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Christ Church in Clifton to show World Cup matches
Christ Church in Bristol advertising England matches
Football matches will be screened at the unusual venue

A church in Bristol is to show England games during the upcoming World Cup in South Africa.

Signs on the side of Christ Church in Clifton say "Watch England in HD here on the big screen".

Wayne Massey, associate vicar at the church, says the church will be a "family-friendly place" to watch matches from the tournament.

Visitor to the unusual venue for football matches will also find barbecues for evening matches.

But Mr Massey said they had still not decided on whether alcohol would be allowed during the games.

"We've probably got no problem with the idea of people having a beer in the church," he said.

"What we'd like to do is make an event which is open to people of all ages so making it alcohol-free might be the best way to do that.

"So, a dad can come and bring his 15-year-old son along and watch football with a bunch of other guys.

"Either way, there won't be a bar here so we're just weighing that up and working out what's best for all those concerned."

Ebenezer Church in the Horfield area of the city will also be showing matches from South Africa.

Doors will open at the church building on Filton Avenue, where refreshments will be available, 30 minutes before kick off for England games.

Stewart North, one of the church leaders there, said: "We recognise that there are many people that want to watch the matches together as passionate football fans.

"But [they] want to have an alternative to the pub and also somewhere where families can watch together on the big screen. That's what we want to provide."

England play USA on Saturday, 12 June followed by matches against Algeria on June 18 and Slovenia on Wednesday, June 23.




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