Seagoe Parish Magazine.
REV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Carrickblacker Ave.
REV. W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,
Rector's – JOHN H. TWINEM.
CLERGY WILL ESTEEM IT A FAVOUR IF
IN CASES OF SICKNESS THEY ABE INFORMED
CALENDAR FOR DECEMBER.
December 1st—Mid-week Advent Service in Church at 8 p.m.
December 5th—2nd Sunday in Advent.
December 7th—Service in Bocombra Hall at 8 p.m.
December 8th—Advent Mid-week Service in Church at 8 p.m
December 12th—3rd Sunday in Advent.
December 14th—Mothers' Union Meeting.
December 15th—Advent Mid-week Service in Church at 8 p.m.
December 19th—4th Sunday in Advent.
December 21st—St. Thomas.
December 25th—Christmas Day.
Holy Communion at 8 a.m.
Morning Prayer and Holy Communion 11.30 a.m.
December 26th—1st Sunday after Christmas, Carol Service at 7 p.m.
December 27th—St. John
Jan. lst, 1938—Holy Communion.
Jan. 3th—Play (written and produced by Miss Ashdown).
Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away
the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of
light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which
thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great
humility, that in the last day when He shall come
again in His glorious Majesty to judge both the quick
and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal,
through Him who liveth and reigneth with thee and
the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
This is the collect, which is used each Sunday in
Advent, and it stresses very strongly the note that
should be in our minds at this season of the year.
Advent is not only the beginning of the Church's year,
but it is the time, when we are bidden to think
seriously of the " comings" of our Lord Jesus Christ,
first as a little Child to save us, and secondly as our
Judge. This season has been observed by Christians
since the fourth century, and just as the Season of
Lent, is meant to help us to prepare for Good Friday
and Easter Day, so Advent is meant to help us to prepare
for the great festival of Christmas. It is one of
the mission seasons in the Church's calendar. when
we are called to view ourselves in relation to Christ.
Has it made any difference to us that He came down
to this world to suffer and to die and then to rise
victoriously that He might live in us and work through
us by the power of His Spirit? Have we even partially
realised that, when we shall stand before His
judgment seat, as we all one day must, what He will
look for in us is an account of our stewardship here
in this world, the use we made of His gifts of grace
to enable us to do His will? is it not a sad fact that
there are many so-called Christians who have never
fully realised that the one supreme end in life is
the knowing and doing of God's will as He has revealed
it to us in Christ. How very few of us when
put to the test really put God first; yet unless we put
Him first, life is a failure and we are missing the joy
of knowing that we are fulfilling our high destiny
which is nothing less than this :—that we can and
must co-operate with Him in establishing His Kingdom
in our own lives and in the sphere where our
earthly lot is cast. How can we co-operate with Him
if we do not come to Him in worship? Here is one
of the many reasons why we should try to use our
mid-week services in Advent, as well as our Sunday
Services, they will help us to realise that the only
thing that matters is our relationship to Christ, per-
haps, too, they will help us to see more clearly His
vision for ourselves and for the world. Unless we come
to Him, He cannot come into our hearts, and if He
cannot come into our hearts then His first coming
will have been in vain for us and His second coming
will be a terror from which we will shrink, and not
as it should be, a time of rejoicing.
Bocombra—Tuesday, December 7th, at 8 p.m.
Drumgor—Sunday, December 12th, at 3 p m. (Carol Service).
Edenderry—Sunday, December 19th, at 8.30 p.m. (Carol Service).
Hacknahay—December 26th, at 3.30 p.m.
The clergy will be glad to hear of any aged or infirm parishioners
who would like a private celebration of the Holy Communion
in their homes at Christmas.
Anyone desiring this can let the Rector or Mr. Hayes
know and they will be very pleased to make arrangements for it.
There will be Holy Communion on Christmas Day,
Saturday, December 25th, at 8 a m., and after Morning
Prayer at 11.30 a.m. We hope that every Communicant
in our parish will make a special effort to
be present at one of these services. How better could
any Christian thank God for His inestimable gift of
His Son, how better can we thank our Lord Himself
for His love and sacrifice in coming down to this world
of sin and sorrow, than by meeting Him at His board
as He has bidden us to do? Christmas is a time of
joy festivities and children's fun, but these are only
the husk of the grain; the kernel is that at a certain
point in time God came down in Christ " for us men
and for our salvation" to rescue us from sin and death.
This is why we give gifts at this season. By these
actions we are reflecting dimly the Divine Giver, Who
gave His Son. If we grasp this then surely we will
want to give ourselves to Him in return, keeping
nothing back, surely then we will not keep back our
worship on Christmas Day.
Our readers will remember that in the October issue
of this Magazine the unsatisfactory state of our finances
was pointed out and it was shown that the
Parish at that date was in debt to the bank by a
sum amounting to almost £80. Until this debt was
liquidated the chances of our income balancing our
expenditure were greatly lessened. However, a splendid
lead has been given to put an end to this unsatisfactory
state of affairs by Mr. J. H. Twinem, and we
are deeply grateful to him, and to those, who are so
generously responding to his appeal to wipe out this
debt. We print below the names of those who have
helped. In our next issue we hope to print further
acknowledgements, which, we hope, will show that Mr.
Twinem has achieved his object.
Subscribed up to date to wipe out overdraft in bank:
£2—Misses Atkinson, Miss R. Calvert
£1—Mr. H, Murray Gibson, Rev. J. W. Appelbe,
M.A., Mr. C. Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. E. Mitchell,
Mrs. Dawson, Mr. Samuel Walker, Mr. T. E. Maginnis,
Mr. W Sherman.
10/- —Mr. Jacob Sandford, Mr. James Shanks, Mr.
T. H. Wilson, Mr. Tom Rocke, Mrs. Jas Twinem, Mr
James Twinem, Mrs. Archer, Mr. Douglas Stoops, Mr.
Colthurst, Mr. E. A. Pickering, Misses Montgomery,
Mr. George Gracey, Mr David A. Rocke, Miss
M'Dowell, Mr. Dick Forsythe, Mr Isaac Walker, Mr.
James Atkinson, Miss L. Gracey (Drumgor), Mr. E.
Betty, Mr. W. A. Casey, Mr. Alfred M'Loughlin, Mr.
Harry Maxwell, Misses Monroe, Miss D. Montgomery,
Mrs. James Craig, Mrs. J. W. Mayes, Mrs. W. J
McDowell, Mr. Sam Jennett, Miss Sarah Montgomery,
Mr. James M'Murray, Mrs Lewie, Mrs. Margaret
Porter, Mrs. Thomas Shanks, Mr. John Sandford, Mr.
Lewis Gilpin, Mr. Dick Robinson, Mrs. Wortley, Mr.
Sam Abraham, Mr. R. Wolsey, Mrs. W J. Cox, Mr.
J. England, Mr. George Steenson, Mr. John Lynass,
Mr. John E. Lavery, Mrs. Hunniford, Mr T. H. Walker,
Mr. W. Parks, Mr. James Boyce.
5/- —Mr. John Ramsey, Mr. James Sands, Mr. John
England, Mrs Preston, Mr. W. J. England, Mr. N.
Campbell, Mrs. W. Best, Mr. John Montgomery, Miss
Hall, Mr W. E. Greeves, Mrs. Bobbie McCormick, Mr.
Dick Hoy, Mr. Joseph Fletcher, Mr. Isaac Clayton,
Pettigrew, Mr S. McCoo.
3/6—Mrs. D. Kyle.
2/6—Miss M. Twinem, Mr. W Hall, -Mrs. Adams,
Mr. G. Wilson, Miss M. Campbell, Mrs. Anderson,
Robert Lynass, Mr. James McBride, Mr J. Flannigan,
Mr. H. Bell, Mrs. Dundas.
2/- —Mrs. F. Girvan, Mrs. Nixon.
1/- —Mrs. McClure, Mr Tom Breen.
Total—£41 17s 0d.
CLOSING OF FINANCIAL YEAR.
The financial year for Seagoe Parish ends on
December 31st, and on that date the accounts for the
year will be closed. All annual subscribers to the Sustentation
are reminded that their subscriptions must
be paid to the Treasurer before December 31st to ensure
acknowledgement in the Parish Financial Report
for 1937, which will be printed in January.
The annual envelopes for 1937 are in the hands of
the distributors since the middle of November, so we
hope that they will have been delivered in good time.
The 1938 Weekly Freewill Offering Envelopes have
also been sent to the distributors so that each subscriber
may have his or her set in good time for the
New Year, i.e., the first Sunday in January, 1938.
Any parishioners, who are wage earners, and who
have not received a set of envelopes should communicate
with the Secretary, Mr. Moses Gilpin, or Mr. R.
Scott, Hon. Treasurer, and they will receive a set. The
Jews of old gave a tenth to God, every Christian
should at least contribute a little to God's work in
proportion to his substance, according as God has
blessed him. The W.F.O. system helps us, when we
use it, to do this regularly
The members of the choir were most hospitably
entertained to tea by Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Wilson,
on Tuesday, November 16th, in Seagoe School. After
tea, all present took part in the ever-popular games,
and the party came to a close by the singing of "Auld
Lang Syne." The Rector, on behalf of all present,
conveyed their best thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson
for their kindness.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE
PRESENTATIONS AT LEVAGHERY.
A much enjoyed social was held in the Levaghery
on Thursday, November 11th, at 8 p.m. It was
organised by the Superintendent and teachers
of the Sunday School, assisted by the Edenderry
Morning teachers. As is usual there, the
room was tastefully decorated. A very nice tea
served to a merry crowd of young people,
chiding Mr. and Mrs. James Gillespie. During the
course of the evening Mrs. Gillespie, formerly Miss
Sophie Jennett, was the recipient of two handsome
presents. On behalf of the Levaghery Superintendent,
teachers and children, Miss Bradshaw presented a
comfortable fireside chair as a token of their good
wishes. From the Edenderry Morning Sunday School
Miss Jean Watters presented a handsome silver
cake basket. Mr. Stanfield and Mr. McClements expressed
their appreciation of the unfailing support
given, for many years, by Mrs. Gillespie in both the
Sunday Schools mentioned. In the unavoidable absence
of the Rector, the Rev. W. F Hayes paid tribute
to the interest Mrs. Gillespie had taken not only in
the Sunday Schools but in other sides of parish work.
Mrs. Gillespie acknowledged the gifts, and her hus-
band expressed their gratitude for the good wishes
and kindness which these represented. The usual
games were played. Solos were sung by Miss Grace
Robinson, Mr. Joe Hynes and Mr. H. M'Neill. The
happy evening terminated with the singing of the
National Anthem ( W.F.H.)
These services in Edenderry Parochial Hall were
well attended and the singing was greatly helped by
our Hon. organist, Miss McDougall, and the junior
As the customary Services Will be held in the Parish
Church in Advent, these will not be held in Edenderry
during that time, but will be resumed in
Edenderry again after Christmas, commencing (D.V )
on Wednesday, January 12th, at 8 p.m.
There will be a Carol Service in Edenderry
Parochial Hall on Sunday evening, December 19th„ at
8.30 p.m., and in the Parish Church on Sunday, December 26th, at 7 p.m.
This is now on sale, price 2d, at Mrs. Vance's, Bridge
St., and at Miss Agnes Guy's, Lower Seagoe. There is
only a limited number available, so no time should be
lost in securing copies to avoid disappointment.
The commemoration of the cessation of hostilities
in the Great War has come and gone once more. As
usual, it was observed with the fitting solemnity it so
rightly deserves. At Seagoe Parish Church on Sunday
morning, November 7th, the local branch of the
British Legion paraded under the command of Major
Shillington, M.P The Seagoe branch of the C.L.B.
paraded, also under Captain Mitchell, and the C.L.B.
Band led the procession to and from the Church. A
substantial collection was taken up at this service in
aid of the Earl Haig Poppy Day Fund.
After the service in Church a short service was held
at the Parish War Memorial at the Church gates and
a wreath was laid by the C.L.B.
Seagoe had also the honour of being represented
at the Cenotaph Service in Belfast on November 11th. ,
when the Rev. W F. Hayes, B.A., Assistant Chaplain
to Seagoe C.L.B., and Lieut. Jos Hynes laid a wreath
on behalf of the C.L.B.
Those teachers who attended the Sunday School
Conference in Lurgan on 6th November were well rewarded
by being privileged to take part in a most
inspiring service in Shankill Parish Church, when a
very helpful address was given on Sunday School work
by the Rev. W. H. Good, M.A., Rector of Christ
Church, Lisburn. After the service, we adjourned to
the Parochial Hall, where we listened to two challenging
addresses by Miss Millington, of the Sunday School
Society of Ireland, who is an expert on this side of
the Church's work. Her words were sincere and practical
and we left with a new vision of the worthwhileness
of this great, but sometimes difficult, work.
On Monday, November 8th, the Sunday School
teachers of Seagoe met in Seagoe School for a social
reunion. At this meeting we had the privilege of hearing
Miss Millington again speaking on the " Aims and
Ideals" of a Sunday School teacher. Her helpful
words should prove an inspiration to us all as we face
our work of helping the young to be good soldiers of
Jesus Christ. After the talk, tea was served and then
games were played and enjoyed until it was time to go
A Suggestion to Sunday School Teachers and Superintendents.
The aim of our Sunday School work is that we are
trying to bring our young people to know and love
their Saviour, Jesus Christ. so that they may be workers,
witnesses and worshippers. Every child in our
Sunday Schools should be encouraged to become a
regular worshipper in God's House on Sundays, and
they should be taught, and this is especially true in
the case of those who are old enough to attend Church,
that worshipping in God's House is far more important
than going to Sunday School, important and helpful
as this is.
To encourage the habit of attending Church we
should revise our system of marking in all our Sunday
Schools, and here is a suggestion, which if adopted
would make for greater efficiency :—Instead of giving
one mark each Sunday to each child, make the mark
for each Sunday 5; give 1 for attendance, 1 for being
in time, 1 for knowing the repetition word perfect, and
2 for being present at Church the previous Sunday.
Of course it would be unreasonable to mark infant or
junior classes this way, but it should be used in all
classes where the children are nine years or over.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
There was a splendid attendance at the monthly
meeting held in Seagoe School on November 9th, when
a splendid address was given to the mothers by Mrs.
Davison on the importance of little things
The next meeting will take place on fuesday, December
14th, at 7.30 p m. , when Mrs. Richardson, of
Furlough, Mullahead, Tandragee, has kindly promised
to give the address.
As we go to Press the G.F.S. Conference in Lurgan
is drawing near, and we hope that a 'bus load will
travel from Seagoe branch. An account of the conference
will appear in our next issue.
The G.F. S. Badminton Club has proved quite a
success, and Mrs. Mitchell's labours for its welfare
have been well rewarded.
We are deeply indebted to Miss Topsy Wilson for so
kindly volunteering to help the C.F S. by forming a
singing class for the members. We expect great
things from it under Miss Wilson's capable guidance.
We are glad that so many have commenced already
to use the box in the main porch for their W.F.O.
envelopes. A similar one is being provided for the
We are grateful to the Rev. G. Howe Daunt for £l
received at the Harvest Festival Service for the
Armagh Protestant Orphan Society.
A WELCOME GIFT
Our parishioners will be glad to learn that a chair
belonging to Bishop Saurin, which was purchased by
Mrs. Gerald Atkinson, Corcrain House, at the late
Chancellor Archer's auction, has been presented by
her to Seagoe Parish Church. Mrs Atkinson has had
the chair polished and reconditioned at her own
expense and we are deeply grateful to her for her kind
thought and generous action. The chair will be placed
in the chancel in a few weeks' time.
James Saurin was consecrated Bishop of Dromore
on December 19th, 1819. Bishop Saurin died at
Kingstown, Co. Dublin, on April 9th, 1832, and
buried in St. Anne's, Dublin, on 13th April, when
See of Dromore was united with Down and Connor
under the provisions of the Church Temporalities Act
and the then Bishop of Down became diocesan of
Dromore. It is interesting that Seagoe should have an
article of furniture belonging to the last Bishop of
Dromore when it was an independent Diocese. The
chair is of peculiar interest to Seagoe people for
another reason, viz.—Bishop Saurin's son, the Ven
Jas. Saurin, Archdeacon of Dromore, was Rector
Seagoe from 1827 to 1879. Archdeacon Saurin is
remembered by some of our parishioners in Seagoe.
His predecessor in Seagoe was the Rev. Stewart
Blacker, and his successor was the late Dean Dawson.
Archdeacon Saurin died at Warrenpoint on the 11th
May, 1879. and was buried at Seagoe on May 14th
A play written and produced by Miss Ashdown (a
former choir member, who has gone to live in
Lisburn with her family) will be given on the 6th January,
1938. Our readers are asked to keep this date in
view; rehearsals have been in progress for many weeks
and we are looking forward with interest to its
production. Further details wiJ1 be announced in our
" Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid
them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God."
November 7th—Robert, son of William and Anna
McClements, Lisnamallard, Omagh.
November 7th—John Nesbitt, son of Thomas Dale and
Annie Elizabeth Rae, Tamnificarbet.
" Those whom God hath joined together let no man
November 27th—William James Bennett, Knockmena,
and Margaret Anne Wilson, Lisniskey.
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 Sunday of each Month at 4
p.m., and during any Service in the Parish Church,
notice be given ; Two Sponsors at least are
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,
11 30 a m.
EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 pm.
Hacknahay—Last Sunday of Month at 3-30 p,m.
Drumgor—Second Sunday of Month at 4 p.m.
Edenderry—Services as announced.
BIBLE CLASS FOR MEN in Edenderry on
Sundays at 10-15 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
alternate 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 Ven. Archdeacon 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 El. 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.
A copy of the Magazine will be sent by post to any subscriber for 3/- per annum.
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