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  Our Church REGEN2025 Church News 
Last updated 12th February 2024
       
 
 

Kirk of Calder is a 16th Century Church built on the site of an earlier 12th Century Church.

Today's Church is the Parish Church for Mid Calder and Pumpherston; it has a active congregation with services each Sunday.

During the summer months, it opens  between 2 and 4pm to allow visitors the
opportunity to view and learn some of its long and fascinating history with guides on hand to provide tours.

The Church is part of the local community, a place of worship and where its history and its rich heritage are shared.

A Church has stood on the site since the 12th century. Kirk of Calder, The present church dates from 1541 with an extension added in the 1860s. Two carved stone Celtic crosses, survive from the original Church, one is on display within the Church.

The Church has close links with the Reformation and John Knox was a regular preacher and one of its ministers helped draft the Scots Confession of 1560. The first reformed communion after the Reformation took place in nearby Calder house.

 The Church was also at the centre of persecution, and at least 5 women were tried and convicted under the witchcraft act. Information about these events is available in the Church.

The Church was also a place of worship for Frederic Chopin during his time in Scotland. James ‘Paraffin’ Young and his family were regular worshipers and the family later donated a number of fine stain glass widows. It is believed that the explorer David Livingston also visited the Church. Call to worship is made each Sunday by the 17th century Rotterdam bell. 

"The Friends of Kirk of Calder" open the church to visitors 2- 4pm on Sundays, May to September and the Co-ordinator is Mr. John Jamieson 01506-411722.

For those who can't visit John Jamieson has prepared a 14minute long Virtual Tour you can view here or click the image.

 

We were fortunate the last two seasons to host a special exhibition within the Kirk by a separate organisation called "The Calder Witch Hunt ".  The Kirk was the actual setting for some of the trials and even where some of the "witches" were tried and tortured. We hosted this again in the 2023 season

More details here

A memorial Plaque was commissioned and placed in the Vestry in 2023

View the YouTube video on its installation here https://youtu.be/966a0WZR928

 


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The Kirk minutes and Witch Hunt Exhibition

The Calder Witch Hunt have a comic book created by brilliantly talented artist Caitlyn Bannatyne and it tells the stories of the people who were affected by the Calder Witch Hunt.

 

The Kirk of Calder is situated on Main Street, Mid Calder, EH53 0AN
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Walk round the historic Kirk of Calder on a sunny day is another new addition to he YouTube videos  Click the photo below to watch and listen

The Choir sing a selection of Traditional Scottish Songs Pop-up Sing along including Street Songs lasting 16 minutes. Click here or on image below Their You Tube Chanel can be accessed from this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm290UIhbwCTjkwBwyttm7w

        

 

 

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Over the next 3 years, Kirk of Calder is embarking on a fundraising campaign to raise £60,000 for property and maintenance work at the Church, Glenalmond Hall, and the Manse.

This will also help to support the church mission and its ability to deliver pastoral services in the local community and beyond, for example with the future installation of a new sound and audio system to enhance the online streaming of Church services and events. 

ReGen 2025 will also focus on extending friendship and fellowship both within the Church and local area in this post Covid era. It will aim to create the infrastructure to attract a new minister when permitted to do so.#

ReGen2025 Total raised to date approx £31,000

Recent Past Events

Jazz Concert 1st Feb 2024 Glenalmond Hall  19:00

 

-Christmas Fair  - Sat 2nd December 2023
 in the Glenalmond Hall  Raised £680.00

 

The Concert in the Church on Friday 1st December
Raised £450.00

The Beetle Drive -on  Friday 10th November 2023
 raised £200 for Regen2025

The Harvest Lunch on 1st October 2023
raised £200.00 for Crossreach

For More photos see the fundraising page

Funday Saturday 12th August (Raised £533.75 for REGEN2025)

Summer Club Mon 7th to Fri 11th August 2023 in the Glenalmond Hall
(see Publications for photos)

Summer Concert Featuring  Highlights Choir and West Calder Brass band on Friday 23rd June raised £427.00

Easter Fair 8th April 2023 raised £1,106

(for photos see the Fundraising Page)

Easter Sunday - Easter Bonnet Competition
and Easter Breakfast - 9th April 2023

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Pop In Café – Every Tuesday from 10am – 12pm at the Glenalmond Hall. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and cake all proceeds to ReGen 2025 project. Everyone welcome

  To donate online to the cause....

  Donate with JustGiving.

Visit the Fundraising page to see earlier REGEN 2025 activities

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View to Rear Balcony                    The Kirk in 1547 


Inside view of the  Bell Tower


 
                  Some Pew Graffiti        


Inside view

 

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      Service every Sunday at 10:30am
 

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Next Service Sunday 18th Feb - Rev Dr Sheena Orr
 

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Teas and Coffee in the Glenalmond Hall after the morning service -all welcome.
 

bulletSunday Club for 4 to 11 year olds every Sunday till late June 2024)  They first meet in the church at 10:30 then go on to the Glenalmond Hall for pick up at 11:30pm.
Sunday Club holidays - 11th and 18th Feb 2024 and 7th and 14th April 2024
On Easter Sunday Mar 31st - Easter Egg rolling. Meet at Cunnigar Hill at 9am. Breakfast at 9.30am in the hall. No Sunday Club.
 
bulletThe Sunday Opening of the Kirk (including the Calder Witch Hunt Exhibition) is now closed until May (2024)
 
bulletA box for Donations for the West Lothian Foodbank and toiletries for Dignity Box can both be left at the main door.
 
bulletAnyone willing to join a Congregational Working Party carrying out small jobs at the church and manse please contact Jim Hendrie
 
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A great new drone picture (Page banner and above) of the Kirk by local Droneography expert Liam Bullerwell who has kindly agreed that it can be reproduced here

If you click the picture above you can see Liam's Video Drone Fly Past of the Church lasting 38 seconds. Please note it takes a little while to load or it will buffer so its best to let it load fully first before playing!

We are without a minister at present , our Interim Moderator is Rev. Nanda Groenewald  (The present minister of Polbeth Harwood and West Kirk of Calder)  She can be contacted by telephone  07846 539 841 or by e-mail at jonandagroenewald@gmail.com

The Kirk's Highlights Choir looking for new Voices!

View West Lothian Council Memorial Service 16th September 2022 Slideshow Pics 38 seconds long click here https://fb.watch/fBTtaeYJ3O/

View West Lothian Council Memorial Service for the Queen on 16th September 2022 (click link) 48 minutes long https://fb.watch/fBUtCjJK8O/

Kirk of Calder service for Sunday 18th September 2022 - Gordon Pennykid can be viewed at the link below.
https://fb.watch/fPeiaQrUDx/

Previous weekly services during the pandemic and the recovery can be accessed here  (If anyone can't access this the sermons are also available on DVD's- contact Eleanor Blair 01506 881302) Please Note -services are no longer routinely recorded

Updated Presbytery Info

Calling a Minister - Jan 24 Update

The Presbytery appointed three of its members to form the Vacancy Advisory Committee, to assist our Kirk Session with the process of calling a minister, and all three attended  the Session Meeting on 24th January 2024

At the same meeting Session appointed a team to prepare a Parish Profile to go on the Church of Scotland Website as the means to receive applications from Ministers for our vacant charge

Synopsis of BASIS OF REVIEWABLE CHARGE July 2023

 By decision of the Presbytery of Edinburgh and West Lothian, permission is granted to the congregation of Kirk of Calder Parish Church of Scotland, Mid Calder, Livingston, to call a minister on a Basis of Reviewable Charge. The review in five years will include various matters in respect of achieving certain criteria in respect of the Mission, Co-operation with other churches in the Parish Grouping, reaching out to new housing developments, addressing poverty and social injustice


SYNOPSIS OF PARISH GROUPING July 23

The congregation of Livingston Old Parish Church , the congregation of Livingston United Parish Church  and the congregation of Kirk of Calder Parish Church shall form a Parish Grouping called the Livingston Parishes Grouping.

 

Each church shall continue with the Parish boundaries, ministries , session all remaining as ay present, and continue to maintain their own buildings.

 Areas of Co-operation:
 

Deliver weekly church services, joint pastoral care initiatives and community involvement projects. Actively develop the mission skills of the church elders and congregations to employ more of the untapped and underutilised inherent talents within the congregations of these three churches to encourage the young to participate and lapsed members to reengage in the life of the church. Seek to transform unjust structures of society, challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation through joint pastoral care initiatives and community care and youth engagement projects. Actively develop further the community support initiatives, thrift shops, community cafes and community events, to bring young and old together in fellowship and fuller participation in the life of the church.

Sustain and renew the life of the earth through shared church, community and other local and  world environment protection projects. Actively develop further the eco church activities already within the three churches and their links to communities in other areas in Scotland and beyond.

Debbie Fleming a solicitor with KW Law has now twice offered the opportunity to meet members of the congregation, to discuss the preparation of a Will and/or Power of Attorney. If there is anyone who would like this service we may be able to organise another session. Contact Susan Adams susanmjadams@aol.com Donations for this service to REGEN2025

The Guild meet on the second and fourth Thursdays (Sept-Nov and Feb-April)- now in the afternoon at 2pm in the Glenalmond Hall

The Choral Highlights Choir meet on Wednesday evenings in the Church at 7:30pm  New members welcome. Contact John Rankine 01506 880029

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