It’s confirmed. The multi-million-tala Jubilee Church at Malua is set to be officially dedicated on 18 May 2017 during the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa’s annual conference.
This was confirmed by a church official who did not wish to be named.
The source said it was announced last week Sunday that the date said above has been set for the grand celebration.
At the beginning of the month, the Chairman of the Congregational Christian Church, Reverend Elder Tautiaga Senara, said the church was definitely looking at opening the building in May.
“The church will have to finalise the date but we are looking at that. It depends on everything going according to plan.”
The total cost of the Jubilee Church as of today is not known.
According to an update on the Church’s website dated 3 February 2017, the project is close to being completed.
During the Church’s annual conference last year, a special subcommittee was appointed to speed up the work on the project.
At the meeting, it was revealed that the project has already cost more than $10million.
The amount was confirmed during the General Assembly.
The project, which started in 2014, was initially estimated to cost $7m.
At that time, the building was scheduled to be opened in 2015.
Last year, the Samoa National Provident Fund approved the church’s loan of $15million tala. The church is now given 10 to 15 years to pay the loan with yearly payments of $1.7million.
Another source said the cost of the church could be well over $15million.