Lat Krabang Anglican Church
LAT KRABANG ANGLICAN CHURCH
Planning for a new church plant started in 2009 with weekly prayer meetings of about 10 people in Christ Church Bangkok. The praying and waiting continued for two years. God led them to Lat Krabang district in Eastern Bangkok, where there were several community groups identified:
- Students from a major university
- Workers from the nearby international airport and industrial estates
- Existing and new residents in Lat Krabang, an area identified by the Thai government as a strategic development to ease the congestion in Bangkok
Revd Andrew Yap and his wife Diana, from St James’ Church, started Cornerstone Student Centre (CSC) in December 2011, located in the student hostel area of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, providing English language classes and other workshops for tertiary students.
CSC has organised annual English Immersion Camps for the university students, hosted by St James’ Church and partnered Yishun Christian Church Anglican (Chinese Congregation) to conduct Annual English Proficiency Camps for nearby Wat Plooksattha Secondary School students. As a result, many have come to know God.
As the outreach to the students and community continued, the nucleus of the church started to grow, assisted in part by many from the Tribute Program (Diocese of Singapore), which included members from St Andrew’s Cathedral. Joined by Revd Lee Mullins, and his wife Pawinee, from the Diocese of Western Anglicans, the inaugural service for Lat Krabang Anglican Church (LKAC) was held on 4 August 2013 at a shophouse along the main road at Lat Krabang Soi 40.
The team then begun to search for a piece of land to position the future cathedral of ACT. The search ended on a 11,200 sqm area of land directly opposite LKAC. Across a canal at the back of the land is CSC. The purchase was made on 30 September 2014 and the land dedication ceremony took place on 21 March 2015. ACT’s three-fold vision for this place is:
- A Tabernacle for His Glory – a place of worship
- A City on the Hill – the public will be drawn in and feel welcomed
- A Home for the ACT family – a place where future generations will have a sense of unity and belonging with Lat Krabang as a physical reference point.
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