• Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance from The Church of England - This link contain prayers, readings and links to useful resources at this difficult time. It also contains the updated guidance we are following as we move forward. 

    Private prayer in church

    We now have the go-ahead for people to go into our church buildings for private prayer if they wish to do so.

    The churches in Aldfield, Kirkby Malzeard, Mickley and Sawley are now open for private prayer every day. Grewelthorpe will be open Monday-Friday. Access to Dallowgill and Winksley for prayer can be arranged with the priest in charge. 

    Hoy Communion Services

    As from this Sunday we are planning to have a short service of Holy Communion at one of our churches at 11.15 am each Sunday, as well as a mid-week service. In accordance with current restrictions, only the wafers will be distributed at these services.

    This Sunday, July 5th, we will worship at St John's, Mickley at 11.15am. There will also be a short Holy Communion on Wednesday July 8th at Sawley at 10.30am. If you have questions about how these services will work please contact Ian Kitchen. These are in addition to our service by Zoom and other home service which are detailed below.


    Sunday 5th July - Revd Ian Kitchen will be offering a live Service using Zoom at 10am. Please contact Ian (preferably before Saturday) if you would like to be included in this Service - ian.kitchen@leeds.anglican.org.

    The Service we will be following on Zoom is available to download here:

    Morning Prayer Sunday 5th July - Zoom

    A Service to use at home, if not following the Zoom service, is available to download here:

    Morning Prayer Sunday July 5th



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    The July/August edition of The Fountain magazine is now available using the menu at the top of this page.



    The Fountains Benefice lies between Nidderdale and Lower Wensleydale in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the west of the North Yorkshire cathedral city of Ripon. Its name is taken from Fountains Abbey – a former Cistercian monastery dating back to the 12th century. Today, it is one of the largest monastic ruins in the country. 

    The benefice consists of four parishes and eight churches serving their rural communities:

    Kirkby Malzeard – St Andrew's Church
    Dallowgill – Chapel of the Resurrection
    Mickley – St John the Evangelist Church
    Grewelthorpe – St James and the Methodist Church
    Fountains: Aldfield – St Lawrence the Martyr
                       Sawley – St Michael & All Angels;            
                       Winksley – St Cuthbert & St Oswald; 
    St Mary's Church, within Studley Royal park, holds occasional services 

    Our Priest in Charge is Revd Ian Kitchen, who joined us at the end of October 2019. He is based at The Rectory, Ringbeck Road, Kirkby Malzeard HG4 3SL. Email: ian.kitchen@leeds.anglican.org . Tel: 01765 650369.

    If you need information about any of the churches, services and events or would like to enquire about a baptism, confirmation, wedding or funeral, please get in touch with Isabelle Munyard, our parish administrator, email parishfountains@gmail.com.

    Material for the churches' magazine, The Fountain, should be sent to the editor, Mrs Sharon Wood by 12th of the month preceding publication. Email sharonjwood1@gmail.com, post to West Farm, Galphay, Ripon HG4 3NJ, or telephone 01765 658220.

    Fountains Group of Churches Safeguarding Notice


  • Daily Reflections

    Wednesday 8th July

    This is the first in a series of reflections on some of Jesus’ shorter parables (stories pointing to truths about God and us). Just like the rest of Jesus’ teaching, they range from the hugely encouraging to the uncomfortably challenging,.

    Matthew 13:44-46 – the hidden treasure and the pearl
    ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
    45 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.’

    The ‘Staffordshire Hoard’ is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver yet found. It consists of over 3,500 items and was found in a field in 2009. The finder did all the right things in terms of reporting it.
    Jesus’ picture comes from before there were such rules. Imagine finding such a treasure trove! No wonder the man in the story (and the pearl merchant who follows) thought it was worth giving up everything else in order to get it. The precious nature of it, the beauty of it, the value of it…Who could resist?
    Well, says Jesus, that’s the kingdom of heaven. To be right with God and to be close to him is worth more than any treasure we can imagine. The kingdom is both God’s rule in our lives and also the glorious things he promises us if we accept it. And it’s worth giving up everything else for (as we’ll see in other parables we’ll look at).
    Not one of us now could make the Staffordshire Hoard, and not one of us can create anything so wonderful as the kingdom of heaven. But it’s a reality, and it can be ours if we realise its worth and care enough to claim it. Why would we resist such an offer of treasure?

    May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ open all our eyes, that we may see that blessed hope to which we are called; that we may altogether glorify the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom he hath sent down to us from heaven; to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit be rendered all honour and glory to all eternity. Amen.
    John Jewel