Seagoe Parish Magazine
RECTOR —REV. JAMES E. ARCHER, B.D., The Rectory, Seagoe.
CURATE —REV. JOHN TAYLOR, B.A., Seagoe Villa.
N.B.—The Clergy will feel greatly obliged if the
Parishioners will notify to them any cases
of illness at the earliest possible moment.
MR. JOSEPH MONTGOMERY, Levaghery.
MR. JOSEPH M'MURRAY, Ballinary
Select Vestry :
ALBIN, MR. JAMES
ATKINSON, MR. W. R.
CALVERT, MR. GEORGE
COSTELLO, MR. ATKINSON
GRACEY, MR. ROBERT
IRWIN, MR, WILSON
ATKINSON, MR. W. R. , Secretary and Treasurer.
MONRO, MR. JOSEPH
MARTIN, MR. THOMAS
MONTGOMERY, MR. T. J.
McDOWELL, MR. WM. J.
ROCK, MR. DAVID
STEPHENSON, MR. JOSEPH
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
OFFERTORIES FOR MARCH.
£ 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
£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.
MOST PEOPLE HAVE HOBBIES.
Ours are to make the BEST BREAD and CONFECTIONERY
in the Kingdom; and to Sell the BEST TEAS the World
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
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
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.
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
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
MISSION AT HACKNAHAY.
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.
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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