Far north Chris­tians keep their faith in footy team

The Courier-Mail - - NRL GRAND FINAL -

A CHURCH ser­vice has been can­celled so that far north Chris­tians can watch the Cow­boys bat­tle for NRL pre­mier­ship glory to­mor­row night.

Cal­vary Cairns has put its faith in a North Queens­land vic­tory and scrapped its tra­di­tional Sun­day evening ser­vice. Only trop­i­cal cy­clones and the Cow­boys’ 2015 grand fi­nal have pre­vi­ously can­celled the 6pm ser­mon.

Pas­tor Michelle Fredericks, a Diehard Cow­boys fan said the con­gre­ga­tion would in­stead pray for a Grand Fi­nal win at the morn­ing ses­sion.

“We were all very ex­cited with the fact the Cow­boys fought their way through and de­cided we def­i­nitely want to cre­ate op­por­tu­nity for church mem­bers to watch it and get be­hind the boys,” she said.

“This is an­other op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a com­mu­nity around some­thing we love and that’s the Cow­boys.”

Cal­vary Chris­tian Church meets in mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions across Queens­land, such as Emer­ald, Gold Coast, Townsville and Yep­poon. The Cairns branch has 750 mem­bers and meet at Edge Hill State School.

Ms Fredericks said the ser­vice was rarely can­celled, but ac­knowl­edged the spe­cial oc­ca­sion: “Un­less there is a cy­clone or the Cow­boys are in the grand fi­nal – church goes on.”

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