Welcome to Ardbeg Baptist Church

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. Our Pastor is Rev. Ron Rye.

Our Sunday Services are at 11am and 5.30pm. We meet for Prayer and Reflection on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. We have a Coffee Morning every Saturday from 10am to 12pm.

All are welcome.  No requirement.  No obligation.  Why not join us?



Baptism at St. Ninian’s Bay


Praise Him who gives new life to all who ask!

Nikkie was baptised by Rev. Ron Rye in the waters of St. Ninian’s Bay on Sunday, 14th September 2014.  More details and pictures to follow.



Paul’s Hints to Churches

In his sermon in the morning service on Sunday 3rd August, Pastor Ron Rye outlined to us the four hints for the behaviour of churches which Paul gives in Philippians, chapter 2:

1.  Get back to first principles: what would Jesus do?

2.  Live in unity

3.  Be humble

4.  Have courage


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Note: on the first Sunday of each month we have communion during the evening service.


21st September: 5.30 pm: Praise Night Farewell to Rev. Ron Rye.  All are welcome.

19th October: Harvest Service

30th October-1st November: Scottish Baptist Assembly, Motherwell



Scripture Union Summer Mission

The Scripture Union Summer Mission for Children was successfully run from the 5th to the 13th July.

Pastorate Committee Formed

It was announced on Sunday 6th July that a Pastorate Committee has been formed, consisting of three deacons – John Asher, Sandy Hill and Jean McArthur – and three elected members – Ruby Cowie, Flora Graham and Allan Martin.

Ardbeg Record No. 2 out

The second issue of The Ardbeg Record came out on 15 June 2014.  Click here to download your free copy.

Ardbeg Baptist Church AGM

The church AGM was held on 22nd May at 7.30 pm.  Reports were given on general activities and finances, then on specific activities and groups.  Pastor Rev. Ron Rye thanked the church for all the support he had whilst here.  A pastorate (i.e. vacancy) committee is to be formed.

Rev. Ron Rye to Leave Ardbeg

Speaking to members at the meeting on 20th March, Ron thanked the church for all the support he had received during his absence.  He explained that the major factor in his recent illness was that he and Stephanie are unable to be together for much of their time.  He has realised that he cannot function effectively without the presence and support of the person whose life he shares.  He concluded that, “with a good deal of prayer, Stephanie and I have come to the decision that we need to seek a ministry where we can be together.”  His statement, which he read with Steph at his side, was received with dismay but also with understanding and sympathy.  In Ron we will be losing a gifted teacher, an inspiring preacher, an understanding pastor, and a creative and enthusiastic evangelist.  We pray that Ron will find a post which enables him to use his talents to the full, and to be with Steph.  We pray too for our church in the time that lies ahead.

2014: The Year of Choice

In his sermon of 12th January, Pastor Ron Rye’s message was that this year will be a Year of Choice for Ardbeg Baptist Church, as well as for our nation of Scotland.  As a church we can choose, as the Israelites did, to cross the river into a land full of challenges, but one which God has prepared for us.  As in Joshua’s day, the journey will need commitment, courage, and careful planning; and every one of us will be involved, contributing the skills and talents which the Lord has given us for His work.  Listen to Ron’s inspirational sermon here.  Reading: Joshua 24: 14-22.



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The sun projects the image of our stained glass window onto the carpet.  (10 August 2014)

 Photo: Allan Martin






Douglas Bruce Book Launch!

Douglas and Isobel at the book launch

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.    (Picture: Vivien Martin)


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