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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

> Ordination, Methodist style: Desert SW Conf., Glendale, USA
> Selfies and hot dogs: Thriving Life, Newtownards, N Ireland
> Spirit of true religion at Our Lady and St Joseph, Stock, UK
> Didn't ring my bell! Mission Bell UMC, Glendale, USA
> We felt welcomed at Holy Trinity, Broadstairs, UK

> "At One Table," Römerberg, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
> Whiff of the museum: Huguenot Church, Charleston, USA
> Piece of the puzzle: Vineyard Church of Anaheim, USA
> Friendly – with cake! St Mary's Great Chart, Ashford, UK
> Interrogated at Brockley Community Church, London

> Close to heaven: National Pilgrimage, Walsingham, UK
> Smiling saints at Village Church, Burbank, USA
> Tea? Of course! St Paul's, Athens, Greece
> Distractions abound at St Georgenkirche, Eisenach, Germany
> Too much extra at Mary Queen of the Universe, Orlando, USA

> Not ashamed at Calvary Bible Church, Bakersfield, USA
> Messily hierarchical: Monastery of Simonopetra, Mt Athos
> Pushed away at Holy and Great Lavra, Mt Athos
> Lean hymn sandwich at Southwest Church, Phoenix, USA
> Surprised by congregation at Berliner Dom, Berlin, Germany

Editor's choice

> Ordination, Methodist style: Desert SW Conf., Glendale, USA
> "At One Table," Römerberg, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
> Whiff of the museum: Huguenot Church, Charleston, USA
> Close to heaven: National Pilgrimage, Walsingham, UK
> Distractions abound at St Georgenkirche, Eisenach, Germany

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Pilgrimage to Walsingham
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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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