Churches across England did ‘the unthinkable’ for the just concluded Women World Cup final. Some Churches across England that moved or shortened their Sunday worship services, hoping for a historic moment as the Lionesses took on Spain in the Women’s World Cup final last weekend, have been defending their decision.
The controversial decision was backed by the Bishop of Derby, Right Reverend Libby Lane, who acts as the church’s spokeswoman on Sport.
St Luke’s church in Bournemouth decided to screen the match. Its vicar, Reverend Michael Smith, explained that it was a way of connecting with the local community. According to him, “We have these sort of great buildings that are often the largest buildings and largest indoor space in the community. And I think to the outside world, they often appear just to be shut off to ordinary people six days a week, or seven days a week.
And so for us to do something like this is really important. “We want to do more things where we can share the space with the community. And I think we have adapted and changed a bit to recognize that we do need to do that and reach out more to the community.”Top of Form
Revered church leaders continue to eulogize the Lionesses despite their 1-0 loss to Spain. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend Justin Welby, conveyed his admiration for the team in a tweet. He wrote: “Commiserations @Lionesses, World Cup 2023 Finalists. We know you gave it everything. “We admire your talent, grit and determination. “And congratulations to Spain, who played with such dedication to the end.” The Church of England’s second most senior cleric, the Archbishop of York, also took to social media to congratulate the Lionesses. Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell said: “Commiserations to the #Lionesses. They can rightly be proud of all they’ve achieved and in the way they have lifted the hearts of the nation in being the first England world cup finalists since 1966. Congratulations to Spain on their win!”