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The Present Church  The Church's History and Heritage Current Church News 
Last updated 9th July 2014
     
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
Facebook Logo - Click to visit the Kirk's Facebook Page
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
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.
View how the church has been used as a Teaching Project for year 7 pupils Jim Fanning, Assistant Head teacher of Tideway Community School has created an excellent educational site, using our church as the basis, for use by Year 7 pupils studying aspects of church life. Not only does it find an interesting and entertaining way to learn about our Church's history but you can even take a moving 360 degree picture view of the church interior and is well worth a visit 
Rev Povey's  son Colin has recently graduated from Glasgow School of Art and has captured his dad in oil (below) 
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(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

 

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

Short (30min) Family Service every Sunday in July and August at 09:30

Sunday Stars, Sunday School + Mini Kirks  closed for July and August 

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

 

Kids Summer Club will run from 11th to 15th August between 10am and 12 noon each day .This is for Primary 1-7 age group. To be held in the Church Hall - more details and registration form soon.

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

      Rev Povey - latest update
                    20th July

On Friday 23rd May our Minister Rev John Povey has suffered a mild heart attack and following assessment in hospital he had two stents fitted, and was back home the following week. 

Update 20th July. John is a lot better and had the all clear to go on his planned holiday to Croatia.It is now anticipated that he will be back to work on 1st August.

In the meantime the Pastoral duties of the parish are being looked after by Dr Andre Groenewald (minister at Kirknewton and East Calder ) and the Parish duties by our deaconess Mrs Kay McIntosh D.C.S 

Rev Dr AJ Groenewald
8 Manse Court
East Calder
Livingston
EH53 0HF
Tel 01506 884585
groenstes@yahoo.com

Mrs Kay McIntosh D.C.S  contact 07903 266307 deaconess@backedge.co.uk  

Non urgent general enquiries to minister@kirkofcalder.com

The Guild closed for this session. They meet 2nd and 4th Thursdays in the Glenalmond Hall 19:30 Feb to April & Sept to Nov 
Next Communion 7th September 2014 at 10:30 and 18;30
The Sunday afternoon opening of the Church hosted by The Friends of the Kirk of Calder has restarted from 2:00 to 4:00pm every Sunday afternoon and will run to September.
Friends Co-ordinator John Jamieson can be contacted 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 in Peru. 
Elders Duty Rota 29th June to 28th September 2014 here
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)

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

   
photo by Eleanor Milligan

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Think we're stuffy? - then check out our Humour Page and see how we can laugh at ourselves!!
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