Welcome to the Argyll Convention  - Christian conferences


Annual gatherings in the beautiful tourist town of Oban, on Scotland's west coast.

Part of the Keswick Fellowship


Hear Christ speaking

Learn Christ's teaching

Practise Christ's living






ALEX MACDONALD (EDINBURGH) - 'Personal Jesus - Life-Changing Encounters with Christ'



2019 Programme



10.00    Open prayer

11.00    Alasdair Paine - Philippians

2.00     Andy Martin speaks about the work of MAF

7.30     Alex MacDonald - Personal Jesus



10.00    Open prayer

11.00    Alasdair Paine - Philippians

2.00    Mark Hinde from OPEN DOORS 

7.30     Alex MacDonald - Personal Jesus



10.00    Open prayer

11.00    Alasdair Paine - Philippians

2.00     Stuart Weir speaks about the work of CARE in Scotland 

7.30     Alex MacDonald - Personal Jesus

and let's not forget

'Into the Light'

 The Convention begins with a musical event. The Alex MacDonald band - with songs of love and war - and special guest Olivia Ross of the Shee - at 7.30 on Saturday 3rd August. Our thanks to Oban Baptist Church for providing the venue -  Albany Street, Oban,  PA34 4LG 

Books and organisations

Various Christian organisations will have stalls at the Convention. There will be a bookstall run by CLC. And William MacKenzie of Christian Focus Publications will give book reviews.

'Songs of Praise'

And the Convention ends with a musical event. The new Chairman, George Cringles, trained as a professional musician before entering the Christian ministry. He organises a 'Songs of Praise' held on the Friday evening in St John's Cathedral on George Street, close to the Convention venue.



With roots in the Oban area Alasdair is a frequent visior to the Argyll Convention along with Rachel and their children. He spoke in 2015 on 'The True and Living God'.  A former Head of Geography at a leading English school he puts his teaching skills to good use in his Bible expositions. After working in Bournemouth and Exeter he moved to Cambridge in 2011 to become Vicar of St. Andrews the Great. He is also an author and a trustee of the Keswick Convention. A recent publication is 'The First Chapters of Everything: How Genesis Chapters 1 to 4 Explains our World', published by CFP.



Sometimes called a 'hippy' in his early years Alex became a pastor in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. He also edited 'The Monthly Record', served on local authority education committees and 'finally reached respectability by preaching before the Queen'. His books include 'Tell Me the Story: The Carpenter', a dramatic retelling of gospel narratives. He is known for his clear communication of the Bible's teaching and an ability to apply it to life today. He grabs and holds people's attention. Now retired after four decades in pastoral ministry his activities include writing songs that look at life from a Christian perspective. His band will perform in Oban on the Saturday evening before the Convention.


The 2019 Annual General meeting takes places on 3rd June at 8 pm in Campbell Street Church, Oban PA34 5BQ. Our thanks to Oban Associated Presbyterian Church for providing the venue. This is a public meeting.

About the Argyll Convention

What the Convention is like


The main event is an annual 3-day conference in early August. It is funded by donations, so there is no charge for taking part. You can come to as many or as few meetings as you wish.

People come from many parts of the country as well as the local area.

The day begins with a time of prayer, followed by a break. 

The morning and evening meetings major on explaining a passage of the Bible and applying it to our lives. Also, various Christian organisations tell about their work, from helping the persecuted, through Bible translation, to caring for families. 

The mix of activities includes stalls, book reviews, and the opportunity to explore ideas with the speakers and mingle with everyone taking part.


Friends of Argyll Convention

We give grateful thanks to God and to those who have given time, used their talents, contributed financially and pray for the Argyll Convention. 

The Argyll Convention is run almost entirely by donations received each year mainly at the Convention which is operated as a non-fee paying event.

We would like to ask you to consider becoming a Friend so you may partner the aims of the Argyll Convention.

We would rely on you as Friends:-

· To PRAY for the work of Argyll Convention for the Committee and all those helping with the practical arrangements for the Convention. 

· To TELL your friends and Church about the Argyll Convention.

· To consider making a FINANCIAL DONATION as a practical demonstration of support.

Can you please prayerfully consider if you could become a Friend. A form can be sent to you to complete and return. Use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Who and what


Subjects have included:

  • The suffering and glory of Christ
  • The church in the Book of Revelation ('The Time is Near')
  • God's holiness, sovereignty and faithfulness
  • Wisdom from Ecclesiastes
  • History of revivals in the Hebrides
  • Church planting in Indonesia

Speakers have included:

  • Richard Bewes (pictured with Pam above)
  • Carine MacKenzie (children's author) 
  • Tim Chester (church planter and author)
  • Hector Morrison (Principal, Highland Theological College, UHI)

We regret to tell you that Richard Bewes passed away on 10th May 2019. We loved his visit in 2014 and are most grateful for it. Wise and gracious he was a tireless worker with a real missionary heart. His influence is worldwide. Our deep sympathy and prayers are with Pam and the family. His addresses are on the Audio page - click below to listen

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The Convention was started in 2013 by the leaders of several churches in the Oban area of Argyll to hold Christian conferences in this part of the Scottish Highlands. It is a summer event, providing for the area's many tourists as well as local people. In addition, a day conference is now being held in the Spring. It is an independent non-denominational charity and in 2017 it became part of the Keswick Fellowship. Its purpose is:

  • to promote biblical teaching
  • to present the challenge of the gospel in the teaching of Jesus Christ
  • to encourage Christians to adhere to the whole counsel of God as revealed in the Bible
  • to emphasise God's call to practical obedience to his Word including missionary responsibility
  • to assist people in developing a greater understanding of the Christian faith and heritage including its local context





  1. Is this another church?    

  1. No.       This annual event is organised by people from several denominations in Argyll. In fact, people from all the Oban churches have taken part in it.

2. I’m not a Christian. Is this for me too?    

  1. Yes.       It is intended for you as well as others. Some people come who just want to find out more. Others have been through times of doubt or distress and found the Convention helped them

3. What can the Convention do for me that my local church can’t?    

  1. It brings together many Christians from across the churches and from different parts of the country. It brings in speakers of international standing. It provides a gathering of Christian activities from caring for families to Bible translators. All under one roof. 

4. Do you expect us to just sit and listen?    

  1. No.       Part of its attraction is fellowship with other Christians. It gives a chance to mix with authors, missionaries and many Christian workers. People have found the Spirit of Christ speaking into their lives as they listened to the Bible being opened and applied. Spiritual hunger has been met.

5. What will it cost me to come?    

  1. There is no charge, no registration, and you can come to as many or as few meetings as you choose. If you wish, you can help to cover part of the cost by making a donation. 

6. What’s in it for local church leaders?    

  1. It is a time of refreshing for leaders and it helps their people contribute better to the life of their church. Horizons are widened as we meet Christians from other places and activities. It gives resources for living, from the many books on sale to the information provided by the organisations present. The focus on God’s word teaches and motivates, helping people return to their churches with renewed vision. Also, we meet other church leaders, giving us opportunity to work together for the gospel.

7. Is there children’s or youth work?    

  1. Not yet. The Argyll Convention began in 2013 and is developing. We hope to make special provision for young people when it has grown a little more.

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Better yet, come and take part

6th to 8th August 2019

Corran Halls, Corran Esplanade, Oban, Argyll, Scotland PA34 5AB

0131 538 0891