|63: St Ternan's Episcopal Church, Banchory, Scotland|
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Mystery Worshipper: Bookworm (and accomplice).
The church: St Ternan's Episcopal Church, Banchory, Scotland.
Denomination: Scottish Episcopal.
The building: St Ternan's is a beautiful Gothic chapel with intricate stained glass windows and an altar decked in purple with gold crosses and candles atop it.
The neighbourhood: Banchory is in Royal Deeside, where Burberry and Barbour-wearing Range Rover owners hobnob with royalty. The shops near the church sell expensive clothes and even more expensive china figurines.
The cast: Rev Ross Royden.
What was the name of the service?
How full was the building?
Very every Episcopalian in Banchory must have been there.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
There were two stewards on the door. They smiled, said hello and presented me and my partner-in-crime with a hymn book and a host of leaflets. They seemed genuinely friendly.
Was your pew comfortable?
Old-fashioned wooden type, with a long cushion, and individually embroidered kneelers.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
The church seemed to fill up from the upper-age people downwards. First there were oldies chatting an catching up on gossip, then families and kids giggling and laughing. Generally happy and relaxed.
What were the exact opening words of the service?
'Welcome to the eucharist service of Banchory St Ternan's. Good to see you all here.'
What books did the congregation use during the service?
'Scottish Liturgy of the Episcopal Church', 'English Hymnal', and a collect sheet with readings for the service.
What musical instruments were played?
Pipe organ and choir.
Did anything distract you?
I got quite carried away studying the stained glass windows and counting the amount of candles!
Was the worship stiff-upper-lip, happy clappy, or what?
Traditional Anglican worship. The choir (all adults) were particularly tuneful.