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?


Church Magazine Launched!

Our reborn church magazine, The Ardbeg Record, was launched on 13th April.  Click here to Download your free copy of Issue 1 now!  Note: This is a PDF file and you will need Adobe Reader to see it.  Adjust the size to your convenience using the + and – buttons at the top of the Adobe Reader screen.

Anniversary Weekend: 5th-6th April

Our guest at the anniversary weekend was Malcolm Duncan of Gold Hill Baptist Church.  Listen to Malcolm’s powerful and inspiring address here.   The photos of the Saturday evening meeting below were taken by John Asher.

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    A good audience is assembled

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    A good audience is assembled

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    Contact sing for us

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    Malcolm Duncan is introduced by Ron Rye

Ron back at work

Our Pastor Ron Rye is just back from sick leave, and is gradually returning to full-time work.  Your prayers for him and Steph are appreciated.  We pray that he has come back to us healed and strengthened, and ready to start moving us forward into an era of growth for our church.  We pray too that we are ready to offer ourselves, as individual Christians and as a church, to walk boldly into the Journey that lies ahead.

What’s on this Week?  click here

Starting in April, on the first Sunday of each month we will have communion during the evening service.


26th April: Baptist Union of Scotland one day event “Small Church, Big Impact?” at Cornton Baptist Church

10th May: Scripture Union LaunchPad training day for church-based holiday club teams.  Maxwell Mearns Castle Church, Newton Mearns. Cost: £5 per person.  Contact: Jeanette Henderson at UCB.

5th-13th July: Scripture Union Summer Mission



In his sermon of 12th January, our pastor Ron Rye reflected on the time since he has come to our church, and the learning process he is going through as a minister.  It was plain that the Holy Spirit was with him as he spoke.  His 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 Children of Israel did, to cross the river into a land full of challenges, but which the Lord 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 God has given us for His work.

Listen to Ron’s inspirational sermon here.  The reading is Joshua 24: 14-22.



To see summaries of recent sermons, click here.



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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