In Northamptonshire

I am in Northamptonshire for a few days. Its a small missional communities conference for about 30 leaders, sponsored by CMS. Going really well. We went out in the evening for a drink at Princess Di’s old pub – the Althorp Coaching Inn just down the road from her family spread.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • graham says:

    Wow – they actually call it Diana Country! That’s, er, classy.
    (Strangely, I live just around the corner and no one I know calls it that.)

  • julie says:

    how come all you groovy in crowd mission heads that actualy get paid to mission get to go to a gathering like that – while those of us that mission out here on the edges in their communities and have a day job and need desperately to be in conversation with others because they don’t have the luxury of support from a denomination or a mission organisation always seem to be left out here on our own to flounder and fend for ourselves – i would so die to be there in northampton just to feel normal and like i am not going crazy and to listen and learn from others – i am cross because it seems SO unfair, even amongst Christians !!! i am happy for you to be there – just don’t rub it in eh?!

  • andrew says:

    i hear ya, julie. and to make it worse, we hold these events during the week so day-job holders like you cant make it.
    and to be honest, there are a lot of denomination/mission leaders like you described here and not many of the on-the-ground folk. although some of the stories this morning about helping drug addicts and street people would have been down your alley.
    not sure what to say except . .. i do hear what you are saying.

  • julie says:

    thank you – that’s nice – i am just being pissy because all the uk blogs i read right now seem to belong to people i know and love who are there with you !!! keep putting a word in for those of us out here on the edges eh?!

  • Mark says:

    Wish you were here Julie 🙂 Andrew you forgot to mention the Green beer!

  • julie says:

    thank you mark – i am missing me being there too ! – you boys go steady on the drinking front now, because i know you can get pretty out of hand when you are unattended away from home !!

  • Becky Kiddle says:

    Fantastic to meet you too and natter about missional communities. Hope to see you again soon. Take care.

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