Novena Church worshippers to be dispersed during rebuilding
Most of those who go to the popular Novena Church for Sunday mass will have to switch churches temporarily when it closes for rebuilding in October next year.
This is because Saint Joseph's Institution (SJI) Junior School's hall, where interim services will be held, is not big enough for the usual 8,000-strong Sunday congregation, said Rector Simon Tan.
The school hall, with a capacity of about 500, can fit about 1,500 people over three services. That means about eight in 10 people will have to find new places to worship on Sunday.
Novena Church, which was gazetted for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in 2011, is going ahead with its redevelopment despite raising just two-thirds of its building fund target of $45 million.
Sunday will be very challenging, because we are using a school hall... With the rebuilding, there will be a certain amount of discomfort. People have to bear with it.
- Rector Simon Tan