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
The Calder Witches
Music in the Kirk
Church Organisations
Old Maps
Publications & Videos
Accounts & Donations
Internet Wedding
Privacy & Data Protect
Parish Profile

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


Church Services Details Church Addresses/ Contacts
bulletA Service is held in the Church every Sunday at 10:30 am.  Visitors always welcomed -


Tea & Coffee is available after the morning service in the Glenalmond Hall - all welcome


The Vestry
The Vestry

bulletBaptisms are held as part of the Sunday service.
bulletThe Sacrament of Holy Communion is held four times a year at the Sunday Service.
bulletEnquiries about Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals  - should be made to minister@kirkofcalder.com
bulletThe church can seat  up to 400 people.
bulletA Loop System is available for the hard of hearing.
bulletKIRK OF CALDER   - Scottish Charity  SC013461
bulletThe Pop in Cafe is held every Tuesday morning in the Glenalmond Hall from 10am till 12 noon. All proceeds go to ReGen2025. All welcome to come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a tasty little bite with friends. 
bulletMembers who make their Offering to the Church by standing order, can collect a card at the main door of the Church to be placed in the offering bowl so that it dedicated with the other offerings
bulletOld Parish Registers (OPR's)  The most important source for pre 1855 family history research in Scotland are the Old Parish Registers - The OPR's
These were compiled from records of Baptisms and Marriages kept by the Session Clerks in Church of Scotland Parish Churches.
We do not hold these records however they are available online at www.scotlandspeople,gov.uk
bulletTwo members of the Choir sing The Lord is my Shepherd to the Vicar of Dibley theme tune
bulletJohn Rankine has created a song and video slideshow of some of the Choir's repertoire. The first one "Dona Nobis Pacem" is available here (or click image below)




West Lothian Foodbank

There is a box at the Church Door for food donations each Sunday. 

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)


Dignity Boxes

Dignity Boxes are a West Lothian Charity that collect freely donated toiletries to give to people that need them.
There is a box at the main door of the church to collect donations of any toiletries


Link to Kirk of Calder's Facebook Page

Oldeani Biscuits!



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






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  


"Birds Eye" View of Church

bullet Pop In Cafe  every Tuesday 10am-12noon in the Glenalmond Hall - Tea & Coffee, Soft Drinks and Cake. - All proceeds go to ReGen2025.

A Recipe Book costing £2.50 is available in the church

bulletA box to collect old printer cartridges and mobile phones for recycling is available in the church
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

Church Signed Accounts - see Accounts and Donations

bulletPrice list for the hire of the Church for weddings, funerals etc. here

  Pop In Cafe - Tuesday mornings 10am-12 noon in the Glenalmond Hall,
 Tea & Coffee, Soft Drinks and Cake. - All proceeds go to ReGen2025.


Services On the death of  Her Majesty Elizabeth II on 8th September 2022

          Sign The Book of Condolences   Leave Flowers at the War Memorial

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. 

She selflessly dedicated over 70 years of her life to serving her country and the Commonwealth.

 We joined the nation and the Royal Family in their mourning and offer our heartfelt condolences

The church bell was rung 96 times at 12 noon on Friday 9th  September 2022 to mark each one of those remarkable years

A book of Condolences was available for signing in  the Church.

The Kirk was very pleased to be selected to host West Lothian Council's Memorial service for the Queen on Friday 16th September

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

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

The Queen's coffin flew over Mid Calder on its way to
London on Tuesday 13th September



bulletChurch address - Main Street, Mid Calder, West Lothian, EH53 0AN, Scotland, UK (click for map) e-mail below
What3Words address /// lifeguard.cherubs.endings
bulletThe Kirk is Scottish Charity No SCO13461
bulletThe Glenalmond Hall 150 metres North of the church on Main St. is used for various Church organisations and may be available for hire. Contact the Hall letting contact Eleanor Blair (see below) What3Words address ///demanding.tooth.loosens
bulletThe Malt Barn to he North of the church in the graveyard grounds is used for the crèche on Sundays and for small meetings. A wheelchair accessible toilet is available in the Malt Barn.
bulletWe are without a minister at present and in process of seeking one. In the meantime e-mail minister@kirkofcalder.com
Session Clerk (Administrative matters) Kenneth Wilson e-mail Tel 01506 881991
bulletChurch Officer   Eleanor Blair 01506 881302  email (e-mail below)

bullet "Friends" Co-ordinator. John Jamieson 01506 411772 "The Friends" operate Sunday opening of the Church in the Summer and can also arrange 'visits' to the Church at other times) 'jamiesonjar@btinternet.com'   more details here
bulletTreasurer - Ian Wallace 24 Wellview Lane, Murieston, Livingston,  EH54 9HU Tel 01506 400620

bulletDirector of Music - John Rankine LL.CM(TD), 52 Main St, Mid Calder EH53 0AW Tel 01506 880029
bulletMagazine Editor  David Grant (e-mail below) 01506 433546
bulletSocial Group Convenor and ReGen Leader - Jim Hendrie 
Tel. 01506 883907 (e-mail below) more details here
bulletSafeguarding Co-ordinator - Position Vacant
bulletProperty Convenor - Eleanor Blair 01506 881302
bulletGlenalmond Hall Letting Contact -Eleanor Blair  01506 881302 email (e-mail below)
bulletWebmaster - Andrew McLeman 07754 181 446 (e-mail below)
bulletThe Guild meet on the second and fourth Thursday at 7:30pm in the Glenalmond Hall. (Sept-Nov and Feb-April)
bulletThe Choral Highlights Ladies Choir rehearse every Wednesday at 19:30
bulletFor genealogy research - we don't generally hold old Parish Records . The best online resource for Family History searches and Parish Records is the General Register Office for Scotland or Scotland's People www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
see the Elders page


The Crypt  
The Crypt


***Visit Scotland 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! 


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

Visitors will of course always be made most welcome to any Sunday morning service!  

You can  make a 'special' appointment to visit at other times by contacting the Church Officer Eleanor Blair 01506 881302  email

Photos - lots of new photos and slideshows of the Church interior and exterior here
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 Click here to visit the photo album page.
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
bullet 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)
bullet We have 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.
bullet The Kirk of Calder is a Scottish Registered Charity - Nr. SC013461
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 has reopened for season 2024  (May to September Sundays 2-4pm).  more details from the "Friends" co-ordinator  John Jamieson 01506 411772
            3 star STB attraction

Church of Scotland Banner

bullet Click here to purchase the Friends' Publications on the Church History 
bulletLearn about the "Internet Wedding" here
bulletThink we're stuffy? - then check out our Humour Page and see how we can laugh at ourselves!!
bulletVisit 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 
bulletThis website was first created in September 1998 and fully redesigned in 2008 and updated again in 2022, and since then updated approx. weekly
...now 26 years online! 

Aerial view

Logo and banner of Sacred Scotland. Click to visit

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.
Click here to visit
bullet Discover the history of the church and learn how an earlier minister of Kirk of Calder once crowned a King!
bullet Our Church is an Historic 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

Over 200 more photos of the 
Church are available in the 

Kirk Photo Album


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 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


*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  http://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 see Accounts and Donations


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.
bulletDownload and print GDPR Data Protection Documents
*Data Subject Access Request Policy here
*Employer Privacy Notice here
*Subject Access Consent Form (Word - editable) here
*Subject Access Consent Form (PDF - print and complete) here
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 14;00 n

 Church lighting upgrade September 2018



E-mails (encrypted)


Minister  - :


Webmaster (Andrew McLeman) -


Session Clerk Kenneth Wilson e-mail Tel 01506 881991
Church Officer  (Eleanor Blair) email


Treasurer (Ian Wallace)  


Magazine Editor (David Grant)


Social Group - Jim Hendrie (also use for Louise Hendrie - the Clerk to the Congregational Board)


Deacon - Position Vacant


Friends Co-ordinator  (John Jamieson)-

.......Remember - We do love to hear from you!

Web Address : http://www.kirkofcalder.com 



Kirk of Calder Parish (Church of Scotland) is registered Scottish Charity No SCO13461

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