|86: All Saints, Apia, Samoa, Pacific Ocean|
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Mystery Worshipper: The ferret.
The church: All Saints, Apia, Samoa.
The building: Pleasant and airy, modern basilica with transepts and tower, in its own garden grounds. The church has some important modern stained glass.
The neighbourhood: A residential area about five minutes walk from the centre of Apia.
The cast: Fr Richard Schwalger.
What was the name of the service?
How full was the building?
When we arrived five minutes before scheduled kick-off, the church was almost empty. We needn't have worried no services start on time in Polynesia! The building was eventually about 80 per cent full.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
Yes someone welcomed us and gave us the service and hymnbooks. Fr Richard also spotted us visitors from the vestry and came over to introduce himself.
Was your pew comfortable?
Standard pews, but with adequate leg room.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
Families chatted cheerfully as ever more people kept on arriving.
What books did the congregation use during the service?
The order of service, "Hymns Ancient & Modern", and a Samoan hymnal.
What musical instruments were played?
An electronic organ which tried (unconvincingly) to sound like a pipe organ, or (convincingly) like a string quartet.
Did anything distract you?
Was the worship stiff-upper-lip, happy clappy, or what?
Moderately high Anglican (bells but no smells). It was good to see extended post-communion prayers and blessing for individual members of the congregation who were about to travel, were sick, or just had birthdays that week.