Apparently, our church is a Pokémon Go PokéStop.
What does this mean? While I’m new to the game, I believe a PokéStop is a location where people can reload on supplies they need to capture the monsters.
My church, St. Paul United Church of Christ in Colerain Township, Cincinnati, is a PokéStop. At first, I didn’t know this, and I’m not exactly sure how we became one. After watching a few new people walking around our church building and then installing the app myself, I can indeed confirm that we are a PokéStop.
While church may not be a destination for younger people, PokéStops are. So how can we merge virtual life and spiritual life into one location?
Remember the Sabbath.
Times and spaces to reload are important for all people. Some choose faith communities. Others choose sporting activities, arts or fellowship activities. These are activities that give something back to our souls.
Church was already a PokéStop in the game of life. It has been and should always be a place in which we can recharge our batteries and reload on spiritual energy for the new week. Sometimes we get away from the idea that Sabbath is for reloading on spiritual fuel. While we may come to church to give to God, we are also finding supplies for our soul. God gave us the Sabbath for us to find renewal. As Jesus says in Mark 2, “The Sabbath was made for humankind, and not the humankind for Sabbath.”
In our time of reloading, or Sabbath, may wee all see God a little clearer, each other with more love, and find spiritual supplies to help us manage life throughout the week.