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Mysterious Figures Spotted In Woods

Thursday May 16 2013

Apostles in woods Apostles in woods

MYSTERIOUS figures dressed in white robes have been heard praying and chanting before sunrise in woodland at New Lodge.

An Elland Road resident said she had seen people dressed in long white robes going in to the woods, and was woken at 5.30am by the sounds of chants and prayers several times in the last two weeks.

She said: "I'm not sure what they're doing to be honest. It's like a singing or something similar - it's quite strange."

The 12 chanting worshippers are members of an 82-year-old Christian sect called Friday Apostles, who believe in the power of prayer.

The Barnsley group is led by Father Isaiah, real name Leonard Radzokota, who said they're carrying out the early morning ritual to pray for the people of Barnsley.

Father Isaiah lives in New Lodge and said the apostles like to pray in the wood so they can be close to God and nature.

"We come here into the wilderness because everything around us is alive, the grass, the birds, and we are before God.

"We come here to pray because there's a spirit of suicide affecting families and children and there's no peace among the people.

"With the cuts happening, it's very difficult for people right now. Marriages are breaking, families do not know what to do and children are going astray."

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Reply Posted by Corrine on Thursday May 16 2013 at 16:05
good on them, they're not hurting anyone.

Reply Posted by mick on Thursday May 16 2013 at 16:07
Well Done . They are doing no harm. It takes all sorts to make this world. Also if it helps the people of Barnsley . i say let them carry on in peace.

Reply Posted by gail on Thursday May 16 2013 at 16:22
Father Isaiah i think we need all the help and prayers you can muster! i,m not a religious person but respect those who are, but i think its really quite nice! i just hope no-one spoils it for them.

Reply Posted by b on Thursday May 16 2013 at 17:58
On praying in New Lodge: "We come here into the wilderness"

Reply Posted by stevo on Friday May 17 2013 at 12:28
Best of luck to Father Isaaiah, I can imagine it will have raised quite a few eyebrows, but tis actually nice to see someone embracing religion and praying for the town.
Such kind words too.

Reply Posted by stevo on Friday May 17 2013 at 17:39
Where are all the previous ignorant comments about mosques, islam and terrorists? It showed exactly what the people of Barnsley think about people who aren't quite like them.

Reply Posted by stevo on Saturday May 18 2013 at 03:30
Please note - The above post is not from the real Stevo, WAB can you remove this post and the one above please

Reply Posted by Kipper on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 20:13
I am tormented so and sickened by religion everywhere I look. I cannot look past this, chanting/praying loudly during the early hours when people are in bed? To me that's almost as bad as that pillock who stands with the sign in town.

That being said, his words are kind and selfless and such an act of kindness in our trying times can not be over looked, never mind not appreciated. Just piss off man, folk are trying to get some kip!

Reply Posted by Anon on Thursday May 23 2013 at 22:08
Aren't these the ones who were praying and chanting on the fleets in Honeywell a few years ago

Reply Posted by Kerry Betton on Thursday May 23 2013 at 22:15
Good on them - they're doing no harm. It makes a change to see someone doing something peaceful in woods rather than getting plastered or high or worse!

Reply Posted by Andrew on Thursday May 23 2013 at 22:20
each to their own and if they believe they are doing good an no one is getting hurt then good on them.

Reply Posted by G on Thursday May 23 2013 at 22:26
Some people really need to educate themselves. Why not let people just get on with what they are doing, instead of being judgemental. They are positive, selfless & caring. These qualities should be respected - let them do their thing - good on them!

Reply Posted by D on Thursday June 13 2013 at 20:30
Yes anon. They are the same people bit scary to be honest because last time they prayed it was because they said they were preventing floods from coming as they knew it was going to happen if I remember right. People scoffed but not long after half of south Yorkshire was under water ooops. I know father issiah he used to come into the shop I uses to work in he's a nice guy.