• 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 and that the Service on Sunday 31st January has been changed to take place at Winksley Church. By using only our two largest churches we are confident that we can keep sufficiently distanced and safe.

    February 2021 Church Services

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    Sunday 24th January - 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:

    Sunday 24th January Zoom

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

    Morning Service Sunday 24th January

     

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    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. 

    Find Live Streamed Events Nearby

     

    All editions of The Fountain magazine, since April 2020, are now available using the menu at the top of this page.

     

    Welcome

    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

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  • Daily Reflections

    Sunday 24th January

    Reading:
    Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Matthew 6:10

    Reflection:
    The choice of a person’s name is often due to personal preferences, family traditions or, as is increasingly popular, a desire to copy particular celebrities. Very rarely does a name describe a particular characteristic of that person. In the scriptures however, God provides us with many names to reveal His character. When Jesus tells us to pray ‘hallowed be thy name,’ He is reminding us of God’s holy nature. The word ‘hallowed’ perfectly summarizes God’s holiness, which is beyond anything that we as human beings could imagine: He is perfect. When we glorify God’s name, we not only afford Him all He deserves, but we can also find delight in praising His great goodness. The fact that Jesus instructs us to pray for the kingdom to come can seem perplexing, especially when we consider that God has control over everything that takes place; both on earth and in Heaven. Surely, God’s kingdom will come at His time and choosing, whether we pray for it or not? But when we pray for this Kingdom, we are focusing the desires for His kingly rule over all our lives. The words not only contain Jesus’ promise that He will come again, but it is also a declaration of our commitment to the spreading of God’s Word throughout the world. Both events will be a time for celebration. When life becomes difficult and challenging, when we feel frustrated and disillusioned with the world, praying ‘Thy kingdom come’ enables us to bring our own concerns before God, and also to focus on the wider picture, which is both comforting and encouraging.

    Prayer:
    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
    thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.
    Matthew 6:9-11

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