Our mission

Scargill's mission

Scargill's most important mission is to provide space for the mysterious transforming love of God to work in people's lives.

Prayer, genuine caring hospitality and the equipping of individuals and churches for mission are all very important to us too.

Scargill Movement

The Scargill Movement is a registered charity which was set up in 2009 expressly to purchase Scargill House in the spectacular Yorkshire Dales, to enable it to continue as a Christian centre. Many of our trustees have long-standing connections with the original Scargill House and/or with Lee Abbey (with which we are closely associated). Today, the Scargill Movement continues to welcome people to the Scargill House holiday, conference and retreat centre, just as originally intended in 1959.

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 vision and values

We are... a Christian movement with its home in the Yorkshire Dales, where an intentional community representing many Christian traditions is committed to a common rule of life and service.
We believe... that lives are transformed by the love of God in Jesus Christ.
We aim... through hospitality to all, to share lives changed by faith
to send our guests home with new vision and purpose
to model and promote responsible stewardship of creation
to help guests and community alike to gain and be enriched by a vision for community in an individualistic world
We offer... a resident, caring community of people with prayer at their heart

hospitality to individuals and groups, challenging programmes and outdoor activities, especially for young people

resources and training for Christian mission and service

opportunities for creativity and personal development

a community practising both ecological and sustainable stewardship of God's creation.