|427: St Saviour's, Hampstead, London|
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Mystery Worshipper: Marcellus.
The church: St Saviour's, Eton Road, Hampstead, London.
Denomination: Church of England.
The building: A cruciform church with a tall spire, constructed in ragstone, designed by E.M. Barry and built in 1855-56. Some fittings by Thomas Earp reredos and pulpit.
The church: Down the bottom end of Haverstock Hill away from the popular part of Hampstead. Residential and bedsit land.
The neighbourhood: Bordering on Camden Town.
The cast: Rev. Andrew Pavlibeyi.
What was the name of the service?
How full was the building?
Sadly, hardly anyone was there. There were 20 adults and four children. The congregation was scattered from the front to the back of this moderately sized church.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
The vicar greeted me with a cheerful smile but was obviously surprised to see a stranger at the service. He asked where I came from.
Was your pew comfortable?
Wooden bench pews are seldom "comfortable". However the kneelers were fine.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
Quiet, because there was hardly anyone there to make any noise.
What were the exact opening words of the service?
"Our response is 'We thank you O God and praise your Holy Name'."
What books did the congregation use during the service?
The English Hymnal. The service was from "Common Worship".
What musical instruments were played?
Did anything distract you?
The organ had a very sticky note which, in the responses and some of the hymns, got stuck and continued to make an unwelcome noise until the organist was able to release it.
Was the worship stiff-upper-lip, happy clappy, or what?
The eucharist was celebrated at the east end altar there being no nave altar here. The priest wore a chasuble but initially did not have a server. I would class the service as slightly on the "low" side, with very little ritual.