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
For details of the Church Services in the Benefice please use the Calendar, or click on the link below:
Please note that the there will be no Wednesday morning services for the time being. By using only our two largest churches we are confident that we can keep sufficiently distanced and safe.
Lent Daily Reflections
For our daily reflections through Lent, we're recommending people follow either or both of these links, one from the C of E and one from the Bible Society. Both offer a daily email. The Bible Society one gives Bible verses, inspiring pictures, video reflections and practical challenges. It’s a completely free 40-day journey to help you connect more with the Bible and the life of Jesus https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explo.../the-lent-encounter/ From the C of E comes LiveLent, encouraging us to think about the difference Christ makes in our lives, and how we can share that. There's a book which goes with it, but you don't have to get that to benefit from the reflections. https://www.churchofengland.org/.../livelent-2021-church... We pray that God will bless us all in Lent. ~~o~~o~~
Sunday 28th February - 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Service we will be following on Zoom will be available to download here:
A Service to use at home, if not following the Zoom service, will be available to download here:
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.
All editions of The Fountain magazine, since April 2020, are 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: email@example.com . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Material for the churches' magazine, The Fountain, should be sent to the editor, Mrs Sharon Wood by 12th of the month preceding publication. Email email@example.com, post to West Farm, Galphay, Ripon HG4 3NJ, or telephone 01765 658220.
Fountains Group of Churches Safeguarding Notice