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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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UK & Ireland
Oz & NZ

Recent reports

> Happy service at St Cadog, Llangattock Lingoed, Wales
> Little comfort at St Patrick's, Patterdale, UK
> Sadly ignored at Old St Paul's, Edinburgh
> Blessed but cold at Holy Trinity, Norfolk, USA
> Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, Canada

> Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, Canada
> Comfortable worship at St Mary's, Tenby, Wales
> Quiet reverence at St Mary's, Olveston, UK
> In love with God at Brahekyrkan, Visingsö Island, Sweden
> Too many hymns at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Manchester, USA

> Faith taken seriously at Balham Baptist, London
> Cheerful and confident at Tarragona Cathedral, Spain
> Begging the question at Church of Christ, Peoria, USA
> No false pretenses at The Bear Church, Deptford, London
> Cliques and a shofar at Oasis, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

> Friendly and familiar: St Botolph's, Lullingstone, UK
> Mellifluous tones at St Michael & All Angels, Beckenham, UK
> Memories at St Paul’s Mission, Staatsburg, USA
> Thumbs twiddled, noses blown at Wormser Dom, Germany
> Old-fashioned feel to St Luke's, Wimbledon Park, London

Editor's choice

> Bishop consecrated: Duke University Chapel, Durham, USA
> Quiet reflection: Pride Service, Bristol Cathedral, UK
> Palpable sense of God at Ordination, Birmingham Cathedral
> High as it gets: Alban Pilgrimage, St Albans Cathedral, UK
> Ordination, Methodist style: Desert SW Conf., Glendale, USA

Comments, corrections and removals

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Pilgrimage to Walsingham
Ever wanted to be close to heaven? Journey with our Mystery Worshipper to one of the UK's most sacred places. Recline with him on the springy North Norfolk earth and judge for yourself which bishop wears the better vestments.
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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!
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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