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 Book Review  by Rev'd Julie Coates

 So a Comedian Walks Into a Church....    Paul Kerensa


If you enjoy reading the ‘Mystery Worshipper’ reviews on 
then this book is for you.

I recently read it after seeing it recommended in the autumn edition of Preach magazine. 

Paul Kerensa describes the way in which he spends lots of weekends away from home, performing in comedy clubs on Saturday nights and then finding a church to worship in on Sunday mornings. The book is set in a British context and grounded in real life.

I was very moved by his description of the first time that he received communion ‘in the pew’

rather than ‘at the rail’ – and shared his embarrassment when he realised that he had consumed the elements too soon, that is, before the signal to do so was given from the front.

Happily his experience of worship in a Methodist Church was positive. He writes that ‘this small chapel at the heart of the village has [an] unpretentious broad appeal; for those who want a place to sing, pray and hear preaching.’

I was reminded of a similar book from America entitled ‘Jim and Casper go to church’ by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper, where a Christian and an atheist visit different places of worship together.

Both of these books provide candid descriptions which give preachers and church members an insight into the experiences of visitors and helps us to question afresh what it is we are doing and why.



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