In April, this year, Vale Village Church launched Gems – a club just for girls in year 6 to year 11. It’s a place where girls can develop strong friendships, encouraging and supporting one another in a relaxed fun environment. Through a range of activities, crafts and discussion we aim to inspire a positive identity based on Christian values.

Over the last 6 months some of our highlights were: a firepit in the summer, when we made bread and roasted marshmallows; we learned about love languages– the way that we best receive and show love to other people ( 5 Love Languages for Teenagers – Gary Chapman); how to be on the alert against bullying; making friendship bracelets and, recently, shining sparklers on a chilly, dark night – thank goodness for hot drinking chocolate!

Gem’s is run by volunteers from Vale Village Church. Our hope is that the girls will feel valued, confident in who they are and want to make an impact in their community. The response has been fantastic and numbers are growing as the girls continue to invite their friends. We’d love you to join us, so, if you’re a girl between years 6 and 11 come and join in the fun!

Gem’s takes places on the first Friday of every month, 6.30pm- 8.00pm at Wenvoe Village Hall, CF5 6AG. Follow us on Facebook – Gems Girls Club and Instagram gems. valevillage



A Buffalo Called Wenvoe


On a recent trip to India, Gary Smith, the Pastor at Vale Village Church bought a buffalo and gave him the name Wenvoe! You may wonder why. Since the church was started they have partnered with the charity that Gary runs who have been working in India since 2005.

Partnering with a Gateway ministry in Rajahmundry, Andra Pradesh, Ignite, Vale Village Church, Message Wales and many other churches and individuals have paid for the construction of more than 25 churches. In addition, they developed a 300+ pupil school for Dalit children. Dalits are the lowest caste in India and used to be called “untouchables”. They are from some of the poorest villages and were it not for the Gateway School many would not have access to education. This English medium school teaches most of the same subjects as in the UK plus Hindi, the Indian national language and Telegu, the language in that part of the country. Since its inception it has produced excellent results.

Six years ago money was also raised to build a children’s home on the school compound. The 25 children housed there are either orphans or “semi-orphans” meaning they have lost one of their parents and the surviving parent is simply too poor to care for them. This is where the buffaloes come in! We are establishing a small herd to provide milk for the children and also possibly generate an income for the children’s home. Gary shared some information:

“When I was visiting this August I saw that there are currently 4 buffalo on the land. Rotation means that only 2 are currently providing milk. Now clearly I am not a herdsman but I tried to understand the facts and this is what I discovered. Each buffalo produces about 3 litres of milk. The children’s home needs 9 litres per day. So with only 2 currently available to milk it meant they were buying milk to meet the shortfall. A quick call home to our church and we decided to gift them one to get them over the current ‘crisis’. In order to ensure this supply remains constant we will need to find a way to provide a further buffalo. In addition they need to pay a stockman. In simple terms an additional buffalo in milk would provide the income for the whole operation. Ultimately we want to raise the funds for a total of 10 buffalo. This would feed the kids, pay the stockman, provide a small income and have capacity for buffalo not to be providing milk.

I discovered a few other things. Milk from cows is not consumed in India. That is because it curdles in the heat and also the Hindus consider it to be a sacred animal. Also because Hindus are vegetarian and Christians do not eat beef there is almost no value in buffalo meat. Meaning male calves are worthless. The most surprising discovery is just how expensive buffaloes are! Wenvoe the buffalo cost almost £1,200! This is expensive by most standards but in India it means the herd is incredibly precious to their owners”


If you would like to sponsor a buffalo, the cost is £1,200. Or if you would like to make a part cost donation for any amount, please make a cheque payable to Ignite and post it to 17 Rectory Close, Wenvoe, CF5 6AQ



Christmas Celebrations



Vale Village Church would like to invite everyone to join them to celebrate Christmas. We promise you a warm welcome and an insight into the true meaning of Christmas. There will be traditional carols, the Christmas story and one or two surprises!

Sunday 17th December 11am – Vale Village Christmas – A service for the whole family with special guest items. Coffee and pastries served from 10.30am

Sunday 17th December 6.30pm – Carols by Candlelight – Mulled wine and mince pies served from 6pm

Thursday 21st December 8.30pm – Carols in the Wenvoe Arms

Sunday 24th December 11am – Christmas Celebration – A service for the whole family with special guest items. Coffee and pastries served from 10.30am









Vale Village Church is delighted to bring the Eden Bus to Wenvoe in order to run a monthly youth club in the village. The High tech double decker youth centre is equipped with mac computers, PS-4’s, Xbox 360, a huge 3D TV, sound system and even a recording studio. With low tech options such as a nail bar, board games and chat zones, the Eden Bus is a huge hit wherever it goes.


Aimed at Yr 6 and above sessions will run from 7pm – 8.30pm and the bus will be parked opposite Grange Park. Sessions are currently booked for

        April 7th, May 5th, June 9th, July 7th, Aug 4th, Sept 8th











More information can be found at www.valevillage. or call Gary on 07782 305738.





New Schedule and December Programme


Vale Village Church has been meeting in the village of Wenvoe since 2012 and now it is changing times.

From November 20th 2016, we will be meeting every Sunday morning. Come along at 10.30am for pastries, and refreshments and then stay for our service where we celebrate Jesus with great music, relevant talks and engaging activities for the children.

December 4th – Village Hall

December 11th – Community Centre

December 18th – Village Hall

You are most welcome to join us.

Vale Village Christmas – Sunday December 18th

11am – Christmas Family Service

6.30pm – Carols by Candlelight Wenvoe Village Hall


Christmas is a special time for everyone and we would love you to join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus. With carols, the story of the nativity, seasonal music, mince pies & mulled wine everyone is welcome.

Fire & Rain – A Night of Worship, Healing & Wisdom

Sunday December 4th – 6.30pm – Wenvoe Village Hall

This is a new event organised by Vale Village Church & Eden Church, Penarth. The programme will be flexible but time will be available for extended worship, ministry and there will be opportunities to pray for the sick.music01

Our guest speaker will be Andy Hawthorne OBE, founder of the Message Trust. He has spoken in the UK and Scottish parliaments & is a major conference speaker throughout the world. More information at


Carol Singing in the Wenvoe Arms

Thursday December 15th – 8.30pm. Join Vale Village Church for the annual carol singing in the pub. We supply the hymn sheets & you supply the voices. A selection of carols, Christmas songs and seasonal tunes are guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas!