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Way In

How great thou aren't

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The first Atheist church in Britain, the Sunday Assembly, held its inaugural service in Islington in January. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, it is notable that they had communal singing, silence and a collection, but no incense, speaking in tongues or schisms over sexual politics.

The hymns were Sam Cooke's 'Wonderful World', oddly the Foundations' 'Build Me Up, Buttercup', and as if intent to show they could do impassioned drivel as well as any worship songwriter, Oasis's 'Don't Look Back in Anger'.

The church was planted by two stand up comedians, Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, and will meet once a month in the Nave, a former church in Canonbury, Islington.

They describe their target congregation as 'anyone who wants to live better, help often and wonder more'. The goal of the Sunday Assembly is 'to solace worries, provoke kindness and inject a bit more whizziness into the everyday'.

In a spirit of ecumenism, Way In wishes our fellow churchgoers every blessing, quite literally.