|95: Sunbury-on-Thames Methodist, Sunbury, England|
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Mystery Worshipper: Matthew (24.44).
The church: Sunbury-on-Thames Methodist, Sunbury, England.
The building: A plain brick building back from the road behind a large car park. The car park is fronted by three flagpoles, one flag with the name of the church, one with the various youth organisations represented there, and one with the church's mission statement.
The neighbourhood: Kempton Park Racecourse is 400yds away.
The cast: Rev Keith Rowbottom but the service was conducted by "Sense of Worship" a group visiting from Hucclecote Methodist Church, Gloucestershire.
What was the name of the service?
How full was the building?
Quarter full it was a hot Saturday evening at the end of the school holidays with James Bond on TV.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
I was greeted at the door from the car park by ladies dressed up as air hostesses who said, "Welcome aboard Agape Air. I hope you enjoy your flight." I was handed an order of service (described as my "boarding pass") and actually taken to my seat.
Was your pew comfortable?
Yes. Seating consisted of soft chairs joined together in rows.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
The interior of the church had been decorated to look like the inside of an airplane (with a "fasten your seatbelt" sign that actually lit up at times during the service). The noise of an air terminal was playing softly over the loudspeakers. A soft chatter of expectation was taking place among the congregation. When a tray of drinks was brought in for the musicians, someone turned to the congregation and said, "you'll get your in-flight refreshments later."
What were the exact opening words of the service?
Over the loudspeaker system: "This is your pilot speaking. Welcome aboard Flight 1930."
What books did the congregation use during the service?
"Songs of Fellowship" (described in our boarding pass as the "in-flight magazine").