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.


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  • 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.)

  • 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?!

  • 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.

  • 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?!

  • 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 !!

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

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