Seagoe Parish Magazine
WE wish all our readers a very Happy
Christmas and every blessing in the
New Year. With this number we close
the fourth and most successful year of the
Seagoe Parish Magazine, which has done a great
deal to bring together all friends of Seagoe, whether
at home or abroad. We hope in the New Year to
improve even on our past record.
On Christmas Day Holy Communion will be
administered in the Parish Church at 8 am. and
after the 11-30 a.m. service,
Christmas Carols will be sung by the Choir at
the Sunday evening service preceding Christmas Day.
The collections on Christmas Day at all services
will be in aid of Gifts of Clothing for the poor of
We are now passing through the Season of
Advent, when the Church dwells upon the Second
Coming of our Lord. It is a season of special
prayer and preparation. On Wednesday evening,
December 15th, the Rev. M. H. F. Collis, B.D.,
Rector of Antrim, will preach in the Parish Church
on the subject of Advent.
We offer sincere thanks to Messrs. Moses M'Kerr
and John Gordon for their gift of a Prayer Desk for
use at the Sunday evening Services in the Hall at
Tamnificarbet ; also to Master Gilbert Price for the
gift of a Kneeling Stool. We value these gifts all
the more in that they were made by the donors.
Who will present us with a large Bible and Prayer
Book and Hymnal for use at the Services ?
£ s d £ s d
Nov. 7th - 22nd Sunday after Trinity 1 17 8 0 11 4
Nov. 14th - 23rd Sunday after Trinity 1 3 5 0 13 7
Nov. 21st – S. next before Advent 1 1 9 0 10 10
Nov 28th – Advent Sunday 1 7 8 0 12 0
Weekdays 0 8 8
Total £5 10 6 £2 16 5
They brought young children to Christ."
Oct. 31st—Ruby Harte, daughter of William and Sarah Ferguson.
Nov 6th —Eveline Jane, daughter of William and Mary Shanks.
„ —Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of William James and Anna Maria M'Donnell.
„ —Hannah Jane, daughter of George and Hannah Jane Magee.
„ —David, son of John George and Margaret Thompson.
„ —Edna Maud, daughter of George and Jane Anne Tate.
„ —Emily, daughter of Thomas and Mary Jane Major.
The Lord bless thee and keep thee."
Nov. 20th—Robert Henry Brown, Edenderry, to Mary Elizabeth Hewitt, Edenderry.
In sure and certain hope."
6th—John Rainey, Edenderry, aged 37 years.
The Annual Collection for the Sustentation Fund
is now being made through the Parish.
We believe a really generous spirit is growing up
among our people and that they are more willing
than ever to give liberally to the support of the
Church. The sum hitherto contributed by Church
people in the Parish to the Sustentation Fund will,
we are confident, be doubled this year. This can be
done if our people will remember that it is a religious
duty to give fixed proportion of our means to the
service of God. Under the Jewish dispensation it
was a tithe or 1 / 10 th part of the produce of field and
flock, and certainly under the Christian dispensation
it should not be less. We hope, also, that the sons
and daughters of our households who are earning for
themselves will subscribe to this Fund. A box is
placed in the Church porch and any subscriptions
placed in it with name, address, and amount will be
We hope also for the sake of the collectors that
subscribers will have their subscriptions ready to
hand to the collectors when they call and so save
them the trouble of making another call. The
Sustentation Fund Collectors do a splendid work for the
Church and ought to be encouraged in every possible
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
The annual services of Harvest Thanksgiving were
held in the Parish Church on Friday, October 29th,
and on Sunday, October 81st. At all the services
the congregations were very large. The decorations
were much admired and notwithstanding the lateness
of the season a quantity of beautiful flowers were
forthcoming. The School children very kindly
brought bunches of flowers which added much to the
brightness of the Church, and many other kind
friends sent gifts of flowers and fruit. Our special
preacher on Friday was the Rev. T. J. M'Endoo,
Rector of Dungannon, and on Sunday the Rev.
Bedell Stanford, Rector of Holy Trinity Church,
Belfast. The musical portions of the service were
well rendered and the anthem was specially good,
the solos being taken by Mrs. Stephenson and her
sister and Mr. David Murray who acquitted themselves
well. The offerings were liberal, and a true
note of hearty thanksgiving to the Lord of the
Harvest pervaded all the services.
District Harvest Services,
The custom which has grown up in recent years
of holding Thanksgiving Services in the outlying
Districts of the Parish has been much appreciated by
the people. This year such services were held in
Hacknahay, Drumgor, Carne, and Tamnificarbet.
HACKNAHAY.—The school was beautifully decorated
and a very large gathering assembled both on Sun-
day, October 31st, and on Monday, November 1st.
The preacher on Sunday was the Rev. B, Stanford,
and on Monday the Rev. F. J. Halahan, Rector of
Drumcree. Miss Wilson presided at the organ and
had brought the choir to a high state of efficiency.
A very pretty harvest anthem was sung, the solos
being taken by Mr. and Miss Chambers. The
collections were in aid of the local Sunday School.
A Harvest Service was held in DRUMGOR on
Sunday, November 7th, and on the following Monday.
The addresses were given by Mr. M'Kenzie and by
the Rector. The Hall, which has recently been so
much improved, was tastefully adorned with fruit
and flowers. The congregations were very large.
Mr. T. H. Wilson kindly presided at the Harmonium
and the Hymn singing was very hearty, The people
gave liberal offerings in aid of the local Sunday
On Sunday, November 14th, CARNE held its Harvest
Services which were largely attended, and on
Monday, 15th, the services were continued. A band
of workers, under the supervision of Mr. David
Murray, the popular and energetic superintendent of
Carne Sunday School, had decorated the hall with
good effect and there was a crowded congregation.
The Rev. 11. Gordon, Honorary Curate of St. Mary's
Church, Belfast, preached the sermon, and on Mon-
day evening our preacher was the Rev. W. H, Shire,
Curate of Aghalee. The singing was congregational
and hearty and the offerings liberal.
This year, for the first time, a Harvest Service was
held in TAMNIFICARBET Hall. This is a new and most
encouraging centre of Parochial life, and much interest
was shown by the men of the District and
others in the Services. The room was nicely decorated,
but the best decoration of all was the overflowing
congregation which joined in the Thanksgiving
Services. Mr. M'Kenzie, who has given us go
much kind help recently. preached the sermon on
Sunday evening, November 21st, and the Rev. J. W.
Johnston, Curate of Drumcree, on the Monday following.
The services were very hearty and devout,
and liberal offerings were given on behalf of the local
Sunday Evening Services.
We trust the result of our round of Harvest
Thanksgiving Services will be to instil into the
hearts and minds of our people a real conviction of
the truth, so often lost sight of, that the produce of
the fields and the fruits of industry whether in factory,
wareroom or office are gifts from the bounteous
hand of our Heavenly Father.
The handsome new Parish Almanac is now on
sale, price ld. Copies at Mrs, Metcalfe's, Bridge
Street, and through the Parish. Secure one at
We hear rumours of a Sale of Work for the
enlargement and heating of Edenderry Parochial
Hall. The sooner it is done the better.
We are dependent on outside accommodation for
our Edenderry Bible Classes and Infant School.
If two annexes were made to Edenderry Hall and
Infant Class Rooms built at the rere it would be
a great advantage. We also want a building which
could accommodate 700 or 800 of our Parishioners.
Such an enlarged Hall would suffice for this.
We congratulate the Rev. R. D. Patterson,
Lurgan, on his appointment to the Parish of
Ardmore. The Moyntiaghs up to about 1750
formed part of this Parish.
Those who have Missionary Boxes and Collecting
Cards should make an effort to complete their
collections without delay.
Mr. Wolsey Atkinson and Mr. George Calvert
have created a record by visiting the whole Parish in
a fortnight on behalf of the R.P.S.
Miss Wilson, of Hacknahay, has formed a Saturday
Class for G.F.S. Candidates in Hacknahay School.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
Mr. Willie Reid has returned safely to the United
States after his brief visit to Seagoe.
The Rector has received an interesting letter expressing
good wishes for the Parish from Mrs, Wolseley,
daughter of the Rev. Capel Wolseley.
The January number of this Magazine will
contain a Coloured Presentation Plate.
The Seagoe Harriers have arranged for a great
Marathon Race, from Lurgan to Portadown, on
We are glad they are not holding it on Christmas
Day, which is a religious as well as a social Festival.
The holding of great sporting events on such a day
must distract the minds of our people from the
religious observance of the day commemorating our
Seagoe is well represented on the Diocesan Lists
this year. At the recent Synod Major Blacker and
Mr. Wolsey Atkinson were elected Supplemental
Members of the Diocesan Council, and the Rector's
name appears in the Supplemental Lists of Council
and General Synod.
The programme of the School Concert will be
well worth keeping. It is of a novel character.
On Friday evening, November 12th, in Edenderry
Men's Recreation Rooms, a Presentation, consisting
of a handsomely furnished dressing case, was made
to Mr. Ernest Holland on the eve of his departure
for the United States. The Rector presided, and in
a short speech expressed his regret at the fact that
Mr. Holland was about to sever his connection with
Seagoe Parish, and on behalf of those present and
many others he wished Mr. Holland God speed and
much success in the land beyond the seas. Mr.
Holland thanked all present for the handsome present
they had given him. On Saturday, November 13th,
a large number of Mr. Holland's friends assembled
at the station to see him off.
Ernest Holland will be very much missed in Seagoe
Parish. He was a regular member of the Men's
Bible Class, acted as Magazine distributor in Levagherry
and at all our Lantern Entertainments made
an excellent Lanternist ; for many years, also, he was
Treasurer for the Men's Reading Room. His many
friends wish him much prosperity, and we are confident
that his steady application to duty, his loyal
Churchmanship and his genial manner will make
him as general a favourite in his new home as he
was in Seagoe. Some of his friends in Portadown
presented him with a handsome gold Albert chain
and seal as a token of their regard and affection for
Sunday School Calendar for December.
Owing to a slight delay in the publication of the
new Sunday School Calendar we give the lessons for
Nov. 28th, Dec. 5th, and Dec 12th.
Nov. 28th—Text, 2 cor. 1-20
—Portion, Exod. 1.1-14
—Cat., Rehearse," etc.
—Hymn, 70 vs. 1
Dec 5th—Text, Heb. xi. 23
—Portion, Exod. ii. 1-10
—Cat., Question on Creed
Dec 12th—Text, John ii.17
—Portion, Exod. ii. 11-22
—Cat., Meaning of Creed
Nov. 28th— St. Matt. xxv. 5, 6
Rom. xiii. 11-14
" Rehearse," etc,
65 vs. 1
Dec 5th - St. Luke 1.76-77
St. Luke 1.5-25
Question on Creed
dec 12th - St. Luke 1.46
St. Luke 1.26-38
(Same as morning)
The School Concert will take place in Seagoe
School on Thursday, December 9th. A splendid
programme has been arranged. All the items will
be performed by the pupils. Mr. Chambers and his
assistants are indefatigable in their efforts, and the
Concert promises even to surpass that of last year,
which is saying a great deal, Tickets 1s and 6d.
See Programmes, which will be issued immediately.
Every where there are signs that a great Forward
Movement is taking place in Temperance Work.
Seagoe is falling into line with the rest. This week
a most successful Temperance Mission is being held
in the Parish, and at the various meetings a largo
number have signed the pledge. We hope to have a
Thanksgiving Service in the Church on Sunday
evening, December 5ih. The Rev. F. J. Halahan,
Rector of Drumcree, will preach, and we invite all
who have recently signed the pledge to attend the
Rectory Purchase Scheme,
At their meeting of 18th October the Select Vestry
requested Messrs. George Calvert and W. R. Atkinson
to call on every householder in the Parish to explain the Scheme.
These two Members have spent exactly a fortnight,
day by day, in fulfilling this duty, and they are well
satisfied with the result, the people seeming pleased
at the prospect of the Rectory, etc., becoming the
property of the Parish and willing to contribute the
addition asked for the Sustentation Fund Subscriptions
—some stating they would double their subsrciptions
and they believe that many Parishioners who
have not hitherto subscribed will now do so.
The Edenderry Parishioners will be visited in due
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
Band of Hope,
This month we feel privileged in being able to
draw our readers' attention to two meetings which
have been held since our last report was submitted,
On Thursday evening, November 25th, the campaign
was commenced in Hacknahay by holding a
Service of Song entitled “ The Little Captaim"
Space does not permit us to give it all the notice
which it deserves. but we cannot refrain from
expressing our admiration at the high standard of
excellence attained and maintained by the children
under Miss Wilson's tuition. All the pieces, some
of them apparently difficult, were rendered with great
taste and feeling, well calculated to impress the
audience with the claims of Temperance. At the
conclusion of the Service of Song, a short address
was given by the Rector in which he strongly emphasized
the misery caused by Intemperance, and appealed
to those present to take an active part in
promoting a much needed reformation of tastes and
habits. Votes of thanks having been passed to Miss
Wilson, Miss Dickson, the children who sang and
Mr. M 'Kittrick, who manipulated the Lantern, the
Meeting was closed in the usual way. Some new
names of those anxious to sign the pledge were taken
as the audience passed out.
On November 26th our second Meeting of the
Session was held in Edenderry Parochial Hall at
7-30 0'clock. A pleasing feature of this gathering
was the number of pledge cards which were given
out—some twelve or more coming forward and
openly taking their stand on the side of Temperance
and against the use of strong drink. When these
had received their cards and the Chairman had made
some remarks on the binding and lasting character
of the pledge, the programme proper was then
proceeded with. Songs and recitations followed each
other in rich profusion, and in every item those
qualities necessary to produce a sober, prosperous
godly nation had due emphasis laid on them. Additional
arguments were produced by Miss Armstrong
who kindly consented to address the meeting. Tracing
the origin and defining the object of the Band of
Hope she entered a strong plea on behalf of Total
Abstinence, giving powerful illustrations of the
danger and risk of indulgence in alcoholic liquors.
When the programme had come to a conclusion a
hearty vote of thanks was passed to Miss Armstrong
for her address, and to the following who kindly
assisted :—M. Livingston, Louie Fox, Minnie Killow,
Carrie Shanks, Minnie Shanks, Fanny Thompson,
Bella Magee, D. Murray, David Livingston, Willie
Cox, Charlie Killow, and to the boys and girls who
took part in concerted pieces. The Meeting having
been closed by the Chairman pronouncing the
Benediction, new names were received from those desirous
of being enrolled.
Our Friends Abroad.
Seagoe Magazine finds its way each month into all
corners of the world. It has many readers in
America. Australia and Africa.
We wish our friends abroad a very Happy Christmas
and Prosperous New Year. Their friends in the
old Parish will be thinking of them at that festive
time, and share with them in the universal rejoicings
that mark that Season of Christian Peace and good
On Saturday, October 30th, the Lord Bishop of the
Diocese (Rt. Rev. J. B. Crozier, D.D.) visited Seagoe
Parish Church and baptized the infant son of Major
and Mrs. Blacker. The Rector and Rev. W. R.
Crichton assisted at the service. The child was
baptized by the name Robert Stewart.
Old Seagoe Notes,
REV. JOHN CAMPBELL, 1687—1730.—We insert
here some further interesting particulars regarding
the Rev. J. Campbell, whose portrait appeared in
the Magazine last month, Mr. C. H. Miller, Assistant
Registrar of Trinity College, Dublin, kindly
sends the following particulars :—Born in Dublin in
the year 1647 he was the son of Mr. John Campbell
and was educated by a Mr. Fleming, of Dullamain.
On June 10th, 1663, at the age of sixteen he entered
Trinity College as what is known as a Pensioner."
His college Tutor was M'Cormocke.
AN OLD LETTER.—The following interesting letter
sent to us by the Rev. E. A. Myles, contains a reference
to the Rev. J. Campbell. The letter was written
by the Rev. Henry Jenney, who was Rector of Seagoe
at the time that Mr. Campbell was Vicar of the
Parish : —
SIR I am informed that in ye suit Mr. Terence
O'Neill entertained you against Mr. Campbell
or M'Rory, alias M 'Rogers, you make me
ye Party and make use of my name as such. Mr.
O'Neill is a tenant of mine and must sue as such.
I desire you to take notice when Mr. O'Neill's time
in the farm of my tithes is out, Mr. Campbell, if I be
alive, may expect to hear from me. The bearer, Mr.
Andrew Parks, is desirous to be Parish Clarke and
English Schoolmaster in ye Parish of Tullylish, ye
last clarke, Arthur Magill, being listed by Cornet
Lambert and gone off. I am contented to nominate
sd. Andrew Parkes with wh. be pleased to acquaint
ye Vicar Genl and shew him this letter. It would
be charity both in him and ye Regr. to be easy in ye
fees to Parkes. Pray give my respects to them and
accept ye same yrself, from Sr.
Yr. very humble servt.,
Oct. 30th, 1723.
favour me with an answer.
To Mr, James McCormick Now in Dromore or
in his absence to ye Regr. Mr. Dawson.
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