• 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. 

    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 this Sunday 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.

    This Sunday, July 5th, we will worship at St John's, Mickley at 11.15am. There will also be a short Holy Communion on Wednesday July 8th at Sawley at 10.30am. 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.

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    Sunday 5th July - 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 is available to download here:

    Morning Prayer Sunday 5th July - Zoom

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

    Morning Prayer Sunday July 5th

     

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    The July/August edition of The Fountain magazine is 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

    Tuesday 7th July

    We finish today our series of reflections on verses from the Book of Proverbs. There’s plenty more in there which is worth reading for yourself!

    Proverbs 29:25
    People are trapped by their fear of others; those who trust the LORD are secure.


    Fear is a horrible thing. We can be afraid of things and circumstances, but arguably worst of all is being afraid of people. Some of us are very familiar with that feeling, perhaps from being bullied at school or work, abused at home or just because we feel weak and so see others as a threat.
    As our verse today says, that can feel as if we are caught in a trap, with no way of escape. We can end up in a downward spiral.
    Yet there is a way of escape. As St John says, “Perfect love drives out fear.” (1 John 4:18)
    Our love for God will never be perfect in this life – but his love for us is perfect, and remembering that love can help us to escape from the trap of fear. No person, however threatening, is greater than God. If we trust him, his word will encourage us, his Spirit will strengthen us, his people will care for us. Let’s be honest with him about who and what we are afraid of, and allow his love to force open the jaws of the trap, and release us.


    Father, give to us and to all your people, in times of anxiety, serenity; in times of hardship, courage; in times of uncertainty, patience; and at all times a quiet trust in your wisdom and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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