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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

> Stale jokes at Everyday Church, Clapham, London
> Clergy sword-fight at All Saints, West Dulwich, London
> No misbehaving at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, UK
> Swinging and swaying at St Mark's, Swindon, UK
> Getting the shivers at Incarnation, Harrisonburg, USA

> Crucifer flinches at St Clare of Assisi, Surprise, USA
> Verger but no virge at All Saints, Sun City, USA
> Nails thrown at St Andrew's, Brockley, London
> Miserere disappoints at St John's Smith Square, London
> Service booklet disappears at St George’s, Berlin, Germany

> Totally charmed at St Mary & St John, Cambridge, USA
> Great camaraderie at St Dunstan and All Saints, London
> Lovely hymn at Emmanuel Episcopal, Harrisonburg, USA
> Unfinished haircut at Roosevelt Community, Phoenix, USA
> Dean strips at St David’s Cathedral, Hobart, Oz

> Warmed at Community of St Anselm, Lambeth Palace
> Bye-bye: Blessed Sacrament, Scottsdale, USA
> Liturgical Performance at St Paul's Cathedral, London
> Happy but not clappy: Christ Central, Penge, London
> They love their church: Renew Church, Peoria, USA

Editor's choice

> Warmed at Community of St Anselm, Lambeth Palace
> Liturgical Performance at St Paul's Cathedral, London
> 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

Comments, corrections and removals

For the latest comments on and corrections to Mystery Worshipper reports, please go here. Reports over two years old can be removed at the request of the church reviewed. Please email here for further details.

 
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The Mystery Pilgrim
One of our most seasoned reporters makes the Camino pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Read here.
Easter 2017
Easter 2017
Join our Mystery Worshippers – "meek members of the Resurrection" – as they brave rocking rectors and flinching acolytes, small pipes and short-of-breath trumpeters, impish monks and virgeless vergers – and, to top it all off, bad haircuts!
Torold
The best of Torold
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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