• 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:

    September 2021 Church Services 

    We are rebalancing our services, to move away from the online service as our focus and introducing more services in our church buildings. Services will not be entirely as ‘normal’, but it will be good to see people returning on a regular basis. Please be prepared to wear facemarks if crowded.

    Sunday 19th September 
    8.00 am           Holy Communion (BCP), Kirkby Malzeard
    9.00 am           Holy Communion & Harvest, Aldfield
                            Holy Communion, Mickley
    10.30 am         Holy Communion, Winksley
                            Methodist Service, Grewelthorpe
    4.00 pm           All-Age Worship, Kirkby Malzeard
    8.30 pm           Zoom Compline online

    If you would like to join the Zoom Service please contact Ian for the link (ian.kitchen@leeds.anglican.org).

    A Service to follow the Zoom Service will be  available to download here:  Sunday 19th September

    A Service to use at home, will be available to download here: Sunday 19th September

    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.


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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 w/c Monday 20th September

    While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose Son is he?" "The Son of David," they replied. He said to them, "How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him 'Lord'? For he says, 'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet." 'If then David calls him 'Lord,' how can he be his son?" No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions. Matthew 22:41-end NIV

    In Matthew 22, and in the preceding chapter, the tension between Jesus and the Pharisees is intensifying. They plan to entrap Jesus through His opinions, reactions, and words, especially regarding the payment of taxes to the Roman authorities, the issue of life after death, and Jewish doctrine on the ten commandments. All are controversial topics. However, Jesus not only provides a controversial and robust response, but goes on to pose a controversial question of His own. He asks the Pharisees, ‘What do you think about the Messiah? Whose Son is He? By so doing, Jesus not only affirms His own authority, but also highlights their lack of understanding. Jesus’ response all along has simply been built on God’s truth. He is both human (of David’s line) and divine (David’s Lord.) It is a response that silences His interrogators once and for all. ‘No one dare to ask Him any more questions.’ Jesus’ testimony comes through His teaching, His ministry, His authority, yet His opponents could not accept this. By following the truth of Jewish Law, they believed that their faith was unquestionable, yet Jesus was proclaiming a greater truth, the greatest truth of all: God’s truth. The reaction of the Jewish elders serves to remind us that the concept of ‘my truth’ is not a new phenomenon, despite the sudden proliferation of various truths that abound in our society. The Pharisees fell into the trap of insisting they had a right to decide what is true and good, and what is not, thereby, placing themselves in the precarious position of having to justify themselves in the face of God. We too can easily fall into the trap of thinking that we can define truth. But we are not the creators of truth, God is. And unlike ‘my truth’ or ‘your truth,’ God’s truth is constant and unchanging. As Christians, it means that we don’t have to build our faith on perceptions and impressions, that we don’t have to search inwardly for guidance, but simply trust in God. Trusting in God enables us to fully know and partake of His love. It enables us to love ourselves and others, it empowers us and transforms us. This all comes from God’s truth. What could be more liberating?

    Heavenly Father, we are grateful that you have blessed us with the bounty and richness of our lives. God, look down upon us and see fit to share with us the truth of your ways. We wish to know your will, that we may follow it till the end of our days, ever praising you and glorifying your name. Amen