Queenstowners flock to church to watch World Cup


FOOTBALL World Cup fans who support their team with religious fervour now have the perfect venue.

Queenstown’s St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is screening all matches live from Brazil – as long as they don’t conflict with service times.

“There were a couple last Sunday we didn’t watch – God took priority,” Rev Ian Guy says.

“There’s an awful lot of people in our congregation, and their friends, who are from South America in particular.

“We have a Brazilian pastor, Joao Petreceli. His eyes lit up when I suggested we screen the games.

“It’s great to watch it with a crowd, so we opened the doors so people can enjoy it together.”

St Andrew’s, on Stanley Street, received a special dispensation from Sky TV to show the games on its big screen.

More than 30 watched Brazil draw 0-0 with Mexico yesterday morning and 70 saw Argentina beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1.

“I’d imagine numbers will increase during the knock-out stages,” Rev Guy says.