Kirstie Watson


Kirstie Marion Watson

14th March 1968 - 31st August 2017

Click here to listen to the service conducted by Rev John Spiers and Very Rev John Miller.
















Click here to listen to the service conducted by Rev John Spiers and Very Rev John Miller.


Your Minister has kindly asked me to write this reflection for the Orchardhill Record as I was privileged to conduct Kirstie’s funeral service while he was on Study Leave. Few people were more committed to the life of Orchardhill and few people had the church so much at the heart of their life. It was shortly after I came to Orchardhill in 1977 that I got to know Kirstie and Marion. It was as a red haired primary school girl that I first encountered and how she boosted my ego by being a most regular participant in my children’s addresses. She was even then an enthusiast and a great encourager to her minister. Tweenies, Brownies and Girl Guides, every department of the Sunday School followed by Bible Class and then Youth Fellowship were all part of her church life as was the junior and senior badminton clubs.

Soon Kirstie took on roles of responsibility assisting in running the Creche, teaching in the Beginners’ Sunday School (The Smartie Gang), where in time she became the leader. Deeply involved in our Summer Mission from its start in 1985, she eventually became its leader from 1996 till 2014. This was commitment of the highest order, and numberless children and young people benefited from her love for them and her dedication to this vitally important leadership role.

She had a unique rapport with children and in her chosen profession as a nursery nurse she exhibited her outstanding qualities to the full. The head teacher of the nursery where Kirstie worked spoke to me of her creativity and her ability to bring out the very best in of the children and how they feel cheated at her untimely death. The children loved her, and one little boy proposed to her!

Hugely important to Kirstie’s church life was her involvement with Crosswords. She was one of the founder members when the Group was formed in 1988 under the leadership of Lindsay Barr. The group’s involvement in introducing contemporary music into worship was not only here in Orchardhill but also in Oregon USA and at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

The church was full on 11 September as we gave thanks for her love of life and her courage in the face of such a devastating illness. It is a life we remember with much thanksgiving for she impacted on so many of us and has left us the most precious of memories.

Ordained by me in 2000, Kirstie was one of Orchardhill’s youngest Elders, and the Kirk Session and Congregation and her legion of friends have been profoundly impoverished by her untimely death.

As we remember her life so too we remember her Mother, Marion, and her brother Craig and his partner Angelina. Throughout her illness Marion was there at her side as they expressed their unconditional love for each other. Marion and her family are assured of our prayers and love.

John M Spiers









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