Queenstowners flock to church to watch World Cup

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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.