Monday, 24 June 2013

South Yorkshire - 'Noisy white-robed religious sect' keeps residents awake with prayers and chanting at 5.30am in the woods

The Barnsley housing estate community of South Yorkshire has been left tired and stressed after being woken at 5.30am by a white robed religious sect praying and chanting in woodland behind their homes.

Loud: Residents on a Barnsley housing estate have complained about the early-morning noise made by a white robed religious sect Friday Apostles

The robed individuals are Learnard Radzokota and his Christian group the Friday Apostles, and they regularly go into the trees to pray and chant at 5.30am.

Now some residents of New Lodge estate have written to Yorkshire Housing, Mr Radzokota's landlord, to complain about the disturbance.

Mr Radzokota, 54, who lives on the estate, said most people wanted to understand more about the Friday Apostles when they were revealed as the mystery worshippers.

But, he added: 'However others just wrote letters to Yorkshire Housing saying because of the praying in the wood, and at our house, we need to be removed from our accommodation.'

Early risers: Friday Apostles worshipers led by Learnard Radzokota known as Father Isaiah, far left, pray in woodland behind a Barnsley estate

Mr Radzokota, known as Father Isaiah, said the group didn’t really have a choice but to pray outdoors, because they have no building to worship in.

'As we do no not have a permanent place to worship in Barnsley, we sometimes carry our our early morning prayers in the wilderness.

'In Africa, all out church members carry out their services in the open space, commonly called wilderness, because by praying in the wilderness we are close to nature and God,' he said.

Celia Casham, of Yorkshire Housing, said it firmly supports the right of people to worship the way they choose.

She said: 'However, it was brought to our attention that religious meetings hosted by Mr Radzokota, at his home, had been causing a level of noise which has affected his neighbours at various times of the day.

'We are keen to work with Mr Radzokota and his neighbours to find a compromise which suits both parties.

'We have been trying to help Mr Radzokota find a more suitable venue for his religious meetings such as a local community centre or church hall.'


  1. They should go and see what this type of religion has turned Nigeria to, surprisingly people living around there don't have a say or any right to complain about the noise, they've gone so weird by putting loudspeakers around their worshiping places to disturb what's the meaning of a religion that gives people no peace?

  2. If you report them here in Nigeria they will say you are a devil...The mosque beside my house wakes us up every morning then we don't normally sleep every Friday because the church in our neighbourhood does night vigil...wonder shall never end.

  3. Nawa o, come to think about it, would God like it if we disturb people around us in order to worship him? I just dey ask o.


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