Monthly Archives: January 2022

Good News!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Mark will be preaching the Good News this Sunday!


Dear Friends,

This week, our New Testament reading continues in 1 Corinthians where Paul talks about us all being part of the Body Of Christ, while the Gospel reading is the famous passage from Luke’s Gospel where Jesus proclaims “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me!” Mark will be preaching on that declaration of Good News with which Jesus began his ministry.

The bible readings for this Sunday will be from Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, and Luke 4:14-21, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, Called as Partners in Christ’s Service, One Bread, One Body, and Let Us Build a House!

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

You can see video highlights of the Epiphany Service here!

Epiphany Scripture Reading!

Saying Goodbye

This Sunday we will be saying a sad goodbye to Rebecca and Blaine, Dan, and Ruthie and Merle, who have been worshipping at All Saints for six, three, and one year, respectively. They have all become key All Saints people and will be greatly missed as they return to the States.  Join us in worship on Sunday as we say goodbye, and then at Green O’Clock to share in cake and fellowship.

Next Potluck – Sunday 30th January

This will be at the vicarage on Sunday 30th January.  It will follow our celebration of Candlemas when the All Saints Choristers will again be helping lead our worship.

New Home Groups – Starting Soon!

 All Saints Chiang Mai will soon be starting Home Groups based on the teachings, videos, and book by Brene Brown on vulnerability. 

Vulnerability has been proven to improve creativity and enjoyment of life.  We will be embarking on an adventure together!  These groups will be open to whoever wants to learn more about vulnerability in a safe and supportive community.  An opportunity to invite friends who do not attend All Saints and even those who never imagine themselves setting foot in a church.  

Our time together will include a meal, video or other learning activity, and time for discussion.  The groups will meet for approximately 1 ½ hours per week.  

Please click on the survey below so we can find the best days and time to launch these new Home Groups.  Thank you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9N3SG36

Annual General Meeting 2022 – 27th February

Our AGM will be held on Sunday 27th February following the morning service, in accordance with the provisions of our 2021 Constitution. 

What does the AGM do?

All Saints is a hybrid church – we are neither fully congregational nor fully episcopal.

In a congregational church, all authority under God rests with the congregation.

In the purest form of congregationalism, all decisions would be taken by vote of a congregational meeting.  This would require almost weekly congregational meetings, and so decisions would be made by those who happened to be present that week.  In a quickly changing congregation, like All Saints, this could be quite unstable.

In a completely episcopal church, like the Roman Catholic or Orthodox churches, all authority under God rests with the bishops, who delegate that authority to priests.  The lay people do not have formal authority in the structure and authority is passed on in the Apostolic Succession.  In an independent congregation, like All Saints, this would put all authority in the hands of one person and wouldn’t provide a system for accountability.

So All Saints’ constitution seeks to provide a system of checks and balances, taking the best features from each model.

Firstly, the congregation is the ultimate authority, under God, but delegates that authority by appointing a priest and electing members of the Church Council.

Each year, the congregation elects new members of the Church Council at its Annual General Meeting. 

This year, one of our longest-serving members, Helga Spring, will be stepping down.   Of the remaining three lay members, Chris Tananone has agreed to serve for one more year to aid transition to the newer council members, Hannah Alexander-Herrick has only served for a year, and Katie Wierenga was co-opted to complete the remainder of Bill Moeller’s term in September.

To ensure continuity, our Church Council consists of four lay seats elected by the congregation, and three clerical seats occupied by the clergy or, in the absence of three clerical staff, nominated by the vicar.  Both Mark Crawford and I have been in leadership at All Saints for a number of years, and so, along with Chris, can provide that needed continuity and institutional memory – but we can be outvoted by the lay members.  (Our deacon, Gene Bourquin, has temporarily set down as he explores possible ordination to the priesthood within The Episcopal Church.)

Article 2 of the All Saints constitution states:

“The ultimate authority of All Saints Chiang Mai is the word of God. The authority for the governance of the temporal affairs of the church (such as finance, property, and governance) rests with the congregation and is carried out by the Church Council. The authority for spiritual matters rests with the vicar. If there is a disagreement about whether an issue is spiritual or temporal, this will be determined by the Church Council.”

Our constitution seeks to balance leadership and accountability, and contains further checks and balances to this end.  You can download and read the whole constitution here.

How can you be involved in the future of All Saints? 

Firstly, attend the AGM on 27th February where you can elect members to the new Council.

Secondly, pray as to whether you should join the Council – all church members are eligible to stand.  Speak to an existing Council member if you are interested.

Thirdly, pray for your Church Council members, give them your support, and share your ideas and concerns with them.

And finally, pray for Mark and I as we lead All Saints forward, and carry spiritual responsibility for God’s people.

The AGM will not last very long.  There will be a Vicar’s Report, and a Financial Report from Arthur Mann, our Treasurer.  The congregation will then be asked to approve the budget for 2020 and elect the new Church Council. 

Please be there and be involved if you can – it is your church!


Chili Night 

A few of the group!

Chili Night at the vicarage continues on Tuesdays 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!


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 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 you!!!!

Father Iain

One Lord, One Faith

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


We are the Body of Christ!


Dear Friends,

Last Sunday we had a wonderful Epiphany Service to mark the end of the Christmas season.



Over 30 people gathered to celebrate Epiphany!

This Sunday, our New Testament reading is from 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 where Paul writes of spiritual gifts.  You may or not feel that you have any of the gifts on the list, but the over-riding message is that all gifts are for the common good and that they are all given by the same Spirit.

As we approach our Annual General Meeting and the election of a new Church Council, it is good to remember that we are all called to serve one another, just as Jesus came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many!

As this time of decision comes may we all have wisdom and act in love for one another.

The bible readings for this Sunday will be from Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, and John 2:1-11, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun, King of Kings Majesty, Let us Break Bread Together, and Christ is made the Sure Foundation!

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

You can see video highlights of the Epiphany Service here!

Epiphany Scripture Reading!

Next Potluck – Sunday 30th January

This will be at the vicarage on Sunday 30th January.  It will follow our celebration of Candlemas when the All Saints Choristers will again be helping lead our worship.

Annual General Meeting 2022 – 27th February

Our AGM will be held on Sunday 27th February following the morning service, in accordance with the provisions of our 2021 Constitution. 

What does the AGM do?

All Saints is a hybrid church – we are neither fully congregational nor fully episcopal.

In a congregational church, all authority under God rests with the congregation.

In the purest form of congregationalism, all decisions would be taken by vote of a congregational meeting.  This would require almost weekly congregational meetings, and so decisions would be made by those who happened to be present that week.  In a quickly changing congregation, like All Saints, this could be quite unstable.

In a completely episcopal church, like the Roman Catholic or Orthodox churches, all authority under God rests with the bishops, who delegate that authority to priests.  The lay people do not have formal authority in the structure and authority is passed on in the Apostolic Succession.  In an independent congregation, like All Saints, this would put all authority in the hands of one person and wouldn’t provide a system for accountability.

So All Saints’ constitution seeks to provide a system of checks and balances, taking the best features from each model.

Firstly, the congregation is the ultimate authority, under God, but delegates that authority by appointing a priest and electing members of the Church Council.

Each year, the congregation elects new members of the Church Council at its Annual General Meeting. 

This year, our two longest-serving members, Chris Tananone and Helga Spring, will be stepping down.   Of the remaining two lay members, Hannah Alexander-Herrick has only served for a year, and Katie Wierenga was co-opted to complete the remainder of Bill Moeller’s term in September.

To ensure continuity, our Church Council consists of four lay seats elected by the congregation, and three clerical seats occupied by the clergy or, in the absence of three clerical staff, nominated by the vicar.  Both Mark Crawford and I have been in leadership at All Saints for a number of years, and so can provide that needed continuity and institutional memory – but we can be outvoted by the lay members.  (Our deacon, Gene Bourquin, has temporarily set down as he explores possible ordination to the priesthood within The Episcopal Church.)

Article 2 of the All Saints constitution states:

“The ultimate authority of All Saints Chiang Mai is the word of God. The authority for the governance of the temporal affairs of the church (such as finance, property, and governance) rests with the congregation and is carried out by the Church Council. The authority for spiritual matters rests with the vicar. If there is a disagreement about whether an issue is spiritual or temporal, this will be determined by the Church Council.”

Our constitution seeks to balance leadership and accountability, and contains further checks and balances to this end.  You can download and read the whole constitution here.

How can you be involved in the future of All Saints? 

Firstly, attend the AGM on 27th February where you can elect members to the new Council.

Secondly, pray as to whether you should join the Council – all church members are eligible to stand.  Speak to an existing Council member if you are interested.

Thirdly, pray for your Church Council members, give them your support, and share your ideas and concerns with them.

And finally, pray for Mark and I as we lead All Saints forward, and carry spiritual responsibility for God’s people.

The AGM will not last very long.  There will be a Vicar’s Report, and a Financial Report from Arthur Mann, our Treasurer.  The congregation will then be asked to approve the budget for 2020 and elect the new Church Council. 

Please be there and be involved if you can – it is your church!


Chili Night 

A few of the group!

Chili Night at the vicarage continues on Tuesdays 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!


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 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 and Happy New Year!!!!

Father Iain

Happy New Year!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Christmas Celebration at YCF


Dear Friends,

Christmas is almost over and we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday.  It has been a wonderful more “normal” Christmas at All Saints this year.

It is now almost a year since I returned to Thailand, following my enforced 2020 sabbatical in the UK, and things are going well at All Saints as we enter 2022.  God has been with us throughout the pandemic and will continue to be with us in this new year. As we begin 2022, may we commit our lives once again to God and God’s service!

The bible readings for this Sunday will be from Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-6, and Matthew 2:1-12, and we will be singing the hymns We Three Kings of Orient Are, The First Nowell, As With Gladness Men of Old, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

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

Christmas at the Youth Charity Foundation

We had a wonderful evening last Thursday, 30th December, at YCF where we celebrated Christmas together and gave the children their Christmas presents. 

It was a truly joyful evening.

Trip to Chiang Rai with YCF


New Year’s Eve Worship

On New Year’s Eve, mum and I journeyed up to Chiang Rai with some of the older children from the Youth Charity Foundation.

We celebrated the New Year together, and were there for the dedication of a beautiful new church.

The Beautiful New Church!


It was a great privilege to spend time with the children and get to hear of their hopes and fears for 2022.

Sharing around the campfire!

Sunday morning dedication service!


Chili Night 

A few of the group!

Chili Night at the vicarage continues on Tuesdays 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!


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 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 and Happy New Year!!!!

Father Iain