Our Identity & Values

Scargill’s most important mission is to provide generous welcome to all who find their way through our doors, and to make space for the mysterious transforming love of God to work in people’s lives.

The power of hospitality

For over 50 years, the hospitality offered in this beautiful place has provided a space for people to encounter God and for Him to work in their lives. Gospel hospitality is about giving God’s welcome, a reception both generous and unconditional. As one of our Pathway promises puts it (our rule of life): “We can learn and improve in our efforts to strengthen the bonds of love and in our determination to welcome visitors and strangers as we would welcome Jesus himself.”

At Scargill, we hope that our resident community, our landscape and our expression of spirituality will prove enjoyable, inspirational and even, at times, challenging for those who pass through.

Our Identity and Values


  • We are a Christian movement with its home in the Yorkshire Dales where an intentional community representing many nationalities and Christian traditions is committed to a common rule of life and service.
  • We believe that lives are transformed by the love and joy of God that is found in Jesus Christ. We are willing to be caught up in the ingenious creativity and adventurous life of the Holy Spirit.


  • Being a resident community with Jesus at the heart in which prayer, eating together and chewing over the Bible are integral to our daily rhythm. We offer time and space for individuals and groups to encounter God and each other in a homely, peaceful and cherishing setting where God may be heard.
  • Holding a safe and open space through sharing lives based on generous hospitality and welcome to all. Following the example of Jesus, we seek to encourage individuals and groups, including those who feel marginalised within society and the church.
  • Helping guests and Community to gain and be enriched by a vision for Community where creativity, vulnerability and laughter are embraced in an individualistic world.
  • Being a place of resourcing, training and equipping for guests and Community members alike. We seek to send our guests back with new vision and purpose. For Community members we provide a rich and broad apprenticeship style training for Christian mission and service.
  • Entrusted with a beautiful part of the environment, we aspire to be responsible stewards of God’s creation. We provide thought provoking programmes and outdoor activities for all ages with scope for creativity and personal development.
  • Quality, Simplicity and Beauty are gospel values. They reflect how we aspire to care for our buildings and capture the essence of our life together as a Community.

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