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What is this?
Since ancient times (ok, 1998), Ship of Fools has been sending Mystery Worshippers to churches worldwide. Travelling incognito, they ask those questions which go to the heart of church life: How long was the sermon? How hard the pew? How cold was the coffee? How warm the welcome?

The only clue they have been there at all is the Mystery Worshipper calling card, dropped discreetly into the collection plate.
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Recent reports

> Blind faith at St Anthony of Padua, Wickenburg, USA
> Overwhelming: St Francis de Sales, Norton Shores, USA
> "Important" people at St Thomas, Charlotte Amalie, USVI
> Lay ministers honoured: All Souls, Langham Place, London
> Holy Chaos at NoorderLichtkerk, Zeist, The Netherlands

> Friendly, non-threatening: St Mark's, Kennington, London
> Absolutely traditional: Montacute Baptist, Montacute, UK
> Privileged to be here: St John the Evangelist, Taunton, UK
> Roaring lions at St Mary's, Walberton, UK
> Spiritually unfulfilled at St Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore

> Singing raises roof at St Mary's, East Lavant, UK
> Right at home at St Paul's, Frederiksted, St Croix, USVI
> No happy talk at St Thomas the Apostle, Chicago, USA
> I liked it! Good Shepherd, Acton, USA
> Uncharted territory: Lord God of Sabaoth, St Croix, USVI

> Embarrassed at Kingdom Faith, London
> Dealing with Jesus at First Baptist, Arlington, USA
> Haydn's Last Words of Christ: St Catherine's, Montacute, UK
> High eucharist, Low Sunday: St Simon-the-Apostle, Toronto
> Bathed in light and love: Christ the Light, Oakland, USA

Editor's choice

> Lay ministers honoured: All Souls, Langham Place, London
> Holy Chaos at NoorderLichtkerk, Zeist, The Netherlands
> Haydn's Last Words of Christ: St Catherine's, Montacute, UK
> Dancing cheek to cheek at the Rapture
> Passion mime at Trinity Lutheran, Phoenix, USA

Comments, corrections and removals

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The Rapture
On 1 April 2016 it finally happened, and our Mystery Worshipper was among the Chosen Few. Read all about how songwriter Irving Berlin figured into it as you weep and gnash your teeth.
The best of Torold
The Mystery Worshipper known as Torold, among other names, passed on to glory in November 2015. Her sharp eye and quick wit brought much pleasure to our readers and will be missed. See a representative sampling of the best of her reports.
Easter 2016
Easter 2016
This Holy Week, our Mystery Worshippers went on a moon walk with Jesus, enjoyed the antics of the church cat, breathed in lavender scented incense, and finished off with a "cheerfully sweet" Easter! Read all about how they got through it.
camino pilgrimage
The Mystery Pilgrim
One of our most seasoned reporters makes the Camino pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Read here.

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