From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
Praise to God – the Christ has Come!
We have had a wonderful Christmas season at All Saints – fun, food, and fellowship, but most of all the knowledge that God is with us – Immanuel – the Christ has come! As we enter the New Year we know that this is the promise of Christmas, and that the promise is good for every day of every year!
2021 has been a strange year. It was great for me to be able to return to Thailand in January and have my mum join me here in August, but it was sad for us all to lose Bill Moeller and Clarice Green during the year. New people have joined us, others have left, but the good news remains that God is with us.
Mum and I will be celebrating New Year in Chiang Rai with some of the Youth Charity Foundation, but I will be back when we celebrate Epiphany on Sunday 9th January. Meanwhile, Pastor Mark will be leading worship on Sunday 2nd January as we begin our New Year at All Saints together. So let me wish you all a very Happy New Year!
The bible readings for this Sunday will be from Sirach 24:1-12, Colossians 3:12-17, and John 1:1-5, 9-18, and we will be singing the hymns O Come All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, Angels from the Realms of Glory, and Joy to the World.
Christmas at the Youth Charity Foundation
Tomorrow, Thursday 30th December, we will travel out to YCF to celebrate Christmas together and give the children their Christmas presents.
We will share dinner together at 5:30 p.m. and this will be followed by a Christmas celebration!
Let me know if you need a lift or can offer one!
Christmas Services at All Saints
We had two wonderful Christmas services at All Saints this year. Firstly we had nearly 30 people gathered together for Midnight Mass, including sixteen visiting students from Chiang Mai University. Ratcha stepped in to translate my sermon at the last minute!
Midnight Mass sermon in English and Thai!
Then on Christmas morning 65 people packed into the church to hear the Christmas message!
A packed church!
We were again joined by a group of students from CMU – but no translation into Thai this time!
Students from Chiang Mai University
You will be able to watch video of the services via the All Saints Audio Visual page.
Christmas Lunch at the Vicarage!
Our first Christmas lunch at the vicarage was a great success with over forty people sitting down to a lunch of roast turkey and all the trimmings.
The table was set under the trees!
Ready for Lunch!
Food for All!
Thanks especially to Phyliss and Arthur for cooking the turkeys and coordinating all the food, and to Glyn for doing almost all the washing up!!! Thanks to all the other people who cooked, set-up, and tidied away! It was a wonderful day and the last people didn’t leave until five o’clock!
Maureen’s 80th Birthday
Thanks to all who attended and made this such a special day. Thanks for all the cards, gifts, and best wishes.
Chili Night Resumes on 4th January 2022
A few of the group!
Chili Night at the vicarage resumes on Tuesday 4th January 2022 at 6 p.m.
Every week, mum and I are hosting this open-house, offering chili con carne and rice followed by ice cream. Anyone can come – you don’t have to let us know, just turn up. (Although advanced notice is useful so we can prepare enough chili!) All are welcome – not just All Saints people. Tell your friends, spread the word!
We have a weekly online prayer meeting. Join us at 9 a.m. on Zoom every Tuesday.
Some of the lunch group
The lunch at the Gymkhana Club is currently not happening as so many people’s schedules have changed! Watch this space for news!
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, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!