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First of all, what is Pokémon GO?
Pokémon GO is a game which lets players find Pokémon (animated creatures, first created in the 90′s, which players have to catch, train and battle with). The game combines real life action with virtual gaming by using GPS as you walk around towns, cities and other locations to find the Pokémon.
Why does your church need to know?
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. (Being a 'Gym' means people spend significantly more time battling Pokémon at your location.)
Pokémon Go is therefore giving churches around the country a great opportunity to meet people from their area who might not normally come to church.
How do you know if your church is a Pokéstop or a Gym?
Download Pokémon Go on your mobile or tablet. Through the game you will be able to see if your church is a PokéStop or a Gym.
You might also spot people standing outside the church on their phones who may be playing the game at your ‘PokéStop’.
How can your church get involved?
Important information to consider
The NSPCC has issued advice to parents of those children playing Pokémon GO in the UK. Our first priority as a church should always be to provide a safe place for children and vulnerable adults with regards to Pokémon GO.
Please make sure you read the advice on the NSPCC’s website.
If you have any concerns in relation to those playing Pokémon GO, please feel free to talk to your Parish Named Person/Safeguarding Officer.