I am definitely resigned now to never working for the Church of England again. It's not that I don't want to but, after having 75 applications rejected, only a fool wouldn't come to the conclusion that it is they who don't want me. It hurts but I have to suck it up as my wife won't put up with me moping around feeling sorry for myself for much longer. Anyway, the Bishop of Newcastle has made it perfectly clear that the diocese will no longer allow me stay in my home for the last ten years without me paying for the privilege. So, it's time to move on.
I am slowly getting used to the idea of having a sort of priesthood on the internet through OCICBW... and St. Laika's. To begin with I had problems equating blogging with work but I don't any longer. I can honestly say that I put in far more hours preparing everything for Holy Week, especially at St. Laika's, than I ever did when I was parish based (and I was no slouch then). Fortunately it has been very much worth it. For example, seven hundred people listened to the Tenebrae service between Holy Saturday evening and Easter morning (and that was just via my blog - I don't know how many people downloaded the podcast via iTunes).
But there are some cold, hard facts to address now. If I am to continue this work and mission, this fresh expression of church, I need the financial backing of people who believe it to be worthwhile. Thirty five readers of OCICBW... already do so and very generously but collectively the donations only add up to £500 per month which is not enough if I am not living in church accommodation. Just the running of my various websites, the cost of my servers who host my audio files and the paying of royalties for the music played at St. Laika's, comes to well in excess of a hundred pounds every month.
So, I need help, and you are the only people I can ask for help. If you can afford to do so, if you do not do so already and if you feel so inclined please consider sponsoring my ministry on a regular basis or, if you would rather not commit to that, make a one of off donation to help pay for this Lent and Easter's podcasts.
Details of how to donate can be found on the right hand sidebar of this blog under the heading, "MadPriest is appealing."
Regard it as your contribution towards the mission of the Church, if you want. This would not be a lie as St. Laika's is reaching out beyond the walls of the Church into peoples' homes and it's success, even at this early stage of its existence, demonstrates that there is a need for such a ministry.
May God bless you all this Eastertide and may God bless MadPriest. Let's bring on the Kingdom together!