We are seeking to be a God-centred, Jesus-led, Spirit-filled, community on the Isle of Bute. We are in King Street, Rothesay, by the castle.
It was with great sadness that last autumn we said farewell to our pastor, Rev. Ron Rye. We are proceeding towards the appointment of a new pastor, and our activities will carry on as normal in the meantime.
Our Sunday Services are at 11.00 am and 5.30 pm. We meet for Prayer and Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7.30 pm. We have a Coffee Morning every Saturday from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm.
All are welcome. No requirement. No obligation. Why not join us?
160th Anniversary Meeting
On Saturday 25th April the Church celebrated its 160th anniversary with a gathering in the evening. The speaker was Rev. Jim McGillivray, a former pastor of this church, now at East Mains Baptist Church, East Kilbride. Jim also preached at the morning and evening services the next day, Sunday 26th April.
PHOTO: JOHN ASHER
Ardbeg Record No. 4
The Ardbeg Record No. 4 was published on 5 April 2015, some months after the previous edition. The editor quoted Captain Jack Sparrow, commenting that the “quarterly” description was “more by way of guidelines.” Click here to download it.
This beautiful flower arrangement for Easter Sunday was prepared by Ella Crawford.
PHOTO: CHRIS PEVERIL
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31st May: Soup lunch after the morning service
4th May: 7.30: Church AGM
5th-12th July: Scripture Union Summer Mission
1st Sunday: communion during evening service
3rd Sunday: evening service at Port Bannatyne Village Hall
last Sunday: Soup Lunch after morning service
The Pastorate Committee had its second meeting on the afternoon of 24th March. Progress continues to be made. It was agreed to include a description of the process of finding a new Pastor in the next edition of the Ardbeg Record.
Rev. Ron Rye
15 March 2015: it was announced at this morning’s service that our former pastor, Rev. Ron Rye, has been offered and accepted the charge of Whytescauseway Baptist Church, Kirkcaldy. We wish Ron all the very best in this new charge, and our prayers go with him.
25 January 2015: at this morning’s service Allan Martin reported to the congregation that the Pastorate Committee had had its first business meeting. Rev. Robert Voysey took the chair. Allan was elected secretary. A number of profiles have been received of possible candidates for the vacancy, and these were given initial consideration by the committee.
On 17th November 2014 the Pastorate Committee met to welcome Rev. Robert Voysey, Pastor of Linwood Baptist Church, as Interim Moderator. Mr Voysey will chair the Pastorate Committee’s meetings, and also offer a wider perspective on our deliberations. The Committee consists of three deacons – John Asher, Sandy Hill and Jean McArthur – and three elected members – Ruby Cowie, Flora Graham and Allan Martin.
PICTURES OF 2014
Candlelit Praise Service (14 December)
Our annual Candlelit Praise Service was held on Sunday 14th December. Contact sang for us (picture above), there were readings and carols, and a short word from Rev. Bill Milton. After the service refreshments were served, including hot chocolate and mince pies.
PICTURE: ALLAN MARTIN
Farewell to Rev. Ron Rye (21 September)
21st September was Ron’s last day as our Pastor. His morning sermon, passionate throughout, and sometimes emotional, completed Paul’s letter to the Philippians on a note of thanksgiving. In the evening, the church was packed for a praise service wishing him farewell. Favourite hymns were sung with gusto, Bill Lavender delivered an appreciation, and presentations were made to Ron and Steph. After the service, refreshments were enjoyed by all.
PICTURES: ALLAN MARTIN, RON RYE
Baptism at St. Ninian’s Bay (14 September)
Nikkie was baptised by Rev. Ron Rye in the waters of St. Ninian’s Bay on Sunday, 14th September 2014. More details and pictures in The Ardbeg Record, No. 3. Click here.
PICTURE: JOHN ASHER
The sun projects the image of our stained glass window onto the carpet.
PICTURE: ALLAN MARTIN
Douglas Bruce Book Launch (6 March)
Douglas Bruce’s book What did you do in the War Grandad was launched at Rothesay Library on Thursday 6th March (Douglas’s 93rd birthday). Douglas and his daughter Ann gave short presentations and refreshments followed. The book is a good read, and thoroughly recommended.