From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Help needed at YCF

(10:30 a.m. from 1st August)

Dear Friends,

We will again gather for worship in the church and on Zoom this Sunday at 10 a.m.  We have much to be thankful for – even in the midst of this pandemic.

Use this link to join this Sunday on Zoom at 10 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

But we also have a call to service!  Mark, Chris, and I, went up to the Youth Charity Foundation on Wednesday for a meeting with the director, Khun Tasnee. We were expecting a general discussion about how All Saints and YCF could develop our work together in the future, but we found a more immediate need.

Leading Worship

The children’s schools are teaching online until at least the end of September and, until last week, YCF had two computers for over forty children.  They have been given four more, and four more are promised, but that is still not many machines for so many users.

In addition, there are only two staff members who can help the children with their lessons and who need to try to cover ten grades and numerous subjects!

They need our help!

Working in the rice fields last week!

There are three practical things that All Saints’ members and friends can do:

1)  If you have any old computers, laptops, or tablets, please consider donating or lending them to YCF.

2)  Can you teach English, or some other subject, or speak Thai?  Teachers are needed, but also just people who can help the younger children stay focused on their work and understand what they have to do.  We hope to find a way for people to travel to YCF each day to help.  If you can offer one day, or part of a day, that would be amazing.

3)  Financial support.  YCF had paid in advance for the children’s school lunches.  Now that there is no school, there are no lunches and the money has not been refunded.  They are now having to find money for three meals a day instead of two.  Any contributions would be gratefully received.

More information to follow!

Our scripture readings for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity will be from 2 Samuel 11:1-15, 2 Kings 4:42-44, and John 6:1-21, and we will be singing the hymns Alleluia Sing to Jesus, Break Thou the Bread of Life, One Bread One Body, and Lift High the Cross!  Our Congregational Pastor, Rev. Mark Crawford, will be preaching.

Last Sunday’s Sermon and Readings
Or the Full Worship Service can be viewed here!

Hannah preaching last Sunday!

10:30 a.m. start from 1st August

After much debate and soul-searching we have finally been able to find a compromise starting time!  From August 1st our morning worship will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Upcoming Events!

Chiang Dao Mountain
We have many exciting events planned, including a weekend in Chiang Dao, a potluck on August 1st, and the beginning of small house groups!

But, because of the pandemic we can’t give a definite go-ahead yet!  Watch this space for more news! The outbreak numbers in Chiang Mai seem to have been dropping slowly for the past week, but we are watching the data carefully!!

(Graph from Chiang Mai News in English)

Wednesday Lunch
We will not meet for lunch at The Gymkhana Club next Wednesday due to the pandemic.  Hopefully, this event will resume soon.

Weekly Offering to All Saints
You can still donate in person or online.  Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.  God has shown that he is mighty and we are in his hands!

God bless,

Father Iain

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