Beginning the funeral service, the Reverend Kathleen Rogers said: "We know that there are no words we can say at this moment to express what we are feeling. No words can alleviate our sorrow or take away our pain."
A message from April's family, written on the order of service, said: "Paul, Coral, Jazmin and Harley would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their overwhelming kindness, sympathy and support during this sad, sad time."
The emotional parents of April Jones accompanied her tiny coffin into St Peter's Church where they will bid a final farewell to their daughter a year after she was killed.
Hundreds of mourners in the mid-Wales market town of Machynlleth also gathered to pay their respects to the five-year-old.
April Jones' parents, brother and sister followed the horse-drawn hearse on the one mile journey from the Bryn-y-Gog estate to St Peter's Church in a car.
They were joined by hundreds of mourners on foot, with many wearing the schoolgirl's favourite colour pink.
The parents of April Jones wore pink as they prepared to say goodbye to the five-year-old at a funeral service, a year after she was killed.
It comes five days before the first anniversary of April's murder and just 10 days after an inquest released her remains to her family.
A horse-drawn hearse prepares to carry April Jones' coffin on the one mile journey from the Bryn-y-Gog estate, where the youngster lived, to St Peter's Church.
A memorial garden for April Jones, set up just yards from where the little girl was last seen alive, has become a focal point for locals in the weeks leading up to her funeral.
A moving montage of photographs showing April at play will be shown to mourners as they file into the church.
The images will play out on a 50-inch flat screen TV placed at one side to the rear of the church for best visibility.
Put together by April's sister Jazmin, 17, the montage formed part of her recent GCSE school project.
The brief video footage will be played to music chosen by the teenager for the occasion.
The photographs have all been taken from the family's personal album and include the image of a single pink bow used as a beacon of hope by many after April went missing.
Ahead of April Jones' funeral, the Welsh Secretary David Jones has tweeted:
Wales remembers April Jones today
Reverend Kathleen Rogers of St Peter's Church spoke to ITV News ahead of the funeral for April Jones today and said that despite not having a body to bury, April's parents are happy to lay their child's remains to rest.
"It's never going to be enough, what they want is their child [April's body] home, but sadly I can't see that happening in the foreseeable future and they are extremely grateful for what they have got.
"Now they will have a grave to visit, something that belongs to them. The small amount they've got is something that they're grabbing onto."