• 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.

    Sunday 4 Oct                11.15 am               Aldfield Church
    Wednesday 7 Oct         10.30 am               Kirkby Malzeard Church
    Sunday 11 Oct              11.15 am               Grewelthorpe Church
    Wednesday 14 Oct       10.30 am              Sawley Church
    Sunday 18 Oct              11.15 am               Winksley Church
    Wednesday 21 Oct       10.30 am               Chapel of the Resurrection, Dallowgill
    Sunday 25 Oct              11.15 am                Kirkby Malzeard Church
               3.00 pm ‘Reflections’ service of contemplative prayer, Grewelthorpe Church
    Wednesday 28 Oct       10.30 am               Aldfield 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.


    Sunday 18th October - 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 will be available to download here:

    Morning Prayer Sunday 18th October Zoom

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

    Morning Prayer Sunday 18th October




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    The July/August edition of The Fountain magazine is 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: 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


  • Daily Reflections

    Tuesday 20th October

    Matthew 5:21-28
    21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire… 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

    Moving on from the Beatitudes to the central sections of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, I have chosen these two quotations from the Ten Commandments which he modifies on his own authority, thus quite casually claiming an equal status with God himself. The point he is making is the same in both. Bad actions may have disastrous consequences, as murder destroys a life and adultery can destroy a family, but these actions have their origin in people’s character and attitudes, which dominate their lives whether or not they reach the point of action. If you are so full of rage that you fantasise about destroying another person (whether physically or not), but are prevented by timidity or some other circumstance from carrying out your desire, you are morally no better than a murderer. What Jesus calls ‘lust’ is not sexual desire in itself, (which like all pleasures, is a good gift from God, to be exercised responsibly), but the sort of predatory attitude which sees another person as an object for your physical or romantic gratification, irrespective of any network of loyalties or relationships which will be betrayed if you get your way. Your attitude will still be there even if your attempts are unsuccessful. Whether or not you accept Jesus’ divine claims, the wisdom of this teaching is plain to see, and the call to shape our characters in line with the ancient prohibitions is one we have every reason to follow.

    God our Father, root out the rage which lurks in our hearts, and teach us to honour the bonds of love and commitment in all our dealings with our fellow humans, for the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.