Gamers Welcome! English Church Becomes Pokemon Go GYM

City Road Methodist Church in Birmingham has had a number of Pokemon Go players turn up unexpectedly in the last week
City Road Methodist Church in Birmingham has had a number of Pokemon Go players turn up unexpectedly in the last week

A church that has been caught up in the craze over the augmented reality game hopes to use its new-found fame to spread the message of Jesus.

City Road Methodist Church in Birmingham is one of the real-life locations used as ‘gyms’ in Pokemon Go, where users can train virtual monsters.

It has put up a sign proclaiming “Jesus Cares About Pokemon Gamers”.

The game launched in the UK on Thursday, and has proven popular with people around the world.

Church steward David Hallam said it is “a great opportunity” for the church.

Other churches in the UK are jumping on the bandwagon, applying to become pokestops, such as St Stephen’s in Rednal, Birmingham, Hope Church in Islington, north London, and St Mary’s Episcopal cathedral in Glasgow.

A Pokestop is a location where players have to visit to get certain items they need to play the game.

The Church’s digital media officer, Tallie Proud, issued guidance to churches on Thursday.

In it, she said: “Pokemon Go is therefore giving churches around the country a great opportunity to meet people from their area who might not normally come to church.

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