Have you ever wondered what goes into setting up a hall as large as Suntec Singapore Hall 603 and 604 for worship services? City News brings you the scoop in pictures.
“How many of you are glad that you are in a big hall setting like this?” Aries Zulkarnain, City Harvest Church’s executive pastor asked as he greeted the congregation last weekend (Dec 11 and 12). That weekend marked the first time CHC members returned to the main hall in Suntec Singapore for its weekend services.
When COVID-19 hit and Singapore went into the Circuit Breaker phase in April 2020, CHC brought its worship services online. As safe management measures eventually eased, the church reopened its doors in December 2020 and services were held in Hall 606, otherwise known as the Theatre, with a seating capacity of 250. Following guidelines set out by the authorities, churches (and other religious organisations) were able to gradually increase seating capacity. After almost two years, CHC reopened its main hall for service with a maximum capacity of 1,000 people, in line with safe management measures.
For a hall as large as Suntec Singapore’s Hall 603 and 604, the facilities team only had two short weeks to transport all the equipment back from the warehouse for a massive reinstallation in the halls. From the installation of the LED panels to the building of the stage and setting up of the sound system, the staff of CHC, along with contractors, laboured tirelessly to ensure that the hall could be set up in time for the reopening weekend. The audio and TV crew also worked round the clock to set up their systems.
Hall 605 houses the Hangout, the Hotspot and The Inkroom Bookstore. These different departments came together to make the entire place warm and cosy.
Three days before the first service, the hall came together and was almost ready. Different departments arrived on-site to put in the final touches and do dry-runs for the services.
Ephesians 4:16 reads, “from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” This rings especially true in the reinstallation of Suntec Hall 603 to 605. In the face of life’s challenges, this sanctuary will be a place for the body of Christ to draw strength from God and edify one another in love.