CHURCHES across Winchester have come together to create a video for Pentecost.

The service will be shown on the 'Churches Together in Winchester' YouTube channel at 6pm this Sunday.

Individual churches will also share the service through their own social media streams.

Reverend Simon Cansdale, vicar of Christ Church in Christchurch Road, said: "We all believe that this could be a profound and important moment in the life of the churches and the city. "There is a real feeling that this is truly ‘for the city, from the churches’ and not earthed in any one of our church buildings. We hope and trust that the result will be truly representative and joyful.”

"At least 12 city churches from different denominations are taking part and more than 35 singers and musicians have recorded a special song of blessing for the people of Winchester. They all recorded their pieces individually at home and the complete Blessing has been edited by Rev. Mike Griffiths from All Saints and St John’s."

The new Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Patrick Cunningham has recorded a welcome and the Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin will give a final blessing.

Shelagh Clift, the Salvation Army minister, will be speaking about how churches have been helping out during the lockdown.

Reverend Cansdale added: "There is a distinct appeal to online church. It can never replace meeting together, but the city churches report that more people watch online than normally come on a Sunday.

"The Guardian claims that one in four British adults have watched an online service."