United Church of Bute to hold experimental Kingarth service

THE United Church of Bute is to hold the first in what it hopes will be a regular series of services at the south end of the island.

The service will take place at Kingarth Hotel on either July 31 or August 1 at 2.30pm (the date, when confirmed, will be published here and in the Church Notices column of The Buteman.

The Rev Owain Jones of the United Church of Bute told us the services would be similar, though smaller in scale, to those held each week at Port Bannatyne village hall; the Kingarth services are expected to take place once a month, or possibly every fortnight during the summer, depending on demand.

Regular church services at the south end of Bute ceased in March 2006 following the decision of the UCB congregation to rationalise their facilities and to authorise the sale of Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay Church, as well as St Ninian’s Church in Port Bannatyne, and concentrate their activities on the former High Kirk building in Rothesay, now officially known as the United Church of Bute.

The former Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay Church building has since been converted to residential accommodation.