We in the Kirk of Calder seek with God's help to encourage and give opportunity to all to grow together in faith and service.
kirkofcalder   www.kirkofcalder.com
Inside This Site
Stained Glass Windows
War Memorials
The Kirk Story
Oldeani Project
The Calder Witches
Music in the Kirk
Church Organisations
Old Maps
Gift Aid Form
Internet Wedding

 The bell tower The South view Insside view looking East Cross on South Trancept South Choir Stained Glass Windows

(Click any photo to go to the Kirk of Calder Photo Album.)

The Present Church  The Church's History and Heritage Current Church News 
Last updated 14th April  2015
The Kirk of Calder is the Church of Scotland Parish Church serving the communities of Mid Calder and Pumpherston and is located on Main St., Mid Calder,  West Lothian, EH53 0AN, Scotland. UK
Services are held every Sunday morning at 10.30am, (an extra family service is held at 9:30am in the summer months)
Our Minister is Rev. John M Povey MA. BD. You can phone/fax him on +44 (0)1506 882495 or
Visitors will of course always be made most welcome to any Sunday morning service!  
YYYVisitScotland attraction and is open to the public on Sunday Afternoons (from April to September) between 2 and 4pm. Admission is FREE! 
The church won the West Lothian Award for Conservation in 1992. Previous visitors include John Knox, James Paraffin Young, David Livingstone and Frederick Chopin - and we look forward to meeting you too! 
You can  make a 'special' appointment to visit at other times by contacting the Church Officer (Bobby Ross 01506 880207) 
Photos - lots of new photos and slideshows of the Church interior and exterior here
Planning a Wedding, Christening or Funeral? - See Services Page for more info. The church can accommodate approx. 400 people.

We are looking for photos past and present of weddings or other events in the Church for our photo album
More photos of the Church have been added to the Photo Gallery, Thanks to photography student and  member Robert Spiers, who was tasked to photograph "anything that didn't move" and has come up with some more spectacular photos including features and carvings you may never of seen before. There are now over 200 photos, and we are still looking for photos of past and present weddings and other events for the album. Click here to visit the photo album page.
For full details of Church Services and Contacts. Click here  
Click for map and directions to Church. The Postcode for GPS users is EH53 0AN. Parking is available on Main Street 50 metres South of the the church. Extra parking available in the Glenalmond Hall car park 150 metres to the North on Main St. 
If you would like to hear the background music that used to be automatic  Click here to start the music  (A new browser window will open, just minimise this and you will go back to this page and still hear the music) 
(The tune is 'Cannon in D Major' by Johann Pachelbel)
NEW - Rev Povey has recently transcribed the names from the church's War Memorials and they are now listed on a page on this site - War Memorials
Click here to read the Church of Scotland press release regarding the Moderator's visit to the Kirk of Calder in Sept 2010 where he held Communion on the 450th anniversary of what is thought to be the same place the very first reformed celebration of Holy Communion.
The Kirk of Calder is a Scottish Registered Charity - Nr. SC013461
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If you are a Facebook user you can now Interact with the Kirk on our on our Facebook page and be sure to "like" us to get update

The Sunday afternoon opening of the Church hosted by The Friends of the Kirk of Calder now closed for the season and will start again May. It may be possible to arrange a special visit by contacting the Friends Co-ordinator John Jamieson on .01506 411772 or e-mail  jamiesonj49@yahoo.co.uk

            3 star STB attraction
Fair Trade Cafe  every Tuesday 10am-12noon in the Glenalmond Hall - Home baking and Fair Trade products - All proceeds go to the work of the Vine Trust.

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Discover the history of the church and learn how an earlier minister of Kirk of Calder once crowned a King!
Historic Scotland Grade A Listed building
  Nr 14144
The Kirk's Stained Glass windows were restored in 1995 and have a special feature page, as do The Calder Witches.
We also have a full list of all Kirk of Calder ministers since 1526
There is an  Old Maps page showing some historical maps of Mid Calder in 1580, 1757 and in 1853
The organ is by James Conacher, 1888.
There are a number of Publications on the history of the church and village that are now available (perhaps for a gift?)  through the website- click  for Publications . We can even sent these overseas. 
Rev Povey's  son Colin following his graduation from Glasgow School of Art captured his dad in oil (below) 

(You can see more of Colin's pictures on his website www.colinpovey.com)
James Hendrie ,one of our Elders, also is a professional writer and he has recently  penned an article for Scottish Home & Country Magazine titled "WITCHES, COMPOSERS AND PREACHERS - THE STORY OF KIRK OF CALDER" It is a balanced and interesting article on the Kirk and now you can read it here or click "The Kirk Story" on the left.
The Kirk of Calder is a Fair Trade Church.
Read the online article on the church in Undiscovered Scotland


Over 200 more photos of the 
Church are available in the 
Kirk Photo Album


 West Lothian Foodbank
- the church will provide a box each Sunday for donations that Colin Foster (07841 457 033) will transmit to the Whitburn centre. 

The list of non- perishable items they would like is listed below:
Tinned Tuna/Tinned Meat/Breakfast Cereals (375g/500g)/ Milk (UHT or powdered)/ Sugar (500g) / Long Life fruit Juice/ Tinned pies (Frae Bentos)/ Tinned tomatoes/ Tinned vegetables/ Tinned fruit/ Tinned rice pudding/ Sponge pudding (tins) / Pasta (500g)/ Pasta sauces (jars)/ Rice (500g)/ Tea Bags/ Instant coffee/ Jam (jars)/ Buscuits (packets)/ Snacks (Crisps/ chiocolate)

We are featured attrction on the Visit West Lothian website  www.visitwestlothian.co.uk 
which raises the profile of West Lothian.
 Visit West Lothian also has a Facebook link: www.facebook.com/visitwestlothian 

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Donate to Kirk of Calder

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Standing Order Form (editable Word doc)
Standing order form (printable pdf)

If UK taxpayer please also  complete
  Gift Aid Form (Editable word doc)
Gift aid form (printable pdf) 
...and we can reclaim the tax

Pay Pal one off donation coming soon!

Sunday Service Every Sunday 10:30am in the Church. All Welcome

Sunday Stars, Sunday School + Mini Kirks - all start in the Church and go the the halls during the service. (except for when there is a baptism when it is the other way round). 

Tea and Coffee are served in the Glenalmond hall after every morning service, all are welcome

While the minsiter is on holiday (till the 19th April) urgent pastoral matters will be dealt with by The Rev Ian Maxwell on 01506 239840

Fortnightly Mid Week Services on Wednesdays at 10:15am in Pumpherston and Uphall Station Community Primary School. Next service is 15th April 2015 

Jute shopping bags depicting the Kirk of Calder are available price £5

The Guild meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays in the Glenalmond Hall 19:30 Feb to April & Sept to Nov 

The Kirk of Calder Report and Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2014 are available a ".pdf" file here for reading and/or printing.

Elders Duty Rota to 28th June 2015 here

The Social Group are hosting a Variety & Fundraising Evening on Friday 24th of April in the Pumpherston Golf Club. The night will showcase some of the great talent that we have in the church to raise funds for the Oldeani Project.

Tickets are priced £12 including a buffet and your entertainment which will comprise, singing, dancing, musical performances and other items of entertainment..........

Tickets are on sale now from the usual sellers, Helen, Janis, Iris and Maureen- we are limited to 80 capacity so these tickets WILL sell fast – please buy early to avoid disappointment.

"Great night for a great cause”.

The Kirk of Calder have a project to link up with a community in Oldeani, Tanzania.  This involves funding the building of a children’s home there between now and the autumn of 2017, at the cost of £85,000.  Since the launch of the project in September 2014, the fund has now (at 14/04/15) reached £17,515  (see graph

Recent events the  Bluegrasss Gospel Concert 14th March raised £926.00, The Rotary Club of Livingston raised £1,500 and the Spring Fair on 28th March raised  £2,074 

See the new dedicated Oldeani Project webpage for more details


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Joinhe 'Friends of Kirk of Calder' (and help organise the Sunday afternoon church opening).
The "Friends" recently handed over a cheque of £600 they have raised for the Church as a result of sales of booklets etc.- (Contact Bobby Ross 01506 880207

Click here to purchase the Friends' Publications on the Church History 
Learn about the "Internet Wedding" here


The Scottish Bible Society 
s one of the two charities 
officially recognised by 
The Church of Scotland.
visit their website here


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St Andrew Press  ...The Church of Scotland Bookshop.

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Publications include books on all aspects of worship: there are prayer books, hymn books, other worship materials, books for worship leaders, for prayer groups and for individuals; books of spiritual poetry; children’s books; and some books on other things you may be interested in, such as music, biography and Scottish history

There are special offers, extracts and reviews. You will find information on authors and on book-related events, and the site will continuously grow and develop to meet your needs.

 The online shop can be found by clicking on the shop door or this link  


More info about the Kirk of Calder

 Making a donation and Gift Aid

Think we're stuffy? - then check out our Humour Page and see how we can laugh at ourselves!!
Visit KirkWeb a Church of Scotland related support site
Web Church - all Scottish Churches on the web,
Link to ScottishChristian.com
Have you a contribution for the Parish Magazine? - (4 issues each year),  then you can e-mail the Editor, Elizabeth Henderson here 
The Church can claim back all the tax paid on any of your contributions, including those of you using weekly Free Will Offering Envelopes,  provided you are a UK taxpayer and you complete a Gift Aid Declaration.
Click here for More information on Gift Aid or to make a single Donation to the church
Click here  for a Gift Aid Declaration Form and/or Standing Order Mandate
Please consider making this declaration as it can benefit the church to the extent of approximately a further quarter of your contribution !...... and 'thank you most sincerely' for any donation!


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This website was first created in September 1998 and fully redesigned in 2008, and since then updated weekly ...now over 16 years online! 

Our vistor counter recorded over 35,000 vissits beteween Sept 1998 and April 2015 when we had to remove our Sitemeter since it was "hacked"

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