Malcolm and Helen Lloyd were formally Recognised as Parish Assistants (RPAs) in the Mulgrave Benefice (west of Whitby) during a service in St Mary's Church, Sandsend, on the 3rd November.

RPAs share in the public ministry of the local church, as they serve their local parishes, working with their parish clergy, and other licensed ministers (Readers and Church Army officers) seeking to encourage and develop the gifts of others.

Helen and Malcolm describe the RPA course run by York School of Ministry (YSOM) as "hugely beneficial" and urge anyone who would like to do more in their church to consider it.

In addition to learning about some doctrine and listening skills, the course offers a choice of modules including pastoral visiting, leading worship, mission and working with children.

  • If you might be interested in becoming a Recognised Parish Assistant, speak in the first instance to your Incumbent or see the YSOM website at
  • Pictured: Malcolm and Helen Lloyd with Rector of the Mulgrave Benefice the Revd Capt Malcolm Jackson CA.