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Police officers in Machynlleth have been searching the home of Mark Bridger, the man charged yesterday with the murder and abduction of missing five-year-old April Jones.
During the final hymn in the church service, 'All Things Bright and Beautiful,' donations were collected for the fund set up for April Jones's family.
Superintendent Ian John said he expected the media to step back and give the community of 2,000 people time to grieve.
Mr John renewed his appeal for "any scrap of information" about the whereabouts of the missing girl.
Mayor of Machynlleth Gareth Jones said it had been an "extremely difficult" week and it was important to give support to those grieving.
Police confirm mountain rescue teams will be scaled back later today but tomorrow specialist police units will be doubled to 18. Forces from across the country will help boost search numbers in Machynlleth.
The Bishop of Bangor, the Rt Rev Andrew John, urged residents of Machynlleth to stick together "for April".
"This is not the end. It is a journey we must take together, fighting the fears, the anger and despair. We want April home," he said.
Speaking before today's ceremony, Reverend Rogers said: "The realisation is coming on since yesterday when we heard murder - that has hit home."
The Bishop of Bangor has paid tribute to the people of Machynlleth in their search for missing five-year old April Jones.
Speaking at a church service for April, Andrew John said:
"I want to take this opportunity to express...my appreciation for all that has been done to recover April. I want to thank the whole community, you have given compassion a human face.
"You have touched the hearts of people across the world.
"You have shown resolve, determination and love beyond any expectation.
"Light truly is stronger than the darkness. We have seen just how dark that darkness can be when we're faced with events like this."
Before the service at St Peter's church in Machynlleth many locals walked from near April's home in a silent procession:
The Bishop of Bangor, Andrew John, has said that what the community has been through has been almost "beyond words:"
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The Machynlleth community came together in prayer in an emotionally charged service in honour of missing April Jones.
Mark Bridger has been charged with the abduction and murder of missing 5-year-old April Jones.