Seagoe Parish Magazine.
J. tv. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Seagoe Rectory.
W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,
People's—J. G. GRACEY, J.P.
THE CLERGY WILL ESTEEM IT A FAVOUR IF
IN CASES OF SICKNESS THEY ARE INFORMED
CALENDAR FOR DECEMBER.
December 3rd—1st Sunday in Advent.
,, 6th—Advent Service in Parish Church at 7.30 p.m.
,, 10th—2nd Sunday in Advent.
,, 11th—King's Accession.
,, 13th—Advent Service in Parish Church at 7.30 p.m.
,, 17th—3rd Sunday in Advent.
,, 20th—Advent Service in Parish Church at 7.30 p.m.
,, 20th Ember Days.
,, 22nd ,, ,,
,, 23rd ,, ,,
,, 21st St. Thomas.
,, 24th—4th Sunday in Advent.
,, Christmas Day.
,, 26th—St. Stephen.
,, 27th—St. John the Evangelist.
,, 28th—Innocents' Day.
,, 31st—Sunday after Christmas Day.
Once again, we find ourselves in the season
of Advent, which marks the beginning of the Church's
year. Each season in the Church's Calendar is meant
to convey its own particular message. This is
something for which we should be thankful, for the
Church's seasons help us to keep a balanced view of
the Christian Gospel, no aspect is overlooked. The
note of Advent is suggested by the name itself—
Advent means "approach," "coming"—it is the time
when our thoughts are specially directed to the
Comings of Christ. Advent calls us to prepare for
the festival of Christmas, when we commemorate our
Lord's first coming into this world as a little child.
The first coming is sometimes called the Incarnation,
because "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us."
This is the greatest fact in all history, it has changed
and deepened our notion of God, it has enriched and
ennobled our notion of our own lives, it has altered
the whole course of human history. Advent stresses
the amazing condescension of God in taking the
initiative, it annually reminds us of that and calls us
to stop and think of the significance of it for us. That
Christ came in human form is a unique fact, but it is
more than an event which is past, it has a present
significance for each one of us, for the Christ of
Bethlehem and Galilee and Calvary is our Living
Lord and Saviour. What He did in condescending
love on the first Christmas Day in coming down to
a weary, sin stained, selfish world, He is eternally doing
for individuals in every age. To-day He wants to come
into your life and mine and live in our hearts. It is only
by His power that we can hope to live victoriously in
these difficult days. Advent speaks of a past coming,
in love and mercy, of a present coming in power to
save; it also speaks of a future coming of Christ in
judgment; it re-echoes St. Paul's warning, "we must
all stand before the judgment seat of Christ." Can
we afford to ignore these aspects of the Advent call?
Does it not call us to think afresh of these truths in
order to apply them to our own individual lives? The
mid-week Advent services are meant to be extra
opportunities for us to draw night to God that He may
draw nigh to us. Commencing on Wednesday,
December 6th, at 7.30 p.m., and on the two following
Wednesdays, there will be a special intercession
service in Seagoe Parish Church, with a short address.
Printed leaflets containing the form of service will
be used so that all may be able to join in, Now, more
than ever there is need for Christians to pray fervently
that God in His mercy will bring us safely through
the present catastrophe which the human family has
brought upon itself by the selfishness and
ungodliness of past years. We need to pray that we,
together with men everywhere, may be brought to
realise that this is God's world and that until we
respect and love His laws, we will never be free from
fear and war and all the other hateful things, which
make this world a Hell. God's plan for the world
is, not that it should be an armed camp, bursting at
intervals into the cruel slaughter of Armageddon, but
that it should be a place where His children may live
as members of the great human family, a place where
righteousness, justice, goodness flourish. In Gal. chapter
5, verses 22, 23 we read "the fruit of the spirit is love,
joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, temperance"; these virtues we are called
to make our own here and now by the power of the
Living Christ working in and through us. Christians
must ever strive to make these values realities in the
present world in which we live.
On Monday, December 25th, Christmas Day, there
will be Holy Communion in the Parish Church at
8 a.m., Morning Prayer and Holy Communion at
The collections on Christmas Day will be in aid of
the Parish Poor Fund. From this fund parcels are
sent to the very deserving poor in our parish at this
season. Many calls of need are also met from it
throughout the year. The Rector will be grateful for
subscriptions for this fund from those who cannot
attend the Christmas Day Services.
Christmas speaks to us of God's great love in
sending His Son down to this world of sin and sorrow
to bring us back into happy fellowship with Himself.
It is a time of happiness and joy for our hearts are
filled with hope and light from the Eternal World.
For many this year the shadow of war will cloud
their skies, the absence of loved ones on active service
will make complete family re-unions impossible;
but amid the clash and noise of war the eternal message
of God's love in Christ should bring light into our
darkness, hope and courage for the future. The
sacrifice of God in Christ began on the first Christmas
Day and culminated on the Cross on Calvary.
The Holy Communion service is the memorial of the
Cross appointed by our Lord Himself; this suggests
the appropriateness of the Holy Communion service
for Christmas Day. It commemorates Christ's sacrifice,
which began on the day "when for us men and
for our salvation" He took upon Himself our flesh.
Every communicant is specially invited to be present at
His Table on Christmas Day to express thankfulness to
Him, who said "This do in remembrance of Me.
This will take place on Sunday evening, December
24th, at 7 p.m.
Since our last issue the following amounts have been
4/- —Miss L. Gracey.
2/6 —Mr. and Mrs. Wallace; Mrs. and Miss Crawford;
Miss Margt. Gracey.
W.F.O. FINANCIAL YEAR.
We would remind W.F.O. subscribers and those who
subscribe annually to the Sustentation Fund that the
Hon. Treas. will be making out his balance sheet for
the year on December 31st, when the accounts close.
Money received after this date may not be
acknowledged in the Parish annual report for 1939.
CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE.
The Officers of the Seagoe Company have decided
to carry on the work of the C.L.B. in our Parish in
spite of numerous difficulties brought about by war
It is the wish of the Battalion Commanding Officer
that companies should endeavour to overcome any
difficulty that may arise, for during this time of
national crisis the work of the C.L.B. becomes more
important than ever. We are faced with a winter
period of long and dark evenings, which for young
people may be detrimental, if they are not occupied
with some useful pursuit.
The C.L.B. offers to lads scope to follow their
natural inclination to band together. In the ranks
of the Brigade the best examples of esprit de corps
are found. The team spirit is cultivated when each
lad strives to make his squad the best, and in like
manner when the squad competes for company
honours. Drill is used as a means to an end, in the
belief that any lad is better equipped to take his
place in the world after undergoing a period of
strict discipline such as is afforded by the C.L.B.
The lads in our Company are trained to be obedient
to their Officers and N.C.O's; to be alert and quick
in executing orders. All these aims are subsidiary to
the main aim of C.L.B. work and this is the advancement
of Christ's Kingdom among boys.
In various ways the lads are encouraged and guided
to become useful Christian citizens and to play their
part in a clean and manly way, hence our motto,
"Fight the Good Fight."
War or no war this fine work must go on. We appeal
once more to the parents and friends of the C.L.B. to
support it in whatever way they can; funds are needed,
many more boys of our parish could be encouraged to
join our ranks. Prizes are given to encourage Church
attendance as well as for various competitions. Any
parishioner can become an Honorary Member and
by doing so he or she would be helping this splendid
work in a very practical way. An Hon. member pays
an annual subscription of 2/6, and the badge costs 1/-. —(E.M.)
THE COST OF THE BLACK-OUT.
The obscuring of the windows for the Evening Service
entailed an extra outlay of almost £8 on material.
Mr. J. H. Twinem very kindly made the curtains and
fitted them gratis, thus saving considerable expense.
To enable all to have a share in this necessary extra
expenditure, and to save our general account, which
has already more calls than it can meet, it has been
decided to have a retiring collection at both services
on Sunday, December 31st.
SIDESMEN FOR DECEMBER.
Morning Prayer Churchwardens, Messrs. R
Scott, Wm. Hutchinson, W. R. Sherman, D. Allen.
Evening Prayer—Messrs. N. Campbell, Thos. Stanfield,
H. Ellis, G. Nixon, Wm. Neill, Holmes White.
Edenderry Parochial Hall. — ln last month's issue
giving the list of subscribers to the heating apparatus
Repair Fund the following item: Mr. and Mrs. Roney
should read Mr. and Mrs. James Roney.
Sunday, December 10th—Drumgor, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, December 19th—Bocombra, 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 31st—Hacknahay, 3.30 p.m.
NEW RECTORY BUILDING FUND.
We print below a summarised cash account in
connection with the above, setting forth all receipts and
payments up to 27th November, 1939.
It should be noted that, although this account
shows a balance at the moment, yet against this there
is outstanding £22, being remainder of architect's fee
still unpaid; also the annual instalments of interest
due on the sinking fund loan of £1,000 from the
Representative Church Body. This amount borrowed
is repayable over a period of 35 years at £5 7s 2d per
cent. This means that an annual payment for 35 years
of £53 11s 8d will wipe out the debt to R.C.B. on
their loan. If the parish wishes, it can, at any time
pay off part of this loan and thus reduce the annual
charge by a corresponding amount.
The Select Vestry are greatly encouraged by the
splendid response made up-to-date and are grateful
for the help of the collectors. They hope that those
who undertook to contribute over a period of five
years to the building fund will, if possible, fulfil their
promise regularly. If through an oversight no collector
has called, subscriptions could be handed to any member
of the Select Vestry or Mr. H. M. Gibson, Hon. Treas.,
Rathlin, Carickblacker Road.
Sale of Old Glebe 1,100 19 1
Interest from R.C.B. 19 1 5
Loan from R.C.B. 1,000 0 0
Subscriptions from Parishioners 554 14 7
Interest from Belfast Savings Bank 4 2 4
£2,678 17 5
Contract Price of New Rectory £2,105 0 0
Cost of Site 300 0 0
Architect on account 50 0 0
Sinking Well 55 14 6
Land Registry, Certificate & Search Fees 3 16 2
Transfer and Agreement Stamps 2 1 6
Fee for Map 1 11 6
Interest to R.C.B. (Dec., '38—June '39) 12 19 10
Insurance 0 10 10
Valentine Wilson & Co. (Costs) 12 12 0
Electricity Board for Poles 9 0 0
Gate and Posts 6 0 0
Shrubs 7 15 0
Permanent Blinds and Fixtures 10 7 6
Carting of soil 5 12 0
Expenses of Sale of Old Glebe: —
Advertising, Stamps, P.L.V. Certificate 12 2 9
Law Costs to R.C.B. 3 3 0
Valentine Wilson & Co., Costs 25 0 0
Balance on hand £2678 17 5
NEW RECTORY BUILDING FUND.
The Hon. Treas. for the above gratefully acknowledges
the receipt of the following subscriptions: —
David Kane, Ballymacrandle £0 5 0
J. Connelly, Carne 0 3 0
William Simpson, Carne 0 2 0
David Webb, Lylo 0 10 0
Jos. Ed. McMurray, Lylo 0 10 0
Misses McCormick, Lylo 0 6 0
Miss Minnie White, Lylo 0 2 6
Mrs. Henry Sinnamon, Levaghery 0 10 0
Mr. Thos. Laverty, Levaghery Gardens 0 2 6
Mrs. Heyburn, Bachelor's Walk 0 2 6
Jas. Turkington, Kernan 0 10 0
T. J. Dundas, Kernan 0 2 6
T. H. Walker, Kernan 1 0 0
4 6 0
Already acknowledged £551 10 7
Total £555 16 7
LEVAGHERY SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Two interesting functions took place recently in
Levaghery School. The first was a presentation to Mr.
W. H. Best on the occasion of his recent marriage.
It took the form of a beautiful tea service, which was
handed over on behalf of the School to Mr. and Mrs.
Best by Mr. E. Gibson. A sumptuous tea was provided,
and the various popular games were played during the
evening. The Rector, who presided, paid a high tribute
to the work of Mr. Best for the Sunday School,
and wished him and Mrs. Best a long and happy
On Tuesday, November 28th, about forty members
of the Royal Welch Fusiliers were entertained to tea,
given by the teachers and their friends. The Rector,
who presided, welcomed the guests. After doing full
justice to the nice things provided all settled down to
a varied programme of games and vocal items. Our
Welsh friends entered into the spirit of the fun and
were quite at home at "The farmer wants a wife," etc.
Capt. Leonard, who was accompanied by Capt. the Rev.
J. E. Robertson, B.A., Chaplain, at the conclusion
expressed the appreciation of the guests for the kindness
shown to them. The teachers are to be congratulated
on the success of the venture and on their thoughtful
initiative in showing this friendly spirit towards the
SUMMARY OF W.F.O. & CHURCH COLLECTIONS
(for quarter ending September 30th, 1939).
July 2nd W.F.O... 6 4 11 Collections £1 1 8
July 9th W.F.O... 5 8 6 Collections 0 11 10
July 16th W.F.O.. 5 9 6 Collections 1 3 4
July 23rd W.F.O... 5 3 7 Collections 1 2 7
July 30th W.F.O.. 6 14 7 Collections 1 7 0
Average per week £6 17 6
Aug. 6th W.F.O.. £8 6 2 Collections £1 2 1
Aug. 13th W.F.O.. 4 10 5 Collections 1 2 9
Aug. 20th W.F.O... 7 15 8 Collections 0 19 11
Aug. 27th W.F.O... 5 14 5 Collections 1 11 8
Average per week—£8 0s 9d.
Sept. 3rd W.F.O.. 7 2 4 Collections 1 3 2
Sept. 10th W.F.O... 6 8 3 Collections 1 19 8
Sept. 17th W.F.O.. 8 11 11 Collections 1 12 4
Sept. 24th W.F.O... 8 15 3 Collections 1 8 2
Average per week £9 5s 3d
The monthly meeting took place in Seagoe School on
Thursday, November 14th, at 3.30 p.m., when a helpful
talk "On things that Abide" was kindly given by the
Rev. G. A. Boulger, Ardmore.
A considerable amount of knitted articles, etc., has
been sent in to the Portadown Hospital Supply Depot
from the M.U. work party.
There will be no ordinary meeting in December, but
instead the members are asked to attend the Advent
Service in Church on Wednesday, December 13th,
at 7.30 p.m.
The annual Remembrance Day Service took place in
Seagoe Parish Church on Sunday, November 12th, at
11.30 a.m. The British Legion members did not parade
as was expected, but the collection for the Earl Haig
Poppy Dag Fund was as good as in former years.
There was a fine turn-out of the Seagoe C.L.B.
Company, under Capt. E. Mitchell. After the service in
Church a wreath was laid at the Parish War Memorial
at the Church gates by the C.L.B.
An inspiring sermon was preached by the Ven. A. G.
Hannon, M.A., Archdeacon of Dromore.
Before the end of December the collectors for the
Armagh Protestant Orphan Society will again be
making their annual round. It is hoped that, as in former
years our parishioners will make a generous response
to this most worthy cause. Though many calls are
being made on our purses, the cause of the orphan
must always have a prior claim on our sympathy.
THE SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
In spite of the very inclement weather a well-attended
meeting of Sunday School Superintendents and
Teachers took place in the Parochial Hall, Edenderry,
on Wednesday, November 29th, at 8 p.m. The Rector
presided, and a most interesting and helpful discussion
took place on the aims, difficulties and opportunities
of a Sunday School teacher.
At the present time there is a great need in our
Parish for more teachers. Here is an opportunity for
men and women in our parish to come forward and
offer their services for this vital work. The Rector
would be glad to have the names of any who would
like to help in this capacity. It will be a sad day if
our Sunday Schools are handicapped for lack of
teachers; it is a service that requires no great learning
or skill but a keen earnestness to serve Christ and His
Church, for the Sunday School is meant to be the link
between the child and the Church. In these days of
secularism and apathy the Church looks to its faithful
members to help in this way.
TWO SEAGOE STALWARTS.
We are glad that Mr. T. H. Wilson is well enough to
take his place at the organ again after his recent
indisposition. He has been playing the organ for over
Another fine record is that of Mr. Joseph Monroe
who has been Sustentation Collector and later W.F.O.
distributor for over sixty years, and he is still rendering
valued help in this capacity.
The late John Adams came to reside in Levaghery
a few years ago. His sterling Christian character
endeared him to all who knew him. After a comparatively
short illness he passed away in Lurgan Hospital. Kathleen
Sharpe was in failing health for some time; during a trying
illness she was bright and cheerful to the end. Rosina
Glassey underwent a serious operation in Belfast. She
leaves a young family to mourn her loss. To all the
bereaved we express our deep sympathy, and pray that
God may strengthen and comfort them in their sorrow.
“Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid
them not for of such is the Kingdom of God."
4th Nov.—Anna Rachel Patricia and Mabel Moira
Hazel, daughters of Robert John and Mabel
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from
henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest
from their labours."
13th Oct.—Henry Wiggins, 36, Sarah Street, Portadown,
aged 65 years.
1st Nov.—John Henry Adams, Levaghery, aged 61 years.
3rd Nov.—Kathleen Sharpe, 29 James St., Portadown
aged 19 years.
7th Nov.—Rosina Glassey, Tarson, aged 39 years.
SERVICES—THE PARISH CHURCH.
HOLY COMMUNION—1st Sunday after Morning
Prayer; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief Festivals
HOLY BAPTISM—1st Sunday of each Month at 4 p.m.,
and during any Service in the Parish Church, notice to be
given; Two Sponsors at least are required. The father and
mother must be present. Churchings are held at each Baptism.
Mothers are expected to bring a thank offering. (See Book of
MORNING PRAYER—Sundays and Chief Festivals,
EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 p.m.
Hacknahay—Last Sunday of Month at 3.30 p.m.
Drumgor—Second Sunday of Month at 3 p.m.
Edenderry—Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Oct—Easter.
BIBLE CLASSES FOR MEN in Edenderry on Sundays at 10.15 a.m.
SUNDAY SCHOOLS—10.15 a.m. Edenderry Parochial
Hall and Seagoe School. 3 p.m. Seagoe, Edenderry
Parochial Hall, 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.
GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School on Mondays at 8 p.m. as announced
G.F.S. Candidates - Oct. – Easter, Edenderry Parochial Hall, Saturdays at 3 p.m.
SEAGO CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR SOCIETY – Mondays, Orange Hall, at 8 p.m.
SEAGOE P.E. SCHOOL—9.15 a.m. Principal—Mr. R. Scott.
MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Licences are issued by Ven. Archdeacon Hannon, the 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 £1, Professional £l. 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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