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April 1907


April 1907

Seagoe Parish Magazine.

APRIL, 1907.


EASTER is a day of joyful memories. With the disciples

of old we look into the empty tomb and the bright angels

tell us “He is not here, He is risen”. And just as Peter and

John ran to bring the good news to the others so should

we try to proclaim far and wide the great Easter message

that Death with all its gloom and sadness is swallowed up

in Victory.

Please remember the Easter Services—

8 a.m.—Holy Communion.

11-30 a.m.—Morning Prayer, Sermon and Holy Communion.

3-30 p.m.—Special Children's Service with Distribution of

Easter Text Rewards and Church Attendance Certificates.

7 p.m.—Evening Prayer and Sermon.

The Church will be decorated with Easter flowers, an Easter

Anthem will be sung, and at the Evening Service we hope to

have a Parade of the Church Lads' Brigade.

The children are asked to remember to bring their collecting

cards with them to the Afternoon Service. Put the money with

the card in the envelope, seal the flap, and when the collecting

plate is passed along lay the envelope upon it.

Will all our people bear in mind that the collections at all our

services on Easter Day will be given to our Sunday School Funds.

Give a liberal Easter offering to this most useful object.

We train the children for Christ.


The Lent Services have been well attended, and

and our series of special subjects have proved very helpful.

On Sunday mornings the successive petitions in the

Lord's Prayer have been brought before our people.

Should we not all endeavour to make the praying of

this prayer a more real thing than it has been.

The present Bishop of Birmingham (Dr Gore) says “The value

of prayer, our Lord warns us, is not to be measured by its length,

but by the amount of will and intention put into it."

On Sunday evenings our special Lent preachers have given

us most interesting and profitable discourses on "The Letters

to the Seven Churches" in the opening chapters of the

Book of the Revelation. These letters are very useful in

teaching us the danger of indifference, lukewarmness and

spiritual pride. We are sorry to say that in several parts of

this Parish there are people who never enter the House of

Prayer from year's end to year's end. It would be well for

such to remember the solemn rebuke to the Church of the

Laodiceans – “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor

hot, so then because thou art lukewarm and neither cold nor hot,

I will spue thee out of my mouth." On March 17th (St. Patrick's Day)

the Rev. W. M'Endoo, Rector of Tandragee, preached on the subject

of “St. Patrick”. It was a most interesting and convincing

discourse on the historical basis of the Church of Ireland and its

with the Church founded by St. Patrick. On Wednesday evenings

a series of sermons has been preached on “The Beatitudes,"

and the wonderful depth and beauty of our Lord's saying have been

brought home to the hearts of our people. During Holy Week service

has been held each evening at eight o'clock, and addresses on

successive incidents on our Lord's Passion have been

given by the Parish Clergy. The following is a list of the subjects

—Bethany, The Agony, The Betrayal, The Last Supper, The Cross, The Tomb.


We acknowledge with many thanks the receipt of £1 from Mrs Hadden

towards our Sunday School Funds.

The Rev Canon Blacker has sent us his usual generous subscriptions

towards our Parish agencies, for which we heartily thank him.

Choir Fund, £2; Day School, £2; Church Lads' Brigade, £1; Sunday

Schools, £5; Reading Room, £1; Protestant Orphan Society, £3. 3s


After a careful examination of the Church Attendance Cards for

the three quarters ending Dec 31st, 1906, it has been found that

the following children have not missed a single service —78 in all:—

Seagoe—Victor Walker, Ellen J. England, Thomas England,

Nicholas England. Edenderry—Margaret Hawthorne.

The following attended over 70 – Lena Best, Amelia J. M'Cormick,

Maggie Smith, Annie Smith, Alfred Richardson, Isabella Magee,

Lily Magee, Minnie Atkinson, Susan Allen, Maud Dickson, James

Porter, Maggie Lewie, Eliza J. Martin, Maggie Martin, William Walker.

This is highly creditable to these children, and a large share of praise

is also due to their parents for thus realizing their duty to their children

in training them up in the way they should go. It is a noble example

which might well be followed by every parent in the Parish, and we

hope for even better results next year. We feel sure that the

love for the services of their Church instilled so early into these

children will have a good effect on the whole of their afterlife.


The result of this competition was very satisfactory. The children

entered into it with spirit. A large number of Cards were sent in

—about 216. The texts were well chosen, and the writing showed

a good deal of care and neatness, Drumgor and Levaghery being

on the whole perhaps the best.


Seagoe — Maud Dickson. Edenderry — Louisa Montgomery.

Carne—Herbert Murray. Drumgor— Annie Quaile.

Hacknahay — Sophia M'Murray. Levaghery—Margaret Bradshaw.

HIGHLY COMMENDED—James Bradshaw, Rachel England,

Sarah Quaile, Sarah Archer, Margaret Lewie, Bertie Holland,

Ellie Twinem, S. J. Price, Adelaide Murray, Robert Maginnis,

Anna M. Gracey. Miss Louisa Montgomery has been awarded a

special prize for the best Card sent in.


Morning. Evening.

Mar. 3-3rd Sunday in Lent £1.6.0

,, ,, ,, £0.6.8 0.14.7

,, 10-4th ,, ,, £1.2.9 0.12.6

,, 17-5th ,, ,, £1.1.5 0.15.5

,, 24- Sun. next bef. Easter £1.2.7 0.16.0

Week Nights 0.15.7

£4.19.5 3.14.1


" Suffer the little children to come unto Me."

Mar. 2nd— William John, son of Wm. J. and Lucy

M'Donald, Ballyhannon.

,, ,, Donald Henry, son of Wm. H. and Annie

Stevenson, Edenderry.

,, ,, Herbert, son of Wm. H. and Phoebe

M'Cann, Edenderry.

,, ,, William James, son of Alexander and

Rebecca Dickson, Edenderry.

,, ,, William, son of Richard and Jane Elliott,


,, ,, John Atkinson, son of John and Letitia

Walker, Drumnagoon.


"Those whom God hath joined together let no man put


Mar. 16th —William Livingston, Edenderry, to

Martha Hyde, Edenderry.

,, 19th —Samuel Metcalfe, Glasgow, to Eliza

Malcolmson, Edenderry.

,, 25th —Robert Bullick, Derryadd, to Emily

Cordy, Tarson.


" Here we have no continuing city."

March 11th —Mary Anne Joyce, Levaghery, aged 80.

,, 25th —Eliza M'Kee, Kernan, aged 71.

,, 27th —Mary Boyce, Bocombra, aged 32.


The usual meeting of this Branch was even more successful

than the previous ones both in interest and attendance. In the

unavoidable absence of the Rector, the chair was taken by

Rev. J. Taylor, who introduced an excellent programme; the

best item of which was at the beginning, when over seventy young

people came up to the platform and publicly showed their

willingness to be on the side of temperance by receiving the

pledge. Items were contributed by Sarah Martin, Alfred Richardson,

Jimmy Livingston, and D. Murray, A piece, specially composed

for the occasion by Miss Armstrong, was given by her and eight

little girls. A dialogue was well rendered by Maggie Smyth,

Minnie Atkinson, Susan Allen, R. Montgomery, and W. J. Currie.

A splendid address was given by Rev. F. J. Halahan, Rector of

Drumcree, in which he urged the young men to indulge in manly

pastimes, but warned them against adjourning to the public-house

when they were over. Much credit is due to Miss Armstrong for

the success of the meeting, especially for her efforts in inducing

such a large number to sign the pledge.


At the temperance meeting on March 7th several presentations

were publicly made to Mr Willie Reid previous to his departure

to America. They consisted of a fountain pen from the officers

of the C.L.B., a handsome Gladstone bag from the members

of the Men's Bible Class, and a Bible from Miss Armstrong.

The Rector, who had just arrived, in few well-chosen words,

spoke of the help Mr Reid had been in the Parish as Lieutenant

of the C.L.B. as Treasurer of the Bible Class, and as being so

diligent in his attendance at the Parish Church. He also expressed

the deep regret all felt at his departure from among them, and

earnestly wished him every success in his future career.


A meeting to inaugurate this Branch was held on Friday, March 15th.

The Rector took the chair and gave the address. Miss K M'Mullan

sang two temperance songs in good style; Mr Taylor gave a reading,

and songs, recitations, and dialogues were given by a large number

of helpers from Edenderry, amongst whom were J. J. Forsythe,

E Holland, J. Shanks, W. Best, A. Steenson, D. Livingston, D. Webb,

W. Firth, A. Richardson, J. Livingston, and D. Irwin. The attendance

was very fair, and a large number put their names down for a pledge.

It is gratifying to know that our Temperance Organisation, although

very recently started, is now one of the strongest in the Diocese,



MORNING—Joshua xiv.—

1. What was the Levites' inheritance?

2. What promise made by Moses to Caleb on a certain occasion was

remembered when the land was being divided?

3. What age was Caleb when the promise was made and at its fulfilment?

4. What possession did Caleb get?

5. How was its original name derived?

6. God made an exception of Caleb: what was the exception ?

EVENING—S. Luke viii, 41-56—

1. What request did Jairus make of Christ?

2. What miracle did He perform on the way to the ruler's house?

3. What reply did the disciples make when Christ asked who touched Him?

4. How did our Lord reassure the woman?

5. “And they laughed Him to scorn," on what occasion?

6. On what occasions do we read of Christ taking Peter, James and John with Him?

APRIL 14th

MORNING—Joshua xv, 13-19, xx-Othniel of Refuge.

1. Name the sons of Anak?

2. How did Othniel obtain his inheritance?

3. Give its name and the name of his wife?

4. For what purpose were the cities of refuge appointed?

5. Give their names?

6. In what tribes were they situated?

EVENING—S. Mark v., 25-34—A Touch—

1. Point out some differences in the records of S.S. Mark and

Luke regarding these two miracles?

2. What were the various means used by Christ in His miracles of


3. What Aramaic words were used by our Lord at the raising of Jairus' daughter?

4. " Twelve years”: in connection with what miracles is this period of

time mentioned?

5. Christ gave two commands after the latter miracle?

APRIL 21st

MORNING—-Joshua xvii, 1-20—Altar of Testimony—

1. What command did Joshua give to the two tribes and a half on their

return to the East of Jordan after the land was divided?

2. What altar was built on the borders of Jordan?

3. What did this give rise to?

4. Who acted as peacemakers on the occasion?

5. “Is the iniquity of Poor too little for us" when were these words spoken?

6. Whose sins did the tribes call to mind?

EVENING—S. John vi, 5-14 - Bread

1. How did our Lord prove Philip?

2. What reply did Philip make?

3. What was St. Andrew's suggestion?

4. What remark is peculiar to S. John in the account of the feeding of the five thousand?

5. What two lessons did Christ teach us in the eleventh and twelfth verses?

6. How much was left after they had finished?

7. "This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world": after what

miracle were these words spoken?

APRIL 28th

M0RNING—Joshua xvii, 21-34——Breach healed—

1. For what purpose was the altar erected beside Jordan?

2. Ye have no part in the Lord": who said these words?

3. In What words did Phineas address the two tribes and a half?

4. Name of the altar and meaning?

5. What was the first occasion on which the tribes were about to go to

war amongst themselves?

EVENING—S. Matthew xiv, 22-33—A spirit—

1. At what time of the night did our Lord appear on the water?

2. What words of the disciples showed their superstition?

3. What bold act was S. Peter guilty of?

4. Why did he sink?

5. " Of truth Thou art the Son of God": when were these words spoken?

6. On what occasion do we read of Christ saying " It is I, be not afraid"?


1 S. after Easter—

1. For what object did Jesus die and rise again?

2. What is sin called in this Collect?

3. What does it hinder us from doing?

2 S. after Easter.—

l. What two things is Christ to us?

2. What is His inestimable benefit"?

3. What should we do day by day?

3 S. after Easter.—

l. Who are in error"?

2. How are we admitted into the fellowship of Christ's Religion?

3. What does that Religion require of those who are admitted?

S after Easter-

1. Mention one of God's prerogatives?

2. What should we set our “wills and aflections" to do?

3. What will be the result?


We give here some extracts from a letter written by a Seagoe boy

(George Porter), who is now on a voyage to Rockhampton, Australia.

On board R.M.S. “Omrah," off Port Said, Feb. 21st.—It was pretty

rough all day. This morning and up to dinner-time, every minute

or two a big monster wave would roll up sweeping the deck. I

laughed this morning at a couple of fellows. They got their deck

chairs and sat down brave and close to the rails at the edge—they

were just too clever—— they lit their cigars, threw their rugs over them,

and started to read. They had not read many minutes till the ship gave

a roll to one side and a big salt wave taking them unawares dashed up

and drenched them to the skin, cigars and all. But the waves don't

keep the ship back from ploughing on over 300 miles a day.

March 3rd.—We came through the Red Sea after we left Suez.

It is a ten days' journey from Suez to Colombo in the wide ocean.

We are now in the Indian Ocean and shall be in Colombo early tomorrow

morning, if all goes well. After we leave Colombo we start again

for Freemantle, that takes ten days more, and after Freemantle, Adelaide,

Melbourne, Sydney, and then Brisbane. We have very hot weather now.

The coolest place on the ship is the forecastle, or front of the ship, where

there is always a nice cool breeze blowing. At 12 o'clock in the middle

of the day we have the sun straight above our heads, and at night the moon

the same, and the sea just like a big sheet of glass. You must excuse this

bad writing, as the wind is blowing it about. I am tired watching the flying

fish. Sometimes there would be a shoal of about a hundred or may be more.

They would rise from the front of the ship like a swarm of sparrows

in a cornfield. There are big long fish they call Devil Fish as well as

plenty of Sharks. The Flying Fish do not seem larger than a good herring.

Sometimes you could see the big Dolphin pop his head out of the water

and make a spring at a little Flying Fish.

(We think these letters are very interesting and they are written by a boy of 16.

We wish our young voyager much prosperity in his new home).


We continue some further particulars this month

regarding the Old Church of Seagoe—One of the

most interesting mural monuments in the Old Church

was the oval marble tablet erected to the memory of

the Rev. Richard Buckby (an ancestor of our respected

parishioner, Mr. R. Atkinson) who was Vicar of Seagoe

for 33 years. This monument was transferred to the present

Church when the Old Church ceased to be used for worship.

In the Old Church it was placed on the wall above the pew

reserved for the Rector of the Parish on the north side of the

chancel. Before the restoration of the present Church by the

late Dean Dawson, it occupied a position to the right of

the reading desk. It is now to be seen immediately above

the west door of the Church. It bears the following inscription—

"Sacred to the memory of the Rev. Richard Buckby,

who departed this life January 18th, 1796, aged 72 years.

Late Vicar of the Parish of Segoe 33 years. A sincere friend

to the family drops a tear of sorrow at the departure of the

above worthy and honourable character. " The latter part of this

inscription beginning "A sincere friend, etc." with the permission

of Mr. Buckby's family, was added by the Rev. Geo. Blacker,

his successor in the vicarage.


Next month we hope to give a short sketch of the history of the Old

Church from the year 1816 up to the present day, as well as some

further notes referring to the Rev. George Blacker.


An excellent Picture Postcard of Old Seagoe Church is now

on sale in the town.



We would earnestly urge upon the parents to

secure the Parish Magazine, and to see that their

children know the answers to the Scripture Questions

printed therein before going to Sunday School.


We hope to have the next Temperance Meeting

in the Parochial Hall on Friday, April 12th. It will

take the form of a dialogue entitled “An Unexpected



Several interesting speeches are promised from

temperance orators of both sexes.

We take the following from the "Portadown Express" :—

" A Temperance Meeting in connection with Drumcree Parish

was held in the Parochial Hall, on March 19th, to inaugurate

a Branch of the Church of Ireland Temperance Society. An excellent

programme was provided to which a splendid contingent of temperance

workers from the Parish of Seagoe under the care of Rev. J. Taylor,

largely contributed in both songs and dialogues, and an address was

given by Rev. J. Taylor.


The band on the occasion consisted of Messrs. D.

Murray, E. Holland, W. Best, Isaiah Shanks, A.

Steenson, D. Livingston and Victor Irwin.


At the meetings held in Carne and Levaghery the

name of Mr. D. Livingston was accidentally omitted.

We regret the omission, as he has rendered valuable

assistance at the various entertainments held in the

Parish during the winter.


The Annual Easter Vestry will be held on Thursday, April 4th,

in Seagoe School at 7-30. We look for a large attendance of the

men of the Parish. Mr. William Hamilton, of Seagoe, who

has for 51 years (a splendid record), been a Teacher in Seagoe

Sunday School has, we are sorry to hear, been ill with influenza.


We heartily congratulate the Clergy and Parishioners of Drumcree

on the splendid services at the Dedication of the New Organ.

The Clergy of Seagoe and many of our Seagoe folk were present.


Messrs A. Murray, T.C.D., and J. J. Forsyth have

been conducting most successful cottage services

through the Parish.


The Rector hopes to have the services of a Church

Army Captain for special mission work in the Parish

during May and June.


This is the time of seed-sowing. Read the whole

page advertisement inserted by M'Gredy & Son in

our issue this month.


Miss Margaretta Atkinson's Sunday School Class

has subscribed 16/6 to Medical Missions this year.


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