CHC members are thrilled with the new layout at Suntec Singapore’s Level 6 which gives the church more room to grow, both in size and in relationship with one another.
After four weeks of multiple service weekends, City Harvest Church returned to its main hall on 12 and 13 August, occupying all the halls on Level 6 from 601 to 606. Its new layout features a new hangout area, a volunteers’ lounge, the return of the parents’ corner for parents with young babies, and an extended HarvestKidz space with rooms for children 2 to 3 years of age.
As the number of children attending CHC has increased, there is a need for more activity rooms for older children. As such, the room for the 2 and 3-year-olds is now located next to the nursery.
Another change for the little ones is the return of the parents’ corner in the main hall. Parents can now join the main service with their babies and young toddlers in tow.
The first weekend saw that area packed with parents. Banker Max Toh, 36 used to bring his 2-year-old Elliot to service in the main hall. He said, ” I can hold onto my baby more easily at the new parents’ corner. It is more comfortable and conducive than the seats at the usual rows.”
Sean Tan, 33, an engineer, agreed. “The parents’ corner is more spacious so my child can move around freely now. I can enjoy the service given easier supervision of my child,” he said.
Another parent, Jason Poon, 35, an accountant, had a different experience. His daughter Eden is only two months old, so he had to bring her to the nursery room previously. Now that there was a parents’ corner, they could attend service together there. “The parents’ corner gave us greater convenience and accessibility. We can now have a more meaningful and fruitful experience at service,” he said.
The volunteers in CHC are very important. They help to ensure that every service functions smoothly. New ministry rooms have been set up in Hall 601, allowing volunteers serving in the Usher, Security, City Worship, Visual Comms, Events, Altar Call and Prophetic Arts ministries to have room to meet, pray, fellowship and rest. Located at the heart of these rooms is a volunteers’ lounge for CHC volunteers to enjoy refreshments prepared by the church’s hospitality ministry. Free snacks, hot beverages and cold drinks await staffers and volunteers on duty on weekends.
Usher Elijah Hong, 20, feels that the volunteer’s lounge is a good way to show appreciation to the volunteers and it helps ministry members connect with one another.
Tan Ren Xue, 28, who serves in the security ministry concurred. “It’s a place for us to fellowship and bond with our ministry members. It’s also a place for us to take a short breather in the midst of serving before we head to service and listen to the Word,” he said.
Kaz Foo, 23, who serves in the choir ministry adds, “It’s really good because it’s a place for us to spend time together, get to know what’s happening in each other’s lives and pray for one another. I think that’s what our community in church is about: building deeper relationships among the ministry members and cell group members. Also, I’m a foodie so I love the food!”
Finally, a new hangout area has been set up for cell groups to fellowship after the service. Kaz loves vibrant colours at the new hangout. “It’s very Gen Z,” he notes.