Some Valley churches have moved the times of Sunday evening services or canceled them, asking churchgoers to come to other weekend services due to the Super Bowl.
Sharon Johnson, director of events for Cornerstone Church in Chandler, said the church does this several times a year, including Father’s Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Easter and Fourth of July when it falls on a Sunday.
“On Super Bowl Sunday we ask that everyone attend in the morning so they can go and be with family and friends and then, especially now, clearly now, to support our community and the Cardinals,” Johnson said.
The large church is prepared to accommodate everyone during its other services, 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. Sunday.
St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Chandler will move its Sunday 5:30 p.m. Mass, a teen liturgy, to 2 p.m. The church is also participating in the Super Bowl of Caring, collecting nonperishable donations for food banks. It is a nationwide event that started in 1990 in South Carolina.
The Web site for Mesa’s Spring of Life Christian Church also reports there will be no 5 p.m. service on Sunday. Its other service times are 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday.
Chandler Christian Church doesn’t normally hold a Sunday evening service, so there are no changes. But its high school youth group is planning a Super Bowl viewing party, as it has for the playoff games this year.
“There’s a lot of down time during the games,” said executive pastor Don Anderson. “There’s a lot of time for fellowship and to get to know the kids better.”
Between 100 and 200 teens are expected, he said.
“It’s something fun and a chance to get the kids to know each other.”
The church is also participating in the nonperishable food drive for Phoenix Rescue Mission and the food bank run by the church.
It will be missing its senior pastor, though. Pastor Roger Storms, his wife and another church member will be in Tampa Bay at the game.
“He’s a big fan of being at championship games of a local team,” Anderson said. “He was able to go to the Diamondbacks finals,” in 2001.
“His goal would be to be there for the Suns” the next time they play in a championship game, Anderson said.