Seagoe Parish Magazine
CLERGY :Rev. Chancellor Archer, B .D ., The Rectory,
Rev. W. F. Hayes, B.A., The Bungalow, Lower
CHURCHWARDENS :Rector’s—Mr. John Harrison Twinem.
People’s— Mr. Robert M'Clements.
The Easter Collect.
Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death,
and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life;
We humbly beseech thee, that, as by thy special
grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds
good desires, so by thy continual help we may
bring the same to good effect; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with
thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world
without end. Amen.
During Holy W eek, beginning on Monday,
April 15th, Special Services will be held each
evening in the Parish Church at 8 p .m . The
subjects each evening will have reference to the
events connected with the closing days of our
Lord’s life— The Agony in the Garden of
Gethsemane, The Betrayal, The Trial, The Last
Supper. “ The Story of the Cross” will be sung
at each Service.
On Good Friday the following Services will be
11.30 a.m — Morning Prayer and Litany .
8 p.m .— Evening Prayer and Sermon.
The offerings on Good Friday will be in aid of
the Church of Ireland Jews Society.
On Easter Day the Services in the Parish
Church will be as follows:—
8 a.m .— Holy Communion.
11.30 a .m .— Morning Prayer, Sermon and Holy
7 p .m .—Evening Prayer and Sermon.
The offerings a t all Services on Easter Day will
he on behalf of the Sunday Schools of the Parish.
The Message of Holy Week.
Each returning year the Church through her
Liturgy brings before us in solemn sequence the
events which led up and culminated in the
Tragedy of Calvary. No other event in the
world 's history has had such tremendous results and such far-reaching effects. The whole
Christian world during that week takes its stand
at the foot of the Cross on Calvary. The
supreme sacrifice made by the Son of Man with
its efficacy for time and for Eternity is brought
before our hearts and minds by hymn and Psalm
and Prayer. It is fitting that those who are
members of the Church, which is the Body of
Christ, should at such a season avail them selves
of every opportunity of public worship and private meditation. Each evening during that
solemn week they will have the opportunity of
worshiping with God’s people in the House of
Prayer, and of thinking out. each one for him
self, their share in these stupendous happenings.
The Easter Message.
When the gloom and sorrow of Good Friday
have passed there suddenly bursts upon us the
joy of Easter with its eternal message of Life
and Hope. The empty sepulchre, the Risen
Lord, the Glorified Body, all remind us that the
terror of Death is past and that the Christ is
now exalted as the Risen Saviour. We will assemble in the House of Prayer and kneel around
the Holy Table with joyful hearts , because
“ Christ is risen indeed .” The Taster Anthem
will be a true song of praise for the Triumph
of the Resurrection .
The Easter Vestry.
The annual Easter Vestry will be held in
Seagoe School on Thursday, April 25th, at 8
p .m . All members of the General Vestry are
eligible to attend this meeting. At this meeting
the Churchwardens for the ensuing year are
nominated and elected. The Select Vestry is
also elected and the Sidesmen and Glebewardens.
Sunday School Excursion.
A meeting of Sunday School Superintendents
and Teachers will be held in Seagoe School on
Thursday, April 11th, a t 8 p .m ., to arrange the
date and place of the Sunday School Excursion
for this year. An address on “ Methods of Sunday School Teaching” will be given by M r. R .
Scott at this meeting as suggested at the recent
Sunday School Conference.
Drumgor Sunday School.
On the afternoon of Easter Day, a t 3.30, the
Rev. F . McCullough, Curate of Shankill, will
give an address to the children in Drumgor
Church H all.
C L B Inspection.
On Tuesday, April 30th, the Annual Inspection and Display of Seagoe C .L .B . will be held
in the Parochial Hall a t 8 p .m . Tickets, 1/-
each, are now on sale. Those who have been
present at the Inspection and Display in previous years will know how interesting the programme is.
We have come to regard the C .L .B .
entertainment as the best in the Parish .
Easter “ Good Turn .”
The Members and Candidates of Seagoe
G .F .S . kindly ask the Parishioners to give them
their support in their egg collection during the
week before Easter, for the sick and poor of
Seagoe Parish and for the Hospitals.
Our Summer Migrants.
Those who have quick ears and eyes will be on
the look-out for the first swallow, cuckoo, and
corncrake, which are due this month. Possibly
some of these feathered tourists are already packing up in a southern clime preparatory to revisiting our fields and hedgerows.
They are harbingers of summer.
The following box collections for the Jews '
Society have been received per Mr. H arry
Hynes :— Miss Halliday, £ 1 ; A Friend , £ 1 ; M iss
G. Watters, 11s 5d; Misses N. and N. K. Montgomery, 10s; Miss F . Hynes, 5s 6d;
Mrs. R. Hoy, 5s; Miss A. Allen, senr., 3s 9d ; M rs. J .
Shanks, 4s Id ; Mrs. Wm . Neill, 3s 4d; Mrs.
Flannigan, "2s 10d ; M r. A. Allen, 2s 11d ; Miss
M. A tkinson, 2s 9 d ; M rs. R. Magee. 2s 6 |d ;
M r. J . Walker, Is 4d ; Miss A. Cox, 2s 4 |d ;
Harry Hynes, 6s. Total— £5 4s 0d.
C .M .S . Box Collection.
The following sums have been received per
Miss Atkinson— Mrs. Kirk, 1s 3 1/2 d ; Mrs.
Ephraim Collins, 2s 6d; Miss Lizzie Gracey,
6s 3d; Mrs. Dickson, 6s 8d ; Mrs. Stoops, 2s 6d;
Mrs. Dawson, 11s 2d; Mrs. Flannigan, 3s 4 1/2 d;
Mrs. Metcalf, 2s 4 1/2 d ; Miss Atkinson, 2s 6d;
Miss Gi. E . Atkinson, 10s.
Hacknahay—Mrs. Bradshaw , 8s l 1/2 d ; Miss
Minnie England, 3s 6d ; Miss Minnie McCormick,
4s 3d; Miss Sadie Maginnis, 5s; Miss Dinah
Montgom ery, 2s 5 1/2 d ; Miss Jane Currie, 3s 8d;
Miss Annie Magee, 1s 9 1/2 d ; Miss Sophia Jennett,
7s 5d; Miss Margaret McK ane, 3s 7d; Miss
Elizabeth Neill, 7s 2d; Mrs. N. England. 8s;
Mr. George McN eill, 3s 8d ; Norman Cregan,
3s; Miss Rebecca Calvert, £1 18s 7d. Total—
£7 8s l0d.
Miss Gillespie, Asst. Sec. C .M .S. writes as
follows : —
“ D ear Miss Atkinson,— Many thanks for your
letter enclosing cheque £7 8s 10d from Missionary boxes. We are most grateful for this
continued support from Seagoe Parish , and shall be
glad if you will kindly convey our thanks to
those concerned.— Yours sincerely, Anna Gillespie .”
South American Missionary Society
Support of Indian Baby by the Mothers’
Union, £3 ; Support of Indian Girl by Seagoe,
Hacknahay and Drumgor Afternoon Sunday
Schools boxes, £3 ; Miss Calvert, 16s 9d; Miss
Agnes Guy, 5s 7d; Mrs. Lewie, 10s; Miss Sarah
Montgomery, 9s 2 1/2 d ; Mrs. H. Sloan, 5s 1d ; Miss
Margaret Reid, 10s; Mrs. Jack Walker, 3s 1 1/2 d ;
Card— Miss Atkinson, £5 18s 6d. Total—
£14 18s 3d.
Seagoe Mothers ’ Union.
On Tuesday, April 9th , a meeting of the
Mothers’ Union will be held in Seagoe School
at 7.30 p .m .
At the last meeting of the Mothers’ Union
held in Seagoe School on Tuesday, M arch 12th,
Dr. (Miss) Minford, of Ardmore, gave a very
interesting and useful Health Lecture. There
was a large attendance. The Committee of St.
Mark ’s Mothers’ Union were p resent on the
invitation of the Seagoe branch.
Concert in Edenderry.
A most enjoyable concert was given in the
Parochial H all on Thursday, March 28th, at
8 p .m . The Hall was crowded and the platform
with its heavy curtains and electric lights looked
very pretty . Every item on the programme
was good and encores were called for very frequently . The Rector presided, and those
present stood while prayer was offered. The concert was organised to raise funds towards the
cost of Sunday School prizes for the Edenderry
Sunday Schools. The first item was a song and
chorus by the g irls’ choir. They sang very well
and were loudly applauded. Sketches, songs and
musical items followed. The sketches were
very amusing. The duet “ Will you walk with
me .” sung by M iss Alice McDugal and Lieut.
Hynes was received with great applause. It
was sung with great spirit and brought down the
house. Lieu t. Hynes, with his flute, caused
great amusement and his songs were very good.
A folk dance by two Edenderry girls was very
nice and graceful. A musical item for two
violins and the piano was a great success. Recitations were much appreciated. Miss McDugal
accompanied each item on the piano and helped
greatly towards the success of the evening. At
the close the Rector expressed the thanks of all
present to those who had organised and taken
part in the concert, and especially to Lieut.
Joseph Hynes for the success of the concert.
C .L .B .;
A meeting of C .L .B . officers of companies outside Belfast was held in the Parochial Hall on
Saturday, March 30th, a t 4 p .m . There was a
large attendance and it was decided to form a
2nd Battalion of the C .L .B . for the Dioceses of
Derry, Down and Armagh. Those present were
entertained to tea by M rs. E . Mitchell and Miss M. Best.
A Missionary Play-
On March 14th a very interesting Missionary
play was given in the Parochial Hall by a group
of performers from Shankill Parish , Lurgan.
The proceeds, which amounted to over £12,
were for our general Parochial Fund. The Rev.
W. F. H ayes presided. Two plays were given,
one entitled “ Contrasts” and the other “ The
Lady with the Lamp. The Hall was crowded,
and the scenes in costume were very impressive.
The scenes displayed the good work done in
Heathen lands by the devoted Missionary workers. it was very kind of our Lurgan friends to
come over and help us in such a practical way.
The play stirred up much Missionary interest among our people.
Parish Register for March .
Baptism s .The following were baptized in the Parish
Church on March 2nd, 1935: —
Baxendine—John Francis Sherman, son of
Robert Francis Riley and Margaret
Anna Baxendine, of 31 Craigleith
Sponsors—William Robert Sherman, Robert
Francis Riley Baxendine, Mary '.Johnston.
Glassey—Elizabeth , daughter of William John
and Rosina Glassey, of Edenderrv .
Sponsors— Margaret Thomas, Rosina Glassey.
Roney— Grace Elizabeth Mabel, daughter of
Samuel and Christina Roney, of Eden-derry.
Sponsors— Mary Isabella Roney, Christina Roney.
McCabe— Joseph Howard, son of Thomas and
(the late ) Mary McCabe, of Seagoe Upper.
Sponsors— Anne Greenaway, Dinah McCabe.
Traynor— Robert Alexander, son of Francis Sloan and Beatrice Helena Traynor, of
Edenderry . Sponsors— Sarah Elizabeth Newell, Margaret Jane Treanor.
Irwin—March 30th, Margaret Irwin, of Eden-derry, aged 42 years.
McMinn— April 5th. Samuel McMinn, of Kernan , aged 35 years.
The Silver Jubilee.
The Silver Jubilee of King George the Fifth
will be held on Monday, May 6th. Full particulars regarding the Services in the Church will
be given in our next issue. The Jubilee Services will demand a full attendance of the
Parishioners at their Parish Church.
The Musical Festival.
The Musical Festival has been a great success. Many of the competitors hailed from Seagoe Parish ,and several have been successful.
The adjudicators have been very complimentary
in their references to the musical abilities of
the competitors. The Festivals have done much
to encourage good reading and singing in our
midst. We hope that parents in Seagoe Parish
will encourage their children to compete each year at the Festival.
25 Years Ago APRIL, 1910.
The issue for this month contained portraits
of the outgoing Churchwardens, M r. James
Albin and Mr. John George Gracey. A record
is given of the services during Holy Week and
Easter. Among the Easter “ Watch ” cards the
names of George and Mary Wilson are credited
with the largest collection, 10 -. Mr. Leonard
Twinem had hospitably entertained the Teachers
and children of Seagoe Sunday School prior to
his sailing for New York on the s.s. California
on April 2nd. Five Baptism s are recorded, also
3 Marriages and five Burials. A Service of Song,
"Hannington , the Lion -hearted ,” was given by
the G .F .S . in the Parochial Hall on March 4th.
The story was sympathetically read by the Rev.
W . R. Crichton, and the slides were shown by
M’r. McKittrick . The new Churchwardens were
Mr. Charles Collins and Mr. Thomas Reid. Confirmation Classes were being started .
Old Seagoe Notes contained a list of Churchwardens of Seagoe from 1693 to 1699.
Old Seagoe Notes.
Seagoe in the Days of Old.
We continue this month the notes written
by Dean Dawson which appeared in our issue of last month .
At the beginning of the 19th century efforts
for the building of a new church were inaugurated and promoted by the Rev. George Blacker
(the youngest brother of Dean Blacker) , who
was vicar of Seagoe from 1796 to 1810. The
first trace of these efforts to be found in the
parish records is under April 30, 1804, when,
at a vestry held on th t day, it was agreed that
a balance of £40 0s 3d, then in the hands of the
Vicar shall be laid out, along with other moneys,
for the repairs of, or building a new church,
as may hereafter be approved of and appear necessary to the parishioners. At a Vestry held
on September 3rd, 1805, it was agreed. ‘ that
the sum of two pence per acre be levied and
collected off the inhabitants, to be laid out in
building a new church, or repairing the present
church of Seagoe, as the parishioners hereafter
shall think proper.’ At subsequent vestries, in
the years 1806— 1810, sums varying from £427
to £137 were similarly applotted on the parish
for incidental charges, and towards building a
new church .' In this way above £1,026 -were
collected ‘ towards the new church .’
The Rev. George Blacker was not permitted
to witness the maturity of his efforts, as he died,
amid universal regret, in May, 1810. at the early
age of 46 years. The good work, however, was
carried on under Dean Blacker, who succeeded
his brother as vicar of Seagoe, and his cousin
the Rev. Richard Olpherts, who became curate
of Seagoe in June, 1810. Their joint efforts were
afterwards commemorated in a memorial-stone,
inserted over the East window of the new
church on the outside, inscribed with their initials and the date of foundation, 1814.
At a Vestry held M arch 31. 1812, a committee
was appointed for ‘ building the new church of
the parish of Seagoe.’ It consisted of the following persons:— Rev. Richard Olpherts,
Captain Woolsey, and Messrs. Robert Fivy, Woolsey
Atkinson, Wm . Overend, David Ruddle, Joseph
Malcomson, and Tolerton Button . When it was
decided to erect a new church it was found impossble to build t e larger edifice upon the old
site— hallowed by its religious use for centuries
— because the graves had been permitted to encroach upon the Southern and Western sides of
the church, so that the earth was raised several
feet above the floor. A new site, measuring
above two roods and thirteen perches, in the adjoining townland of U pper Seagoe. and about
forty perches distant, was granted by Lady
Olivia Sparrow, acting as guardian for her son,
Robert Acheson St. John Bernard Sparrow. The
deed of conveyance is dated M arch 2, 1814, and
six days later, at a vestry held on M arch 8, the
unanimous consent of the parishioners was
given to the change of site ; which was finally
confirmed by an order of the Privy Council on
June 21, 1814. Slightly anticipating this formal
authorisation, the foundation stone of the new
building was laid on Wednesday, June 1, 1814.
The late L t. Col. W m . Blacker has preserved
the record of the document ‘placed under the
first stone of the church of Seagoe.’ (See
Mason’s Survey of Ire land , Vol. II . p 538.) It
is as follows: —
‘Be it remembered, at a time when the
dearest interests of Christianity were at stake;
when in countries erewhile Christian the temple
of the Most High was entered only in profanation, and the name of God invoked but in blasphemy
— amidst the wildest raging of foreign war
and domestic treason ; amid the anarchy of the
world— even then did the parishioners of Seagoe-
( ‘ a people zealous of good works,’ much incited
there to by their pious and beloved vicar, George
Blacker, now, alas, no more) resolve to erect a
new church, more suited to the dignity of their
God, and better calculated to accommodate the
increasing members of His worshippers. In
furtherance of which, after many delays incidental to such an undertaking, the first stone of the
intended edifice was laid on the first day of June,
1814, in the 54th year of the reign of George III.
The Right Rev. John Leslie, Bishop of Dromore;
the Rev. Stewart Blacker, vicar of the parish;
the Rev. Richard Olpherts, curate ; John Overend and Wm. Gilpin, Churchw ardens—I.
Brownlee, Architect.’ ”
SERVICES—The PARISH CHURCH
HOLY COMM UNION 1st Sunday after Morning
Prayer ; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief
HOLY BAPTISM— 1st Saturday of each Month at 3
p m and during any Service in the Parish Church,
notice be given ; Two Sponsers at least are required
and they must be Confirmed Members of the Church.
Churchings are held at each Baptism. Mothers are
expected to bring a thankoffering.
(See Book of Common Prayer.)
MORNING PRAYER- Sundays and Chief Festivals,
EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 p.m
Hacknahay—Last Sunday : of Month at 3-30pm.
Drumgor—second Sunday of Month at 4 pm
Edenderry—Wednedays at 8 p.m.
BIBLE CLASS FOR MEN in Edenderry on
Sundays at 10 a m.
SUNDAY SCHOOLS 10 a m. Edenderry Parochial
Hall and Seagoe School. 3 p.m. Seagoe, Edenderry
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 and Fridays.
GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School on
Mondays at 8 p.m.
SEAGOE P.E. SCHOOL , 9-15 a.m. Principal—Mr.
MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3 p m. Licenses are issued by Rev. Canon Hannon,
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 15/-, Professional, 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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