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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

> 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
> No throwing stones at St Joseph's Cathedral, Sofia, Bulgaria

> Gallantry and tattoos: Wayfarers Fellowship, Isle of Wight
> Bustling, lively, friendly: St Philip's, Tunbridge Wells, UK
> Fulsome celebration at Sveta Nedelya, Sofia, Bulgaria
> No accountability: Quaker Meeting House, Shaftesbury, UK
> Friendly but uninspiring: Moulsham Lodge Methodist, UK

> Mystery bread at Transfiguration Cathedral, Cluj, Romania
> One gets away at Immanuel Lutheran, Oceanside, USA
> Episcopalian or Presbyterian? St Aidan's, Ann Arbor, USA
> Latin or Hungarian? Szent István Bazilika, Budapest
> Stale jokes at Everyday Church, Clapham, London

Editor's choice

> Distractions abound at St Georgenkirche, Eisenach, Germany
> Messily hierarchical: Monastery of Simonopetra, Mt Athos
> Pushed away at Holy and Great Lavra, Mt Athos
> Warmed at Community of St Anselm, Lambeth Palace
> Liturgical Performance at St Paul's Cathedral, London

Comments, corrections and removals

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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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