• 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:

    August 2021 Church Services 

    We are gradually reintroducing communion wine and singing at our services.

    Face coverings are no longer obligatory but we are recommending people continue to wear them out of consideration for those around them, especially in more crowded services.

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

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


    Sunday 1st August - Revd Ian Kitchen will be holding a Zoom Service at 10am. Please contact Ian if you would like to join us - email ian.kitchen@leeds.anglican.org.

    The Service we will be following on Zoom will be available to download here:

    Sunday 1st August Zoom

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

    Sunday 1st August



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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. 

    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 

    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

    As we reach Step 4 of the exit from restrictions, we are moving from daily to weekly reflections. We would like to suggest that those who have valued daily input think about using daily Bible reading notes, which are available from a number of organisations – contact one of the ministry team (Ian, Kathy, Liz and Adrian) if you would like some guidance on what’s available.

    Weekly reflection: w/c 26th July

    Luke 9:46-48
    An argument arose among the disciples as to which one of them was the greatest. But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, and said to them, "Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest."


    Don’t you just have to love the disciples…they are so human, so flawed, as, indeed, are we all. Here we have them arguing over who is the greatest and yes, perhaps they really should know better, but no, they don’t, so Jesus continues the work of teaching them.

    We will all have come across that argument throughout our lives - who is the best, the greatest. Sometimes the argument is good-natured – just good old competitiveness. Watching Novak Djokovic as he won the men’s singles final at Wimbledon this year, there was competitiveness, of course, but there was something else, too. There was a definite desperation about his game. This wasn’t just a match to see who was to be the greatest player at Wimbledon this year…or to see who would take away the prize money of $2.4 million; this was part of his ongoing attempt to become the greatest player ever. When he was interviewed later, Djokovic said that he had called his children on the phone to tell them he had won again this year, but they were in the swimming pool and weren’t at all interested – they just wanted to show him what they could do in the pool. To his children, Djokovic was just their Dad, and as he told the tale and laughed, it seemed to have been a bit of a leveller for him.

    Sometimes the argument over who is the greatest becomes far more serious and harmful than anything to do with winning or losing at sport. If one person, one group or one race claims to be the greatest, then what on earth does that make another person, group or race in their eyes? History, very recent history, has surely taught us the absolute horrors of where that can lead – exclusion, apartheid, persecution, genocide. The human race forgets, or ignores, those lessons at its peril.
    Throughout his life, Jesus taught, and lived, inclusion and equality – he touched the untouchable, he ‘ate with tax collectors and sinners’. Here, he takes a little child and teaches his followers once again about God’s ways, God’s order of things, yet what could a child teach about greatness? This was, after all, a culture in which children had no social or economic value, no importance until they were of an age to be able to contribute to the family. Not for the first time, Jesus turns the world’s understanding of things on its head as he highlights the importance of this little child, who has no glory or social standing, as a welcomed and beloved child of God. Being the ‘greatest’ is not about self-interest, nor about gathering wealth or asserting our own rights and putting others down in the process, but about helping up those who have nothing, protecting the vulnerable and caring for those in need. In God’s kingdom, the least will be the greatest – those whose ways are of humility, who instead of seeking glory for themselves, throw off pride and take on an attitude of service to others, just as Christ himself did.
    Loving and patient God,
    Teach me, yet again, what it means to follow you. Open my eyes, my mind and my heart in the week ahead and enable me to see who among us is vulnerable and in need of welcome in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen