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
Publications & Videos
Gift Aid Form
Internet Wedding
Privacy & Data Protect

 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 25th October 2020
bullet 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
bulletServices are held every Sunday morning at 10.30am, (an extra family service is held at 9:30am in the summer months)
bullet Our Minister is Rev. John M Povey MA. BD. You can phone/fax him on +44 (0)1506 882495 or
bullet Visitors will of course always be made most welcome to any Sunday morning service!  
bullet***VisitScotland 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! 
bulletYou can  make a 'special' appointment to visit at other times by contacting the Church Officer  Jim and Eleanor Blair 01506 881302  email
bullet Photos - lots of new photos and slideshows of the Church interior and exterior here
bullet Planning a Wedding, Christening or Funeral? - See Services Page for more info. The church can accommodate approx. 400 people.

bullet We are looking for photos past and present of weddings or other events in the Church for our photo album
bullet 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.
bullet For full details of Church Services and Contacts. Click here  
bullet 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. 
"What  3 Words" location code for the Church is ///flight.using.novelists
bulletIf 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)
bullet 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
bullet 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.
bulletThe Kirk of Calder is a Scottish Registered Charity - Nr. SC013461
bullet 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

bullet The Sunday afternoon opening of the Church hosted by The Friends of the Kirk of Calder is open for the season (May to September Sundays 2-4pm).  more details from the "Friends" coordinator  John Jamieson 01506 411772
            3 star STB attraction
bulletFair 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.
bullet  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/ 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)/ Biscuits (packets)/ Snacks (Crisps/ chocolate)

Link to Kirk of Calder's Facebook Page

Rev Povey
(Photo courtesy The Daily Record)

Oldeani Biscuits!



 funds Click here to  join. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/kirkofcalder/
Without any cost to you, the retailer donates part of your online spend can help raise funds for the church. For example  £2,000 was raised for the Oldeani project from this source in less than 3 years!. (Note: If you signed up already to easyfundraising for the Oldeani Project you have been automatically transferred to the Kirk of Calder funding for future spend)

Church lighting upgrade September 2018


bullet Discover the history of the church and learn how an earlier minister of Kirk of Calder once crowned a King!
bulletHistoric Scotland Grade A Listed building
bullet   Nr 14144
bullet The Kirk's Stained Glass windows were restored in 1995 and have a special feature page, as do The Calder Witches.
bullet We also have a full list of all Kirk of Calder ministers since 1526
bullet There is an  Old Maps page showing some historical maps of Mid Calder in 1580, 1757 and in 1853
bullet The organ is by James Conacher, 1888.
bullet 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. 
bullet Rev Povey's  son Colin following his graduation from Glasgow School of Art captured his dad in oil (below) 

bullet (You can see more of Colin's pictures on his website www.colinpovey.com)
bullet 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.
bullet The Kirk of Calder is a Fair Trade Church.
bullet Read the online article on the church in Undiscovered Scotland


Over 200 more photos of the 
Church are available in the 

Kirk Photo Album


*NEW* The Gravestone Photographic Resource project is a website attempting to provide a much needed on-line resource for family historians. They include a number of headstones in the Kirk of Calder Cemetery. Click the link below to visit.



We are featured attraction 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:

Link to Kirk of Calder's Facebook Page

To make a donation  to Kirk of Calder
please complete standing order form below or
make a one off BACS payment to Kirk of Calder
A/C 10047047 Sort Code: 82-66-22

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

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

 e-mail forms to

Pay Pal one off donation coming soon!




The Oldeani project was featured in an article in "The Daily Record" on 31st December 2016. It is reproduced in full on the Oldeani Page

bulletTARGET REACHED - 5 Months early!
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 at the cost of £85,000.  Since the launch of the project in September 2014, the fund reached its £85,000 target (
see graphWell done everyone!
bulletSee the dedicated Oldeani Project webpage for more details

(now called Kazunzu)
bulletBankers Order form to pay your weekly offering here . Collect a card at the main door to show that you have paid your offering online!
bulletMore members wanted for Easyfundraising - a small proportion of your online spending can go to the church.
bullet Download and print Data Protection Consent Form here

More events for your diary:-

bulletJute shopping bags depicting the Kirk of Calder are available price £5
bulletThe Guild meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays (Feb to April & Sept to Nov) in the Glenalmond Hall at 19:30  Cancelled till further notice
bulletElders Duty Rota 2020 here
bulletCommunion Duties 2020 Here

   Some recent past events still of interest

bullet HRH the Princes Royal receives a cheque for £85,000 from the Rev John Povey
    Photo by kind permission Alex Todd
bulletPrincess Anne, The Princess Royal and patron of the Vine Trust visited the Church on Thursday 25th May 2017 to learn about the £85,000 raised for our Vine Trust fundraising Project. Press Agency Pictures here
Photographer's images as a slideshow and photos also available to purchase here
bulletPhotos of the Open Day held on 19th March 2017  below
bullet500th Anniversary of the Reformation - a special service was held in the church on Tuesday 31st October 2017. The guest preacher was be the Very Rev Albert Bogle, former Moderator of the Church of Scotland General Assembly.
You can still view a recording of the live stream of the service on The Sanctuary First Website



Coronavirus update -

Message from Rev John Povey 24th July 2020

"A Covid 19 risk assessment of the church has shown that, with the required two metre social distancing, a congregation of only 31 can be accommodated safely for worship.  Rather than go down the “ticket only” route, there will be a further postponement of opening the church.  This will be reviewed when we reach the Scottish Government’s stage 4 of emergence from lockdown, hopefully in just a few weeks’ time.  Meantime, please continue to join the minister for his online services on a Sunday.

 “Keep a Christian from entering the church sanctuary, and you have not in the least hindered his or her worship.  We carry our sanctuary within us.  We never leave it.”


The weekly online service can be accessed here


Kirk of Calder accounts see below


Completed Freewill Offering Envelopes may be handed in at the church the first Saturday of every month at the Church 12:30- 1.30pm - next date 7th November 2020


General Message on "Giving" from Kirk of Calder

Like every other charity our income has dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we still have almost all our overheads.
*If you already support us - THANK YOU
*If you could spare something to support us further - THANK YOU
*If you would like to donate - THANK YOU
*If you want to know more about setting up regular giving or a one-off donation -

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

*If you would like to send us a donation - THANK YOU
Please make cheques payable to Kirk of Calder and send to Rev. J. Povey  52  Main Street Mid Calder  EH53 0AN

If you have a PayPal account you can also donate through the Church of Scotland website www.churchofscotland.org.uk and follow the link to find Kirk of Calder

THANK  YOU,  KIRK OF CALDER   - Scottish Charity  SC013461

The impact of the global pandemic Coronavirus has forced us to close our church buildings and stop many of our usual activities, but the vital work of the Church oes
on and is needed now, more than ever. As a result The Church of Scotland have a new initiative to make one off or regular payments online by PayPal either to their General Fund or to individual churches.
https://churchofscotland.org.uk/donate and select Kirk of Calder


We know that many people are now restricted in their activities.  Please keep in touch, therefore, with one another, and uphold one another in prayer.  If there is anything we as a church can do for you, please let us know.



The minister is continuing his online broadcast  short services streamed on our Facebook Page  or on this website on the Publications and Videos page


Kirk of Calder Giving 

Please consider that the Kirk of Calder relies on regular giving and if you have not already set up a direct debit or standing order please do so now. Most banks allow you to set up a single payment online then convert it into a regular monthly payment. Alternatively you can download a form here 

Very Important if you are a UK taxpayer (even many pensioners pay tax!) the Kirk gets 25% extra on top of your payment from the Government as “Gift Aid” - provided you complete the form for this here

Bank details - Account Name: “KIRK OF CALDER GENERAL ACCOUNT” Account No.: 10047047 Sort Code: 82-66-22 (Clydesdale Bank, Livingston)


Sunday Service Every Sunday 10:30 in the Church. All cancelled until further notice


Sunday Stars, Sunday School + Mini Kirks - start at the Church then adjourn to the halls. (except for baptism services which is the other way round - ask at the  gate). Cancelled tuntil further notice


Tea and Coffee are served in the Glenalmond hall after every morning service all are welcome. Cancelled until further notice


The Fair Trade cafe - Tuesday mornings 10am-12 noon in the Glenalmond Hall Cancelled until further notice


Video of the Communion Service held on the 1st March 2020 see Publications & Videos Tab 

bulletFortnightly Mid Week Morning Services are held  September to May on Wednesdays at 10:15 in Pumpherston and Uphall Station Community Primary School.  Cancelled till further notice
bulletTwo Videos of the Communion Service held on 1st March 2020 on the Publications and Videos tab

bulletThe Sunday afternoon opening of the Church (May to September 2pm to 4pm) hosted by The Friends of the Kirk of Calder planned to reopen in May 2021 at present Cancelled.
bulletWe are currently forging closer links with the congregation of Kirknewton and East Calder Parish Church and their minister Alistair Cowper - visit their website here


Church Signed Accounts - Click relevant links

Year Ending 31st December 2019
Year Ending 31st December 2018
Year Ending 31st December 2017



A Recipe Book costing £2.50 is available in the church

bulletA box to collect old printer cartridges and mobile phones for recycling is  now available in the church
bulletThe Twinning of the Church with Chalmers Parish Church Larkhall was formalised on 9th October 2016 - more info and photos below 


Open Day 19th March 2017 - The work of the church



Set this site as your Home Page

Join the 'Friends of Kirk of Calder' (and help organise the Sunday afternoon church opening).

bullet Click here to purchase the Friends' Publications on the Church History 
bulletLearn 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


Church of Scotland Banner

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

Click on the door to visit


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

bullet Think we're stuffy? - then check out our Humour Page and see how we can laugh at ourselves!!
bulletQuick Links to some of the Internet's QUICK LINKS' TO SOME OF THE INTERNET'S CHRISTIAN RESOURCES :
bullet Visit KirkWeb a Church of Scotland related support site
bullet Web Church - all Scottish Churches on the web,
bulletLink to ScottishChristian.com
bulletHave you a contribution for the Parish Magazine? - (4 issues each year),  then you can e-mail the Editor, Elizabeth Henderson here 
bulletThe 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.
bullet 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
bulletPlease 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!


Aerial view

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We are now featured on "Sacred Scotland" which is a website that aims to be a starting point to access information on Scotland's churches of all denominations.
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This website was first created in September 1998 and fully redesigned in 2008, and since then updated approx. weekly ...now over 21 years online! 

"Birds Eye" View of Church

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