Seagoe Parish magazine.
'One day in thy courts is better than a thousand"
The Re-opening Services.
Sunday, July 5th, was a great day the history of Seagoe.
The Church had been closed for
seven Sundays, except for Marriages, Burials,
Baptisms and some celebrations of Holv Communion,
and they had only been carried out under
great difficulties. The presence in the Church of
ladders and the disarrangement of the pews and
furnishings, as well as their re-varnishing, made
such services almost impossible, but it was found
possible to carry out all that was necessary. The
last Service of Public Worship was on Sunday
evening, Mav 3rd. at 7 p.m. The weather, which
been unsettled. was fine during the day.
On Sunday, July 5th, a large congregation assembled,
and at 11.30, when the the Church was quite filled the
The Bishop, attended by his Chaplain, the Rev.
H. G. Haddick, B.A., arrived at 11.15, and was
met by the Rector and the Rev. W. F. Hayes.
There was a large choir, and au Anthem, " Praise
the Lord, O Jerusalem, " was sung. The Hymns
were appropriate to the occasion and were very
heartily sung. The Lessons were read by the
H. G. Haddick-. B.A., arrived vat 11.15, and was
the Rector and the Rev. W. F. Haves. The sermon
was preached by the Right Rev. W. F.
McNeice, D.D., on " The Church." He spoke of
the Sermon on the Mount as containing the necessary
characteristics of the true Christian character,
and said that if Christian character were
modelled on it' the world would represent the true
character of the Christian Faith. Tie, also congratulated
the parishioners on the good work they
had done in renovating the Church in such a
thorough way both outside and inside. A celebration
of Holy Communion followed, at which the
Bishop celebrated and the Rev. W. F. Hayes and
Rev. H. G. Haddick assisted. In the afternoon
the Bishop drove over to Eskey, in the Parish
of Ardmore, and re-opened the Mission Hall
there. The Ven. the Archdeacon Hannon of Dromore
and Rector of Shankill preached at Evening
Prayer. The following is a statement of the collections
made in connection with the Renovation Services
Rev. Chancellor Archer, B.D., The Rectory,
Rev. W. F. Hayes, B.A., The Bungalow, Lower
Rector's— Mr. ROBERT SCOTT.
People's—Mr. THOS. E. MAGINNIS.
Special Collections and Thank Offering received
for Renovation Fund.
July 5th—Collections, Morning and
Evening £8 1 2
Special Envelope Collection £35 14 5
Anonymous, per Miss Atkinson £3 0 0
Part proceeds Guest Tea, per
Chancellor Archer £5 14 3
Total £52 9 10
Any envelopes not yet returned may be placed
in the Offering Baskets, on any Sunday. morning
The C.L.B. sports are becoming an annual
event in the history of the Parish. This has been
rendered possible by the generous kindness of
Mrs. William Best, of Church Lane, who has
each year most kindly lent her field for the occasion.
The field is situated half-way along the
lane on Mrs. Best's farm. It is level and square
and commands splendid views of Seagoe and its
surroundings. The weather on the whole was
favourable. Though the day was dull and cold
the rain kept away until the meeting was
breaking up. The sports were well patronised. There
was a varied programme, which included flat
races, cycle race, sack race, egg and spoon race,
a mother's race, and long jumping. A novel
item was the mongrel dog show, for which there
were many entries. Mr. J. M' Dowell kindly distributed
the prizes. A vote of thanks was passed
to all who had helped. The proceedings came to
a close with the singing of, the National Anthem
The Choir Excursion.
We thank very sincerely the following who have
kindly subscribed to the Choir Excursion Fund.
Seagoe Choir is known far and wide. The music
is hearty and devotional, and the services are full
of life and expression. The Annual Excursion is
always an event of great importance. This year
it goes to Newcastle.
Subscribers to Choir Excursion Fund, 1936
£l each—Miss R. Calvert, Mrs. Calvert (Kingstown),
Mr. M'l)owell, Sir Samuel Kelly, MY. Jas. Lewie.
10/- each—Major McClean, Mr. White-
man, Dr. Victor Walker, Mr. Rennix, Mr. Hadden,
Major D. G. Shillington, T. G. Sinton, Mr.
John Dickson, Mr. Hugh Ross, Mr. Jas. Turtle,
Mr. John Johnston, Messrs. Collen Bros., George
H. Wilson. 5/- each—Mr. McCormick, Mr. Callaghan,
Mr. Sam Walker, Mr. Callender Bullock,
Mr. John Twinem, Mr. John Montgomery, Rev.
G. Howe Daunt, My. Casey. Total £13 10s.
Our thanks are due to the many kind subscribers to
our Fund. The Excursion is to Newcastle on
Saturday, August 8, at 8 a.m.
Our Sunday Schools.
The Sunday Schools are closed for Sundays
in July and for the first two Sundays in August,.
We miss the bright voices and faces of the children
as they hurry along the roads to the various
Schools when we notice the change which takes
place ever lived on earth. It gives one a great idea of
the influence exerted by our splendid Sunday
School when we notice the change which takes
place when they are closed. We hope that the
teachers and children do not fail to attend the
Services in the Parish Church. In these "pleasure
loving” days families might easily get out
of touch with all religion. Parents and older
brothers and sisters should see to it that the
members of the family are careful to attend both
Morning and Evening Prayer. It would be a
good thing if the teachers and children learnt the
lessons in the calendar for each Sunday. It is
especially important for them to know very well
the subjects for Sunday, August 16th, when the
Schools re-open, and we print them here. Morning
—10th S. after Trinity, Repetition for juniors,
Catechism, Title and Ans. 1 and IT.
Senior rept., Gen. Conf. (1st half), study passage, Gen.
21. Afternoon—Junior Repet., Cat. , Duty to-
wards neighbour (all). Senior Repet., Cat. ,
Duty towards neighbour (2nd half), study pass-
age, St. Matt. 12, 1-38. A punctual attendance
both of teachers and children is very necessary.
The Parish of Seagoe is essentially a Sunday
School Parish and therefore the Sunday Schools
have a greater share in the organisation of the
Parish, so we ask both teachers and children to
please be very careful that the schools do not
suffer through the summer closing.
The Anniversary Service.
On Sunday evening, July 12th, an Anniversary
Service was held in the Parish Church. There
was a crowded congregation, very many lodges
being represented. The Service was said by the
Rev. W. F. Hayes; B.A., curate of Seagoe. The
Rev. Canon Marks, B. D. , Rector of Tandragee,
was the special preacher. He dealt with the
principles of Christianity and Orangeism and enlarged
on the splendour of Loyalty in a nation.
The collection was on behalf of the Lord Enniskillen
Memorial Orphan Fund, and amounted to £7 11s 0d.
The Somme Anniversary.
On Sunday, June 28th, both at Morning and
Evening Prayer, Special Services were held in
the Parochial Hall in connection with the Somme
Anniversary. Mr. T. H. Wilson presided at the
harmonium, and there were large congregations.
The Rector preached in the morning and read out I
the list of the names of those who from Seagoe
Parish—52 in number—had made the Great
Sacrifice. The Rev. W. F. Hayes, B.A.,
preached at Evening Prayer. The collections at
both services were on behalf of the Co. Armagh
Protestant Orphan Society. In the course of his
sermon at the Morning Service the Rector referred
to the fact that the Society had its origin
in Seagoe Parish. Major Blacker, of Carrickblacker,
had noticed the great need that existed
for a Protestant Orphan Society in the County
Armagh. With his usual energy he set about
organising a meeting in 1869 with that
and before long brought into existence the present Society.
The Society, therefore, has a special claim on the Parish of Seagoe.
Amount already acknowledged £52 7 6
Miss Boyce £ 0 6 0
Mr. Leonard Twinem, U.S.A. £ 1 0 0
Mrs. Cathcart £ 1 4 0
Miss Best £ 0 4 0
Miss M 'Combie £ 0 10 0
Mrs. Gilpin £ 0 5 6
Miss Jennett ... £ 0 1 0
Miss B. Lynass £ 0 7 0
Mrs. Shanks . £ 0 5 0
Miss Watters £ 0 5 0
Mrs. Johnston, Thompson
U.S.A. £ 2 0 0
Mr. John E. Lavery £ 0 15 0
Miss Montgomery £ 0 13 6
Miss Hannah Russell £ 1 10 0
£61 13 6
Our Sunday School Excursion
Our Sunday School Excursion which took place
on the 18th June this year, was a great success.
Almost 700 children, teachers and parents took
train to Warrenpoint, where they spent a very
and health-giving day, enjoying and exploring
this part of "The Kingdom of Mourne.
The day was gloriously fine, the weather being, as it
generally is, very kind to Seagoe. And last but
not least, for the first time for many years, the
excursion paid its way and a small balance has
been placed in the bank for the credit of next
year's excursion:- Dr. - Received all sources,
£67 9s 0d. Cr.—To Railway Co., £38 6s 6d; to
Davidson and Co., £27; "Portadown Times, "
16s 6d; Insurance, 12s 6d; bill posting, 2s 6d •
Total, £66 18s 0d. By Balance—11s 0d.
The Rector of Ardmore,
Widespread regret has been expressed at the
death of the Rev. James Smyth, M.A., Rector of
Ardmore. Mr. Smyth had been for many years
Rector of Ardmore and had made many friends.
He was a most energetic parish worker and had
many friends amongst the Freemasons and
Orange Order. He served for some time at
Portaferry and Aghalee before coming to Ardmore.
The rectory when he was appointed became
curacy-in-charge. It was only as recently
as Sunday, July 5th, that the Lord Bishop of the
Diocese dedicated great improvements made in
Eskey Hall in the parish. NIT'. Smyth was very
popular with his brother clergy. He was very
generous and ready to do anything to oblige a
friend. The recent death of his only daughter
was a crushing blow to fall on him and his wife
Mr. Smyth came from the County
Cork, and was always very proud of his native
land. but in politics he was a strong Unionist,
and in the days of the Ulster Volunteers did
splendid work. No exertion or self-denial was too
great for him to undertake. Tie was most diligent
in visiting the sick, and was full of courage.
His sincerity won him hosts of friends.
It is more than a year ago that Mr. Smyth got into
somewhat weak health. During the winter he
could not well get away for a change. He took
a brief holiday but suffered from a perpetual
headache. It, was found necessary for a severe
In fact there were two operations
and neither succeeded. Last week left him very
much weaker, and he passed away on Saturday
The funeral took place to Ardmore
Church on Monday, August, 3rd. The Rev. W.
F. Hayes was present. The Rector regrets that
he was unable to attend owing to illness. The
Church was crowded with parishioners and a
representative body of friends, including many of
the clergy of the diocese. The service was conducted
by the Archdeacon of Dromore and Canon
Hurst. Two hymns were “Rock of Ages"
and "The Lord is my Shepherd." An address
was given by the Archdeacon.
In simple and touching words he paid tribute to the life and
work of the Rev. James Smyth. The following
is the substance of his remarks a unique
way, differing from any other man in a public
position, a rector was before and among his
people. He shared with them in their joys and
in their sorrows. He knew during the last twenty
years how Mr. Smyth had been in and out among
his people—the people of Ardmore, the Montiaghs.
During those years in every way possible
he had tried to help and serve them. The word
service seemed peculiarly descriptive of him—he
lived to serve. That was specially true of him in
the troubled days of the War. What he was and
meant to the people of the parish then could not
be expressed. Mr. Smyth loved Ardmore and he
lived for it. He could have left it for other
spheres of work; even since his daughter's death
he had been offered another parish. He chose
rather to minister to the people whom he loved.
The present satisfactory state of the finances and
buildings of the parish were in a large measure
due to his work and foresight. Even in his weakness
his devotion to it remained strong. In that
long trying illness, borne with such wonderful
courage and patience, his concern and thoughts
were for his people. He was moved, and deeply
grateful to them for the kindness and sympathy
they extended to him in his suffering. The greatest
tribute they could pay him was to consecrate
themselves anew to the extension of that Kingdom
for which he laboured. When little Molly
was called to her rest somewhat more than a year
ago a great wave of sympathy went out from
everybody, especially from the people of Ardmore,
to Mr. and Mrs. Smyth in their sorrow. On
this occasion again their hearts went out to Mrs.
Smyth and her son. They would have them in
their thoughts and prayers. In sorrow and suffering
thus shared they learned something of the
heart of God and what life was meant to be. The
thought that their loved ones belonged to God,
from whom nothing could separate, would bring
them comfort and consolation.
At the close of the service, while the choir
sang the Nunc Dimittis, the coffin was carried
from the Church by members of the Select
Vestry. A large cortege followed to the New
Cemetery. Crowds of people were assembled as
it passed through Lurgan. From North Street to
the grave the coffin was again borne by members
of the vestry. After the interment members of
the Masonic Order paid their last respects.
Parish Register for July.
The following were baptized in the Parish
Church on July 4th, 1936:—
McAllister—David Lester, son of David Frederick
and Sarah McAllister, of Drumlisnagrilly.
Sponsors—David Frederick McAllister, Sarah
Major—Geraldine Edwina, daughter of William
John and Sarah Major, of Edenderry.
Sponsors—Mary Ellen Devlin, Sarah Major.
McKerr and Freeburn—Ju1y 15th, James Henry
McKerr, Ballynaghy, Parish of Knocknamuckley,
to Mary Freeburn, of Edenderry.
Whitten and McLoughlin--Ju1y 30th, Robert
Walker Whitten, of Portadown, to Ella
McLoughlin, of Drurnnagoon„
Willis—July 25th, Matthew Willis, 13 Alfred
Villas, Portadown, aged 73. Interred at
Roney—August 1st, Samuel Roney, of Edenderry, aged 76 years.
Cousins—August 2nd, William Cousins, of Balteagh,
aged 52. Interred at Maralin.
On Tuesday, Aug. 11th, a meeting of the
Mothers' Union will be held in Seagoe School.
An address will be given by Mrs. Rennix, formerly
of Seagoe School. Tea at 7.30 p.m.
Photos of the Rev. Chancellor Archer,
in three sizes, 2/6, 1/3 and 1/- are on sale. In
case there are any persons who have not already
got one, they may be obtained from the following;
Mr. John H. Twinem, Mr. R. Scott,
Mitchell, Miss Cox, Miss Watters,
Miss Jennett, Miss Preston, Mr.
Mr. Maginnis, Mr. Vennard, Mrs. Huner.
Our readers will join us in offering to Miss
Atkinson our best wishes as she starts on her
journey to Northern Rhodesia. It is a pleasure
journey, as Miss Atkinson is visiting an old friend
who resides in that country.
We express sincere sympathy with those
have been bereaved in our midst last month.
Death has snatched away two well-known among
us—Samuel Roney and William Cousins. Samuel
Roney was one of our most active men in the.
Parish some years ago but the flight of time had
enfeebled him. He was a very active member of
our various agencies for men's work. In the
Wooden Hall and in the Room in Bridge St. he,
took a special interest. He was also a leader in
the Men's Bible Class. William Cousins died at
a comparatively early age. We sympathise very
deeply with the members of his family. He has.
passed away at a comparatively early age.
was very diligent and during his illness for the
last year bore it with great patience. We have
also lost Matthew Willis at an advanced age. He
will be much regretted.
SERVICES—The PARISH CHURCH
HOLY COMMUNION Sunday after Morning
Prayer ; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief
HOLY BAPTISM— 1st Saturday of cach Month at 3
p m e, 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
(See Book of
expected to bring a thankoffering.
MORNING PRAYER—Sundays and Chief Festivals,
EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 p.m
Hacknahay—Last Sunday of Month at 3-30 p.m.
Drumgor— Sccond Sunday of Month at 4 p.m
Edenderry—Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3pm
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
Parochial Hall, Levaghery, Hacknahay, Carne,
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.
3 p m. Licenses are issued by Rev. Canon Hannon,
Rectory, Lurgan. Due notice (48 hours) mus be given to the Rector of intended weddings. FEES—BY License—
Labourers 5/- Tradesmen 10/-, Merchants and Farmers 15/-, Professional, at. 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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