Monthly Archives: September 2021

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Must we choose?


Dear Friends,

What does it mean to be humble?  Scripture says that God exalts the humble and casts down the proud.  But what is true humility and how can we achieve it? Humility is not the same as feeling worthless and does not mean letting others walk all over us or others.  So what does it mean?  Find out a little, at All Saints this Sunday! 

Our scripture readings for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity will be from Wisdom 1:16-2:1, 12-22, James 3:13-4:8, and Mark 9:30-37, and we will be singing the hymns All for Jesus, All to Jesus I surrender, Brother Sister Let me Serve You, and How Great Thou Art!

Those who don’t wish to gather in person can join us on Zoom.

Use this link to join this Sunday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Next Sunday, 26th September, we will go to the Youth Charity Foundation to celebrate the Harvest Festival.  Find out more below.

Last week’s sermon can be viewed here!

Holy Wisdom.  Who is she?

Harvest Festival – 26th September

Next Sunday, 26th September, we will celebrate our Harvest Festival with the children of the Youth Charity Foundation.  There will be no service at All Saints, but instead we will leave the church at 10 a.m. to travel out together to the YCF Compound in Doi Saket.  If you would like to make your own way there click here for directions.

The service will be followed by a potluck lunch, and pizza and pad Thai will be provided.  See Rebecca about what to bring. This was a great success last year and it will be great to repeat the occasion.

Chiang Dao Retreat

A group on people from All Saints are planning to spend two nights at The Nest in Chiang Dao on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th October.  There will be no service in church on Sunday 10th October, but people not joining the retreat will be able to take part via Zoom. There is a sign-up sheet at church or let me know if you are interested in going.

Church Council Meeting

The Church Council met last Friday morning.

As well as planning for future events, we looked at our child protection policy and planned some training that all the church will be invited to take part in.  Of course, we continue to seeking out the best, and safest, way forward in this time of pandemic.

Please hold the Council members in your prayers.  The current members are:

Chris Tananone (Chair)
Iain Baxter
Mark Crawford
Gene Bourquin
Helga Spring
Hannah Alexander-Herrick

Prayer Meeting

We have a weekly online prayer meeting.  Join us at 9 a.m. on Zoom every Tuesday.  

Use this link to join the prayer!

THURSDAY Lunch 

Some of last week’s lunch group

The lunch at the Gymkhana Club continues – but is moving to Thursday next week!  Please join us at midday on Thursday.  All are welcome – you don’t have to be a club member!


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

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

For she is a reflection of eternal light


Dear Friends,

Our scripture readings for this Sunday focus on Wisdom – how she acts and who she is!  But who is Wisdom?  Just a personification of one of God’s attributes, an angel, a metaphor, or one person of the Trinity? The Greek Orthodox Church was so devoted to Holy Wisdom that their holiest cathedral was dedicated in her honour, Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.  

The Church of Hagia Sophia


So who is Wisdom?  Is she the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit who guides us into all wisdom, or something else?  Find out more this Sunday!

Our scripture readings for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity will be from Proverbs 1:20-33, James 3:1-12, and Mark 8:27-38, and we will be singing the hymns Immortal Invisible God only Wise, Come and Seek the Way of Wisdom, Holy Spirit We Welcome You, and Holy Wisdom Lamp of Learning!

Those who don’t wish to gather in person can join us on Zoom.

Use this link to join this Sunday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Last week’s sermon can be viewed here!

Are all welcome?

Last Sunday’s Potluck

Potluck at the New Vicarage

Thanks to everyone who made last week’s potluck such a great success.  It was a little wet so we were unable to meet out on the lawn under the trees, but we ate outdoors on the back terrace instead.  A good time of fellowship!

GREEN’S!

Clarice’s son, John, has opened a shop selling UK products.  It is across the road from Kad Farang in Hang Dong and you can also order deliveries!  Their website will be coming soon too! Click here for the Google location!

The Independent Sacramental Movement

Archbishop Ron, who will be visiting us for All Saints Day, is from the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Australia.  This is part of the independent sacramental movement.  If you are interested, you can find out more about this little known branch of Christianity by listening to the Sacramental Whine podcast from Bishop Oliver Kling.  I have found it a very useful resource.

Wednesday Lunch 

The lunch at the Gymkhana Club continues.  Please join us at midday on Wednesday.  All are welcome – you don’t have to be a club member!


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

FREEDOM!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

POTLUCK LUNCH THIS SUNDAY!

Dear Friends,

This week our service will again begin at the new time of 10:30 a.m.  Those who don’t wish to gather in person can join us on Zoom.

Use this link to join this Sunday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Our service will be followed by a potluck lunch at the New Vicarage.  (Details and directions below!)

Our God is an Awesome God!  That is the title of a song which came to mind when I began preparing for this week’s service.  In our Gospel reading we see Jesus healing and reaching out to all, while in our New Testament reading we are warned against favouritism.  God does indeed open heesh arms to all!

Our scripture readings for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity will be from Proverbs 22, James 2:1-17, and Mark 7:24-37, and we will be singing the hymns O Worship the King, To God be the Glory, When the Music Fades, Our God is an Awesome God, and Oh for a thousand Tongues to Sing!

Last week’s full worship service can be viewed here or you can watch just the sermon here!

God’s welcome for all!

Potluck – this week!

New chairs ready at the New Vicarage!


With the continued fall in Covid level in Chiang Mai, we are happy to have a potluck lunch this Sunday.  This will be outside under the trees at the New Vicarage. Bring food to share and drinks will be provided.  We are meeting outside to make everything as safe as possible.  If you need a lift there are spare seats leaving from the church after the service.

The address is:

The New Vicarage,
9/65 Ban Ing Doi,
Kan Klong Chonprathan Road, 
Tambon Chang Phueak, 
Chiang Mai

This is the link on Google Maps.

From Maya Mall.  Drive up Huay Keaw Road towards Chiang Mai University.   Turn right along the Canal Road.  Go through one small set of traffic lights.  After the road crosses over to the right side of the canal, Ban Ing Doi mooban is accessed over a little white bridge on the left.

Enter the mooban and immediately turn left.  The New Vicarage is straight ahead.

Retreat in Chiang Dao

We are now hoping this can take place at the beginning of October.  Look out for more news!

Tuesday Morning Prayer Meeting

We had our fourth Tuesday Morning Prayer Meeting this week via Zoom.  This will be a weekly event at 9 a.m. each Tuesday.  Put it on your calendar so you don’t forget!

Use this link to join us!

If you would like us to pray for something or would like your prayer request shared with the email prayer group, please email helgaspring9@gmail.com
 If you would like to join the group but can’t make 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, let me know!

Wednesday Lunch 

Some of last week’s lunch group


The lunch at the Gymkhana Club continues.  Please join us at midday on Wednesday.  All are welcome – you don’t have to be a club member!


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