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What is this?
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.
If you would like to become a Mystery Worshipper, start here.
See our archive of reports
UK & Ireland
Oz & NZ

Recent reports

> Middle class at prayer: All Souls Langham Place, London
> No playing church at First Christian, Oceanside, USA
> Beautiful music at St Adalbert, Grand Rapids, USA
> Oversimplified: Compass Church, Goodyear, USA
> Surreal re-opening of Shrine of St Walburge, Preston, UK

> Shape note singing at Church of Christ, Surprise, USA
> Frozen Chosen at Christ Church, Charlottesville, USA
> Toddler pursued at St Andrew's, Penrith, UK
> Driven out by heat at Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa
> Warm worship, blue pipes at St Andrews, Greenville, USA

> Tickelled pink at Worcester Cathedral, England
> Better but never well: Glendale Nazarene Church, USA
> Hauntingly beautiful, timeless: Hereford Cathedral, UK
> Quick-paced, virus free: Creator Lutheran, Bonney Lake, USA
> Sandals and pabulum at St Clement of Rome, Sun City, USA

> Milk and spiders at Chapel of St Ignatius, Seattle, USA
> Marshmallows at St Barnabas, Bainbridge Island, USA
> Be happy: Corr Chapel, Villanova University, USA
> Zebras in the sky: Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention, UK
> Own your faith: Iglesia Bautista Central, Phoenix, USA

Editor's choice

> Surreal re-opening of Shrine of St Walburge, Preston, UK
> Tickelled pink at Worcester Cathedral, England
> Zebras in the sky: Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention, UK
> A new religion? Glide Memorial, San Francisco, USA
> Rehearsal for Rapture: Everfound at White Rock Baptist, USA

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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