Pat Allerton, the 'portable priest' who shares his faith in the streets of Notting Hill

“Because in these times, hope is essential. That's the whole story, bringing hope to people. And what is more essential than hope in these past few weeks? "

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the english press calls it "Portable priest" and its neighbors acclaim it. Pat Allerton roam the streets of Notting Hill to share his faith, pray, and let Christian hymns resonate in this well-known English quarter.

Because he neither wanted to be deprived of his mission by confinement, nor to derogate from barrier gestures, Pat Allerton decided, after consultation with the clergy, to take advantage of its authorized sports window to continue to proclaim the Gospel.

“In a conversation with my bishops, we decided that, yes, this ministry could continue, must continue, but that it could be part of my daily exercise. So now I'm taking a great bike ride. I carry a little weight, as you can see, with the speakers and the generator, to be totally independent, and I go out and cycle around the parish and walk around the local streets around in hope to bring some hope. "

So every day, he carries all his equipment by bike to reach people in his neighborhood. This is how he invites neighbors to join their doors, their windows.

“This is only a community event, and it's not like we have something else to do, why don't you join? Come to your window or your doorstep and join us singing, be part of this neighborhood and this community for this short time. "

If he says he is ready to stop if the authorities ask him to, he says that "Each Christian community and each community of faith would see it as essential work".

“Because in these times, hope is essential. That's the whole story, bringing hope to people. And what is more essential than hope in these past few weeks? "

MC

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