• 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:

    October 2021 Church Services 

    Sunday 31st October  
    10.30 am        Benefice Holy Communion, Sawley 
    4.00 pm          Remembrance and Thanksgiving for those who have died, Kirkby Malzeard

    A Service to use at home, will be available to download here: Sunday 31st October

    For the Zoom services please contact Revd. Ian Kitchen on 01765 650369 or email ian.kitchen@leeds.anglican.org

    The last 12 months of The Fountain magazine are now available using the menu at the top of this page.


    Benefice Music Group 
    We are hoping to start up a MUSIC GROUP for the benefice, initially to be involved in the 
    monthly benefice service. We need musicians and singers alike. Ability to read music is not 
    essential. It will be an informal group, not a polished choir, with the aims of learning and 
    teaching to our churches some more hymns and songs, praising God and having some fun
     and joy in making music.
    Please let me know if you are interested - it won't commit you at this stage. Obviously the group 
    will need to travel to the different church buildings each month.
    You can contact me by  phoning on 01765 650369, or emailing me on nellykitch@gmail.com.
    Thanks!  Helen Kitchen


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    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. 

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    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 

    The Fountains Benefice Ministry Team

    Priest in Charge: 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.(Day off usually Friday)

    House-for-Duty Associate Priest: Revd Kathy Couchman 07435 882112 kathy.couchman@leeds.anglican.org

    Readers: Mrs Liz Jarvis 01765 620508           Mr Adrian Roberts 01765 650275

    Administrator: Isabelle Munyard Please note new hours: Thurs 9.30 am - 3.30 pm e-mail parishfountains@gmail.com. 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.



  • Weekly Reflections

    Reflection Week beginning 25th October

    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-10 NIV

    Paul is writing to the Philippians from his prison cell in Rome, during which time he has endured great suffering. And yet, despite his ordeal and the possibility of execution, he is entreating the Church at Philippi to put aside their worries and trust in the peace of God. The fact that Paul endured so much, is testimony to his faith and trust in the truth of the gospel. The message to the Philippians, and to us also, is one of trust. It is an invitation to petition God with thanksgiving, in the knowledge that our prayers will be answered. The practice of prayer and thanksgiving is probably one of the surest ways to ease the tension that comes with anxiety and worry. It is through those special intimate moments of prayer, when we lay our anxieties before Christ, that we experience God’s peace guarding our hearts. Through God’s peace we find ourselves less troubled, the mind is less agitated, and we are able to think more clearly. When that happens, we have the opportunity to turn our minds to more noble, pure and praiseworthy considerations. Which in turn can help to slow down those ever-circling thoughts and ideas that can be so exhausting and replace them with the peace of God. A peace that transcends all understanding, and for which we give thanks to God. Of course, in the midst of pain and tribulation it is not always easy to simply stop and thank God, and in such situations, we may well ask ourselves ‘what am I thanking God for?’ However, Paul is quite clear in his message. He stresses that we can ‘in everything…..with thanksgiving,’ present our requests to God, that ‘in every situation’ we can have confidence that God knows and understands our suffering. It is with that premise, we have every good reason to thank God; for His calming presence, for His peace, and for His love. Amen

    Let nothing disturb you,
    Let nothing frighten you,
    All things are passing away:
    God never changes.
    Patience obtains all things.
    Whoever has God lacks nothing;
    God alone suffices. St. Teresa of Avila