|351: St Andrew's, Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England|
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Mystery Worshipper: King Solomon.
The church: St Andrew's, Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England.
Denomination: Church of England.
The building: Typical old village parish church.
The church: Although the church is Church of England and meets in a traditional building, the service had a strongly Pentecostal flavour. The worship leader has been borrowed from a Pentecostal church called the Miracle Church.
The neighbourhood: Pretty commuter village near Cambridge.
The cast: Vicar: James Alexander. Preacher: Liesel Alexander (the vicar's wife). Worship was led by a guy called Arthur.
What was the name of the service?
Free to Live Celebration. The church runs an evangelistic outreach called Free to Live, and this was its monthly evangelistic service.
How full was the building?
80 per cent full, about 120 people.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
Very welcoming. A few guys welcomed people on the road outside the church, a guy said hello in the porch and once inside the worship leader and the vicar welcomed the Mystery Worshippers personally.
Was your pew comfortable?
Average. Cushions with colourful pictures were lying around on the floor probably relics from a time before the Holy Spirit swept through this church.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
Expectant, not too noisy. I bumped into some old friends and we had a time of fellowship and sharing before the action started.
What were the exact opening words of the service?
"Great to see you. We even have someone from Banbury here! Come on and celebrate!"
What books did the congregation use during the service?
Bibles supplied (mostly NIV), songs on overheads.
What musical instruments were played?
Keyboard (the player was blind but played fantastically), plus two guitars and drums.
Did anything distract you?
The cushions on the floor were in the way and made it difficult to dance during the worship. At one point the leader stopped in the middle of the song because we did not do the right arm action!
Was the worship stiff-upper-lip, happy clappy, or what?
A charismatic's paradise! Had it all! Happy clappy hands in the air stuff! Prophetic songs in tongues and lots of amens and hallelujahs throughout. After the sermon there was an extended ministry time where a real anointing was in the air. Several people were slain in the Spirit, which added to the fun.