The reverend is taking on a new position at a united church in Norwood next week.
This Sunday’s service is expected to be a proper send-off for Watson, who is well respected in Bancroft for work within the church and broader community.
Watson told MyBancroftNow.com that one of her parting messages will be that churches must be inclusive.
“Our community needs us to be the church,” she said. “That doesn’t mean being right. Being the church is not about having your theology all together. It’s about providing a place where everyone belongs.”
Watson spent several years leading St. Paul’s and her work extended beyond the church. She was also Padre for the local Royal Canadian Legion Branch.
She also said she felt privileged to play a role in people’s special events.
“I have had an opportunity to be part of the community in such a personal way,” she said. “I’ve been invited to weddings, funerals and other special events and other milestones people marked. To have that invitation to come and be part of it, is quite overwhelming.”
Sunday’s service starts at 10:30 a.m. and it won’t be in the church itself. It will take place next door at the Village Playhouse.