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April 1906


April 1906

Seagoe Parish Magazine

APRIL, 1906.


RECTOR —REV. JAMES E. ARCHER, B.D., The Rectory, Seagoe.


N.B.—The Clergy will feel greatly obliged if the

Parishioners will notify to them any cases

of illness at the earliest possible moment.

Churchwardens :



Select Vestry :







ATKINSON, MR. W. R. , Secretary and Treasurer.








AFTER is the most joyous festival of

the Christian year. It speaks to us

of Resurrection and life, and coming

as it does when the world of nature

is bursting into a new beauty of life

and fragrance, we can realise to the

full the glorious Spiritual Lessons which the Church

brings before us. To the Christian the message of

Easter is that each of us should seek the new Life

and set our affections more entirely upon things above

Some of us may be thinking, how can we best keep

Easter ; and the answer is clear to every devout heart :

let us engage more fervently in Prayer, more frequently

in Worship, and as we contemplate during

Holy Week the Cross and Passion of our Blessed

Lord, let us seek that more of His Sacrifice may

enter into our life, and we shall thus be better

fitted to realise the fullness of Easter joy. On

Easter morning there will be celebrations of Holy

Communion at 8 a.m., and after Morning Prayer

at 11.30.


Morning Evening

£ s d £ s d

Mar. 4th - 1st Sunday in Lent 1 10 3 0 18 3

0 9 6

8th Thursday 0 3 10

11th -2nd Sunday in Lent 0 13 9 0 15 0

18th - 3rd Sunday in Lent 0 2 9

1 0 7 0 11 6

„ 22nd - Thursday 0 5 0

25th -4th Sunday in Lent 1 0 11 0 12 3

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£4 17 9 £3 5 10


" As many of you as have been baptised into Christ, have put on Christ."

March 3rd Minnie, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Tate, Edenderry.

Abraham, son of William and Sarah Jane Gregson, Drumgor.


" Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder."

March 2nd—William Treanor, Tamnificarbet, to Margaret Magee, Drumnagoon.

16th—Hugh Thompson, Shillington's Row, Portadown, to Elizabeth Campbell, Edenderry.


" I know that my Redeemer liveth."

March 3rd Charles Gilpin, Tamnifiglasson, aged 44.

4th—John Magee, Derryadd, aged 71.

6th —Mary Best, Edenderry, aged 41.

15th —James Hagan, Balteagh, aged 71.

16th —Ellen Coulter, Edenderry, aged 80.

19th —George Joyce, Levaghery, aged 78.

24th —Martha M'Cormick,Ballyhannon aged 62

Our Sunday Schools.

Special Collections on behalf of our Sunday Schools

will be made in the Parish Church on Easter Day, at

Morning and Evening Services.

We ask our people

to give liberally to this most important object. The

schools cannot be made efficient unless liberally

supported. There are almost 1000 children instructed

in our Parish Sunday Schools each Sunday, and the

expenses are considerable.



Ours are to make the BEST BREAD and CONFECTIONERY

in the Kingdom; and to Sell the BEST TEAS the World

can produce

At *2/8, *2/4, *2/- 1/10, 1/8 These marked thus * are our leading lines.

DAVISON BROS., 3 & 4 High Street, PORTADOWN.


Annual Excursion, Thursday June 7th.

This year the Sunday School Excursion will be to

Newcastle, County Down, one of the prettiest seaside

resorts in Ireland. The new railway from Banbridge

to Newcastle makes it possible now for people living

in Portadown to visit Newcastle, and we have therefore

decided to bring the children to quite a new

place, where they will have lovely sands, where the

wee ones can build castles and run races, and paddle

in the bright blue waves. Seagoe always gets a fine

day for its excursion, and so we need have no doubt

about the weather.

The charge for tickets will be very reasonable, in

fact it scarcely covers the actual cost.

Children under 14, 6d

over 14, 1s

Outsiders, 2s

N.B. —These charges include two refreshments.

The children from the various Sunday Schools will

assemble for a short service in the parish Church,

at 8 0'clock. The special train will leave Portadown

at 9 a m. , returning from Newcastle at 7 30 p m.

Our Lent Services.

We are glad to record the success of our special

Lent Services. The congregations both at the weekday

Services and on Sunday have been very large,

and the addresses given by the

special preachers, who kindly assisted, have been most

practical and useful. We hope and pray that the

words which we have heard with our outward ears

may be engrafted inwardly in our hearts, and that

our people will strive to put into practice the good

counsels they have listened to from the pulpit of their

Parish Church.

Service ot Song.

A splendid Service of Song will be given by the

members of Miss Armstrong's Missionary Class, on

Thursday Evening, April 19th. It is entitled The

Lion-hearted Bishop," and will be illustrated with

Limelight Views. Tickets now on sale, 6d. each.

The proceeds will be devoted to the expenses of the

Parochial Hall. The service will begin at 7-30 0'clock.

M. P. U.

Mr. Grey has sent us a long and most interesting

letter from Japan. It will be read at the next

meeting of the Union. We forgot to record last

month a most successful meeting, at which a large

number of new members were admitted, all of them

from Miss Armstrong's Friday class.

To Parents.

We ask you to see that your children attend the

Sunday Schools regularly each Sunday. A card of

merit is given to each child who has behaved well

and learned its lessons carefully. So you can see for

yourself if your child is advancing in knowledge. To

encourage the attendance of our young people at

Church, a new quarterly Church attendance card is

being issued, which will register the attendance of

the child at Church. There is a space for the Parents'

name on each card, and we ask the parents to en-

courage (especially by their own example) the attendance

of their children at the House of Prayer.

Carne Bible Class.

We have to record a most successful season in

connection with the class. Almost all the young

men and women of the district became members, and

most of them attended every night. The Book under

consideration was First Samuel, and all the members

displayed a lively interest in this critical period of

Jewish history. On Tuesday last an able paper was read

by Mr. Wilson Irwin on Inspiration," which showed

a careful consideration of the subject. In the discussion

which followed the members bestowed unstinted

praise on the paper, and Rev, J. Taylor, in

summing up, expressed the general opinion of those

present—that while there are slight verbal discrepancies

in the Bible, due to the human element, yet

it is essentially a Book God-given and God-preserved.

He also emphasized the necessity of regard to the

Church's authority in its interpretation, and opposed

its being handled unwisely by irresponsible persons.

We hope to have a paper later on by Mr. Alfred

Murray on the necessity of education as a preparation

for preaching the Gospel.

Church Army Mission.

This mission began in the Carne Church Hall

under the most favourable auspices as far as the

weather, and the attendance fully justified, if not

exceeded, our expectations. Captain Gaskell kept up

his reputation as a mission preacher, and by his

earnest addresses succeeded in impressing the large

numbers which filled the Hall on each evening. It

was the general feeling that the time spent in Carne

was all too short, but those who have appreciated

the meetings will have the opportunity of attending

again when the mission begins in Seagoe.


On the second Sunday in Lent the mission began

in Drumgor at the usual afternoon service. There

were again large numbers present. Captain Gaskell

impressed on those present the necessity of consecrating

themselves to the service of God and of loyalty

to Jesus Christ, and showing this by a godly walk

and conversation and a diligent attendance on the

means of grace provided by the Church. We noticed

that many came from Carne, which showed that they

did not consider distance an obstacle in their desire

to take advantage of these services. Although the

mission began in a snowstorm, and continued

without the advantage of the moonlight, yet these

did not seem to interfere with the attendance.


The mission began here on Monday, March 19th.

As Captain Gaskell was not quite a stranger it was

expected that many would turn out to welcome him,

which proved to be the case. Rev. G. H. Daunt,

Rector of Knocknamuckley, kindly gave the use of

his school, and by his attendance at the services showed

his sympathy with the objects of the mission. Again

many came from the previous districts which had

been visited, and from the Parish of Knocknamuckley.

We were delighted to see the large number of men

present. It is earnestly hoped that the really

praciical gospel addresses delivered by Captain

Gaskell and Lieutenant Simmons will take deep

root in the minds of those who heard them and bring

forth fruit unto eternal life. The attendance kept

up so well during the week, and the concluding service

was one to be remembered.

We wish to add our tribute to Lieutenant Simmons, who helped his

colleague most loyally during the mission, and gives

promise of a very useful future in the Church Army.


The Church Army commenced a week's mission

in Edenderry Parochial Hall on Monday evening,

26th March. The Rector introduced the missioners

Captain Gaskell and Lieutenant Simmons. The

Hall was filled with a most attentive audience, who

eagerly listened to the impressive address delivered

by Captain Gaskell in addition to which all seemed

join in the bright hymns used on the occasion, and

in the responses. We trust that all living in the

district will endeavour to attend this special means

of grace, and that the work of the Church may be

stimulated and strengthened in our midst. The

mission will be continued during the week, and on

Sunday evening, April 1st, at 8.30, there will be a

mission service in the Parochial Hall, conducted by

Captain Gaskell.


We hope that all those who have been influenced

by the Church Army mission will come to the con-

eluding fortnight's services in Seagoe School-room

and in the Parish Church, commencing on Monday

evening, April 2nd, at 8.0 p.m. The School and

Church are so central to the whole Parish we

believe it will be possible for all who have derived

spiritual benefit during the mission to attend these



Captain Gaskell will conduct a series of mission

services in Hacknahay School during the week

beginning Monday, April 9th. The service will

begin at 8 0'clock each evening.


The men's Reading-Room has been greatly improved

by partitions recently erected, the wood for

which was most kindly given by Mr. Hamilton Robb.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. William J.

McCrory for very kindly putting up the woodwork.

Mr. Alex. Steenson has been presented with a

silver medal for winning first place in a five mile

road race of the Seagoe harriers club. We are glad

to hear that the club is doing well. The medal was

presented by the Rector.

Mr. Thomas M'Crory has been awarded a special

certificate in the Seagoe Men's Bible Class for not

having missed a Sunday at the class during 1905.

The Choir, under the able superintendence of Mr.

T. H. Wilson, are busily engaged in practising the

special music for Easter.

We are glad to see that many of our people are

brightening their cottages by planting climbing

roses and pretty creepers against the front walls.

Now is the time to plant, and flowers are cheap.

The Seagoe C.L.B. made a fine turn-out at the

Church Parade, on Sunday evening, March 11th.

Notes on Old Seagoe.

Up to the 17th century Carrickblacker was called

Carrowbrack, which means the yellow-speckled hill

or field. By a slight change in spelling the name

was quite changed in meaning, as Carrickblacker

means Castle Blacker.

Ballinacor, one of the townlands in Seagoe Parish,

was formerly spelt Baile-na-corra, and means the

town of the weir." It seems as if there must formerly

have been a weir in the neighbourhood on the Bann,

or some smaller stream, possibly an eel-weir.

On April 16th, 1754, being Easter Tuesday, Mr.

William Robinson, of Lilo, and Mr. Oliver Dynes

were unanimously elected by the Minister, Churchwardens

and Parishioners to serve as Churchwardens for the Parish of Sego this ensuing year."

(Extract from Seagoe Records).

Drumnagoon, the name of another of the Seagoe

townlands, is derived from Drum, a hill, na, of, and

goon or gowan, a calf. So apparently this interesting

part of the Parish was famous for its calves.

In the old Vestry Records the first mention of the

intention to build a new Church was made at a

meeting of the Vestry on Monday, April 30th, 1804.

There were present at the meeting —George Blacker,

Vicar ; Robert Fivey and Arthur Buckby, Churchwardens ;

also Richard Lutten, Alexander Hickland, and Will. Lutten, members of Vestry.


We hope all our readers look carefully through

the advertisements which appear in our Parish

Magazine each month. It is extraordinary

what a number of things may be found offered for

sale in such small spaces as are filled by the

advertisements. Look through them and see if you

can find in which of the advertisements the following

words are to be found —Think, Reliance, Supervision,

Italian, Breathing, Poultry, Hands, Date, Unbeaten,

Season, Trap, Hobbies, Choice. Each of these

words is taken from a different advertisement; get a

pencil and underline each word where it occurs.

The Girls' Friendly Society continues its good

work in the Parish and. much credit is due to those

who so kindly help forward its useful objects. Miss

G. Atkinson has gathered together a large number of

girls- in Edenderry. On alternate, Monday nights

a Bible Class is taken by one of the Clergy. On

Saturdays Miss Connor takes the candidates, and we

are glad to know the attendance is very good. In

Drumgor Mrs. McMullan and Mrs Gracey have had

very successful gatherings,. and in Hacknahay

Miss Calvert, with several active helpers, looks well

after the girls. There is no more useful organisation

in the Church than the Girls' Frlendly Society.


We forgot in our last issue to record a most

important meeting, which was held in Tamnificarbet

early last month. It took place in the Orange Hall,

which was kindly lent for the occasion. The place

was crowded with the residents of the district, who

heartily joined in the hymns and responses. An

address on The Sower" was given by the Rector

(Rev. J. E. Archer). We hope before long to have

another meeting in the same place, and we believe

it will be attended with the same success.

New Calendar.

A new Calendar has been issued in our Parish

Sunday Schools, and has proved very useful.




Call at the

Portadown News Once.





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