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International Church of Bangkok

Advancing the Work of Jesus!

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

Sunday, 27th November

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 Sunday


27th November 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 Sunday


is delivered by our minister,
Revd. Chee Keong Yong
This week’s theme: “Advent – the coming of Christ”

Scripture Readings for this week:
Old Testament: Isaiah 2:1-5*
Psalms: Psalm 122*
Epistle: Romans 13:11-14*

Gospel: Matthew 24:36-44*
(*click for online Bible)
Pastor Chee introduces this week’s theme:


Advent is a season known throughout the world. It is known through most denominations and is practiced amongst many believers during the Christmas season. Yet, there is much about Advent that we do not know or even grasp a full understanding of, missing spiritual truths of the season.

Too often, we are told that Christ is the reason for the season. Think about it carefully. While it seems obvious in the Christmas season to make spiritual discipline a priority because the season is about Christ, here we are–slaves to secular demands that drain our souls and push the King of Kings to the background.

Is Christ really the reason for the season? I guess that one of the reasons for saying this is for us to reclaim the season for Christ due to secularism. Much of what’s going on at this time of the year is about luring people to buy more. Sometimes, this becomes a heavy debt burden for some. This season though, it becomes even more acute as recession looms in many parts of the world. Insecurity, fear, alarm, tension, etc. have become the dominant words in world news.

I want to offer a reason for this that is more attuned to the Bible. Yes, it is true that we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, this time of the year. WHY? Why do we celebrate Jesus’ birth? What is the reason for Jesus’ birth?

It is YOU. Yes, right, it is YOU. You are the reason why Jesus came to earth. Let us not forget this fundamental truth. He came for you, you and you.

However, before we look at how to implement Advent as a spiritual practice, we must first understand what it means and why we participate in it during the Christmas season.

Advent comes from the Latin word adventus and the Greek parousia. This word is used both for the coming of Christ in the flesh and the second coming of Christ in the future.

Traditionally, the first two weeks of Advent were designated as looking forward to the future return of Christ. The time yet to come when Christ will return to earth and rule and reign as the King of Kings.

The second two weeks of Advent traditionally focus on the first coming of Christ in the manger. This time allows us to rest in the peace of the Savior who has come and to worship Him for the gift of salvation He brought with Him.

Let not secularism and commercialism rob us of the gift that is offered to all by God. The world will keep us from hearing the heavenly songs announcing the coming of Christ. It is for YOU that he chose to come.

Here at ICB, we want all to hear the message of the Bible loud and clear. Join us every Sunday at 10.00 am for our services of worship to the King of kings.

Below are coming 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.

December 25 (Christmas Day) – Jesus came for you! We celebrate with a pot-bless feast (not snacks but a feast).

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.

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.

Don’t miss it!!    10 am at ICB (at SCC)

also Communion Celebration

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)

Handel’s Messiah
Christmas Concert 2022

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
Tickets are free of charge but you should register online for seats now before they are all gone.
Scan QR code (left)  or CLICK HERE
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:
For more 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.
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

This concert will also be held on Wednesday 14th December at 6.00pm at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Soi 50 Sukhumvit Rd.(Soi Roemcharoen) Prakhanong.
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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