Seagoe Parish Magazine.
REV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Seagoe Rectory.
W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,
People's—J. R. REID.
THE CLERGY WILL DEEM IT A FAVOUR
IF IN CASES OF SICKNESS THEY ARE
CALENDAR FOR APRIL.
April 7th—2nd Sunday after Easter.
April 9th—Monthly meeting of Mothers' Union.
April 14th—3rd Sunday after Easter.
Monthly Service in Drumgor at 3 p.m.
April 21st—4th Sunday after Easter.
April 5th—St. Mark.
April 28th—5th Sunday after Easter.
Monthly Service in Hacknahay at 3.30 p.m.
GENERAL EASTER VESTRY.
The annual meeting of registered vestrymen and
vestrywomen took place in the Parochial Hall,
Edenderry, on Thursday, March 28th, at 8 p.m. The
Rector presided over a fair attendance and opened
the meeting with prayer, after the reading of the 46th
psalm by the Rev. W. F. Hayes.
The Chairman, in his introductory remarks,
congratulated the Hon. Treas., Mr. W. White, on having
the financial report printed with such promptness,
that it had been in circulation several days before
this meeting. He pointed out that, as the report of
the accounts showed, the finances of the parish were
in a healthy condition. It was an occasion for
thankfulness to Almighty God that this was so and
it was a token of the loyalty and generosity of the
He voiced his appreciation of the untiring efforts
of the Hon W.F.O. Secretary, Mr. J. H. Twinem, who
never spared himself where the interests of Seagoe
were concerned, and it must be gratifying to him to see
an increase of over £40 in the W.F.O. contributions as
compared with the previous year.
The Rector then reminded those present that the
chief function of the Church was to be a living witness
to the things of the Spirit and the Body of Christ, through
which He is seeking to redeem men and nations. In these
days the Christian Church is the only witness in the world
for righteousness; evil is strong; in a great part of the
world Christian Standards have been abandoned and
as a result, we meet to-night under the cloud of war.
There is a great need today for worshipping Christians
but the sad fact remains that a great number of our
parishioners do not avail themselves of the privileges
of worshipping in God’s house regularly. Let us work
and pray that there may soon come an awakening to
the value and need of worship.
In concluding he referred to the loss the Parish
had sustained by the passing of Mr. T. H. Wilson
after a unique record as organist.
He also expressed his grateful thanks to the Rev.
W. F. Hayes for his valued help during the year, to
the outgoing Churchwardens for their services, and
to the members of the Select Vestry for their cooperation.
The Rector then referred to Mr. W. R. Sherman,
who had been obliged to resign his position as Hon.
Secretary to the Select Vestry owing to his appointment
as Assistant Town Clerk; whilst congratulating him on
his success they were sorry to lose the services of an
efficient secretary, and he felt sure that Mr. Leake, who
had at the request of the Vestry, kindly undertaken this
office, would keep up the high tradition of his predecessors.
The following elections were then made: —
Rector's Churchwarden—Mr. Geo. Leake; People's
Churchwarden—Mr. J. R. Reid.
Select Vestry— Messrs. R. McClements, S. McCormick,
W. White, E. Mitchell, J. H. Twinem, D. F. Stoops, T. Martin,
Jas. Maginnis, John Stephens, John G. Gracey, James
Twinem, H. M. Gibson. Glebe-wardens—Messrs. R,
McClements and S. McCormick.
Sidesmen: - T. E. Maginnis, J. Allen, W. A. Casey,
R. Scott, J. Walker, N. Campbell, I. Dickson,
G. Wilson, A. Kirk, C. S. A. Twinem, Thos. Gracey,
Wm. Hutchinson, T. Stanfield, W. R. Sherman, W.
Hewitt, D. Allen, J. Gee, A. Pickering, H. Ellis, W.
G. Best, J. H. Wilson, S. D. Walker, Thos. Hall, Geo.
Moore, W. H. Best, Wm. Neill, G. Nixon, R. M'Murray,
Jos. Ward, J. McLoughlin, F. Shanks, D. Sherman,
Holmes White, G. Steenson, Thos. Maginnis, Gilbert
A vote of thanks was passed by acclamation to all
the voluntary workers in the parish for their splendid
services, including the Sunday School Teachers and
Superintendents, the C.L.B. Officers, the Mothers'
Union, the choir, W.F.O. Distributors, Parochial Hall
Committee, the Hon. Auditors, Messrs. Rocke, Hall &
THE MISSIONARY CAUSE.
During the past month we had the privilege of
hearing two visiting speakers, who, in a forceful way,
reminded us of our duty to play our part in the
Missionary work of the Church. The Rev. J. I. Lea, B.A.,
C.M.S. Northern Secretary, preached at both services
on Sunday, March 10th. Lenten self-denial envelopes
were given out and about 100 were returned on the
following Sunday, resulting in the realisation of
£6 13s 4d for the Church Missionary Society.
On Thursday, March 14th, the Rev. E. J. Mackie
addressed a meeting in the Parochial Hall, Edenderry,
at which there was a fair attendance. He spoke of
his experience while working in Chile, under the
South American Missionary Society. We are glad to
note that as a result of his talk several new boxes
were taken out, as well as new subscribers to the
We print below the result of the box collections for
C.M.S. and the C. of I. Jews' Society. We are grateful
to the box-holders and the Hon. Secretaries for their
The next monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday,
April 9th, in Seagoe School, at 7.30 p.m., when it is
hoped that an address will be given by Miss Wightman.
Members should note that this is the first meeting since
the outbreak of war, which is being held at the usual
peace-time hour and date, and so we hope to see many
present who were unable to attend the afternoon meetings.
C.M.S. BOX COLLECTIONS, 1939-1940.
(Miss G. E. Atkinson, Hon. Secretary.)
Miss Lily Dickson £0 7 6
Miss E. Gracey 0 8 3
Miss E. Collins 0 2 6
Mrs. G. Price 0 4 9 ½
Mrs. H. M. Gibson 0 6 2 ½
Mrs. Dawson 0 7 1
Miss Flannigan 0 1 2
Mrs. Metcalf 0 4 0
Miss Atkinson 0 2 6
Miss G. E. Atkinson 0 10 0
Mrs. George McNeill 0 2 6
Miss. McCormick 0 4 1
Miss M. England 0 4 7 ½
Miss M. Bradshaw 0 3 0
Miss S. Maginnis 0 8 10 ½
Miss Rachel England 0 3 1
Miss L. Neill 0 0 7
Miss Gladys Magee 0 5 4
Miss Dinah Montgomery 0 2 6
Mrs. W. H. Currie 0 6 7
Mr. Norman Creggan 0 5 0
Miss Calvert 0 12 9
Lenten Self-denial 6 13 4
Advent and Lent Services, 1939 1 7 0
Total £13 13 3
A cheque for the amount has been forwarded
to the C.M.S. office, Belfast.
CHURCH OF IRELAND MISSION TO THE JEWS.
LIST OF BOXHOLDERS.
Mrs. Appelbe, Seagoe Rectory £0 10 0
Miss S. Halliday, 82 Ravenhill Park, Belfast 1 0 0
Miss N. K. and N. Montgomery, Edward St.,
Portadown 1 0 0
Miss Jean Watters, Goban St., Portadown 0 10 0
Miss Amy Cox, Carrickblacker Rd., Portadown 0 4 0
Mrs. Thomas Martin, Balteagh, Portadown 0 7 6
Mrs. Wm. Neill, Lower Seagoe, Portadown 0 4 2
Mrs. James Shanks, Kernan, Portadown 0 5 8
Mrs. Magee, Carrickblacker Rd., Portadown 0 3 7
Mr. Arthur Allen, Bridge St., Portadown 0 4 4
Miss M. L. Best, Goban Cottage, Seagoe 0 10 0
£4 19 3
Good Friday Collection, 1939 1 7 3
£6 6 6
M. L. BEST, Secretary.
A cheque for the above amount has been forwarded
to the Diocesan Treasurer of the C. of I. Jews' Society.
For year ending December 31st, 1939.
To Balance 6 7 11
,, Harvest Offertory 3 16 0
,, Payments for use of Hall 25 18 5
£36 2 4
By Caretaker's Salary £11 2 6
,, N.I.E. Board 11 6 8
,, Star Electric Co. 0 5 5
,, Coke and Coal 3 8 2 ½
,, Cleaning Materials 0 18 7
,, Tuning and Repairs 1 2 0
,, Ground Rent 0 1 0
,, Sundries 0 3 6
,, Repairs 0 13 5
,, Paid over to Boiler Account 2 15 6
,, Balance 4 5 6 ½
£36 2 4
Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs. T. E.
Maginnis, R. McClements, G. Wilson, W. R. Sherman.
Evening Prayer—Messrs. J. Walker, A. Kirke, T.
Stanfield, H. Ellis, W. H. Best, J. McLoughlin.
Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs. S.
McCormick, Gilbert Price, Foster Shanks, Jos. Ward.
Evening Prayer—Messrs. N. Campbell, Thos. Gracey,
Wm. Hewitt, S. D. Walker, Geo. Nixon, Holmes White.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER.
During Holy Week there were the usual week-night
services from Monday to Good Friday, as well as
Morning Prayer on Good Friday. On the Tuesday
there was a fine turn-out of the members of the C.L.B.,
and also, the local branch of the Mothers' Union was
On Easter Day the choir rendered music appropriate
to the occasion, including a special Easter Anthem.
The singing was of its usual high standard and it went
a long way in making the services as inspiring as
they should be on this great day.
We are deeply indebted to Mrs. Casey for undertaking
the responsibility for playing during her father's illness,
and afterwards. It was the wish of the clergy, Select Vestry,
choir and congregation that Mrs. Casey should succeed
her father in the position he held for so long, but Mrs. Casey
did not wish to do so, though she has kindly promised to
help at any time she may be required.
SUNDAY SCHOOL PRIZE GIVINGS.
During the past month these annual functions took
place in Hacknahay, Edenderry and Seagoe. In the
fore mentioned centre a variety concert was given by
the children of the Sunday School and their performance
reflected great credit on the children and on Miss
Maginnis, who trained them.
In Seagoe the social took place on a Saturday afternoon
on account of there being no "black-out" arrangements
in the School, and the change did not in any way detract
from the enjoyment of the gathering.
At Edenderry the Parochial Hall was filled almost
to crowding, but in spite of the large number present
the usual popular games were enjoyed to the full.
The numbers present at these Sunday School centres
and the number of prize winners both go to show that
these Sunday Schools are in a flourishing condition,
and their Superintendents and Teachers are, to be
thanked for their fine work and congratulated on
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL EXCURSION.
At a meeting of Sunday School Teachers and
Superintendents on Wednesday, March 20th, there
was a preliminary discussion as to the desirability of
holding an excursion for the Sunday Schools to the
seaside this year as in former years. It was decided
provisionally to hold an outing in a field in the parish
this year, as those present considered travelling as in
former years out of the question for various reasons,
e.g., inability of railway to provide facilities, rationing
of sugar and rise in catering prices, probable increase
in fares, etc.
There will be another meeting in Seagoe School on
Wednesday. May 1st, at 8 p.m., when a full attendance
of Superintendents and Teachers is requested, so that
the matter may be discussed fully in all its aspects.
There is no reason why a most enjoyable day could
Not be had at a suitable centre somewhere in the parish,
and with the proper organisation of competitions and
games, etc., it might be a pleasant change from excursions
of recent years, which do not seem to provoke the enthusiasm
amongst the children that one would expect.
Confirmation classes will commence during April.
Intending candidates should assemble in the Parish
Church on Sunday, April 14th, at 4 p.m., so that suitable
times may be arranged for the classes to meet weekly.
Intending candidates must have passed their fourteenth
On Sunday, March 10th, the mortal remains of Mr.
Thomas Henry Wilson were laid to rest near the
Church where for sixty-eight years he acted as organist,
being connected with the choir for seventy years,
as he entered it when a boy of seven. This is truly a
unique record of service faithfully discharged and the
fact that to the end, in spite of advancing years, he
retained the confidence of the choir is a striking tribute
to his virile personality. He loved the Church and its
services, and he was a regular communicant. He was
indefatigable in his efforts for the welfare of the choir,
and a few weeks before his death he provided a dozen
new hymn books for the choir and was also responsible
for procuring a new hymn board to match the existing one.
His health had been failing for some time, yet so strong
was his courage that he played until some weeks before
he passed away. It will be hard to think of Seagoe choir
without him, and he will be long remembered for his
unparalleled period of service, as well as for his bright
and cheery disposition. He bore a very trying illness with
true Christian fortitude and patience and to the end
he remained bright and brave. Now he is a member
of the Choir Invisible, and we thank God for his long
and useful service. Mr. S. P. B. Smith played at the
funeral service, at which two of his favourite hymns
were sung, and at the end the "Dead March in Saul"
was rendered, while the congregation stood in token
of respect to his memory; the large number of people
present was a tribute to the respect in which he was
held by a wide circle of friends.
At the funeral service and at Morning Prayer on
March 10th the Rector referred to the loss the parish
had sustained by his passing.
We also regret to record the death of Mrs. Costello,
who was not in robust health for some years; she had
passed the allotted span and the end came peacefully
To all the bereaved we extend our sympathy and
pray that the Risen Christ may sustain and strengthen
them in their sorrow.
"Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid
them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God.”
March 3rd—David Thomas, son of Thomas Henry and
Sarah Hall, Kintore, Seagoe.
March 3rd—Christina Thelma, daughter of Samuel A.
and Sarah Miller, 22, Seafield, Lurgan Road,
March 3rd—Cecil Rodney, son of Arthur and Annie
Allen, 23, Carrickblacker Rd., Portadown.
March 3rd—John Edgar, son of John and Esther
Hamilton Ramsey, Kernan.
March 3rd—James Austin, son of William and Ellen
Elliott, 17, Seafield, Lurgan Rd., Portadown.
"Those whom God hath joined together let no man
March 27th—William George Moles, Blacker's Mill,
Portadown, and Ellen Treanor, Drumnagoon.
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from
henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest
from their labours."
10th March—Thomas Henry Wilson, Seagoe Cottage,
aged 80 ½ years.
12th March—Margaret Costello. Tamnificarbet.
12th March—Thomas F. Neill, 45, Chadwick Street,
Belfast, aged 31 years.
25th March—James Clayton, Water St., Portadown,
aged 90 years.
CORRECTION IN PARISH REPORT.
In the list of W.F.O. Subscribers in James St. the
following item should read: —Mr. and Mrs. Connor,
10s 3d instead of 3s 3d. We regret above mistake, and
are glad to note that Mr. and Mrs. Connor set a very
good example to the parishioners in James St. by their
generous contribution to the W.F.O. scheme.
NEW RECTORY BUILDING FUND.
The Hon. Treasurer for the above gratefully acknowledges
the receipt of the following subscriptions: -
James Twinem, Lylo Villa £5 0 0
Chas. S. A. Twinem, Lylo Villa 2 0 0
James J. Twinem, Lylo Villa 1 0 0
Mrs. S. J. Preston, Lylo 0 10 0
The Misses Hoy, Lylo 0 10 0
Joseph E. McMurray Lylo 0 10 0
The Misses McCormick, Lylo 0 3 0
Miss M. White, Lylo 0 2 6
David Webb, Lylo 0 10 0
Miss C. Kirby, Eden Avenue 0 5 0
Mrs. K. Carragher, Eden Avenue 0 5 0
J. Wilson, Seagoe Road 0 5 0
Mrs. T. Mitchell, Seagoe Upper 0 2 6
Mr. J. Mitchell, Seafield, Lurgan 0 10 0
David McKane, Ballymacrandle 0 5 0
£11 18 0
Already acknowledged £597 3 1
Total £609 1 1
SERVICES—THE PARISH CHURCH.
HOLY COMMUNION—1st Sunday after Morning
Prayer; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief Festivals
HOLY BAPTISM—1st Sunday of each Month at 4 p.m.,
and during any Service in the Parish Church, notice to be
given; Two Sponsors at least are required. The father and
mother must be present. Churchings are held at each Baptism.
Mothers are expected to bring a thank offering. (See Book of
MORNING PRAYER—Sundays and Chief Festivals,
EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 p.m.
Hacknahay—Last Sunday of Month at 3.30 p.m.
Drumgor—Second Sunday of Month at 3 p.m.
Edenderry—Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Oct—Easter.
BIBLE CLASSES FOR MEN in Edenderry on Sundays at 10.15 a.m.
SUNDAY SCHOOLS—10.15 a.m. Edenderry Parochial
Hall and Seagoe School. 3 p.m. Seagoe, Edenderry
Parochial Hall, Levaghery, Hacknahay, Carne, Drumgor, Bocombra
MOTHERS' UNION—2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m.
CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE in the Parochial Hall on Tuesdays.
GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School on Mondays at 8 p.m. as announced
G.F.S. Candidates - Oct. – Easter, Edenderry Parochial Hall, Saturdays at 3 p.m.
SEAGO CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR SOCIETY – Mondays, Orange Hall, at 8 p.m.
SEAGOE P.E. SCHOOL—9.15 a.m. Principal—Mr. R. Scott.
MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Licences are issued by Ven. Archdeacon Hannon, the Rectory, Lurgan. Due notice (48 hours) must be given to the Rector of intended weddings. FEES—BY License—Labourers 5/-, Tradesmen 10/-, Merchants and Farmers £1, Professional £l. By Banns 5/-.
FUNERALS will be attended by the Clergy if proper notice be given. SICK CASES should be notified to the Clergy without delay. FEES FOR CERTIFICATES—BAPTISM 3/7, Children (Factory) 1/- and 2/- (non-residents); MARRIAGE 3/7. An extra Search Fee is chargeable in certain cases. It will be a help to the Clergy if they are notified of the arrival of new Church families in the Parish.
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