History

Calder Parish Church was the successful union between Garturk Parish Church and Whifflet Parish Church. The union took place on 7th September 1978. Calder Parish Church was formally Garturk Parish Church built in 1870 of gothic design.

Our membership of approximately 450  represents a wide cross-section of the community and we encourage and warmly welcome young people and their families to join the Church.

Our house bound members are regularly visited by our Pastoral Care Group.

Sunday morning Crèche facilities are provided to enable parents of young children to attend church regularly.

We are a friendly congregation and a warm welcome awaits you.

If you live in the Parish we have a constitutional obligation to invite you to join our Church, but even if you reside out with the Parish boundaries we would invite you to come along to our services, and share in our worship and experience the warmth of Christian Fellowship

Garturk Parish Church opened for worship on 22nd May 1870. The
first trustees of the new church were Robert Addie, of Viewpark, ironmaster,
Langloan ; John Mann Thomson, Calder Ironworks ; and Alexander Whitelaw,
ironmaster, Gartsherrie. The church is built in Gothic style, with a 120 feet
spire. The steeple contains a powerful toned bell. The seating capacity was
originally stated for nearly 1000 persons.

In 1878 the congregation numbered 492, and the number on the Baptismal
Register was 786.

The successful union took place in September 1978. The total closure of Whifflet Parish Church along with the sale of the Whifflet Manse, made a complete severance and a central place for worship. The premises formally known as Garturk Parish Church became Calder Parish Church. The manse, which adjoins the Church, was totally refurbished and modernised to make it much more habitable before the calling of a new minister. The former beadles house which was attached to the Hall was reshaped to become an integral part of the hall and providing a new location for the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

Rev William G. McKaig B.D

1979-1982

 

 

 

 

Rev Keith Saunders BD

1983-1998

 

 

 

 

Rev Randolph Scott MA BD

2000-2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev Amelia Davidson

2004-2011