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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.
If you would like to become a Mystery Worshipper, start here.
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UK & Ireland
Oz & NZ

Recent reports

> Karanga and pink leggings at Holy Cross, Henderson, NZ
> Dressed in Sunday best at St Mary's, Alexandria, USA
> Crumhorn and slippery pew at Holy Trinity, San Carlos, USA
> Formal but not fussy: Holy Trinity, Kew, Victoria, OZ
> Beautiful but remote: Westminster Abbey, London

> Know not the hour at Camelback Bible, Paradise Valley, USA
> Connected with Jesus at St Catherine's, Blairgowrie, UK
> Lovely church, lovely people: Blairgowrie Parish, UK
> Nice mass, ghastly decor: St John's, Trowbridge, UK
> Land Rovers and Lurex at St Winefride's, Holywell, UK

> Runaway train at St Barnabas, Crewe, UK
> Like a brother visiting: Lansdowne Evangelical, London
> No cupcakes at the Cupcake Church, Phoenix, USA
> View from the stairs: St Mary's and Ladyewell, Preston, UK
> Ken is at peace: St Johnís, Deptford, London

> Hymns beautifully sung: Home Moravian, Winston-Salem, USA
> Kursk Root Icon visits St Elisabeth, Wallasey, UK
> Protected at Columba's Chapel, Bishop's House, Iona, UK
> Oat cakes and hymns at Iona Abbey, UK
> Come party with God: Church of the Advent, Oceanside, USA

Editor's choice

> Land Rovers and Lurex at St Winefride's, Holywell, UK
> Ken is at peace: St Johnís, Deptford, London
> Kursk Root Icon visits St Elisabeth, Wallasey, UK
> Boorish choir at liturgical concert, St Sava, Phoenix, USA
> Love Jesus and his gospel: Ordination Mass, Notre Dame, USA

Comments, corrections and removals

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Love Jesus and his gospel
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