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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.

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.

Bishop of Dover now in full control

The Anglican Church in the Channel Islands has finally severed all ties with the Diocese of Winchester.

The 500-year-old relationship ended last January after the Archbishop of Canterbury intervened followed an allegation of abuse was made by a parishioner in Jersey.

The Bishop of Dover now has full control over the islands.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images


Ministers and French Consul join silence

Jersey's council of ministers were joined by the French Consulate to observe a minute's silence at 11am.

A further vigil will be held in the Royal Square at 6pm this evening to remember the victims of the deadly shooting attack on a French magazine yesterday.

Police observe silence for French colleagues

Both Guernsey and Jersey Police have joined forces throughout Britain to observe a two minute silence in memory of their colleagues caught up in yesterday's attacks in Paris.

Jersey Police also observe the silence

Vigil planned for Paris massacre victims

Former Jersey Deputy Sean Power is planning a vigil this evening to pay tribute to the victims of the attack on a satirical magazine in Paris.

It follows similar gatherings around Europe last night. Large crowds in cities including Berlin, London and Brussels held placards, pens and notepads in the air as a mark of respect to the 12 people murdered at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Mr Power is calling on islanders and members of the French community to join him at 6pm in the Royal Square for one hour.

He says the idea evolved out of discussions on social media last night.

Read more about the shootings and the very latest on the story on the national ITV News site.

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