Monthly Archives: March 2021

This is Holy Week!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Palm Sunday Choristers


Dear Friends,

Last Sunday we had a great service to celebrate Palm Sunday with our new All Saints Choristers.  Team One sang last week and Team Two will sing this Easter Sunday! This week, to make up for last year, we will have three All Saints services, on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

I preached on Palm Sunday and highlights of the service can be viewed here.   Father Rick Saint will be preaching on Good Friday, and Bishop Ron Langham will be preaching on Easter Sunday.  It should be a blessed and exciting time!

Easter is a time for celebrating the defeat of death, the hope that Jesus offers for the world!  Like Christmas, it is centred on the message that God is with us, but it has the added joy that even death is not the end and we are offered life eternal!

Please join us if you can to share this sad and then joyous feast.

Ready for Good Friday

Our scripture readings for Maundy Thursday will be 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 and John 13:1-17, and we will sing unaccompanied.
Our scripture readings for Good Friday will be Matthew 26:17-29, Matthew 26:36-56, Mark 15:1-15, Mark 15:16-32, Matthew 27:45-54, Isaiah 52:13-53:5, and Matthew 27:62-66. We will be singing the Good Friday hymns When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, O Sacred Head Now Wounded, How deep the Father’s love for Us, My Song is Love  Unknown, Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?, and O Love that Will Not Let Me Go.



Easter is Coming!


Our scripture readings for Easter Sunday will be Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, and John 20:1-18, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Christ is Risen Today, The Day of Resurrection, Christ is Alive, and Thine Be the Glory!

Video of our Palm Sunday service can be viewed here!

Easter Service Times

Maundy Thursday Service 1st April 7 pm
– including foot washing ceremony

Good Friday Service 2nd April 7 pm  
– a solemn Tenabrae service

Holy Saturday Ordination Service 3rd April 7pm
(This is not an official All Saints event, but it will be held in our building and all are welcome to attend.)

Easter Sunday Service 4th April 10 am 
  again with our new choir
– followed by potluck and Easter Egg hunt 
All are very welcome to join us for lunch!

YCF Vacation

Each year the Youth Charity Foundation takes most of the children away on vacation.  This year they will be going to the Cha’Am Christian Mission Home.  It will be a great break for them by the sea.

Each child needs about THB 5,000 to cover the cost of the trip.  They will be away for eight nights.

Budget for one person
1. Food 80 baht x 27 meals = 2160 baht
2. Accommodation 130 baht  x 8 nights = 1040 baht
3. Travel = 500 baht
4. Health insurance = 500 baht 
5. Snack and pocket money = 300 baht
6. Other = 500 baht.

Total = 5000 baht.

Some have already given, but if you could sponsor a child, please contact me or our new treasurer, Arthur Mann.

The trip will be from 1st – 8th May.

Any Old Phone?

Do you have an old smart phone that you no longer use?  Maybe the camera is broken or the battery has gone bad. We need one for use in the church office so that we can have the church banking app on a dedicated phone which is kept in the safe. We could also use another phone for recording our services!

Let me know if you have one!

Wednesday Lunch

 No lunch until after Easter – everyone is away!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate online, or place your money in the basket during the service.


Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.

God bless,

Father Iain

Hosanna!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

We have almost reached the Easter Season!  This Sunday is Palm Sunday.  Last year there were no face-to-face Easter services due to Covid, and I was stranded in the UK.

This year, to make up for last, we will have three All Saints services, on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

I will be preaching on Palm Sunday, Father Rick Saint will be preaching on Good Friday, and Bishop Ron Langham will be preaching on Easter Sunday.  It should be a blessed and exciting time!

We will also have our new choir singing for the first time this Sunday.  Eighteen children from YCF have joined our choir and they are divided into two teams.  Team One, consisting of nine children, will be singing on Palm Sunday this week, and Team Two, consisting of another nine, will be singing on Easter Sunday.



Four Choir Members


On Wednesday, Ratcha and I bought the “choir robes” for the children.  They will consist of red T-shirts and shorts with a white surplice over the top.  The surplices will have to wait, though, so for Palm Sunday and Easter they will be all in red!

Our scripture readings this week will be Mark 11:1-11, Philippians 2:5-11, and Mark 14:1-9, and we will be singing the hymns Hosanna Hosanna Hosanna in the Highest, All Glory Laud and Honour, Hosanna Loud Hosanna, Brother Sister Let me Serve You, and RideOn! Ride On in Majesty!

Video of last week’s service can soon be viewed via the Audio-Visual page of the church website!

Easter Services

Palm Sunday Service 28th March 10 am
– including parading of the palms
and our new children’s choir

Maundy Thursday Service 1st April 7 pm
– including foot washing ceremony

Good Friday Service 2nd April 7 pm  
– a solemn Tenabrae service

Holy Saturday Ordination Service 3rd April 7pm
(This is not an official All Saints event, but it will be held in our building and all are welcome to attend.)

Easter Sunday Service 4th April 10 am 
  again with our new choir
– followed by potluck and Easter Egg hunt 

Easter Ordinations – Saturday 3rd April


All Saints is a part of the one holy catholic and apostolic church, but in terms of denominational allegiance we stand alone.  But we do embrace the traditional three-fold order of ministry, of bishop, priest, and deacon, and hither-to we have had the latter two present.

The bishop is the primary leader of a church in a local area.   In the UK there are around a hundred Anglican churches for every bishop, in Hong Kong, there are ten churches for each bishop, in the Province of Alexandria, there are just a handful.   It doesn’t really matter how many churches there are in an area, there should be a bishop to cover that region.

At All Saints, we will just have one bishop for one church.

Archbishop Ronald Langham, of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Australia, has kindly agreed to ordain me as a bishop for All Saints and Chiang Mai.  He will also ordain Pastor Mark Crawford as a priest.  He will be here from Maundy Thursday until Easter Monday. This is not an official All Saints event, but Bishop Ron will be using our building.

What changes will you notice at All Saints?  On the surface perhaps nothing, but it does mean that Mark will be able to consecrate the elements himself at the Eucharist, and I can offer future ordinations and confirmations.  And equally importantly, we are now properly organised!  Mark will still be known as Pastor Mark, or just Mark, and I will still be known as Father Iain, or just Iain.

We will not have an on-going formal relationship with the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Australia, but I hope we will remain good friends!

YCF Vacation

Each year the Youth Charity Foundation takes most of the children away on vacation.  This year they will be going to the Cha’Am Christian Mission Home.  It will be a great break for them by the sea.

Each child needs about THB 5,000 to cover the cost of the trip.  They will be away for eight nights.

Budget for one person
1. Food 80 baht x 27 meals = 2160 baht
2. Accommodation 130 baht  x 8 nights = 1040 baht
3. Travel = 500 baht
4. Health insurance = 500 baht 
5. Snack and pocket money = 300 baht
6. Other = 500 baht.

Total = 5000 baht.

If you could sponsor a child, please contact me or our new treasurer, Arthur Mann

The trip will be from 1st – 8th May.

Any Old Phone?

Do you have an old smart phone that you no longer use?  Maybe the camera is broken or the battery has gone bad. We need one for use in the church office so that we can have the church banking app on a dedicated phone which is kept in the safe. We could also use another phone for recording our services!

Let me know if you have one!

Wednesday Lunch

 No lunch until after Easter – everyone is away!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate online, or place your money in the basket during the service.


Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.

God bless,

Father Iain

Authority?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Jesus Cleanses the Temple.

Dear Friends,

Last Sunday we had our Annual General Meeting and ratified our new 2021 Constitution, and elected four Church Council members.

The new Council members are:

  Bill Moeller
  Helga Spring
  Chris Tananone
  Hannah Alexander-Herrick
  Iain Baxter
  Mark Crawford
  Gene Bourquin

Please hold us in your prayers.

This week, our Old Testament Reading contains the Ten Commandments, and our Gospel reading tells of Jesus cleansing the Temple.  Our sermon will address the idea of authority.   Who has it, and how should it be exercised?

Our scripture readings for Sunday will be Exodus 20:1-17, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, and John 2:13-22, and our hymns will be Awake My Soul and with the Sun, Make Me a Channel of your Peace, Lord Jesus Christ, and Lift High the Cross!

Video of last week’s service can soon be viewed via the Audio-Visual page of the church website!

Free Burma Rangers Movie

Two weeks ago a group of us gathered to watch the Free Burma Rangers documentary film.  It was certainly worth watching!  Katie Wierenga, a member of All Saints, works for FBR and she is offering the opportunity to watch the film online if you missed it.

The Trailer can be viewed here!

Please invite your friends, families, and churches to participate in the March 11-13 events.

Thursday, March 11th – 7 PM, EST, 7 AM Thailand (followed by discussion) – register here

Friday, March 12th – 6 PM, EST, 6 AM Thailand  (followed by discussion) – register here

​Saturday, March 13th: 6 PM EST, 6 AM Thailand – I will have a discussion/presentation about myself and the work of the medical department in Karen State, Burma.  Register here

Lent Groups –  Anglican 101



These are held on Tuesday evenings at Mark and Christa’s home, and Wednesday afternoons at the Gymkhana Club.

The theme is not designed to convert people to one particular Christian tradition, but it will be a time for all of us to share from our traditions and get to know where we all come from.  There will be time for sharing and prayer, too!  

Next week’s topic:
Liturgy and Sacraments. –
How we worship and encounter God.


Covid Pollution Protocols at All Saints



Since recommencing face to face worship in August 2020, All Saints has been operating under the protocols developed by Dr William Aldis, which include the wearing of masks, very quiet singing, no air-conditioning, and open doors and windows.

Chiang Mai is now entering the hot and smoky season, and Dr Aldis has revised the protocols accordingly. If the AQI is above 150 or the temperature is above 28C, then we will close the windows and use the air-conditioners.  Other precautions, such as the wearing of masks, remain in force.  A new more powerful air filter has also been purchased.  The basis of these recommendations can be read here!

Last Sunday we needed to switch on the air-conditioning and it is likely that this will again be the case this week.


The Sound of Silence


To help us prepare for worship, the church bell will now be rung at 9:55 am each Sunday.  This will signal the beginning of five minutes of silence, for private prayer and reflection before our worship.

It will be rung again at 10 am as our worship begins!


 Wednesday Lunch

Lunch – last Wednesday!
Our lunch will continue next Wednesday!  I am looking forward to being there again!  Why not come along?   (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!) 

Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate online, or place your money in the basket during the service.


Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.

God bless,

Father Iain