After traveling from West to East, City Harvest has found a location in the heart of the marketplace.
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During the early days of CHC, it did not have its own physical building. Instead, the members had to meet from place to place such as the Katong Park Hotel (Duke Hotel), NTUC Conference Hall, Ministry of Environment Building, just to name a few. There were even times when they had no inkling where the next service would be held.
Some stability came in the form of the former Hollywood Theatre along Tanjong Katong Road, which became available for long-term rent by CHC. The church made what used to be a cinema their home from 1995 to 2001.
In 2001, CHC finally moved into “its own home”—its new church building at Jurong West Street 91. Modeled after the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the titanium-clad building (the first of its kind in Asia) has a holding capacity of 2,300 in its main auditorium. By 2005, however, the rapid growth of the church necessitated a bigger place. Since the end of 2005, the church has been renting Singapore Expo Hall 8 for two of its English services during the weekend.
Thus, in 2006, the church started its search for a venue that could house its growing congregation—the vision was for a stadium, concert hall or auditorium that could sit between 10,000 to 15,000 people, in a central location. After a five-year search, CHC revealed on March that it will be moving to a new location at Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre in the second quarter of 2011. This next venue will have an auditorium that can seat up to 12,000, and offers easy access by public transport, as well as more than adequate facilities for churchgoers.