Ophelia Wells, aged 9, has been made bishop of a small patch of the diocese of Portsmouth in a revival of a medieval custom. She is is looking after St John's Church in Forton, Gosport and will be preaching each Sunday in December as well as introducing some new rules: children will be allowed to ring the church bells, and there's a free glass of wine for those who go to church for two weeks in a row.
According to the vicar of the parish, Carrie Thompson, it's a "really old tradition" associated with St Nicholas Day, which takes place on 6 December.
"St Nicholas is the patron of all sorts of things, sailors and the city of Portsmouth, but most importantly, children. In the Middle Ages in England there was this great tradition that on the feast of St Nicholas, in all cathedrals and lots of the parish churches, a child, the smallest chorister of the choir, became the bishop. They threw out the bishop and all the canons and the kids took over." More here on the BBC website.