• 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, particularly their Appeal to support the church in Sudan.

    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 Sunday July 5th, 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.Sun

    Sunday 13th September                 11.15 am       Kirkby Malzeard Church

    Wednesday 16th September          10.30 am       Winksley Church

    Sunday 20th September                 11.15 am       Sawley Church

    Wednesday 23th September          10.30 am       Mickley Church

    Saturday 26th September              2.00 pm      Kirkby Malzeard churchyard                                              non-HC service for Harvest, please bring an item for the food bank

    Sunday 27th September                 11.15 am      Chapel of  the Resurrection,Dallowgill

    Wednesday 30th September          10.30 am      Grewelthorpe Church

    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.

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    Sunday 27th September - 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 27th September Zoom

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

    Morning Prayer Sunday 27th September

     

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

     

    Welcome

    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

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  • Daily Reflections

    Sunday 27th September

    We continue our series of reflections on a short section of the Psalms.

    Psalm 29
    A psalm of David.
    1 Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to his name; worship the LORD in the splendour of his holiness.
    3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters. 4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic. 5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. 7 The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning. 8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’
    10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King for ever. 11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

    A massive storm shakes the earth and drives home to the psalmist how powerful God is. Wind, thunder, mighty waters – all bring to mind ‘the voice of the Lord’. See how often that phrase is repeated, like blows from a mighty hammer. (Read verses 3 to 9 loud and aloud, if you have the opportunity!) If there is so much power in the creation, how much greater must the Creator be! So even heavenly beings (angels and the like) are urged to glorify God.
    Compared with puny people and even with mighty heavenly creatures, God is revealed as King. All the way through from verses 1 to 10, the emphasis is on his glorious and irresistible strength. So we might expect the outcome to be that all must cower down before him (and certainly we should be in awe at his greatness and should keep ourselves in the right perspective).
    But, astonishingly, we find instead in verse 11 that this One who has all strength loves his people so much that he shares that strength with them. And after all the turmoil of the storm – peace! What an amazing blessing, that the One who can cause such upheavals is also the gentle bringer of calm.
    There are too many aspects to God’s character ever to let us tie him down and think we have him under control. Let us praise him for every aspect of his greatness.

    Lord, we cannot stand before your strength, but you share that strength with us so that we can stand with you. Your power can be as great as blows from a hammer, but your love is tender and your peace unshakeable. Help us to recognise you, however you choose to show yourself. Help us to allow you to work in us. May our hearts always cry, ‘Glory!’ Amen.

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