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 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?



Help for Syrian Refugees

On Sunday 6th September, Tom McKay spoke movingly of the need to help those fleeing from the terror that is Syria. Blankets or clothes for Syrian refugees may be handed in to Bute Oasis.  For further information, talk to Nikki at church.

Songs of Praise at the Fountain

At 3 pm on Sunday 9th August, the churches of Bute celebrated by the Fountain with a joint service of praise, led by Rev. Andrew Swift.



Ardbeg Record No. 5

The Ardbeg Record No. 5 was published on 9 August 2015.  Click here to download the full colour version.

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.

We are gathered together in His name.

We are gathered together in His name.





11th October: 11.00 am: Harvest Service





1st Sunday: communion during evening service

3rd Sunday: evening service at Port Bannatyne Village Hall

last Sunday: Soup Lunch after morning service



Pastorate Committee

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.

Pastorate Committee

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.

Pastorate 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.



Candlelit Praise Service (14 December)

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.



Farewell to Rev. Ron Rye (21 September)

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 (14 September)


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 in The Ardbeg Record, No. 3.  Click here.



Church Window Image (10 August)Window_image_1_600p

The sun projects the image of our stained glass window onto the carpet.







Douglas Bruce Book Launch (6 March)

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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