Prepare to be amazed!
These are the stats for the Advent Carol Service and Evensong on St. Andrew's Day.
The Sunday services have been accessed by about 1800 people for a while now whilst the evening services are downloaded by around 700 people. To tempt over 2500 people into downloading a standard Book of Common Prayer Evensong is, in my opinion, a major achievement as it proves right my long held belief that there are plenty of Christians out there who do not find traditional services in the slightest bit boring and irrelevant as long as they are prepared and presented with a commitment to excellence. And I am happy to claim that my podcasts are excellent because I put a lot of work into each and everyone of them. There is skill involved but it is mostly hard slog and lots and lots of time consuming research.
Of course, the success of St. Laika's would not be possible without the continuing and extremely generous financial support of my patrons out there in the Blogosphere. Your donations, that amount to about £500 per month keep my head (just) above water, although financial emergencies like our recent need to visit my in-laws in Norfolk and Glenna's recent illness are major headaches when you are "living on faith."
So I'm going to be cheeky and ask those of you who do not already support my ministry and who can afford to do so, to consider contributing to my Christmas Box this year. There are a few things on my wish list.
1. A microphone and software so that the services sound more professionally produced.
2. An upgrade of my computer's hard drive as I am running out of storage space.
3. Some clothes for myself from the January Sales as I haven't been able to afford to buy a single bit of new clothing since August 2010 and even I, who is not the most appearance conscious person in the world by any means, am beginning to feel embarrassed by my scruffiness when I go out.
I do not assume that I will receive enough dosh from you to pay for all of the above but your help towards the cost of them would be very much appreciated.
Oh, and everyone who does donate during December will receive a special photoshopped thank you from me which is sure to be worth a small fortune when I'm dead.