• 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:

    May 2021 Church Services 

    We will be holding short services of Holy Communion (sharing the bread only). We hope you can join us. Face coverings are currently obligatory at services

    Please note that the there will be no Wednesday morning services for the time being.


    Sunday 9th May - Revd Ian Kitchen will be holding a Zoom Service at 10am. Please contact Ian if you would like to join us - email ian.kitchen@leeds.anglican.org.

    The Service we will be following on Zoom will be available to download here:

    Sunday 9th May Zoom

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

    Sunday 9th May



    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.

    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


    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.



  • Daily Reflections

    Wednesday 12th May

    John 16:12-15

    12 ‘I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

    I have had the immense privilege of working alongside many people as they have reached the end of their lives. Some people want to talk about their death, to prepare for it, whilst others do not. Many of the conversations that people do have with family and friends as they approach the end of their lives gather an increasing sense of importance and intensity; feelings are shared and stories are told that have never been aired previously. These conversations are often deeply significant and will be long remembered by family and friends.
    One of the things I have been asked to do on many occasions is to help people write letters and cards to leave for the ones they love to open and read only after their death; perhaps this is because the person who is dying knows that what they have to say will be more comforting to read, or may make more sense, after they have gone. Their letter or card is their parting gift to their loved ones.

    In this morning’s Gospel reading, Jesus is speaking to his disciples in what is sometimes called his ‘Farewell Discourse’ at the Last Supper. He knows that his own death is fast approaching, and he is pouring out with all intensity the depth of his love for his beloved friends. There is so much yet that is still beyond their ability to comprehend, but Jesus’ words and actions will comfort and strengthen them after his death in ways that only the Holy Spirit will then enable them to understand. The Holy Spirit will be his parting gift to them. And oh, how much will they need his Holy Spirit if they are to be able to carry out the mission that Jesus has entrusted to them.

    Perhaps we can relate this to our own personal faith experience, too. We need time, and we need the Holy Spirit, to be able to even start to understand what Jesus has to say about life, love, his presence in, and his call upon, our lives. There will, for all of us, be so many things that we may struggle to understand, and others that we may never be able understand. But as his Spirit would be there to enable those first disciples, so is that same Spirit offered to us - to guide us gently along the path of his will for our lives.

    Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Amen