• Fountains Group of Churches Safeguarding Notice

    For details of the Church Services in the Benefice
    please use the Calendar, or click on the link below:

    April 2021 Church Services 

    We will be holding short services of Holy Communion (sharing the bread only). We hope you can join us. Face coverings are currently obligatory at services

    Please note that the there will be no Wednesday morning services for the time being.


    Sunday 18th April - 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 will be available to download here:

    Sunday 18th April Zoom

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

    Sunday 18th April



    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. 

    Find Live Streamed Events Nearby


    All editions of The Fountain magazine, since April 2020, are now available using the menu at the top of this page.

    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. 

    Please take time to follow the latest updates from the Diocese of Leeds


    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.



  • Daily Reflections

    Friday 23rd. April

    Reading: Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ John 14: 5-6

    Reflection: Time and time again, the disciples fail to comprehend the spiritual teaching of Christ, and this is plainly evident in Thomas’ two questions to Jesus; ‘where are you going and how can we know the way?’ Thomas wants clarification as to exactly where Christ is planning on going. For unless they know the place, then how can they follow Him? With their minds on earthly things, the disciples are continually looking outward, as if the Kingdom was a place situated somewhere outside Palestine. Christ has to remind them repeatedly that the way is within themselves, one which can only be reached through a relationship with Him. This is made clear when Jesus utters the first of the seven great ‘I AM’ statements: I am the way, and the truth and the life.’ Here is one of the most profound lessons that Jesus provides for His disciples and for us also. Jesus is the only path to God, and it is through believing in Him, and embracing His teaching that the path will become known to us. In two short sentences, Jesus not only tells us who He is, but also, He invites us into a relationship with Him, and He offers us a sure pathway to guide us to God. In the midst of all the uncertainties that life throws at us, Christ is an all-abiding presence, an indwelling of God, in which we too can share when we surrender our outward searching and look within.

    Prayer: Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and guide me, for you are the God of my salvation, and my hope is in you all the day long. Amen Psalm 25;4-5