What churches need to know about Pokemon Go

The Church of England has issued advice to churches on how they can engage with the craze for Pokemon Go, a game played on mobile phones or tablets which sees people hunting for ‘monsters’ in public places, including churches.

Pokémon GO is a mobile and tablet app game which lets players find Pokémon (animated creatures first created in the 90s which players have to catch, train and battle). The game takes place in augmented reality (meaning it combines real life action with virtual gaming) by using GPS as you walk around towns, cities and other locations to find the Pokémon.

The game has been an overnight sensation with millions playing it around the world.

Your church might be a ‘PokéStop’ – real life buildings and landmarks that players have to visit to get certain items they need to play the game. Your church could also be a ‘Gym’ where players can battle their Pokémon.

This gives churches around the country a great opportunity to meet people who don’t go to church, and some are already engaging with this. However, the NSPCC has highlighted potential dangers to children.

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