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Mystery Worshipper: Marcellus.
The church: St Alphege, Edmonton, London N9.
Denomination: Church of England.
The building: Brick, 1957 with east end facing the main road with a suspended figure on wall. It has a slender tower at the west end with a figure of St Alphege on it. Inside, the walls are rendered with painted grey concrete. The east end has an original painting of the crucifixion as its main focus of attention.
The church: Serves a working class area.
The neighbourhood: Mixed terraced and semi-detached housing. The church is on the main Hertford Road which passes north/south through Edmonton.
The cast: Fr. John Cornish, who was the celebrant and preacher in the absence of the vicar, who was away on holiday.
What was the name of the service?
How full was the building?
There was a congregation of about 70. I was told after the service that they generally get about 130.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
Just a "Good morning" with the hymn book.
Was your pew comfortable?
Closely placed chairs, which made kneeling very uncomfortable.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
Fairly quiet, but with some folks exchanging pleasantries. About 10 people came in after the service had started.
What were the exact opening words of the service?
"In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost."
What books did the congregation use during the service?
Celebration Hymnal for Everyone. Card with Mass in Ordinary Time (Series 1). The Redemptorist Mass Leaflet with next week's events on the back.
What musical instruments were played?
The organ. There was also a gowned choir in the gallery.
Did anything distract you?
Yes, not being able to kneel comfortably.
Was the worship stiff-upper-lip, happy clappy, or what?
The worship was Anglo-Catholic with incense and the sanctus bell. At the end of the service, the Angelus was sung after the first verse of the last hymn; this was then followed by the rest of that hymn. I didn't care for this very much. It seems a bit disjointed to cut a hymn in half!