• 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.Sun

    Sunday 13th September                 11.15 am       Kirkby Malzeard Church

    Wednesday 16th September          10.30 am       Winksley Church

    Sunday 20th September                 11.15 am       Sawley Church

    Wednesday 23th September          10.30 am       Mickley Church

    Saturday 26th September              2.00 pm      Kirkby Malzeard churchyard                                              non-HC service for Harvest, please bring an item for the food bank

    Sunday 27th September                 11.15 am      Chapel of  the Resurrection,Dallowgill

    Wednesday 30th September          10.30 am      Grewelthorpe 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.

                                                              ~~o~~o~~

    Sunday 27th September - 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 27th September Zoom

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

    Morning Prayer Sunday 27th September

     

                                                                ~~o~~o~~

     

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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

    Saturday 26th September

    We continue our series of reflections on a short section of the Psalms.

    Psalm 28:6-9
    6 Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy.
    7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
    My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
    8 The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
    9 Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them for ever.

    After yesterday’s tough section of the psalm, today’s is a great outpouring of joy. Saved from his enemies, the psalmist lets rip with praise even more than he gave vent to his distress.
    In an outburst of wonder, we hear that God hears, he protects, he helps, he saves and he blesses. In Isaiah chapter 40 we hear that God does exactly what the psalmist prays for in verse 9: he is like a shepherd who holds the lambs to his heart and gently leads those who have young.
    No wonder that the psalmist’s heart leaps for joy – what a great image that is! No one else can make our hearts do this as much as God can. Take a moment to think of the person who most makes your heart leap – and then multiply the feeling they give you by a thousand or so. That’s God. The only right reaction is to praise him, whether with song as the psalmist does or in some other way if we’re a bit musically challenged.
    And if we’re going through a tough time and our hearts don’t feel like leaping for joy, let’s constantly remind ourselves that the Lord is our shield, our fortress and our shepherd. There is none like him and he will always bring his people, in the end, to the place of joy.

    Tender God, gentle protector in time of trouble: pierce the gloom of despair and give us, with all your people, the song of freedom and the shout of praise, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Michael Vasey

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