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

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Praise to God – the Christ has Come!


Dear Friends,

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.

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

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!


Christmas Morning!


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!


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, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

Father Iain

Merry Christmas!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Praise to God – the Christ has Come!


Dear Friends,

Christmas is here!  It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate with my Chiang Mai church family this year – we have over thirty people signed up for Christmas lunch – last year mum and I were alone!

The message of Christmas remains the same however – whether we are alone or part of a great multitude – God is with us!  We see Jesus, Immanuel, come to earth to reconcile us to God and one another – this is good news indeed!

So Merry Christmas – one and all!

Our Christmas worship will take place with Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and our Christmas Morning Family Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Day.  The bible readings will be from Isaiah 9:2-7 and Luke 2:1-20, and we will be singing the hymns O Come All Ye Faithful, Angels We have Heard on High, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Joy to the World, Angels from the Realms of Glory, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Silent Night, 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 Events for your Diary!

Friday 24th December      11:30 p.m.  
 Midnight Mass

Saturday 25th December  10:30 a.m.  
 Christmas Family Eucharist
 Followed by Christmas Lunch

Sunday 26th December  –
NO SUNDAY SERVICE!

Thursday 30th December       
 Christmas Celebration at YCF  5:30 p.m.

Sunday 2nd January    10:30 a.m.    
New Year’s Service
 
Sunday 9th January    10:30 a.m.    
Epiphany Service


Christmas Lunch at the Vicarage!



This will include turkey, ham, Christmas pudding, and all the trimmings!  We need people to sign-up to indicate they will be coming so we can make sure there will be enough food!  If you haven’t signed up you are still welcome – no one should be alone at Christmas – but let us know you are coming!


Maureen’s 80th Birthday



My mum turns eighty on 27th December!  Everyone from All Saints is invited to lunch at Café de Oasis at 1 p.m. on the 27th! Just email me on iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com if you are coming.  You will need to order your food in advance from their menu and let me know what you would like to eat.  Café de Oasis Menu!


Christmas at the Youth Charity Foundation



On 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!


 No Chili Night on 28th December

A few of the group!

There will be no Chili Night on 28th December.  We will meet again on Tuesday 4th January 2022!


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

There will be no lunch on 30th December due to the YCF Christmas celebration in the evening!


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 Merry Christmas!!!!

Father Iain

Almost Christmas!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Festival of Carols – last Saturday!

Dear Friends,

The All Saints Festival of Christmas Carols was a superb start to the Christmas season in Chiang Mai.  Representatives from the British, American, Australian, and Indian consulates read, along with other community leaders, and our singing was led by performances by Lannacappella and by the All Saints Choristers.

Lannacappella lead the singing!

A full church celebrates together!

All Saints Choristers – O Holy Night!


Around 150 people attended and the evening was rounded off with refreshments of hot apple cider and cookies!

Video of the entire service can be seen here!

Our Advent and Christmas worship continues this Sunday when our bible readings will be from Micah 5:2-5, Romans 16:25-27, and Luke 2:1-20, and we will be singing the hymns O Come All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Once in Royal David’s City, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

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

Lighting the Advent Crown on Advent Sunday!


Clarice’s Funeral

As most of you already know, Clarice, our much loved 95 year old church member, passed away on Thursday 2nd December. She had been in hospital for just over a week and died from pneumonia.  Her funeral was last Wednesday at All Saints, followed by cremation at Wat Pa Phaeng. For those of you unable to attend, the funeral can be seen via this link!

Clarice will be very greatly missed as she had become a much loved friend to many in the three years she had been attending All Saints. Our deepest condolences to all her family. She was a woman of great faith and is now with her Lord in glory!


Christmas Events for your Diary!

Friday 24th December      11:30 p.m.  
 Midnight Mass

Saturday 25th December  10:30 a.m.  
 Christmas Family Eucharist
 Followed by Christmas Lunch

Sunday 26th December  –
NO SUNDAY SERVICE!

Thursday 30th December       
 Christmas Celebration at YCF  5:30 p.m.

Sunday 2nd January    10:30 a.m.    
New Year’s Service
 
Sunday 9th January    10:30 a.m.    
Epiphany Service


Christmas Lunch at the Vicarage!



This will include turkey, ham, Christmas pudding, and all the trimmings!  We need people to sign-up to indicate they will be coming so we can make sure there will be enough food!  
Please sign up to indicate  how many people are coming and what food you can bring.


Maureen’s 80th Birthday



My mum turns eighty on 27th December!  Everyone from All Saints is invited to lunch at Cafe de Oasis at 1 p.m. on the 27th!  Just email me on iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com if you are coming.  You will need to order your food in advance from their menu.


Christmas at the Youth Charity Foundation



On 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!


 Chili Night resumes!

A few of the group!

Everyone is again invited to the New Vicarage next Tuesday at 6 p.m. for Chili Night!

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

Lunch at the Gymkhana Club will resume next week at midday on Thursday 23rd December.  There will be no lunch on 30th December due to the YCF Christmas celebration in the evening!


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

Come! Come, Lord Jesus!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Festival of Carols – this Saturday!


Dear Friends,

Our Festival of Christmas Carols is almost upon us!  After last year’s event was cancelled, it will be wonderful to gather once again at Thammapratheep Church in celebration of Christmas!  The service begins at 7 p.m.

On 1st December restrictions on the number of event attendees in Chiang Mai city were lifted. Please feel free to distribute tickets widely and invited your friends and neighbours.  

Thammapratheep Church is a large building with seating for well over 200 people, so we will still be able to social distance.  Masks will be required at all times except for when reading from the front or the choir when singing the choir pieces.  People will be required to sign-in and have their temperature taken.

It should be a wonderful event with the Lannacappela Choir leading the singing and performing their own items, and the All Saints Choristers singing for the first time!

All members of All Saints who are attending, are requested to bring cookies or snacks to share after the service.

Our worship continues this Sunday when our bible readings will be from Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, and Matthew 1:18-25, and we will be singing the hymns The Angel Gabriel, Of the Father’s Love Begotten, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent, and Angels we have heard on high!

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

Our Advent Sunday service will soon be available via our Audio-Visual page on the All Saints website!

Lighting the Advent Crown!

Clarice – Funeral on Wednesday

As most of you already know, Clarice, our much loved 95 year old church member, passed away last Thursday. She had been in hospital for just over a week and died from pneumonia.  

Her funeral will be on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at All Saints, followed by cremation at Wat Pa Phaeng at 4:30 p.m.  Click here to get directions to the Wat. After the cremation, there will be a reception at Wanlamun restaurant on the river beginning at 5 p.m.  Click here to get directions to Wanlamun.

You can join the service on Zoom with the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4636389024
Meeting ID: 463 638 9024 Passcode: 123
It will begin at 8 a.m. UK time.

Clarice will be very greatly missed as she had become a much loved friend to many in the three years she had been attending All Saints.

Our deepest condolences to all her family. She was a woman of great faith and is now with her Lord in glory!

Festival of Christmas Carols – This Saturday!

Please feel free to distribute tickets widely and invited your friends and neighbours.  

All members of All Saints who are attending, are requested to bring cookies or snacks to share after the service.


Christmas Presents for YCF

Money to purchase the gifts can be placed in the donation box at the back of the church and we have a “Gift Wrapping Party” on Thursday, December 16 at 2 p.m. at the Vicarage.  Speak to Chris Tananone for details.
 

Christmas Events for your Diary!
Posters are now available for distribution!

Saturday 11th December.  7:00 p.m.    
 Festival of Christmas Carols 

Friday 24th December      11:30 p.m.  
 Midnight Mass

Saturday 25th December  10:30 a.m.  
 Christmas Family Eucharist
 Followed by Christmas Lunch

Sunday 26th December  –
NO SUNDAY SERVICE!

Thursday 30th December       
 Christmas Celebration at YCF

Sunday 2nd January    10:30 a.m.    
New Year’s Service
 
Sunday 9th January    10:30 a.m.    
Epiphany Service


Christmas Lunch at the Vicarage!

This will include turkey, ham, Christmas pudding, and all the trimmings!  We need people to sign-up to indicate they will be coming so we can make sure there will be enough food!  

Please sign up to indicate  how many people are coming and what food you can bring.


 Chili Night cancelled this week!

A few of the group!

This week’s Chili Night is cancelled due to Clarice’s funeral.  We will resume on Tuesday 14th December – and we will have two Chilis before Christmas!  We might even sing some carols!!!

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

There will be no lunch at the Gymkhana Club this week due to the Festival of Carols rehearsal.


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

O Come, O Come, Immanuel

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Advent is Here!


Dear Friends,

We had a wonderful Advent Sunday service and potluck as we began the season in anticipation of Christmas. Advent is a time when we long for a better world with no more death or dying, a world where all will be made right! We continue in that anticipation as we mark the Second Sunday of Advent this week.

Our bible readings this Sunday will be from Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, and Luke 3:1-6, and we will be singing the hymns O Come O come Emmanuel, Song of Mary, Sing We the King Who is Coming to Reign, and Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending!

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

Our Advent Sunday service will soon be available via our Audio-Visual page on the All Saints website!

Lighting the Advent Crown!


Clarice

As many of you already know, Clarice, our ninety-five year old oldest member, is seriously ill in hospital.  She now has pneumonia.  Please hold her and her family in your prayers.

Decorating the Church



If any one is free at 10:30 this morning, come to the church to help us finish the Christmas decoration!  
 

Festival of Christmas Carols – Coming Soon!

Posters and tickets are now available for distribution.

On 1st December restrictions on the number of event attendees in Chiang Mai city were lifted. Please feel free to distribute tickets widely and invited your friends and neighbours.  

Thammapratheep Church is a large building with seating for well over 200 people, so we will still be able to social distance.  Masks will be required at all times except for when reading from the front or the choir when singing the choir pieces.  People will be required to sign-in and have their temperature taken.

It should be a wonderful event with the Lannacappela Choir leading the singing and performing their own items, and the All Saints Choristers singing for the first time!

All members of All Saints who are attending, are requested to bring cookies or snacks to share after the service.


Christmas Presents for YCF

Money to purchase the gifts can be placed in the donation box at the back of the church and we have a “Gift Wrapping Party” on Thursday, December 16 from 10:30 – noon.
 

Advent Sunday Potluck

Lunch under the trees!

Thanks to all who made this such a great potluck and for the people who made me a birthday cake, too!

Decorating the tree at the church…


and the big tree at the vicarage!

Food for all…

and Happy Birthday to me!
 

Christmas Events for your Diary!

Posters are now available for distribution!

Saturday 11th December.  7:00 p.m.    
 Festival of Christmas Carols 

Friday 24th December      11:30 p.m.  
 Midnight Mass

Saturday 25th December  10:30 a.m.  
 Christmas Family Eucharist
 Followed by Christmas Lunch

Sunday 26th December  –
NO SUNDAY SERVICE!

Thursday 30th December       
 Christmas Celebration at YCF


Christmas Lunch at the Vicarage!

This will include turkey, ham, Christmas pudding, and all the trimmings!  We need people to sign-up to indicate they will be coming so we can make sure there will be enough food!  

More details to follow later!


 Chili Night continues!

A few of the group!
Everyone is again invited to the New Vicarage next Tuesday at 6 p.m. for Chili Night!

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!

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.
 

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

Our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club continues at noon today.  All are welcome!


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

Advent is here!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Advent is Here!
DECORATING THE CHURCH & POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY

Dear Friends,

Advent Sunday is here once again and the new church year commences!  In Advent we anticipate the coming of Jesus and the bringing of true peace on earth, it is a time of waiting, a time of expectancy, and a time to prepare our hearts for the Lord!

This Sunday we will be joined by our All Saints’ Choristers and will begin our Advent preparations by decorating the church for Christmas.  This will be followed by a potluck lunch at the vicarage.

Our bible readings this week will be from Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, and Luke 21:25-36, and we will be singing the hymns O Come O come Emmanuel, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, and Joy to the World!

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


Transgender Day of Remembrance Weekend

The List of the slain

Last weekend we had two moving events to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance.  On Saturday night we held a meal and candle-lit vigil, and on Sunday morning our service included the reading of the names of those killed in the last twelve months.


Sharing the message of God’s love for all

It was good to be joined by people from MPlus for our Saturday evening memorial.


Lighting a candle in remembrance

Video of the service highlights will be available next week.

 
Advent Sunday – This Week!

Don’t forget our potluck at the vicarage. This should be a great fun event for both children and adults!


Potluck lunch to follow our service!
 

Christmas Events for your Diary!

Posters are now available for distribution!

Saturday 11th December.  7:00 p.m.    
 Festival of Christmas Carols 

Friday 24th December      11:30 p.m.  
 Midnight Mass

Saturday 25th December  10:30 a.m.  
 Christmas Family Eucharist
 Followed by Christmas Lunch

Sunday 26th December  –
NO SUNDAY SERVICE!

Thursday 30th December       
 Christmas Celebration at YCF


Festival of Christmas Carols

Posters and tickets are now available for distribution.

Due to Covid restrictions we have a maximum capacity of 150 people.  There will only be 100 tickets available, as the Youth Charity Foundation will number nearly fifty people!

Please take a ticket and keep it safe as you will need it to gain entry.  If you find that you have tickets that will not be used, please return them so that others can have them.

It should be a wonderful event with the Lannacappela Choir leading the singing and performing their own items, and the All Saints Choristers singing for the first time!


Christmas Lunch at the Vicarage!

This will include turkey, ham, Christmas pudding, and all the trimmings!  We need people to sign-up to indicate they will be coming so we can make sure there will be enough food!  

More details to follow later!


Swimming at the Centre of the Universe

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This is the pool where we held the afternoon for the children of the Youth Charity Foundation at the end of October.  There are three swimming pools and a restaurant within a tranquil garden setting, where you can swim, sunbathe and relax.  The water in the 25 metres lap pool, and the two children’s pools, is sanitized using a salt water system imported from Australia.  

Currently, the club celebrating its 14th Anniversary, but because of Covid-19 is not throwing a pool party, but instead is offering free VIP membership to new customers who register before 31 December.  Walk-in customers usually pay 100 – 200 Baht depending on the length of time they spend at the pool. With a VIP membership, however, there is a flat entrance fee of 100 Baht with no time restrictions.

As an additional incentive, first time visitors from All Saints Church are offered a free swim which can be booked using the following link:

https://koalendar.com/e/all-saints-church

If you wish to go as a group at the same time, one person should complete the booking form and add the email addresses of up to 5 more people when prompted to do so.

Detailed maps, directions, and even a video showing how to make your “Journey to the Centre of the Universe”, can be found on their website, ChiangMaiSwimmingPool.com


Chili Night continues!

A few of the group!
Everyone is again invited to the New Vicarage next Tuesday at 6 p.m. for Chili Night!

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!

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.
 

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

Our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club continues at noon today.  All are welcome!


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

Remember!


From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015


Dear Friends,

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

We held the first Transgender Day of Remembrance service at All Saints on 20th November 2016 and it has become an annual event. This year, for the first time we will have a special Saturday evening gathering in addition to our Sunday morning service.  This will be held at the New Vicarage in conjunction with the LGBT advocacy organisation, MPlus.  

It will be good to have some Thai-language input and also to include positive stories of trans people in Thailand.  The event will begin at 5 p.m. with registration and snacks, and then things will begin more formally at 6 p.m. with a few short presentations by different people.

It would be very good to see a lot of support from All Saints people, so be there if you can!
 Then on Sunday we will have a special service beginning at the usual time of 10:30 a.m.

Our  bible  readings this week will be from 2 kings 23:1-2, 7-8, 11-12, Galatians 3:23-29, and Matthew 5:1-11,  and we will be singing the hymns Stand up stand up for Jesus, Lord we make this cry for freedom, Beauty for Brokenness, and Let Us Build a House!

Saturday 20th November
Transgender Day of Remembrance event
at the New Vicarage
5:00 p.m.

Sunday 21st November
Transgender Day of Remembrance service at All Saints
10:30 a.m.


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

Last week’s sermon, “War is always a failure!”, can be viewed here!

War is always a failure?


Advent Sunday – Next Week!


Let’s decorate the Church!

In two weeks’ time it will be Advent Sunday!  The service, at which the All Saints Choristers will also sing, will be followed by decorating the church for Christmas and a potluck at the vicarage!

Please sign up with what you can bring at the back of the church. This should be a great fun event for both children and adults!


Potluck lunch to follow!
 

Christmas Events for your Diary!

Posters are now available for distribution!

Saturday 11th December.  7:00 p.m.    
 Festival of Christmas Carols 

Friday 24th December      11:30 p.m.  
 Midnight Mass

Saturday 25th December  10:30 a.m.  
 Christmas Family Eucharist
 Followed by Christmas Lunch

Sunday 26th December  –
NO SUNDAY SERVICE!

Thursday 30th December       
 Christmas Celebration at YCF


Festival of Christmas Carols

Posters and tickets are now available for distribution.

Due to Covid restrictions we have a maximum capacity of 150 people.  There will only be 100 tickets available, as the Youth Charity Foundation will number nearly fifty people! Please take a ticket and keep it safe as you will need it to gain entry.  If you find that you have tickets that will not be used, please return them so that others can have them.

It should be a wonderful event with the Lannacappela Choir leading the singing and performing their own items, and the All Saints Choristers singing for the first time!


Interreligious Tree Planting



Last Monday I was invited by the Department of Peacebuilding, Payap University to an interreligious tree planting ceremony. 



Representatives of the Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i, and Sikh faiths were present, along with different Christian representatives.

It was good to represent All Saints and make new friendships!


Chili Night continues!

A few of the group!


Everyone is again invited to the New Vicarage next Tuesday at 6 p.m. for Chili Night!

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! Email for address and directions!

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

Our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club continues at noon next Thursday.  All are welcome!


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

Remember!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


This year’s wreath at the Foreign Cemetery


Dear Friends,

Today is 11th November.  On 11th November 1918 the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.  Since then, the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, has been designated as a time to remember the victims of war.

This year the ceremony at the Foreign Cemetery is limited to fifty invited guests due to Covid restrictions.  I will not be there, but our Congregational Pastor, Rev. Mark Crawford, will be leading the observance, and All Saints member, David Cartwright, who served in the Royal Airforce, will place a wreath on behalf of the church.

But this Sunday, November 14th, is Remembrance Sunday, when we also remember those killed in two world wars and all the other victims of war.  We will have a special service at All Saints which will include the Last Post and two minutes’ silence at 11 a.m.

We must never forget the terrible destruction that war entails, for those who are killed, for those who are injured, and for those who are left behind.

Like the first people who observed Remembrance Day in the 1920s, we need to say, “never again!”

The following week we have our Transgender Day of Remembrance weekend. 

On the evening of Saturday 20th November we will have an informal event, held in conjunction with MPlus, at the vicarage. This will begin at 5 p.m. and will include presentations by trans women and others.  This is the first time we have done this, so I hope many people from All Saints will be able to join us.

Then on Sunday 21st November we will have a special service beginning at the usual time of 10:30 a.m.

Finally, November ends of Sunday 28th with Advent Sunday.  We will decorate the church together and share in another potluck lunch!

Our  bible  readings this week will be from Isaiah 2:3-4,  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and Mark 13:1-8, and we will be singing the hymns O God our help in Ages Past,  Abide with Me, Will Your Anchor Hold, and The Day Thou gavest Lord is Ended!

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

Last week’s sermon, “Who is Christ-like?”, can be viewed here!

Ruth or Boaz?  Who was like Christ?


November Remembrance Events

Remembrance Sunday 2020

November will be a busy month!  Events include:

Thursday 11th November
Remembrance Day at the Foreign Cemetery
This is by invitation only due to Covid restrictions

Sunday 14th November
Remembrance Sunday at All Saints
10:30 a.m.

Saturday 20th November
Transgender Day of Remembrance event
at the New Vicarage
5:00 p.m.

Sunday 21st November
Transgender Day of Remembrance service at All Saints
10:30 a.m.

Sunday 28th November
Advent Sunday 
10:30 a.m.

More details to follow!
 

Christmas Events for your Diary!



Saturday 11th December.  7:00 p.m.    
 Festival of Christmas Carols 

Friday 24th December      11:30 p.m.  
 Midnight Mass

Saturday 25th December  10:30 a.m.  
 Christmas Family Eucharist
 Followed by Christmas Lunch

Sunday 26th December  –
NO SUNDAY SERVICE!

Thursday 30th December       
 Christmas Celebration at YCF


 Chili Night continues!

A few of the group!


Everyone is again invited to the New Vicarage next Tuesday at 6 p.m. for Chili Night!

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!

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.
 

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

Our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club will resume at noon next Thursday.  There is no lunch today due to Remembrance Day.


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