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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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Recent reports

> Friendly and inclusive: Holy Trinity, Barkingside, UK
> No joy at St Mary Magdalen, Brighton, UK
> Where we need to be: Church of the Angels, Pasadena, USA
> Oomph at the end: Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, UK
> Glorious! Marvellous! St Barnabas, Liverpool, UK

> Friendly people, good wine: St James Garlickhythe, London
> Life's short at St Paul Cathedral, Detroit, USA
> Power shower at Sts Michael & Gudula Cathedral, Brussels
> Preacher believes what he says at St Paul's, Cheshunt, UK
> Flat, lacklustre last day at St Bernadette’s, Liverpool, UK

> Sorrows and joys at Phoenix Quaker Meeting, Phoenix, USA
> Tea, cakes & bitter pills at St Austin’s, Grassendale, UK
> Broad enough: Christ Church, Calumet, USA
> Time stands still at St Luke’s, Crosby, UK
> Footsore but happy: Blessed Sacrament Shrine, Liverpool

> Dr Seuss read at Trinity UMC Rays of Hope, Phoenix, USA
> Collective mumbling at Christ Church, East Dulwich, London
> Nightmare at Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Brussels, Belgium
> Tourists abound at Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, France
> Eye candy at United Church of God, Tempe, USA

Editor's choice

> Flat, lacklustre last day at St Bernadette’s, Liverpool, UK
> Relaxed and at home: Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Paris
> Dedication remembered: Little Flower Shrine, Royal Oak, USA
> Roses & peregrine falcons: Reveal of the Tomb of Richard III
> Pure spiritual delight: St Patrick's, Saul, County Down, UK

Comments, corrections and removals

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Easter 2015
Easter 2015
Our Mystery Worshippers had a busy Holy Week: being poked with umbrellas, spotted but ignored, taking in glorious polyphony, and hearing the Resurrection compared to popcorn! Read all about how they got through it.

Christmas 2014
Christmas 2014
On Christmas Day 2014, our Mystery Worshippers ding-donged merrily their way to both of Liverpool's cathedrals as well as to churches in New Zealand, Arizona, Colorado and Texas. Read all about how the herald angels sang for them.

Hart
Love Jesus and his gospel
Our MW team attends the ordination to the priesthood, and previous to that the profession of final vows and ordination to the diaconate, of our Shipmate Hart and his fellow seminarian Patrick. Share in the joy of the day from our special vantage point.

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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