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International Church of Bangkok

Advancing the Work of Jesus!

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

Sunday, 18th December

In Person Worship
Our Service is at
Student Christian Centre

328 Phayathai Road.   

(NOTE: Our venue location!)
100m from BTS Ratchathewi Exit 1 (one stop from Siam Station)

Google Maps ref: Click here

13°45’01.7″N 100°31’50.7″E

(SCC Creative Space Coffee Shop)
Please note: The above reference is correct. The Student Christian Center is incorrectly positioned on Google Maps.


The map here will help you find our
  morning  worship service held at this location:      Scroll down for more details

We will join together


 this Advent 4 Sunday


18th December 2022

at 10.00 am

Student Christian Centre

Zoom relay is only available for those whose long-term health prevents travel or those who are not in greater Bangkok.
Please contact Pastor Chee for login details

Advent 4

Sunday, 18 December 2022

Advent Reflection

by our minister,
Revd. Chee Keong Yong
This week’s theme: “Bystanders?”

Scripture Readings for this week:
Old Testament: Isaiah 7:10-16*
Psalms: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19*
Epistle: Romans 1:1-7*

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25*
(*click for online Bible)
Pastor Chee introduces this week’s theme:


It is customary in many churches during this season, for young people to be recruited to act out the nativity play. There will be auditions for the different roles – the animals, the shepherds, the wise men, and of course Joseph and Mary. And it will be great too if someone is young enough to play baby Jesus. Hopefully, the pastor does not find herself or himself in the unenviable task of having to choose who will play Joseph and Mary.

If it is in a large congregation, there will not be enough roles for all, and many end up being “bystanders”. Have we all had the experience of playing “bystanders?” We all like to be in control naturally. We want to steer the course of our own lives. Unfortunately, life is never so neatly packaged for us.

In the Gospel story, we find Joseph in much the role of a “bystander.” He does not get to choose. He is merely a “responder” to a message given in a dream. In Luke’s Gospel, Joseph does not even feature much.

Mary on the other hand is given more of a starry role. Instead of a dream, she gets a visitation from an angel. She gets a more “speaking” role in the play. She gets to narrate the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Wow!

Would you like to play “Mary” in a nativity play? Why? What do we learn from Mary’s role?

It is the fourth Sunday of Advent, this Sunday. Come and join us in worship and learn from Mary, the Christ-bearer (Christo-tokos).

Blessings for Advent

Below are the highlights –
November 27 (Advent 1) – Service marking the beginning of a new year

December 4 (Advent 2) – Service of Advent Carols with guest choir & Lessons with Communion.

December 11 (Advent 3 – Blue Christmas) – Service especially for those who have suffered loss and are aggrieved.

December 18 (Advent 4) – Service highlighting Mary’s role in bringing about the coming of the Saviour. THIS SUNDAY!

even if this is your first time, you are most welcome!!
December 25 (Christmas Day) – Jesus came for you! We celebrate with Holy Communion followed by a pot-bless feast (not snacks but a feast). Do bring a dish or sweet to share, if you like, but we want you to join us even if you cannot do so!
(Note: Because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, there will be no Christmas Eve Service this year. Please join us on Christmas Day morning, instead.)

Come, one and all.



Sunday School is now meeting again for young children during part of the worship time (see below)

ICB Choir: If you enjoy singing, please join in by arriving about 45 minutes before the service for practice. All are welcome, even if you have little experience. We welcome new singers to take part!

Notes about in-person and online worship:

Now the worst of the pandemic is over, Sunday Morning Worship is now for inperson attendance only at Student Christian Center (SCC). We join together in person again, rebuilding our community. Please make every effort to join us during this Advent season
Zoom relay is not now available for all, though there are a few exceptions.

Exceptions: For a limited period, Zoom will continue to be made available but only to those who are
a) unwell or with disabilities preventing their travel to SCC
b) living or travelling in the provinces or abroad.

These people, a) and b), who wish to worship via Zoom are asked to contact Pastor Chee via email  before the service.
They will receive an email reply with a special meeting code and password.

Sunday School has resumed
in-person on Sundays at SCC
(morning service).

For more news, please keep an eye on the
ICB Sunday School Facebook Page

(copy this URL into your browser)

Call for for 2023 Church Council and church committees:
Volunteers and Nominations

A plea to get involved:
Don’t just leave it to others

Each year at this time we ask ICB members and other regular attenders to consider how they can best support the church in the next 12 months.
One important way to do this is by serving on the Church Council, either as

  • Head (or member) of a committee: Worship, Outreach, Education (incl. Sunday school, study groups), Membership, Fellowship, Property & personnel, Finance.
  • the Council Chair or Vice-Chair,  or
  • one of the at-large positions (council adviser and minute secretary).
    The Council meets 4 to 6 times per year, and is open to all ICB members and regular attendees.

Are you interested in serving our church this way?
Christian leadership

  • can be a fun opportunity for spiritual growth
  • is an excellent way to get to know other church members better
  • enables more involvement in the life and direction of ICB.

No prior leadership experience is necessary, and as always, we would like next year’s council to reflect the diversity of nationalities and worship backgrounds at ICB. All Christians are welcome.
Details about specific church positions are at this link. You can also ask for more information from the contacts shown below.
Please don’t be shy about serving our community in this way in 2023.
If you are interested to serve – or have an idea of someone else whom you think would fill one of the roles well – then please contact either
Pastor Chee ( or
Cameron Macky (current Council Chair) (,
preferably by 15 January 2023.
We look forward to hearing from you soon
Thank you!

Covid Care and How to Get to
ICB Morning Services
(NOTES for in-person congregation)

At our new Location
SCC Creative Space Coffee Shop
Student Christian Center
328/1 Phyathai Road

A very short walking distance from BTS Ratchatewi.
Click here for Google maps reference or follow the map near the top of this newsletter.

Please remember the COVID Code:
As still recommended by the health authorities, all are advised to follow social distancing to keep others safe. We have members who have been infected lately and we do not wish others to be also infected. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home. For safety precautions, the ICB Council has advised against any form of fellowship events for the time being. Bottled water is available.

If you plan to come in your own car:
It is best to enter Phayathai Road from the Patumwan intersection (at Discovery Center/MBK) and drive across Hua Chang (elephant head) Bridge, taking the left-most lane. Then, immediately over the bridge, turn left into the SCC/CCT compound just before Evergreen Place and Asia Hotel.
There are limited parking spaces (free) just inside the compound but if full, you can park in the CCT Tower Building at the back of this same compound (there maybe a small charge p/hr)

ICB Evening Service at
Bangkok Christian Guesthouse (BCGH)
has been suspended until further notice.

We, at ICB, support displaced individuals and families in Bangkok with regular financial support through Life Raft International.

We also offer congregational, emotional and spiritual assistance.
Who qualifies?
Those who have been granted (or are applying for) recognition as refugees by UNHCR.
Why do we need to help these people?
Ongoing support is needed to help them bridge the gap while they seek and wait for resettlement in another country, which most often takes many years.
UNHCR recognition very rarely means they can live and work freely in their country of asylum.

Read more about ICB’s partnership with Life Raft: click here
See more about the problem, and how
YOU can be part of the solution with Life Raft International: click-here
Donate to ICB Ministry to Displaced Persons:
KBank: 003-1-09408-9 mark MDP and email transfer slip to:
Thank You!!
ICB URGENTLY needs people like YOU!

Owing to several people leaving ICB and Thailand over the past months,
the ICB Church Council is seeking people to fill the following positions as soon as possible:

  • Outreach – continuing contact with and support for our 8 social service partners
  • Worship – overseeing Church services
  • Fellowship – organising ICB community activities
  • Membership – welcoming new people to our church and maintaining contact with all members.
  • Personnel and Property – overseeing needs of our employees and facilities

None of these positions requires specialist skills nor a large amount of time.
All you need is the motivation to help us to develop our ICB community and outreach partners with Jesus as our guide.

To find out more, please contact
Cameron (Council Chair)              or Pastor Chee  

ICB – Caring for Displaced People through partnership Life Raft International 

An updated document relating to the above has now been uploaded to the Policies section of our website. The ICB Council has been working with Life Raft International for many years in seeking to relocate people to various countries for resettlement. The uploaded document gives clear parameters of our relationship with Life Raft International.

*Link: Church Policies

Fellowship is essential for the wellbeing of any true community – but it’s not so easy when we cannot all meet personally face-to-face, and have no social events.
At ICB, we wish to develop new ways to extend Christian fellowship among all of us during 2022. We invite you to help with your ideas for such fellowship activities.
Contact Pastor Chee:
The International Church of Bangkok
partners with Christian ministries throughout Thailand to advance the work of Jesus.

5% of ICB’s yearly total income goes directly to the outreach partners. Members and friends are also encouraged to give directly through the Church account.

In the first half of this year, a total of 78,000THB has been given to eight of our mission partners. Reports from three of them have been uploaded to our FB page – These are from Cornerstone Chapel Hatyai, Rahab Ministries Bangkok, and Concordia Welfare & Education Foundation Bangkok.

Find out more about our outreach partners

For further information, please contact Pastor Chee (
The ICB Outreach Committee welcomes new members to join our hardworking team to help ICB share the love of Jesus with Bangkok.

Handel’s Messiah
Christmas Concert 2022

This Sunday 18th December
at Thailand Cultural Centre
Starts at 7:00 pm
(All must arrive at main hall by 6.30 pm)

The Combined Churches’ annual concert has only one performance this year on Sunday, 18th December at Thailand Cultural Centre (near MRT of same name).
Abridged version of ‘Messiah’  and a Thai ‘Christmas Special’  chorus
Seats, free of charge by registration, are fully booked. Despite seats being FULLY BOOKED, walk-in guests are welcome. A waiting list at the registration desk on the day of the performance will open early.
All guests are required to be at the main hall 30 minutes before the performance.

CLICK HERE for more details.
ICB is a fully self-supported congregation.
We gladly receive your donations.
KBank a/c 003-1-09408-9
More information on the ICB WebsiteThank you!
You can email the ICB office for a covenant form
Our minister, Pastor Chee, and members of the Church Council can be contacted as and when needed:
Internati­onal Church of Bangkok (ICB)

Advancing the Work of Jesus!

ICB is an English language congregation, composed of native and non-native speakers.
We are committed to welcoming people of all backgrounds to Christian worship for a diverse, inclusive and unifying faith experience.
We seek to advance the work of Jesus Christ by promoting and supporting spiritual growth, community and service to others.

ICB has a specific policy on “Diversity, Inclusiveness & Unity” recently adopted at our annual congregational meeting. You can download the file here (click).

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find out more about
International Church of Bangkok

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For personal inquiries, more information and
church membership, please email
Rev. Chee Keong Yong:

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