• 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:

    December Services           Christmas Week Services

    Sunday 5th December
     9.00 am      Holy Communion (BCP), Mickley
    10.30 am     Holy Communion, Grewelthorpe 
                        Morning Worship, Winksley
     4.00 pm      Christingle Service, Sawley
     6.00 pm      Christingle Service, Kirkby Malzeard

    Download a Service to use at home here: Sunday 5th December

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

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    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 for the first week of Advent 2021

    Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore, you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 NIV

    Reflection: There is so much within this passage from Corinthians, that resonates with us today, especially as we begin this season of Advent. Paul’s message to the Church at Corinth is one of thanksgiving for the presence of God’s gracious spirit, and a reminder of a future where God’s Kingdom will be re-established in all its glory. Until then, there must be a time of waiting. And of course, for us today, Advent is also a time for waiting. One cannot help wondering if Paul’s directive to wait was not met with a more positive response then, than it would be now. In reality, how many of us would be willing to obey the command to wait? Waiting is not something that comes to us easily. Most of the time, it is seen as something passive, a simple cessation of activity, or a source of frustration and irritation. Antipathy to waiting is exacerbated, and in some cases even encouraged by the world we live in. All around us, we encounter situations where waiting or having to wait is perceived as something to be avoided if at all possible. The ‘why wait,’ and the ‘buy now’ message. The fast communications via mobile phones and e-mail, means that waiting has become, an increasingly strange notion in today’s world. We have become accustomed to immediacy and swift action, resulting in an inability to really appreciate and savour the time spent waiting. And in so doing, we miss what is happening in the present, in the here and now, and the feeling of peace and joy that brings. To paraphrase the words of the Anglican priest, R.S. Thomas. The real and profound moments in our lives occur when we stop and wait. They happen ‘in-between’ activity, where ‘truth lurks in the moment between the out breath and the in breath.’ If we are able to recognize and accept this, then the waiting during Advent becomes a special and invaluable part of our Christian journey. A gift from the Spirit that draws us into a deeper, truer encounter with our faith, with those around us, and with God. During Advent we are invited into the present moment; to be still yet active, joyful yet steadfast. For it is only through this period of waiting, that we can truly embrace God’s love for us.

    Moments of great calm,
    Kneeling before an altar
    Of wood in a stone church
    In summer, waiting for the God
    To speak; the air a staircase
    For silence; the sun’s light
    Ringing me, as though I acted
    A great role. And the audiences
    Still; all that close throng
    Of spirits waiting, as I,
    For the message.
    Prompt me, God;
    But not yet. When I speak,
    Though it be you who speak
    Through me, something is lost.
    The meaning is in the waiting. R. S. Thomas,