Seagoe Parish Magazine.
REV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Seagoe Rectory.
REV. W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow, Lower Seagoe.
People's—J. R. REID.
THE CLERGY WILL DEEM IT A FAVOUR
IF IN CASES OF SICKNESS THEY ARE
CALENDAR FOR APRIL.
April 6th - 6th Sunday in Lent.
April 7th —Monday before Easter. Evening Prayer at 8 p.m.
April 8th Tuesday before Easter. Evening Prayer at 8 p.m.
April 9th—Wednesday before Easter. Evening Prayer at 8 p.m.
April 10th —Thursday before Easter. Evening Frayer at 8 p.m.
April 11th—Good Friday. Morning Prayer 11.30 a.m. Evening Prayer at 8 p.m.
April 13th , —Easter Day.
April 15th-— . Mothers' Union Social Evening.
April 17th —Annual General Easter Vestry at 8 p.m.
April '20th—1st Sunday after Easter.
April 25th—st. Mark.
April 27th—2nd Sunday after Easter.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES.
During Holy Week, viz., the week beginning on
Monday, April 7th, there will be a service each night
Monday to Friday, inclusive, in the Parish
Church at 8 p.m. At these services appropriate addresses
will be given dealing with the Passion of our Lord.
On Good Friday there will be Morning Prayer, with
a short address, at 11.30 a.m., as well as the Evening
sevice at 8 p.m. The collections at both services on
Good Friday will be in aid of the C. of I. Jews' Society.
Holy Communion at 8 a.m.
Morning Prayer and Holy Communion 11.30 a.m.
Children's Service 3 p.m.
Evening Prayer p.m.
THE ANNUAL GENERAL EASTER VESTRY.
All parishioners, whose names are on the Registered
of Vestrymen and vestrywomen, have the privilege
attending this annual General Vestry meeting. It
will take place this year on Thursday, April 17th, at
8 P.m., in Seagoe School. The main business of this
important meeting is to elect a Churchwarden and a
Select Vestry for the ensuing year.
All parishioners whose names are on the registered
list will receive a notice summoning them to this
The monthly meeting took place in Seagoe School
Thursday, March 13th, at 3.30 p.m., when Mrs. J.
Eakin very kindly gave a most interesting talk on
The next meeting will be of the nature of a social
evening and will take place in Seagoe School on
Tuesday, April 15th, at 7.30 p.m.
SUNDAY SCHOOL PRIZE-GIVINGS.
This annual treat for the children of Edenderry
Morning and Afternoon Sunday Schools took place
on Friday, February 21st To save expense the
Superintendents and teachers provided the tea and pastries,
which were in abundance and greatly appreciated
by a very full house. These two Sunday Schools are
in a flourishing condition.
The Rev. W. F. Hayes presided at the prize distribution
at Hacknahay on Friday, Feb. 28th, when
Mrs. Bunbury Atkinson distributed the awards. A
minor innovation, which proved very popular, was the
substitution of games for the usual programme of
songs and sketches.
A very pleasant function took place in Drumgor
Church Hall on Monday, February 27th, when Mrs.
Appelbe presented the prizes to pupils there. A
sumptuous tea and the ever popular games were
enjoyed by all. It speaks well for this Sunday School
to see a number of the pupils in Church regularly
Owing to the absence of " black-out" facilities in
Seagoe P.E.S., the combined morning and afternoon
Sunday School social was held on Saturday, March
8th, at 3 p.m. Appetites were just as keen, and the
games just as hilarious, as if the function was taking
place at a later hour. A number of the smaller
children sang and recited impromptu items.
All the above mentioned Sunday Schools continue
to flourish. and this fact is to a very large extent due
to the devoted service of the Superintendents and
teachers, to whom we are deeply indebted for their
invaluable help in this Christlike work.
CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR NOTES.
We congratulate our parishioners in the Drumgor
area on the formation of a branch of the Christian
Endeavour Society in Drumgor Church Hall. It Will
we feel sure, provide a useful adjunct to the Sunday
School there by providing a training ground for
teachers, and as well it affords a centre for fellowship
in spiritual matters for that end of the parish. The
weekly meetings take the form of prayer and Bible
study, in which all present are encouraged to take
On St. Patrick's night, Shankill, Lurgan C.E. Society,
paid a visit to the newly formed branch, and
the members of the former took charge of the meeting,
which was well attended. The Rector, in welcoming
the visitors, expressed his delight that a new
branch had been formed in Drumgor. It has had one
practical affect already, viz., as a result seven members
have undertaken to become regular subscribers
to the W.F.O.
We append a list of officers
President, Rev. J. W. Appelbe, M.A., B.D.; Vice
President and Secretary, Mr. Wm. Hutchinson;
Recording Secretary Mr. Jack Gardner; treasurer, Miss
Maureen Lyness; organist, Miss Mabel Gracey.
Committees—Look out, Miss Meta Campbell (Convener)
Miss Irene Gracey, Miss Maggie Anderson, Mr. Wm.
Campbell; Prayer Meeting, Mr. Charles Gardner (convener),
Miss May Gardner, Miss Eileen Uprichard, Mr.
Wm. Hutchinson; Social, Miss Josephine Campbell
(convener), Mr. Eric Turner, Mr. Jack Gardner, Miss
Maureen Lyness Miss M. Gracey. Night of meeting—
Monday, at 8 p.in., in Drumgor Church Hall.
An interesting lecture on " The life and work of
David Livingstone," illustrated
by lantern slides, was
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given in Edenderry Orange Hall on Monday, 24th
February, under the auspices of the B.C.M.S., on the
invitation of Seagoe C.E. The members of Seagoe
branch have taken an active interest in the work of
this Missionary Society for some time.
The Rev. W. F. Hayes presided, and the lecture,
given by Mr. P. B. Morrison, was most interesting.
After the lecture, Mr. Huston, who accompanied the
lecturer, thanked the members of Seagoe C.E. Society
for their support of the work of the B.C.M.S., and in
doing so he gave an account of its work. At the conclusion
of the meeting there was a retiring collection,
amounting to 17/-, for the B.C.M.S.—(M.L.B.)
CHURCH OF IRELAND MISSION TO THE JEWS.
LIST OF BOXHOLDERS.
Mrs. Appelbe, Seagoe Rectory £0 10 0
The late Rev. G. H. Daunt 1 0 0
The Misses N. K. & K.
Montgomery, Edward Street 1 0 0
Miss M. Watters, Goban St. 0 8 6
Miss Amy Cox, Carrickblacker Rd 0 4 4
Mrs. Thos. Martin, Baiteagh 0 7 6
Mrs. Wm. Neill, Lower Seagoe 0 5 9
Mrs. James Shanks, Kernan 0 5 9
Mrs. Magee, Carrickblacker Road 0 4 1
Mr. T. Ryans, Carrickblacker Ave. 0 4 6
Miss M. L. Best, Goban Cottage 0 10 0
Good Friday Collections (1940) 1 16 10
£6 17 3
(This has been remitted to the above Society)
(M. L. Best, hon. sec.)
BOCOMBRA S.S. ACCOUNT FOR 1940.
To Cash on hands £5 6 0
S.S. Collection 1 1 4 ½
Harvest Collection 1 14 0 ½
£8 1 5
By 2 mantles (2/- each) 0 4 0
Fireclay 0 0 8
Coal 0 6 0
Mrs. M'Carran 1 0 0
Expenses on Social 0 4 0
Prizes 1 0 8
Cash on hands 5 6 1
£8 1 5
HACKNAHAY SUNDAY SCHOOL
Carried forward £7 7 6
Sunday Collections 1 13 1
Harvest Collection 3 9 5
Social 2 11 9
Rent 3 9 4
£18 11 1
Foreign Missions 1 0 0
Rates 0 18 1
Prizes 3 13 0
Coal and Oil 3 6 10
Caretaker 0 15 0
Repairs 3 12 9
Balance 5 5 5
£18 11 1
RECTORY BUILDING FUND.
The Hon. Treas. for the above gratefully acknowledges
the receipt of the following subscriptions:
James Twinem, Lylo Villa £5 0 0
Chas. S. A. Twinem, Margretta Park 2 0 0
Jas. J. Twinem, junr., Lylo Villa 1 0 0
Jos. Ed. M'Murray, Lylo 0 10 0
Mrs. Preston, Lylo 0 10 0
Mrs. Quinn (nee White), Lylo 0 2 6
Mr. Geo. Wilson, Lower Seagoe 1 0 0
Reps. of the late T. H. Wilson, Lower Seagoe 1 0 0
Mr. Robt. Walker, Lower Seagoe 1 0 0
Mrs. Jos. M'Laughlin, Lower Seagoe 1 0 0
Mrs. Ballentine, Lower Seagoe 1 0 0
Mrs. W. Neill and Family, Lower Seagoe 1 0 0
Mr. John M'Laughlin, Lower Seagoe 0 10 0
Mr. Bertie Kilpatrick, Lower Seagoe 0 5 0
Mrs. Norman Guy, Derryvore 1 0 0
Mr. Geo. Matchett, Derryvore 0 10 0
Mrs. Samuel Guy, Derryvore 0 5 0
£17 12 6
It is with deep regret that we record this month the
passing from our midst of three parishioners. Robert
Neill was a well-known and respected inhabitant of
Ballymacrandle, where, since his retirement, he made
gardening his hobby. He passed away very suddenly
after an operation in Lurgan Hospital.
Mrs. Gordon was in very poor health for many
months and she bore her increasing weakness with
patience and Christian fortitude.
Mrs. Watson Walker will be greatly missed in
Seagoe, which occupied a very high place in her
affections. She returned recently after a visit to her
daughter and was recovering from a slight indisposition,
when the end came suddenly, and she passed
peacefully a way. Though having exceeded by many
years the allotted span, she preserved her mental vigour
and all her faculties to the end. Her place will
be hard to fill.
To all the bereaved we extend our sincere sympathy
in their loss, and we pray that they may be comforted
and strengthened by Him, who said "I am the
Resurrection and the Life."
" Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid
them not. for of such is the Kingdom of God."
7th March—Annie, daughter of George and Sarah Conlon, 19, Florence Court (privately).
" Those whom God hath joined together let no man
March 5th—David George Sherman, Duneden, Carrickblacker Road, Portadown,
and Eva Wright, 18. West St., Portadown.
March 10th—George Pentland, 29, Carrickblacker Rd.,
Portadown, and Rhoda Gilmore, 26, Carrickdal Gardens, Portadown.
March 11th—Kennedy Hunter, Doneybraggy, Moneymore, Co. Derry,
and Emily Clements, 3, Eden Crescent, Edenderry, Portadown.
" Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from
henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest
from their labours."
March 19th—Alexander Lutton, 78, Montague Street, Portadown,
and Ann Isabella Roney, 4, Goban Street, Portadown.
February 26th—Robert Neill, Ballymacrandle, aged 71 years. Interred in Tandragee.
March 2nd—Charlotte Gordon, Ballinacor, aged 51 years.
March 3rd—James Forrest, I, Nendrum Gardens Bloomfield, Belfast, aged 74 years.
March 21st—Letitia Walker, Seagoe, aged 83 years
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THE GOSPEL CAME TO IRELAND.
Psalm 48: 11-12—" Walk about Zion and go round
about her: and tell the towers thereof. Mark well her
bulwarks, consider her houses; that ye may tell them
that come after."
(A sermon preached by the Rev. W. F. Hayes in
Seagoe on Sunday, March 10th, 1941) :
I expect many of you buy and read that well known
newspaper, the " Belfast Evening Telegraph." In its
Saturday edition almost the whole of the second page
is filled with announcements of the many religious
services to be held on the following Sunday in the
numerous churches and kindred buildings in Belfast.
It begins with the services of our Church, the Cathedral
Church of St. Anne. Immediately follow those to be
held in the Parish Churches. It gives the various
Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist and Congregational
services. The announcements include churches with
somewhat novel and striking, if not startling titles.
The list concludes with the innumerable services to
be held in the Gospel Halls, whose number is legion.
Any fair minded person reading that long, varied list,
would say, I think, whatever his own particular tastes
might be, that the Gospel gets a good show in Ulster's
capital city on Sunday. Those who know the provincial
towns, the villages and the country districts,
would bear like testimony there also. That brings us
to our subject for this morning—" the Gospel came
to Ireland." In this part of the country many boast
themselves of " the open Bible." To whom are we
indebted for it? Wherever the Gospel went it was
taken by some person. We read in the Book of the
Acts of how the good news of Jesus Christ was taken
to and taught for the first time in various places.
Philip went down to Samaria and preached the Word
there. He preached it also to the Ethiopian eunuch.
That foreigner was travelling from Jerusalem, where
he had come to worship, to Ethiopia in Africa. There
you have the account of the first person on record,
who carried a knowledge of Jesus Christ to Ethiopia,
which is the country we now know as Abyssinia, and
about which we are hearing so much from day to day.
The Book of the Acts also records how St. Paul carried
the Gospel to the towns of Asia Minor. Later it
tells how he brought it to Europe, to the cities of
Athens, Corinth and Rome.
When the Gospel came to Ireland it was brought by
a person who believed it, and who knew it to be "the
most precious things which this world affords." The
person who brought it was St. Patrick. There may
have been stray Christians in this land before his
time. If there were we know nothing of them; and
they certainly left no permanent marks behind them.
It was St. Patrick who brought the light of the Gospel
of Jesus Christ to our shores. As such he deserves
the honour, the respect and the gratitude of all people
in this country, whomsoever they may be, or wheresoever
they may worship, on Sunday, or on other occasion
throughout the week. There is no one in this land,
who values the blessings that have been brought to
mankind by the Church of God, there is no one who
names the names of Jesus Christ, there is no one who
believes that in Him alone is salvation and who can
yet feel that he is not deeply indebted to St. Patrick,
the Apostle to the Irish people. In the dark, difficult
far-off days of 1,500 years ago, he came here of his
own free will and laboured for many years in the
cause of God. It was hard and difficult labour, how
difficult we cannot conceive. He lived to see it crowned
with remarkable success. He lived to see many in this
land claimed for the service and worship of God. I
hold that a man who did that deserves a place of
in our minds. But if we are to respect his
person and to value his work for the Kingdom of God
then we must know something about him. This is
where a few, at least, fall short, for of him and of the
abiding value of his labours they know next to
To some, who are advanced beyond their fellows in
learning, what i am saying and about to say may seem
very elementary and simple. If so, will you please
remember, that I speak now, as always, more particularly
to the uninformed and to the unenlightened. At
the outset I would like to clear up one difficulty about
St. Patrick that seems to worry some of our local
people. Some are rather afraid to be too enthusiastic
about our Patron Saint because he is so zealously honoured
by our Roman Catholic fellow countrymen. I
have been asked by people in this parish, almost in
baited breath, to know was St. Patrick really a Protestant
or was he a Roman Catholic. To ask such a
question is as ridiculous as to ask, did he come to Ireland
in a Blenheim bomber or in a Sunderland flying
boat. St. Patrick, who never heard of these modern
mechanisms was equally unfamiliar with the terms
Roman Catholic and Protestant, as we understand
Let us look. back. St. Patrick came to Ireland in the
year 432, that is over 1,500 years past. Fifteen hundred
years ago the Christian Church in Europe was, broadly
speaking. one body of peoples. They had one simple,
common order of practice, faith and worship. It was
not until the time of the Reformation, that is roughly
1,100 years after St. Patrick came to our shores, that
the Christian Church in Europe was rent in two. Thus,
in the sixteenth century, were formed those two great
divisions of Western Christendom, that we call Roman
Catholic and Protestant. I mention this to stress
what I have already implied, that St. Patrick was
neither a Roman Catholic nor a Protestant. He was
previous to both; he was before either was known.
What then is our connection with him? We claim
that our faith, the ministry of the sacraments and the
ordering of our Church's system and worship conform
or are in direct line and accord with the Church
founded by St. Patrick in Ireland. Our Church to day
is Protestant and Reformed. That is it refused to remain
under an outside and foreign influence in religious
matters. That foreign influence in Church
affairs was brought here largely by our English conquerors.
It was an influence under which the Irish
Church was weakened and impaired. At the Reformation
our Church cast off this foreign yoke; it reasserted
its independence, and was reformed after the
pattern of the early Celtic Church in doctrine, order,
and worship. The English state made a great blunder
at the time of the Reformation. It did not give our
Reformed Church the help it ought to have given. For
lack of that help the spirit of the Reformation only
touched a section of the people of Ireland. This explains
why we have today a population that is predominantly,
overwhelmingly and increasingly Roman
Catholic. Had the Reformation been properly handled
the bulk of the people would have shared our faith,
and the history of our country would have been a
brighter chapter. Had that been so, instead of a
neighbour that is largely indifferent, if not hostile,
Britain today would have beside her in this country
a people who would be loyal to a man; and her cabinet
ministers would have no reason to make painful references
to " the Irish situation," neither would they
have cause to wring their hands about the Irish ports.
Now something briefly about St. Patrick's life and
his call to bring the Gospel to our forefathers. He
lived somewhere on the west coast of Britain, probably
Dumbarton, in Scotland. He belonged to a cultured
Christian family with clerical connections. When
about 16 years of age, Irish pirates made a
raid upon the district where he lived. In it
his home was destroyed and his father and
mother were killed. He was carried captive
Here he laboured as a slave shepherd.
His one great desire was to regain his freedom and to
hardship he never forgot his Christian upbringing. He
continued to put his trust in God. In his writings he
tells us, that while he kept watch over his master's
many as a hundred players in one night. Eventually
he did escape in a passing ship which took him to
France. Now that he had gained his freedom he was
seized by one desire. It was to carry the Gospel
message to the Irish, whom he pitied in their pagan state.
He set about in serious study to prepare himself for
the day when he would do this. In the early Christian
Church there was order, there was system and there
was discipline. A man would not set out to be a
missionary without the consent and approval of the
Church. St. Patrick had much regard and respect for
authority. Before he came back here as a missionary
he became an ordained clergyman and was consecrated
a Bishop. In addition he was specially
commissioned for this particular work.
As a missionary he had marked success. He saw
the High King of Ireland accept the Word of God and
approve of its being taught to his people. He saw
churches built in many widely separated districts of
this country. The work commenced by him was carried
on by his enthusiastic converts and successors.
Soon the early Celtic Christian Church became renowned
for its vigour, for its learning, for its missionary
enthusiasm and for the saintly lives of its members.
So Christianity took deep root in Irish hearts
and upon Irish soil. There was in this country one
Church united in faith, in worship and in brotherly
love. When we look out to-day upon our country we
see a different state of affairs. You may ask whence
the change. To put an answer in brief words is far
from easy. We return to the list of services of the
Saturday " Telegraph." If you go back 200 years how
many of the denominations mentioned there were
known or existed. Only two—the Church of Ireland
and the Presbyterian. As the history of the Presbyterian
Church is really the story of the Church in
Scotland, we leave it to one side. Whether we accept
it or not we find that by far the most ancient and
historic denomination in Ireland is our own Church.
You have only to look at our old Churches and Cathedrals
to know this. We have in our possession the
sites of the oldest Christian foundations. Many like
that of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, and of St.
Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, are believed to be the
actual places where St. Patrick preached and had
erected the first Celtic houses of worship.
If you travel all over Ireland from North to South and from
East to West you see everywhere the castellated
towers of our Church buildings. Those, some of them
very ancient, are a witness to what I have been saying.
These bear testimony, that for hundreds of years our
Church, throughout the length and breadth of the
land has been a link between its peoples and God.
Throughout the centuries it preserved the Word of
God and shed abroad the Light of Life. It kept watch
for the cause of Jesus Christ. It's bells reminded our
forefathers of God's claim and summoned them to
prayer and worship in an age when there were neither
clocks nor watches. The words with which the Psalmist
drew the attention of Israel to their beloved Jerusalem
these are words that we may fittingly and profitably
apply to ourselves in connection with our illustrious
Church—" Go round about her and tell the
towers thereof. Mark well her bulwarks, consider her
houses; that ye may tell them that come after.
Someone may ask is it any benefit to know such facts
about our Patron Saint and about the Church which
he founded? Will this help you nearer heaven? Of
course, you may get there without knowing anything
about him or about that Church which has kept
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unceasing watch for men's souls. But without the work
and the example of faithful persons of the past, like
St. Patrick, our proximity to Heaven might be even
more remote than it is. All sensible and reasonable
Christians would say that it is a benefit to know the
life, labours and works of St. Paul as we have them
recorded in the Acts and the Epistles. All sensible
people would say that the life of such a missionary,
as David Livingstone, is an inspiration and an example
of what devotion to the Lord Jesus can do. St. Patrick,
stands in line with all the great Christian missionaries,
who have displaced the bondage of heathen
darkness by the light and freedom that come to those,
who serve " the Lord of Lords."
Many people in this world, not least where their
faith is concerned, need something that will give them
steadiness. They need an anchor for their souls; they
need a spiritual home. A thinking person looking at
the countless denominations of today may ask, which
is the right one for me? Such a question is often the
sign of spiritual life and it demands an answer. The
knowledge of the service which our Church has rendered
to our forefathers, the knowledge that we are
indebted to it for so much, this must mark it out for
us as one that has a claim upon us; it must mark it
out for us as our proper sphere and as the sphere in
which we can render to God the service that will be
most acceptable to Him.
My tribute to the Church of my ancestors, to the
Church which is mine by birth. by baptism and by
conviction is this: that it is second to none. That it is
second to none in its past record; that it is second to
none in its adherence to the Word of God; that it is
second to none in the dignity, reverence and simplicity
of it's worship, and as seen in the lives of the
best people that it produces. To those who know the
facts this must be their tribute. I hope it is yours.
Furthermore, I trust, that we may have grace to live
worthily of it, until the day we enter the Church without
division, spot or wrinkle in the unseen City of
God—where there is one fold and one Shepherd.
Drumgor—Easter Day, at 3 p.m.
Hacknahay—April 27th, at 3.30 p.m.
SIDESMEN FOR APRIL.
Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs. J. H.
Twinem, T. Martin, J. Stephens, J. G. Gracey, J.P.
Evening Prayer—Messrs. J. Walker, N. Campbell, T.
Stanfield, D. Allen, G. Nixon, J. M'Lough1in.
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