The new Pokemon Go game uses the GPS on your phone to place you in its Pokemon world. On the main screen it is usually difficult to miss the gyms – they’re the biggest icons on your map. And in many cases they are churches.
This game is dangerous. We had 3 strange grown men playing the game on the church property yesterday. One dude had a big hunting knife strapped to his belt and when we confronted him, he said he was just playing a game.
This includes even the Westboro Baptist Church and most probably your church as well
The game creators have marked most churches as a place for players to gather. We have contacted them and asked if they will remove us from what they designate as a “gym” for players to fight each other to get stronger.
This augmented reality game is also collecting data from players Google accounts and private property views that Google maps could not get otherwise. The game is going to create a lot of legal chaos.
Maybe you could setup an outdoor stage and preach the gospel while they are pokemon-fighting?
The persona playing the game is NOT JUST APPEARING AT A LOCATION, but (most PROBABLY) TAKING VIDEO OF IT
— Brenda G Warren (@BrendaGWarren) July 12, 2016
— Crossway Church (@Crossway_Church) July 12, 2016
— Jackson Grimm (@JackCameraman) July 11, 2016
— Adrienne Kvello (@adriennekvello) July 12, 2016
— Jenny (@jennyfersure) July 12, 2016
— (Misha) (Andrea) (@SilverBlades1) July 12, 2016
Was playing #PokemonGO and headed to a nearby church to get Pokeballs and ran into a friend I haven’t seen since high school.
— Tsunderemon (@KimJongTsun) July 12, 2016
UK Methodist church says “Jesus cares about #PokemonGO gamers” after featuring as #PokeGym / #Pokestop #Birmingham pic.twitter.com/O30O3io43N
— Richard Vernalls (@rvernallsPA) July 12, 2016
— Austin (@AustinAngerman) July 12, 2016