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What is this?
Since ancient times (ok, 1998), Ship of Fools has been sending Mystery Worshippers to churches worldwide. Travelling incognito, they ask those questions which go to the heart of church life: How long was the sermon? How hard the pew? How cold was the coffee? How warm the welcome?

The only clue they have been there at all is the Mystery Worshipper calling card, dropped discreetly into the collection plate.
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Recent reports

> Hard pews, loud organ: Aldeburgh Baptist, UK
> New curate licensed at St Mary's, Liverpool, UK
> God and Walmart at Calvary Chapel, Surprise, USA
> Music not important at St Joseph's, Wilmette, USA
> Spirit calls at St Stephen Martyr, Washington, DC

> Zionism preached at Emmanuel Evangelical, London
> Getting fresh at St Alban's, Macclesfield, UK
> Ethereal music at Sts Peter and Paul, Greenwich, UK
> Red shorts at Encanto Community Church, Phoenix, USA
> Act of Worship at Cambridge Theological Federation, UK

> Festival at Phoenix Laestadian Lutheran, Cave Creek, USA
> Informally reverent: St Raphael's, Long Island City, USA
> Eucharist or concert? Emmanuel Episcopal, Boston, USA
> A good accident: Old Cambridge Baptist, Cambridge, USA
> Invisible Man attends Christ Church, Clifton, UK

> Uneasy amalgam at St Martin's-in-the-Veld, Johannesburg
> God's Crock-Pot at Fireplace Church, Blacksburg, USA
> Secret knowledge at St Elias, Birmingham, USA
> Fools for Christ at All Saints, Haggerston, London
> Sleeper wakes at Sutton's Hospital, Charterhouse, London

Editor's choice

> New curate licensed at St Mary's, Liverpool, UK
> Act of Worship at Cambridge Theological Federation, UK
> Fools for Christ at All Saints, Haggerston, London
> Holy but weird: St Anthony’s Monastery, Florence, USA
> Foretaste of eternity: Brixton NT Church of God, London

Comments, corrections and removals

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The Rapture
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The Mystery Worshipper known as Torold, among other names, passed on to glory in November 2015. Her sharp eye and quick wit brought much pleasure to our readers and will be missed. See a representative sampling of the best of her reports.
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