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Church Micro Denomination Challenge Mystery Cache

Hidden : 08/10/2014
5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

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The cache is at the published co-ordinates.

This challenge is to find 21 Church Micro caches with at least 7 denominations, spread across 7 counties. These can be either ceremonial or ‘project-gc’ ones. In each county, you must find 3 caches of different church denominations.

Wikipedia states that ‘a Christian denomination is an identifiable religious body under a common name, structure, and doctrine within Christianity’.

Most Church Micros are Church of England (CofE), but many owners do not state this. It can generally be assumed that if the denomination is not stated, and it is the parish church or the only one in the town or village, that it is CofE. Do be careful with churches called St John The Baptist. Usually these are Church of England and not Baptist. The Catholic Church believes it is not a denomination, but for the benefit of this challenge it can be assumed it is.

Other common denominations are – Methodist, Baptist, United Reformed Church (URC), Evangelical, and Free Church. Some churches have more than one denomination using the building.  These should be shown as Ecumenical. Others involve 2 or more churches in a single Church Micro cache. These are to be listed as Shared.

If there is no indication at all of the denomination, and it clearly is not CofE, then it cannot be included. Rarely this occurs.

Previous caches qualify, as do disabled or archived ones, but do not include those you own yourself, unless you adopted them after your finds. Only caches in the Church Micro series are permitted. Logs which do not meet the qualifying criteria will be queried and may be deleted.

Please state the GC number, cache name, county and the denomination.

My record is:

GC4Z3AY     CM2566…Waddesdon Hill                         Bucks                               Particular Baptist

GC3MX9J    CM2787…Denham Village                          Bucks                              Church of England

GC4TB7Y     CM4540…Chartridge                                  Bucks                              Mission Hall

GC3PM7X   CM2826…Harrow Trinity URC                    Greater London           United Reformed Church

GC4BDGN   CM3661…Twickenham–All Hallows       Greater London          Church of England

GC4XJA9     CM5088…Ruislip-Methodist                       Greater London           Methodist

GC4PV1G    CM4332…Wiggington                                Herts                              Church of England

GC4RN85    CM4514…Tring-St.Martha’s                       Herts                              Methodist

GC4ZPNF     CM5383…Hitchin-Baptist                           Herts                              Baptist

GC2RNM9   CM1752…Sutton Valence                          Kent                               Church of England

GC2Z39Q     CM1979…South Ashford-St Simons        Kent                               Catholic

GC4PX09     CM4354…West Malling-Baptist                 Kent                               Baptist

GC46YF2     CM3420…Kidlington                                    Oxon                              Methodist

GC4MYWY  CM4195…Headington                                 Oxon                              Shared

GC4RVZE     CM4541…Kennington                                 Oxon                             Church of England

GC17878     CM1…Earlswood                                        Surrey                           Church of England

GC2QBAE   CM1696…Charlwood-Providence Chapel Surrey                           Providence Chapel

GC3BZTF     CM2442…Reigate Woodlands Chapel     Surrey                            Evangelical

GC2PJGE     CM1639…Gossops Green                           West Sussex                 Church of England

GC2RNDH   CM1759…Gossops Green-St Theodore West Sussex                 Catholic

GC2VXEF    CM1830…Broadfield                                    West Sussex                 Ecumenical


Demonstration of your achievement can either be in your log, as a bookmark, uploaded image or a link.

This challenge marked at the time of setting my ownership of 50 caches, 35 of which were Church Micros.

The cache itself is in a beautiful area at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in Oxfordshire. There appears to be lots of ivy at first glance, but where the cache actually is, there is very little. The container is a long tube, but not suitable for leaving trackables. Parking is permissible close by.

The difficulty rating of 5 is mainly for the effort needed to find and research all those caches checking what denomination they are! Please do not log as 'Found' until BOTH the qualifying Church Micros are listed and the actual cache has been found. If just the latter, a 'Write Note' entry only should be made. I reserve the right to delete logs shown as 'Found' if the criteria has not been reached.


CONGRATULATIONS to wendykmj in being the FTF

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