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.

It is with great sadness that we have recently said farewell to our pastor, Rev. Ron Rye.  We hope to appoint a new pastor as soon as possible, and our activities will carry on as normal in the meantime.

Our Sunday Services are at 11am and 5.30pm. We meet for Prayer and Bible Study 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?



Candlelit Praise Service

DSCF7543_600pOur 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.


An SOS from Bute Oasis

Christmas is almost on our doorsteps. And we are aware that there are people who are not going to have a Christmas. This is through  no fault of their own. It’s not just people we’re talking about, it is families with young children. Some of the situations are homelessness, partners leaving and self employed people with no work. It breaks our hearts on a daily basis. We have been working hard and we have managed to get the money together to provide Christmas hampers. These contain Turkey, fresh produce to prepare a pot of soup, the dinner itself and all the trimmings.

We are appealing to our community to donate any small gifts for children. This could be a selection box, a toy or a book. Our age range is 2-14. Please help us further by wrapping the gift and writing on a tag if it is for a boy or a girl and the suitable age range. Our hampers are going out on 22 December, so that is the deadline. We have a chest at the side of our till in Bute Oasis for these gifts. There is also a stocking hanging on the chest for any cash donations that will be used to buy presents for the kids if you cannot make it to the shops. Together we can make our whole island’s Christmas merry.  (from the Bute Oasis team)

Pastorate Committee

On 17th November the Pastorate Committee met to welcome Rev. Robert Voysey, Pastor of Linwood Baptist Church, as Interim Moderator for Ardbeg Baptist Church.  Mr Voysey will chair the Pastorate Committee’s meetings, and also offer a wider perspective on our deliberations.  The work of the Pastorate Committee can now get under way.


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On the first Sunday of each month we have communion during the evening service.

On the third Sunday of each month our evening service is at Port Bannatyne Village Hall.

On the last Sunday of each month we have a Soup Lunch after the morning service.


25th December: 10.30 am: Christmas Day Service

27th December & 3rd January: no coffee morning

28th December: soup lunch after morning service

13th January: 2.15 pm: Women’s Fellowship



Ardbeg Record Issue No. 3 now available Online

Issue 3 of The Ardbeg Record (September 2014) is now available to download.  This issue features appreciations of Rev. Ron Rye, Nikkie’s baptism, the Church in Estonia, report on the coffee mornings, and many other items.  Click here for the downloads page.

Farewell to Rev. Ron Rye

Ron looks forward to the next chapter in his life.

Ron looks forward to the next chapter in his life.

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.

The church was full for Ron's farewell.

The church was full for Ron’s farewell.


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

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.

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)







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.



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