Time  We unite in prayer and worship from our own homes midweek on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. 

Thursdays 7:00 pm

Please follow the link to get the meeting details and how you can join this group

Transactional-analysis-a-tool-for-christians     Thursdays at 7:30pm.


Join the Orchardhill What'sApp group. It's hillarious...sometimes!  Just send your name and mobile number to

Joining in

It's not difficult to join one of these chats, and before long it will be second nature - and a reasonable alternative to getting together in this time of restricted meeting. If you'd like more information on how to join a Zoom group, instructions are available here. Recent updates to Zoom require a password which is generally available on this site or can be obtained by emailing the church office.

Government Advice on Staying Safe in a virtual video meeting

Any questions?

Just ask;  You can contact us directly if you're unsure of this - or if you wish to offer a chat of your own! 

Is Zoom safe?

Articles in the press in recent days suggest Zoom is a risky platform. We believe Zoom is appropriate for our use, provided we take these simple steps:

  • Download the Zoom software only from the company's outlets.
  • Do not divulge sensitive personal data (such as bank card PIN numbers or account passwords) - but when were you ever likely to do that in a conversation at church?
  • Speak as you would if the conversations were taking place in a busy local cafe, and people at other tables could hear what you say.
  • When setting up a meeting, use a password.
  • Enable Waiting Room, so the host must admit individuals.

We consider the position is as summarised by Dave Kennedy, a cyberwarfare expert: "Most of these exposures wouldn't even bubble up to a high or critical finding in any assessments a normal tester would conduct. Yet, it has world reaching implications to the masses that don't understand the technical details. It creates hysteria when it is not needed." (Quote from Newsweek article, cited below)

We also identify another risk. In a time of mass isolation we need to ensure that accessible, cheap and effective ways to keep in touch are available. Zoom does all of this well.

We therefore plan to continue using it and draw to your attention the key principles for remaining safe, above. We don't consider our activities as Christians in conversation will contain anything we would wish to hide; nor do we wish people particularly in these demanding days to 'give up meeting together'.

For more information on this developing issue:

Government Advice on Staying Safe in a virtual video meeting



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