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Advent is Here!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

This is Advent Sunday!

POTLUCK THIS WEEK!
Dear Friends,
After this year of Covid, Advent is suddenly upon us.  Whether we’ve been trapped in Thailand or trapped outside, it has certainly been a unique year!  I left Thailand in Lent, expecting to be away for around six weeks, but here I still am!

But Christmas is coming – and above all Christmas is a time for hope.  It is a time when we see the light of Christ shining in the darkness.  It is a time when we have good news to share with all the world.

So, let us prepare our hearts as we enter the season of Advent.  Come, Lord Jesus!
 Our scripture readings for Advent Sunday will be Isaiah 2:1-5, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, and Mark 13:24-37, and our hymns will be O Come, O come Emmanuel and Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus!

Last week’s service for the Transgender Day of Remembrance can be viewed here!

The Advent and Christmas Season

Advent Sunday

Celebrations for Advent and Christmas begin this Sunday, 29th November, when we will mark Advent Sunday.  This will be followed by decorating the church for Christmas and a potluck lunch.

Thammapratheep Christmas Bazaar

We will join with Thammapratheep Church on 5th December from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for their Christmas Bazaar.  There will be Christmas decorations, food, desserts, secondhand items, cards, etc. for sale.  Clarice will be selling her jams and chutneys, and the Youth Charity Foundation will be selling their cards.

Festival of Christmas Carols

On Saturday 19th December we will hold our Festival of Christmas Carols at Thammapratheep Church.  We will be led by Lannacapella and some of the children from the Youth Charity Foundation. 

The service begins at 7 p.m.

You can print tickets and posters by clicking on the links!

Thammapratheep Christmas Eve Service

There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Thammapratheep Church on December 24th beginning at 7.30 pm. It usually lasts for around one and a half hours.

Refreshments will be served after the service for everybody. All Saints people are invited to participate and there will be English translation throughout the service.

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

On Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December, we will have our Midnight Mass beginning at 11:30 p.m.  This is always a beautiful, peaceful service, and usually attended by a lot of visitors.  It is a wonderful way to begin Christmas.

Christmas Day Eucharist

On Christmas Day we will have our Morning Worship at 11 a.m. followed by lunch!  Please join us if you can!  More information to follow! 
All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch
This is a weekly event!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Meanwhile, prayers and blessings to all!  Rejoice in the Lord – for God is good!

God bless,

Father Iain

Transgender Day of Remembrance

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Transgender Day of Remembrance – this Sunday!
Dear Friends,
A few years ago I helped organise a vigil for those killed in the Orlando Nightclub shooting, working alongside MPlus and the American Consulate in Chiang Mai.  I was rather shocked to be attacked for doing so.  “Why a vigil for them, and not all the other people in the world who are the victims of violence?” was the cry.

The same could be said about the Transgender Day of Remembrance.  Every year hundreds of thousands of women are victims of domestic violence, why only remember the trans women?

It is a good point, but as I said in reply to the first case, if we held a vigil for every person, or group, subject to violence or injustice, we would be holding one every night of the year.

Trans people, in many countries, are a particularly despised and marginalised group.  In Thailand they may usually be in a better situation, although they still have no specific legal rights, but in many countries coming out as trans can mean death and/or a decent into the twilight world of sex-work and people trafficking!

Over the years, All Saints has forged links with trans and LGBT groups in Chiang Mai and further afield, and we have trans people in our congregation.  It is therefore right that we set apart one day a year to say that “we stand with you”.

This Sunday we will again be joined by people from MPlus and the Young Pride Club, Lee will share their testimony, and Christa will preach.

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Ezekiel 34:11-16, Galatians 3:23-29, and Matthew 25:31-40, and our hymns will be Stand up stand up for Jesus, Lord we make this cry for freedom, Beauty for Brokenness, and Let Us Build a House!

Last week’s service can be viewed here!

Values Statement

We are now developing our Values Statement.  Our current draft is below.  Please let me have your feedback – it needs to be a statement of all our values!

Values Statement

All Saints Chiang Mai is first and foremost

Loving – We love God and our neighbors (all of them)

we express this love by 

Worshipping  – We Encounter God through the sacraments

Affirming – We value and accept people as they are

Connecting – We delight in relationships and fellowship

Growing – We seek individual and corporate growth in myriad dimensions

Being Compassionate – We stand alongside people in their struggles

Serving – We care for those in need

Being Healthy – We relate in an open and transparent manner

Peace-making – We proactively practice peace and reconciliation with all    

Let me know what you think!

The Advent and Christmas Season

Advent Sunday

Celebrations for Advent and Christmas begin on 29th November when we will mark Advent Sunday.  This will be followed by decorating the church for Christmas and a potluck lunch.

Thammapratheep Christmas Bazaar

We will join with Thammapratheep Church on 5th December from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for their Christmas Bazaar.  There will be Christmas decorations, food, desserts, secondhand items, cards, etc. for sale.  Clarice will be selling her jams and chutneys, and the Youth Charity Foundation will be selling their cards.

Festival of Christmas Carols

On Saturday 19th December we will hold our Festival of Christmas Carols at Thammapratheep Church.  We will be led by Lannacapella and some of the children from the Youth Charity Foundation. 

The service begins at 7 p.m.

You can print tickets and posters by clicking on the links!

Thammapratheep Christmas Eve Service

There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Thammapratheep Church on December 24th beginning at 7.30 pm. It usually lasts for around one and a half hours.

Refreshments will be served after the service for everybody. All Saints people are invited to participate and there will be English translation throughout the service.

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

On Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December, we will have our Midnight Mass beginning at 11:30 p.m.  This is always a beautiful, peaceful service, and usually attended by a lot of visitors.  It is a wonderful way to begin Christmas.

Christmas Day Eucharist

On Christmas Day we will have our Morning Worship at 11 a.m. followed by lunch!  Please join us if you can!  More information to follow! 
All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch
This is a weekly event!  The lunch resumed this week!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

My News

God willing, I shall return to Thailand on Saturday 9th January.  My flight and quarantine hotel are booked and my Certificate of Entry is processed.

I just need my Covid test and fit to fly certificate and then I will be ready to go!

I should be back in Chiang Mai on 24th January!

Meanwhile, prayers and blessings to all!  Rejoice in the Lord – for God is good!

God bless,

Father Iain

Judgement!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Amy Coney Barrett


Dear Friends,
Earlier this month, Amy Coney Barrett replaced Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court. The appointment was not without controversy, but nobody argued against the suitability of a woman sitting on the highest court of the land.

But, women judges are nothing new.  In this week’s Old Testament passage we read of “Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, who was judging Israel.” Their idea of a judge was not quite like our idea of a judge, Deborah was more of a Commander-in-Chief than a legal expert, but she was in control, a leader of Israel.  Find out more, this Sunday at All Saints!


Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Judges 4:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, and Matthew 25:14-30, and our hymns will be When Morning Gilds the Skies, Will you come and Follow Me, Be Still for the Presence of the Lord, and I the Lord of Sea and Sky!

Last week’s Remembrance Sunday service can be viewed here!

Lots of things are coming up in November and December, so please read below!

November Services

Last Sunday we marked Remembrance Sunday, when we remembered those killed in war.  Thanks to David Cartwright for providing the wreath, and to all who took part.  Special thanks to our Mennonite members, Arthur, Phyllis, Rebecca, and Blaine, who led our reflections on the need to work for peace.

David, Mark, Olive, and Clarice
And then next week, on Sunday November 22nd, we will be joined by people from MPlus and the Young Pride Club to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance, when we remember the hundreds of Trans people from around the world who were killed in 2020.

Both services signify how we reach out in our concerns to those beyond the walls of All Saints.

The Christmas Season

Advent Sunday

Celebrations for Advent and Christmas begin on 29th November when we will mark Advent Sunday.  This will be followed by decorating the church for Christmas and a potluck lunch.

Thammapratheep Christmas Bazaar

We will join with Thammapratheep Church on 5th December from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for their Christmas Bazaar.  There will be Christmas decorations, food, desserts, secondhand items, cards, etc. for sale.  Clarice will be selling her jams and chutneys, and the Youth Charity Foundation will be selling their cards.

Festival of Christmas Carols

On Saturday 19th December we will hold our Festival of Christmas Carols at Thammapratheep Church.  We will be led by Lannacapella and some of the children from the Youth Charity Foundation. 

The service begins at 7 p.m.

Thammapratheep Christmas Eve Service

There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Thammapratheep Church on December 24th beginning at 7.30 pm. It usually lasts for around one and a half hours.

Refreshments will be served after the service for everybody. All Saints people are invited to participate and there will be English translation throughout the service.

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

On Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December, we will have our Midnight Mass beginning at 11:30 p.m.  This is always a beautiful, peaceful service, and usually attended by a lot of visitors.  It is a wonderful way to begin Christmas.

Christmas Day Eucharist

On Christmas Day we will have our Morning Worship followed by lunch!  Please join us if you can!  More information to follow!

All Saints Mission Statement

After feedback from the congregation our Mission Statement was chosen by almost 80% of the congregation. It is:

All Saints is an inclusive, Christ-centred, liturgical community for all people!

We continue to work on developing a statement of our values, and our vision statement.  There will be more about this on Sunday and in next week’s email.

Remembrance Day

Yesterday was 11th November – Remembrance Day.  A small group from All Saints attended the ceremony at the Foreign Cemetery and laid our wreath on the war memorial.

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch last week
This is a weekly event!  No lunch yesterday due to Remembrance Day, but it will resume next week!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

My News

I now have a new Thai visa!

Now I can apply for a Certificate of Entry and then I can return!  Please pray that this will be successful. 

I hope to be back in January. 

Meanwhile, prayers and blessings to all!  Rejoice in the Lord – for God is good!

God bless,

Father Iain

Remember!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,
This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday when we remember victims of war throughout the world. War is always a failure – a failure of diplomacy, a failure of negotiations, politics, and statecraft.  Sometimes it may seem inevitable but it always means lives lost, health destroyed, the creation of orphans and widows and hope destroyed. That is why Isaiah’s vision of the last days includes the line:

  Nation will not take up sword against nation,
  nor will they train for war anymore.

That is the Christian hope for the future, a future of peace and justice for all. Our world, right now, is not how we would want it to be, but we have a hope, a hope based in God revealed to us in Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

Our scripture readings for Remembrance Sunday will be Isaiah 2:3-4, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and Matthew 25:1-13, and our hymns will be O God our help in Ages Past, Abide with Me, Will Your Anchor Hold, and The Day Thou gavest Lord is Ended!

Last week’s All Saints Day service can be viewed here!

Lots of things are coming up in November and December, so please read below!

November Services

This Sunday we will mark Remembrance Sunday, when we remember those killed in war.  We will also join the wider Chiang Mai community on November 11th at the Foreign Cemetery to mark Remembrance Day.

Then on November 22nd we will be joined by people from MPlus and the Young Pride Club to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance, when we remember the hundreds of Trans people from around the world who were killed in 2020.

Both services signify how we reach out in our concerns to those beyond the walls of All Saints.

The Christmas Season

Advent Sunday

Celebrations for Advent and Christmas begin on 29th November when we will mark Advent Sunday.  This will be followed by decorating the church for Christmas and a potluck lunch.

Thammapratheep Christmas Bazaar

We will join with Thammapratheep Church on 5th December from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for their Christmas Bazaar.  There will be Christmas decorations, food, desserts, secondhand items, cards, etc. for sale.  Clarice will be selling her jams and chutneys, and the Youth Charity Foundation will be selling their cards.

Festival of Christmas Carols

On Saturday 19th December we will hold our Festival of Christmas Carols at Thammapratheep Church.  We will be led by Lannacapella and some of the children from the Youth Charity Foundation. 

The service begins at 7 p.m.

Thammapratheep Christmas Eve Service

There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Thammapratheep Church on December 24th beginning at 7.30 pm. It usually lasts for around one and a half hours.

Refreshments will be served after the service for everybody. All Saints people are invited to participate and there will be English translation throughout the service.

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

On Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December, we will have our Midnight Mass beginning at 11:30 p.m.  This is always a beautiful, peaceful service, and usually attended by a lot of visitors.  It is a wonderful way to begin Christmas.

Christmas Day Eucharist

On Christmas Day we will have our Morning Worship at 10 a.m. followed by lunch!  Please join us if you can!  More information to follow!

All Saints Mission Statement

Last week, Mark Crawford, Chris Tananone, Tarntip Aldis, and I, met to begin developing our Mission Statement.  We will meet again next week to develop our Vision Statement.  Both processes depend on your feedback – both from the survey which was taken over the last two weeks and from individual conversations.

Chris suggested that our Mission Statement should be based on the words which appear on our bulletins and website: An inclusive, liturgical community for all people!

The three suggestions are:

All Saints is an inclusive, liturgical community for all people!

All Saints is an inclusive, Christ-centred, liturgical community for all people!

All Saints is an inclusive, God-centred, liturgical community for all people!

Which do you prefer?  Share your choice with Mark, Chris, Tarntip, or me!  We want to decide this together!  There is still time to give your feedback.

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch last week

This is a weekly event!  Yesterday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

My News

My visa application is now in the mail!!!

Please pray that this will be successful.  Once I have my visa I can apply for a Certificate of Entry and then I can return!

I hope to be back in January.  Until then I am continuing to work for All Saints: maintaining the website and Facebook page, writing the weekly emails, producing the bulletins, posters, and other publicity, choosing the hymns, and working with Mark and the Trustees to keep things going and plan our programmes, and, of course, praying for you all!

I am also helping out at my mum’s church, Carterknowle Methodist, and preaching there three times each month.  They have a huge building, but fewer people than All Saints, and would value your prayers too, as they don’t currently have a minister.

The UK has now entered lockdown again, so worship in the UK will be virtual for at least  the next four weeks.  Please pray for us!

Click here to watch me leading and preaching last Sunday!

So, whether you are worshipping face-to-face or watching online we will all worship God together and give thanks for all of God’s many blessings!

God bless,

Father Iain

We are All SAINTS!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


When the Saints go marching in…

Special Zoom Service at 7 p.m.!
Click here to join the Zoom service on Sunday


Dear Friends,

This Sunday we will celebrate All Saints Day, the Patronal Festival of our church! I am really excited to be preaching at both the 7 p.m. Zoom service and the 10 a.m. service in the church!  The 10 a.m. service will see me preach via a recorded video (it will be 3 a.m. in the UK!), and then I will be leading and preaching live at 7 p.m. via Zoom!

The Zoom Eucharist will be at 7 p.m. Thai time, which is midday in the UK and 1 p.m. in Europe due to the end of daylight saving here!  It will be at 7 a.m. on the East Coast of the US.  Click here to join the service on Sunday and have your bread and wine ready if you want to share in the Eucharist. 

All Saints, Chiang Mai, is called All Saints because that is who we are!  Not that we are all especially good people, that’s not what saints actually means.  Saints are people who have chosen to follow God and that is who we are, even though we often fall short in our ambitions.

Please join us at one, or better both, of our services this Sunday!  I would love to see you!  And by the way, singing is now allowed again in the morning service! Our scripture readings for All Saints Day will be Isaiah 56:3-8, 1 John 3:1-3, and Matthew 5:1-12, and our hymns will be For All the Saints, Sing With All the Saints in Glory, Let us Build a House, and O When the Saints!

Lots of things are coming up in November and December, so please read below!

November Services

On 8th November we will mark Remembrance Sunday, when we remember those killed in war.  We will also join the wider Chiang Mai community on November 11th at the Foreign Cemetery to mark Remembrance Day.

Then on November 22nd we will be joined by people from MPlus and the Young Pride Club to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance, when we remember the hundreds of Trans people from around the world who were killed in 2020.

Both services signify how we reach out in our concerns to those beyond the walls of All Saints.


The Christmas Season

Celebrations for Advent and Christmas begin on 29th November when we will mark Advent Sunday.  This will be followed by decorating the church for Christmas and a potluck lunch.

Then on Saturday 19th December we will hold our Festival of Christmas Carols at Tham Pratheep Church.  We will be led by Lannacapella and some of the children from the Youth Charity Foundation.  The event begins at 7 p.m.

On Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December, we will have Midnight Mass beginning at 11:30 p.m., and on Christmas Day we will have our Morning Worship at 10 a.m. followed by lunch!

Please join us if you can!

Our Harvest

Last week All Saints had a wonderful Harvest Festival at the Youth Charity Foundation.  Video of the service can be seen here.  Thanks to all involved in making this possible!

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All Saints Mission Statement

Yesterday, Mark Crawford, Chris Tananone, Tarntip Aldis, and I, met to begin developing our Mission Statement.  We will meet again next week to develop our Vision Statement.  Both processes depend on your feedback – both from the survey which was taken over the last two weeks and from individual conversations.

Chris suggested that our Mission Statement should be based on the words which appear on our bulletins and website: An inclusive, liturgical community for all people!

The three suggestions are:

All Saints is an inclusive, liturgical community for all people!

All Saints is an inclusive, Christ-centred, liturgical community for all people!

All Saints is an inclusive, God-centred, liturgical community for all people!

Which do you prefer?  Share your choice with Mark, Chris, Tarntip, or me!  We want to decide this together!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch this week


This is a weekly event!  On Wednesday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

My News

I have now applied for a visa to return to Thailand.  Please pray that this will be successful.  Once I have my visa I can apply for a Certificate of Entry and then I can return!

I hope to be back in January.  Until then I am continuing to work for All Saints: maintaining the website and Facebook page, writing the weekly emails, producing the bulletins, posters, and other publicity, choosing the hymns, and working with Mark and the Trustees to keep things going and plan our programmes, and, of course, praying for you all!

I am also helping out at my mum’s church, Carterknowle Methodist, and preaching there three times each month.  They have a huge building, but fewer people than All Saints, and would value your prayers too, as they don’t currently have a minister.

Click here to watch me leading and preaching last Sunday!

The Degler Family

Meanwhile, the Degler family finally got their visas and certificates of entry and are now in quarantine in Bangkok.  Please hold them in your prayers!  They should be back in Chiang Mai in a couple of weeks and we look forward to welcoming them back to church.

So, whether you are worshipping face-to-face or watching online we will all worship God together and give thanks for all of God’s many blessings!

God bless,

Father Iain

Harvest!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Harvest Time!

Meet at All Saints at 9 a.m.
Dear Friends,

As modern urban dwellers we are more cut off from the rhythm of the seasons than our forebears, but we will be celebrating harvest with the Youth Charity Foundation who still harvest their own rice, and keep pigs, chickens, and geese.  They know the back-breaking work which harvesting rice entails and also the difference between a good and a bad harvest!

But harvest is a time for thanksgiving for all God has given us, especially are food, but everything that we get from God’s creation.  I am sure it will be a wonderful time this Sunday. 

This Sunday, the All Saints Harvest Festival will be held at the Youth Charity Foundation this Sunday. People should meet at the church at 9 am on Sunday, if they need transportation, or to caravan together to the YCF House of Hope.  The service is scheduled to start at 10:15 am.

Here is the location link if you want to travel there independently!

The main dish and drinks will be provided, we are just bringing the side dishes. If you have not already signed up for transport or to say what you will bring, you can email Rebecca Burkholder (rebeccaburkholder@mcc.org)
with what you would like to contribute to the meal.  

Our scripture readings for harvest will be Deuteronomy 8:7-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, and Matthew 6:25-33, and our hymns will be Come Ye Thankful People Come, Give thanks with a grateful heart, and We Plow the Fields and Scatter!

All Saints Day – Sunday 1st November

As we are All Saints, All Saints Day is our patronal festival – this makes it our church birthday and a time for celebration!

In order to celebrate, I will be preaching – via video – to the Sunday morning service in church, and we will also have a special Zoom service, for people in Chiang Mai and around the world, at 7 p.m. Thai time.  (For people in the UK, Europe, and the US, daylight saving will have ended so the service will be at midday GMT, 1 p.m. CET, and 7 a.m. EST.)

It will be a time to thank God for our church and to renew our vision once again!

Congregational Survey!

We are not now going forward with joining the Church of Christ in Thailand, but many of the actions this required are still worth doing.  A couple of these were the developing of our Vision and Mission statements.  Our vision should be one shared by the whole church, and as part of the process we would like you to fill in this very short survey.

 There are only five short questions:

1. How long have you been attending All Saints?
2. In the past few months how have you been interacting with All Saints?
3. What attracted you to All Saints?
4. What are five words that describe All Saints?
5. How can All Saints improve?  

Click here to complete the survey now!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch!
This is a weekly event!  Yesterday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate online, or place your money in the basket during the service. Alternatively, you can donate with PayPal or with any debit or credit card via the All Saints Website on the Donate Page. Please email me if you would like a receipt.

So, whether you are worshipping face-to-face or watching online we will all worship God together and give thanks for all of God’s many blessings!

God bless,

Father Iain

Invited?


From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


All are Welcome?
Dear Friends,

I once conducted a wedding on top of Doi Intanon.  The only people present were myself, the couple, and the wedding planner and photographer!  In these socially-distanced times, that sought of exclusive event may become the norm, but normally lots of people are invited to “the big day”! In this week’s Gospel reading Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a king giving a wedding banquet for his son: he invited all the important people, but they failed to show up – to busy to bother with the king.   In the end he invites the ordinary people who are found out in the streets!

At All Saints, we aim to welcome those who are not welcomed by other churches!  Of course, most churches will “welcome” everyone, but what does this “welcome” really mean?  Often it means you can attend but you have to change who you are to really be welcome, and you certainly would not be welcome to be in a position of leadership. I pray that we will continue to really welcome all people – even if it gets us into trouble at times!

In person worship continues and this Sunday you can again join the congregation in person at 10 a.m., or watch later via the All Saints Audio-Visual page.  Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Isaiah 25, Philippians 4:1-9, and Matthew 22:1-14, and our hymns will be Be Still for the Presence of the Lord and Lord and and Let Us Build a House!

Details of the practical arrangements for Face-to-Face worship are below.


Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

The following measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of those attending: The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on the organ and sing along in our heads. There will not be a coffee time following the service, but people are invited to lunch, out-doors, at Green O’Clock following the service.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join!

The protocols can be viewed here!

Harvest Festival – Coming Soon!

This year the All Saints Harvest Festival will be held at the Youth Charity Foundation on Sunday 25th October.  More details to follow!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch!
This is a weekly event!  Yesterday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate online, or place your money in the basket during the service. People in Thailand can transfer directly to the church bank account.  (Which is in my name, but managed by our treasurer, Don Williams.)  Thanks to all those who have already given – we are receiving approximately our normal monthly offering!

The details are:

Account Name: Iain Girvin Baxter
Bank: Krungsri Bank
Account Number: 7181-05586-5
SWIFT Code: AYUDTHBK

Those in the UK, or with UK banking, can donate via All Saints Chiang Mai Mission.  Their account details are:

Bank: Coop Bank
Account Name:  All Saints Chiang Mai Mission
Account Number: 65877142
Sort Code:  08-92-99

Alternatively, you can donate with PayPal or with any debit or credit card via the All Saints Website on the Donate Page. Please email me if you would like a receipt.

So, whether you are worshipping face-to-face or watching online we will all worship God together and give thanks for all of God’s many blessings!

God bless,

Father Iain

Kingdom!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Whose is the Kingdom?
Dear Friends,

We know that Jesus said the meek shall inherit the earth, and in the Lord’s Prayer we say “For thine is the Kingdom…”, but who will inherit the Kingdom of God? In this week’s Gospel reading Jesus tells the parable of the Wicked Tenants.  In the past this parable has been used in anti-semitic ways against the Jews, and we must be careful to avoid that for it applies equally to us who were born and raised in the church.

The question is, are we welcoming the message of the biblical prophets, and most importantly of Jesus?  So much of that message is about justice for the poor, yet do we do anything to stand up for the marginalised and those in need?  Who are we in the parable?  The new tenants or the old ones?  Find out more this Sunday at All Saints!

In person worship continues and this Sunday you can again join the congregation in person at 10 a.m., or join live on Zoom with this link, or watch later via the All Saints Audio-Visual page.
 Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Isaiah 5:1-7, Philippians 3:4-14, and Matthew 21:33-46, and our hymns will be Christ whose glory fills the Skies and Take my life and let it be!

Details of the practical arrangements for Face-to-Face worship are below. Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

 The following measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of those attending: The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on the organ and sing along in our heads.

There will not be a coffee time following the service, but people are invited to lunch, out-doors, at Green O’Clock following the service.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join! The protocols can be viewed here!

Harvest Festival – Coming Soon!

This year the All Saints Harvest Festival will be held at the Youth Charity Foundation on Sunday 25th October.  More details to follow!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch!
This is a weekly event!  Yesterday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

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

People in Thailand can transfer directly to the church bank account.  (Which is in my name, but managed by our treasurer, Don Williams.)  Thanks to all those who have already given – we are receiving approximately our normal monthly offering!

The details are:

Account Name: Iain Girvin Baxter
Bank: Krungsri Bank
Account Number: 7181-05586-5
SWIFT Code: AYUDTHBK

Those in the UK, or with UK banking, can donate via All Saints Chiang Mai Mission.  Their account details are:

Bank: Coop Bank
Account Name:  All Saints Chiang Mai Mission
Account Number: 65877142
Sort Code:  08-92-99

Alternatively, you can donate with PayPal or with any debit or credit card via the All Saints Website on the Donate Page.

Please email me if you would like a receipt.

So, whether you are worshipping face-to-face or watching online we will all worship God together and give thanks for all of God’s many blessings!

God bless,

Father Iain

Authority!


From Father Iain, All Saints, Chiang Mai


Who Decides?

Dear Friends,

In person worship continues at All Saints, and this Sunday you can again join the congregation in person at 10 a.m., or join live on Zoom with this link, or watch later via the All Saints Audio-Visual page.

In this week’s Gospel reading the chief priests and elders of the people question Jesus’ authority.  But where do we get our authority from?  The Bible, the Church, our conscience, the words of Jesus?  It is important that we choose the right source!  Find out more at All Saints this Sunday.

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Ezekiel 18:1-4, Philippians 2:1-13, and Matthew 21:23-32, and our hymns will be Praise to the Lord the Almighty and I have decided to follow Jesus!

Details of the practical arrangements for Face-to-Face worship are below.


Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

The following measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of those attending: The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on the organ and sing along in our heads.

There will not be a coffee time following the service, but people are invited to lunch, out-doors, at Green O’Clock following the service.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join!

The protocols can be viewed here!

Harvest Festival

This year the All Saints Harvest Festival will be held at the Youth Charity Foundation on Sunday 25th October.  More details to follow!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch!
This is a weekly event!  Each week a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join this week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

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

People in Thailand can transfer directly to the church bank account.  (Which is in my name, but managed by our treasurer, Don Williams.)  Thanks to all those who have already given – we are receiving approximately our normal monthly offering!

The details are:

Account Name: Iain Girvin Baxter
Bank: Krungsri Bank
Account Number: 7181-05586-5
SWIFT Code: AYUDTHBK

Those in the UK, or with UK banking, can donate via All Saints Chiang Mai Mission.  Their account details are:

Bank: Coop Bank
Account Name:  All Saints Chiang Mai Mission
Account Number: 65877142
Sort Code:  08-92-99

Alternatively, you can donate with PayPal or with any debit or credit card via the All Saints Website on the Donate Page.

Please email me if you would like a receipt.

So, whether you are worshipping face-to-face or watching online we will all worship God together and give thanks for all of God’s many blessings!

God bless,

Father Iain

NOT FAIR!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,
God is not fair – that’s the Good News of the Gospel!  God does not treat us as we deserve but in love gives us many blessings!

This week’s Gospel reading is the Parable of the Workers: 

A rich landowner hires a group of men early in the morning, promising to pay them the usual daily rate.  He continues to hire men throughout the day, hiring some at nine in the morning, some at midday, and some at five in the afternoon! When the working day ended at 6 pm, he paid the five o’clock hires the full day’s wage and, understandably perhaps, those who’d worked a full twelve hour day were unhappy that they received the same.  “That’s not fair!”

The landowner explained that they’d got what was fair and agreed, and what was it to them if he wanted to be generous! As well as supporting a universal income, Jesus was making the point that God acts the same way.  God is generous – God doesn’t give us what we deserve, but in overflowing love pours out his blessing and forgiveness upon us!  This is the God we worship!!!

In person worship continues at All Saints, and this Sunday you can again join the congregation in person at 10 a.m., or join live on Zoom with this link, or watch later via the All Saints Audio-Visual page. Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Jonah 3:10-4:11, Philippians 1:21-30, and Matthew 20:1-16, and our hymns for the morning service will be Come Thou Fount of every Blessing and Thou whose Almighty Word!

Details of the practical arrangements for Face-to-Face worship are below.

Last Week’s Zoom Service 

It was great to see friends around the world gathered for last Sunday’s Zoom Eucharist.  The next one will be on November 1st as we celebrate All Saint’s Day! The video of the service can be seen via the Audio-Visual page of the All Saints website!

Lunch at Green O’Clock

 Last Sunday, seventeen people joined the lunch following the morning service – which may be a record!  Great to see so many new people.


Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

 The following measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of those attending: The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on the organ and sing along in our heads. There will not be a coffee time following the service, but people are invited to lunch, out-doors, at Green O’Clock following the service.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join! The protocols can be viewed here!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch!
This is a weekly event!  Last week, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join this week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

So, whether you are worshipping face-to-face or watching on-line, we will all worship God together and give thanks for all of God’s many blessings!

God bless,

Father Iain