"We were in there having a prayer meeting on Tuesday, and had the gates open" explained minister Ralph Upton.
"Obviously, people stole it while we were having the prayer meeting".
"It just seemed like a pointless action" says Irene Pearce, a local councillor.
"People have been sad and asking why people would do that. It just doesn't make sense"
A church in the Rhondda is appealing for help after a model of the baby Jesus was stolen from its nativity scene.
The theft took place during a service at the Blaencwm Chapel near Treherbert. The doll had been part of the nativity scene for the last ten years.