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Methodist Church: seven cases reported in the Channel Islands

Seven cases of alleged historical abuse, requiring further investigation, have been been reported in the Channel Islands.

It's part of a report by the Methodist Church into allegations of physical and sexual abuse, dating back to the 1950s.

A total of 21 witnesses from the Channel Islands, including ministers and former ministers, have offered evidence.

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Methodist Church apologises for historic abuse

Hinde Street Methodist Church in central London Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Methodist Church in Britain has apologised for failing to protect children and adults following nearly 2,000 reports of physical and sexual abuse within the institution dating back to the 1950s.

In a 100-page report published today, the church said it wanted to be open about the past, and to have stronger safeguarding procedures in the future.

Rev Dr Martyn Atkins, general secretary of the Methodist Conference said: "On behalf of the Methodist Church in Britain I want to express an unreserved apology for the failure of its current and earlier processes fully to protect children, young people and adults from physical and sexual abuse inflicted by some ministers in Full Connexion and members of the Methodist Church."

Church reopened after a decade closed

Halkett Place Evangelical Church

A church in Jersey, which has been closed for a decade, will officially reopen this weekend.

Members of the Christian Portuguese Mission have worked tirelessly around their full time jobs to bring Halkett Place Evangelical Church back up to scratch.

The church shut its doors 10 years ago when congregation numbers dwindled and its glass roof began to collapse.

But after a year of repainting and renovating the old Victorian church will be rededicated in a service on Sunday.

Even a break-in earlier this month, resulting in damage to stage equipment, hasn't set back the mission to get the church reopened.

Several island dignitaries will be at a civil ceremony tonight which includes a concert led by the Kings Chamber Orchestra.

A special guest speaker is coming over from America for the service tomorrow.

Church on the verge of re-opening after a decade is broken into

Police are appealing for witnesses after the Evangelic Church on Halkett Place, St Helier was broken into.

The break and entry happened between the hours of 6pm on Saturday 7th February and 4pm on Sunday 8th February.

The break-in resulted in damage to the stage equipment within the church and disruption caused to subsequent services.

The church was due to be officially re-opened at the end of this month after a decade with its doors closed.

Members of the Christian Portuguese Mission have worked tirelessly to bring the place of worship back up to scratch, renovating the old Victorian church around their full time jobs .

If you have any information you can call Police Headquarters on 01534 612612 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Church gets new lease of life after a decade closed

Halkett Place Evangelical Church in Jersey will soon be officially re-opened after a decade with its doors closed.

Members of the Christian Portuguese Mission have worked tirelessly to bring the place of worship back up to scratch.

The church shut its doors 10 years ago when congregation numbers dwindled and its glass roof began to collapse.

But after a year of repainting and renovating it around their full time jobs the old Victorian church will be officially re-opened at the end of this month.

On Saturday 28th February there will be a civic ceremony with a concert led by the Kings Chamber Orchestra in the presence of several of the island dignitaries, including the Chief Minister.

The final re-dedication service will then take place on Sunday 1st March with a special guest speaker coming over from America to mark the occasion.

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Multi-faith service to be held to remember Paris victims

A special church service is being held today following the atrocities in Paris earlier this week when a group of terrorists killed 12 people.

Monsignor Nicholas France, the Roman Catholic Dean, will lead a multi-faith service at St Thomas’ Church at midday.

Senior Island officials, including the Lieutenant-Governor, the Bailiff, the Chief Minister and the Honorary French Consul will be in attendance.

Around 250 islanders gather at vigil for victims of Paris shootings

A vigil has taken place this evening in the Royal Square to pay tribute to the victims of the attack on a satirical magazine in Paris.

It follows similar gatherings around Europe last night.

Around 250 islanders gathered to pay their respects to the victims of the Paris shootings

Watch: Islands fall silent to mark Paris attack

People across the Channel Islands fell silent today to remember the 12 people killed in yesterday's Paris shootings.

As police there hunt those responsible for the massacre at the headquarters of a satirical news magazine, here books of condolence were opened, flags flew at half mast, and the governments of Jersey and Guernsey sent official messages of sympathy to France.

Tonight in St Helier's Royal Square, a vigil is being held as a mark of respect for those who died.

Tamsin Eames reflects on the events in which the islands have showed their solidarity.

President of Alderney speaks on Paris attack

The President of the States of Alderney has expressed his condolences on behalf of the island towards the families of those killed in the Paris tragedy.

Alderney enjoys a close relationship with France and feels solidarity with its people. We utterly condemn these cowardly attacks and our thoughts are with the families of those killed or injured.

– Stuart Trought, President of the States of Alderney
The scene outside the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo in the aftermath of the shootings Credit: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

The President has written official messages of sympathy and support on behalf of the people of Alderney to the French Consul in Guernsey and to the French ambassador at St James’ in London.

Alderney police officers joined colleagues across the Channel Islands in a minute’s silence at 10.30am to remember the people who died in the attack.

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