Ever keen to try to get people under the age of 69 into its establishments, the Church of England has issued some guidelines on the extremely modern phenomenon of Pokemon Go to its members -- suggesting that local parishes might like to try organising Pokeparties to attract young players to the vicinity of a church to do something other than urinating and vandalism.
The CofE's official advice to its members on the Pokemon Go phenomenon makes a number of suggestions as to how the mobile game may be leveraged to boost congregation numbers, saying churches might use chats about Pokemon Go to break the ice with wavering potential prayers, explaining local clergy should: "...encourage them to come inside and offer them drinks and snacks. The game also uses a lot of battery so why not create a battery charging station? If you’ve got it, let them connect to the church’s wifi."
The church suggests members install the game themselves to learn about it so they might have something in common with a youth, and even highlights one of the first such events; pointing out that that the Christ Church in Stone, Staffordshire, is holding a Pokeparty tonight, offering free charging points and Wi-Fi in the traditionally serene house of Jesus. [Church of England]