Anglican Church in Thailand
On 26 July 1861, at the request of a group of mostly British non-Roman Catholic Christians, King Mongkut granted land near the Protestant Cemetery on the Chao Phraya River to the “Community of foreigners who are of Protestant Christian faith” to be used for a church building. The "Protestant Union Chapel" or informally the "English Church" opened for worship on 1 May 1864. Except during 1869 -1892, when services were mostly of a Presbyterian nature, services were conducted according to the Anglican rite.
On 16 February 1896 the Rt. Revd. George Frederick Hose, Anglican Bishop of Singapore, Labuan and Sarawak conducted the first confirmation in the chapel.
On 7 April 1904 King Chulalongkorn granted permission to sell the river site and gave land off North Sathorn Road for the erection of a new church. The new church, named “Christ Church”, was dedicated on 30 April 1905.
Christ Church Bangkok was upgraded from a Chaplaincy to become a Parish of the Diocese of Singapore in 1963 when the Archdeacon of North Malaya, on behalf of the Bishop of Singapore, instituted and inducted the Revd. J.E. Ironside as the first Vicar.
Worship in Thai began during the years 1934-1940 using a prayer book translated by the Revd. C.W. Norwood with the help of Thai nationals, but it was more than fifty years before the church was able to find a Thai-speaking clergyman.
In 1991 the Revd. Gerald (Gerry) Khoo was appointed as assistant priest. The first meeting of a Thai congregation was attended by seven people in a small conference room. Since then the Thai congregation has grown markedly.
The Rainbowland Child Development Centre, a ministry of the Thai congregation, opened at Christ Church in 1998.
There has also been a massive expansion of the church in other parts of Thailand. Christ Church Banchang was established in 1996. Christ Church Sawang Daendin was established in 1999. A Church was planted in Korat Province in 2002.
The Anglican Church in Thailand was registered with the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand on 9 May 1994.
Peter Norman, "Spiritual Oasis", Christ Church Bangkok, 1994
Members of the congregation of Christ Church Bangkok, past and present, "A Century of Fellowship", Christ Church Bangkok, 2005
"The Mission Deaneries of The Diocese of Singapore", Singapore, April 8, 2007
"Diocesan Digest", Diocese of Singapore, November 2010
- History of the Anglican Church in Thailand, English Language
- History of the Anglican Church in Thailand, Thai language
- A Prayer Book for Thailand in Thai and English
- Anglican Church in Thailand in Thai language