You are invited to bring some cookies, etc. for all to share after the service!
For those unable to attend worship in person, ICB will relay our service live
via Zoom (see details below)Please note that for now there will not be an ICB evening service on Sundays
It’s never to late for offerings to our
Ministry to Displaced Persons
to assist refugee families and asylum seekers currently residing in Bangkok (details of how to donate are shown lower down in this newsletter)
Eight Attendance Procedures at ICB services
For your own safety and the safety of all others.
1. ICB and BCC expects that all attending will have already been vaccinated against Covid19. Please stay at home if you develop any flu-like symptoms
2. Everyone must wear a mask at all times (unless while drinking water). Wearing 2 masks is encouraged for extra safety. Please keep masks on while singing.
3. All attending are asked to sign the entrance register with names and contact details
4. Seating is arranged 1.5 metres apart. Parents and their children may be allowed to sit closer to each other but please understand if you are asked to sit differently.
5. Offerings will be collected in a bag. Please wait for usher to pass this around and do not pass it on to others.
6. In offering greetings and the peace to one another, please do not touch others in any way. Instead, you may wave or “wai” to everyone.
7. If the sanctuary becomes full, ICB may regretfully need to prohibit more persons from entering.
8. During the current period, the regular ICB choir will not be performing. Other usual service activities may also be curtailed.Most people will be familiar with these procedures which are both expected and well known. We thank you for strictly conforming to them all as they are fundamental for safety and enable us to to meet and Praise God together in person once more.
On-line Relay on Christmas Eve & Sunday 26th December
If you are unable to attend in person or prefer to stay at home, you may still join us on ZOOM!
(computer, tablet or smartphone)
Wherever you are in the world, you are welcome to join us online using the Zoom application in the same way as we were doing during the lockdown period
About ICB worship on Zoom:
Please log-in on time and allow a minute or two to connect.
You will be “muted” upon entering the zoom room. Please stay muted during the service.
Please be patient as we try to overcome any glitches with our technical set-up at BCC.
2nd January 2022Sermon
is delivered in person and on zoom by our minister, Revd. Chee Keong Yong
Revd. Chee’s sermon theme is entitled: “Knowing God today”
Our Scripture Readings are: Epistle: Ephesians 1:3-14 * Gospel: John 1:10-18 *(*click for online Bible)Pastor Chee’s brief & notes:
Two of the Gospel storytellers bring us each year to meet with a cast of odd people – shepherds, angels, a virgin giving birth, etc. These are not the ordinary people that you and I will come across daily in our lives. Yet, each year we get our children and perhaps adults too to re-enact the nativity play. Older children may even resent having to play their parts all over again to the aging audience. Megachurches may put on extra props to make it all the more dazzling. Wow! What a show that was. I wonder how it all fits into our daily routine.
John does not go along with Matthew and Luke in retelling the story. He wrote abstractly reminding his audience of where Jesus truly came from. He is not the helpless babe born in a manger that we so often associate Jesus with. He is God and deserves our attention and worship.
However, there is more to this. Who is this God? Rather than a God who is confined to space out there somewhere, he is actually rather active in his interaction with all his creation. This is certainly no absentee God. A huge range of words are used to describe this – bringing, gathering, consoling, leading, understanding, granting, scattering, choosing, and forgiving. At the heart of it, he is the creating God.
It does not seem to perhaps many in the world that God is in control anymore, much less creating. I am not content with believing the God within nativity plays. I want to know the God that John writes about – glorious and awe-inspiring. After all, why dwell on childish things when the Bible exhorts us to grow up in the faith?
A year has passed on with much reflection while most of us were under lockdown. Have I become more mature in the faith or have I backslidden? Have I come to understand the mysteries behind it all as history moves on?
Give me a faith that is unshakeable in the midst of chaos.
Being the first Sunday of a new month, as well as a New Year, Pastor Chee will lead a
Celebration of Holy Communion.
If you are joining online (Zoom), you are also included in this sacred blessing in remembrance of Jesus Christ. Please have a small piece of bread (or other staple) and a small cup of wine (or juice) prepared beforehand.
Please scroll down below for notices about Sunday school, Covenants for 2022, and our weekly on-line prayer meeting on Thursday evenings.
Scroll further down for a couple of important notices for you from the Church Council. One concerns nominations for next year’s council and the other is about a policy document which is being proposed for ICB.
Call for 2022 Church Council:
Volunteers and Nominations
Each year at this time we ask for ICB members to consider how they can best support the church in the next 12 months. One way to do this is by serving on the Church Council, either as the head of a committee (such as Finance or Outreach), as the Chair or Vice-Chair, or in one of the at-large positions. The Council usually meets 4 times per year, and membership 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 and is an excellent way to meet other church members and become more involved 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.
More details about specific church positions can be foundat this link. Please consider serving our community in this way in 2022. If you would like to serve – or have an idea or nomination of someone whom you think would fill one of the roles well – then please contact either Pastor Chee (email@example.com) or Cameron Macky (firstname.lastname@example.org) preferably by 7th January
Draft Policy Document for your consideration:
“Policy on Diversity, Inclusiveness and Unity”The Church Council has recently prepared a special policy document to put forward to the congregation for approval at the Annual Church Meeting, which will be held on Sunday 23rd January 2022.
The Council asks you to read and consider this proposal carefully beforehand so that discussion and any proposed amendments can be considered well before the AGM itself.You are invited to join an informal discussion after worship at BCC on Sunday, 9th January(next week) at which you can learn more about this document and ask questions concerning it. The council encourages prayer and discussion among the congregation and welcomes your feedback.
More information concerning this policy has been sent out to ICB members by email. If you have not received this and would like to, please email your request to email@example.com and we will send it to you.
Announcements from our Minister
In-person services have resumed as Bangkok Christian College reopens…….We are delighted that Sunday morning in-person worship services have resumed. Please keep a lookout on email, ICB website, Facebook or Line (morning service group) for further announcements about in-person and Zoom arrangements as circumstances can change. We will continue to live-stream services on Zoom….
even now when we can meet in-person again.
Please pray and bear with us as we put the technical system into place for relaying our services. We are not professionals and we could expect some occasional glitches!
Weekly Prayer Meeting –
Thursdays from 7:00 to 7:30pm (pls join before 7:05)
This is a wonderful opportunity to pause for a few moments, however busy we are, and join together to reflect and pray forour Church, Bangkok, the World and for ourselves. You will feel better for it – and so will God!
CHRISTIAN OUTREACH 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.
During December, ICB’s Outreach has been focusing on our
“Ministry to Displaced Persons”.
which assists vital everyday needs for refugees and asylum seekers in Bangkok who come here from many nations.
All of our Christmas Eve Service offering was added to these funds but it’s never too late to receive further gifts to support this urgent ongoing work of our church.
Thank you or your prayerful consideration for those in greatest need.
Bank transfers are easy to do and very welcome Please Donate NOW when it’s Most Needed!! KasikornBank (KBank): 003-1-09408-9
Transfer your donation to the ICB Bank account above and please email your transfer confirmation with the message:
“For Outreach: month/year (or MDP )” firstname.lastname@example.org
We sold out of all 250 Angels bringing 50,000 Baht to help the women helped by Rahab Ministries! Thank you
everyone who bought these handmade tokens for your tree and found many others willing to support this ministry as well. We have also received additional donations as well as many sales of the Jewellery which the former bar-girls and sex workers now make as they start a New Life with the knowledge of the love of Jesus Christ.
ICB is a fully self-supported congregation.
We gladly receive your donations. KBank a/c 003-1-09408-9
More information on the ICB Website
Making a Covenant
with God and His Church2022Advancing the Work of Jesus!
Covenant Sunday is Dec. 5. Please return the form shown below either by placing in the offering bag or sending to the church office:
61/2 Soi Saen Sabai 3; Sukhumvit 36 Road; Bangkok; 10110
Or you can scan and email to email@example.com.
International Church of Bangkok is a fully self-supporting church. We are not sponsored by any foreign church body and thus receive no outside financial assistance. In fact, we take joy to be a congregation who supports ministries all over Thailand!
We need over 5 million baht each year to cover expenses and keep our
ministry and the ICB community sustainable.
Your contributions to ICB may be tax-deductible under Thai tax rules.
For more information or to donate in US tax-deductible dollars, please contact the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org
After prayerful consideration for the year 2022,
I/We enter into covenant with God and His Church to:Pray for my Church_______times per week.
Attend Worship_______times per month.
Give back to God the following in God’s tithe (10%) & offerings
Baht_______per week/month/year (please circle one)
Other Currency_______per week/month/year (please circle)
Serve God in ministry. I’m interested in (please circle):
Personnel & Property
You can pick up this covenant form at our services or you can email the ICB office for this form on line: email@example.com
Missed a sermon?
Want to hear one again?
If you missed any of the recent sermons or would like to hear one or more again, recordings are available from Rev. Chee himself. Please let him know which Sunday(s) you are interested in and he will send you the link.
Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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