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  Our Church REGEN2025 Church News 
Last updated 13th May 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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Windows and altar

 

 

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Over the past 2 years and the next year Kirk of Calder have 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, and hope for the future to provide a new sound and audio system to enhance the online streaming of Church services and events. 

ReGen 2025 is also focusing 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 help attract a new minister.

ReGen2025 Total raised to date approx £33,000

Coming Events

Concert - Highlights Community Choir and West Calder Brass Band
28th June 2024 19:00

Summer Fair
Saturday 10th August 2024
times to be advised

Edinburgh Kiltwalk
Sunday 15th September 2024

Christmas Fair
Saturday 30th November 2024
times to be advised

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Recent Past Events

"CR Stompers" Jazz Band with "Duo"
was held on 18th April 2024

Spring Fair 20th April 2024 at the Kirk  Raised £1,165.00

Third Will Writing with Debbie
 was held on 28th April 2024,
Further dates may become available Contact Susan Adams to express interest susanmjadams@aol.com

Guild Daffodil Tea/Coffee Morning held in the Glenalmond Hall on Saturday 16th March  2024 Raised £600.00 for Charities it supports.

Jazz Concert on 1st Feb 2024 
in the Glenalmond Hall

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

 The Concert in the Church on Friday
1st December 2023 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 2023
 (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

 

          For More photos visit the Kirk's Photo Gallery 

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      Service every Sunday at 10:30am

 

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

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It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the passing of our Interim Moderator, Rev Gordon Jamieson on the 3rd May following a heart attack.  

We have lost a good friend and outstanding minister and moderator. Please keep his wife Annette and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Gordon's funeral service will be held at 1:30pm on Friday 24th May 2024 at Bathgate Church (the old high)

 

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 Team meal out March 2024
 
bulletThe Sunday Opening of the Kirk (including the Calder Witch Hunt Exhibition) has now reopened. 2pm to 4pm. Free Entry
 
bulletA box for Donations for the West Lothian Foodbank and toiletries for Dignity Box can both be left at the main door.
 
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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 new Interim Moderator from 1st March 2024 is the Rev Gordon Jamieson who is already very familiar to the congregation through the minimum of two services a month he has been doing for quite some time. He is very familiar with the procedure to call a minister as we now go through that final phase.

Our grateful thanks go to Rev. Nanda Groenewald  (The minister of Polbeth Harwood and West Kirk of Calder) who has undertaken the Interim Moderator role for us more than two years and guided us through to this final stage.

The Parish Profile is now on the Church of Scotland's website in order to attempt to attract a minister and can be viewed here


The Kirk's Highlights Community Choir are 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 - 1st March 2024 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 Meetings on 24th January and 28th February 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. We will soon elect a Nomination team of five elders and 5 members of the Congregation to select a minister.

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 three times 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 another session may be arranged. Please indicate your interest to -Contact Susan Adams susanmjadams@aol.com Donations (min £50.00) for this service to REGEN2025

The Guild meet (Sept-Nov and Feb-April) on the second and fourth Thursdays of these months - The meetings are held 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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