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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

> Holy but weird: St Anthonyís Monastery, Florence, USA
> Humming the tune at St Paul's Cathedral, Burlington, USA
> Tenacious congregation at St Luke's, Headingley, UK
> Chaotic, disorganised: St Michael/All Angels, Melksham, UK
> Incarnation explained: Grace Anglican, Oceanside, USA

> Magical candles at St Paulís, Charlestown, UK
> Vicar's wife sings at Holy Redeemer, York, UK
> Great choir, tasty wine: Annunciation, Marble Arch, London
> Light or dark? King's Church, Catford, London
> Foretaste of eternity: Brixton NT Church of God, London

> Odd bits, missed cues at St Brendanís, Los Angeles, USA
> Pontifical vespers, new organ: Sts Simon & Jude, Phoenix
> No frills refreshing: Knox Memorial Free Presby, Belfast
> Beauty of holiness at All Saints, Indianapolis, USA
> Communal tittering at St Michael & All Angels, London

> Special memories: Sts Margaret & James, Long Marton, UK
> Thumbs up! Luther Memorial, Blacksburg, USA
> My church or yours? First Presbyterian, Wickenburg, USA
> Luminous, radiant! St Mark's, San Francisco, USA
> Not engaged at King of Kings, Oceanside, USA

Editor's choice

> Holy but weird: St Anthonyís Monastery, Florence, USA
> Foretaste of eternity: Brixton NT Church of God, London
> Pontifical vespers, new organ: Sts Simon & Jude, Phoenix
> No peace for the saints at Guards Chapel, London
> Dichotomy at Saint Paul Community of Faith, Denver, USA

Comments, corrections and removals

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Christmas
Christmas 2016
Why is the Incarnation like an Italian family dinner? Join our Mystery Worshippers in California, Cornwall, London and York as they learn the answer to this and other Christmas riddles.

Rapture
The Rapture
On 1 April 2016 it finally happened, and our Mystery Worshipper was among the Chosen Few. Read all about how songwriter Irving Berlin figured into it as you weep and gnash your teeth.
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.
Easter 2016
Easter 2016
This Holy Week, our Mystery Worshippers went on a moon walk with Jesus, enjoyed the antics of the church cat, breathed in lavender scented incense, and finished off with a "cheerfully sweet" Easter! Read all about how they got through it.
camino pilgrimage
The Mystery Pilgrim
One of our most seasoned reporters makes the Camino pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Read here.

 
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