Norwich church provides dry football screening venue 

Last night Norwich Central Baptist Church provided an alternative viewing venue for England supporters who wanted to gather to watch the World Cup Semi-Final without alcohol at the request of AA groups that meet in the church.

England fans gathered at Norwich Central Baptist Church last night to enjoy the highs and ultimate low of viewing the World Cup Semi-Final in which they were beaten 2-1 by Croatia.

Norwich Central Baptist Church (NCBC) is host to six Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings throughout the week including one on a Wednesday evening.  When it became apparent that the AA meeting would clash with England playing in the Semi-Final the meeting organisers approached the church and asked whether it would screen the match to provide an alternative venue for those who didn’t want to watch in a bar or pub.

Rev Mark Fairweather Tall of Norwich Central Baptist Church said: “The World Cup has captured the interest and excitement of the nation.  As a church we love to be part of our community and when we were asked if we could provide a place to watch the Semi-Final in community without alcohol we were delighted to help”.

And so last night a mix of church members and AA attendees watched the matched together, cheering loudly at the early England goal.  At half time everyone shared their delight and excitement that a similar second half performance would take England to their first World Cup Final since 1966. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

The church screened two World Cup games earlier in the tournament.  The NCBC church family enjoyed watching the last stage of their Group game together following the service on Sunday, June 24 when England beat Panama 6-1.  And Brazilian missionaries Paulo and Claudia Mussi also hosted an evening of food and football at NCBC on June 15 when Portugal played Spain.

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