World Cup: General Synod schedule amended to allow clergy to watch England World Cup game

The Church of England has amended the schedule of it's General Synod so members can watch England's quarter final FIFA World Cup clash against Sweden.
Premier learned on Friday how one member of the Church's governing body - General Synod - intended to table a motion calling for a pause in proceedings, hours before kick-off at the Samara Stadium in Russia.



Canon Jonathan Alderton-Ford said he suspected General Synod seminars coinciding with the match on Saturday afternoon would be "very lightly attended".
Nearly 480 members - including bishops, clergy and lay people - are attending the five-day summit in York.
The minister in charge of Bury St Edmunds Christ Church said he planned to ask leaders, "could we have a variation of business to allow us to participate in this historic and significant spiritual event?"

Pressed on why the game was a "spiritual event", he answered that there was a "sad" phenomena of the outcome of World Cup matches impacting people's "wellbeing".
Manager Gareth Southgate has been preparing his squad for the most important World Cup fixture for England since the 2006 World Cup.

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