|360: St Silas, Pentonville, London|
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Mystery Worshipper: Marcellus.
The church: St Silas, Penton Street, Pentonville, London N1.
Denomination: Church of England.
The building: Built 1860-63 in an original design by S.S. Teulon, but simplified by E.P. Loftus Brook. A brick and ragstone construction. Plain interior with passage aisles.
The neighbourhood: The church is in one of London's earliest planned suburbs, dating from the 1770s, and is very close to Chapel Market. Parking is easy and immediately outside the building.
The cast: Celebrant, Fr. Shaun Richards, with five priests concelebrating. Homily by Fr. Graeme Rowlands from St Silas, Kentish Town, London NW5.
What was the name of the service?
Patronal Mass in Honour of St Silas, at 6.00pm.
How full was the building?
There were 40 adults and four children.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
I was given a simple greeting and was asked if I would like to sit as near the front as possible? Considering that I arrived with barely five minutes to spare, I found the church sparsely filled.
Was your pew comfortable?
Wooden chairs with adequate kneelers.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
Quietly expectant with a few people whom I recognised from my own church.
What were the exact opening words of the service?
"Good evening and welcome to our service."
What books did the congregation use during the service?
Printed service booklet for the occasion, complete with hymns, clip art and parish prayer.
What musical instruments were played?
Did anything distract you?
The reredos behind the High Altar was out of keeping with the rest of the decor.
Was the worship stiff-upper-lip, happy clappy, or what?
Reverentially Anglo-Catholic with incence.