Seagoe Parish Magazine
RECTOR —REV. JAMES E. ARCHER, B.D., The Rectory, Seagoe.
CURATE —REV. JOHN TAYLOR, B.A., Seagoe Villa.
N.B.—The Clergy will feel greatly obliged if the
Parishioners will notify to them any cases
of illness at the earliest possible moment.
MR. JOSEPH MONTGOMERY, Levaghery.
MR. JOSEPH M'MURRAY, Ballinary
Select Vestry :
ALBIN, MR. JAMES
ATKINSON, MR. W. R.
CALVERT, MR. GEORGE
COSTELLO, MR. ATKINSON
GRACEY, MR. ROBERT
IRWIN, MR, WILSON
ATKINSON, MR. W. R. , Secretary and Treasurer.
MONRO, MR. JOSEPH
MARTIN, MR. THOMAS
MONTGOMERY, MR. T. J.
McDOWELL, MR. WM. J.
ROCK, MR. DAVID
STEPHENSON, MR. JOSEPH
Church Army Mission.
CAPTAIN GASKELL, with his Church
Army Van, is coming to the Parish
to hold a Mission during Lent.
The Mission will commence on
March 1st, and the Captain will
conduct services in different centres
through the Parish. We hope to have a week's
Mission at least, in each of the following Districts—
Carne, Drumgor, Lylo, Hacknahay, and Edenderry,
We believe that Captain Gaskell, whose work in the
North of Ireland has been much blessed, will receive
a hearty welcome wherever he goes through the
Parish, and we ask the earnest prayers of our people
that the Divine Blessing may rest in rich abundance
on his work. There is much sin and indifference in
our midst, sleeping souls need to be aroused, and
sinful lives cleansed by God's grace. We trust that
the coming Mission may be the means of leading
many wandering ones back to the Father's Home.
In connection with the Mission it may not be out
of place to make reference to the splendid work
accomplished by the Church Army. Some idea of
the immense extent of its efforts may be gathered
from the fact that last year the amount expended in
connection with its evangelistic work reached the
grand total of £170,000. In every Diocese in
England and Ireland it has representatives who
carry on a constant and difficult work amongst all
classes of the community. Labour Homes have
also been established in the poorer parts of all our
large cities, and Special Missions are conducted by
its Agents in Prisons, Workhouses and Hospitals.
One most important factor in its method of working
is that it acts 'in full and complete harmony with
the Church and under the direct control of the
Parochial Clergy While many modern evangelistic,
movements tend to alienate people from the unity of
the Church, the Church Army takes its stand upon
the old foundation truths of the Church's life.
OFFERTORIES FOR JANUARY.
£ s d £ s d
Jan. 7th - 1st Sunday of Epiphany 1 1 3 0 6 3
0 5 8
14th - 2nd 0 19 3 0 9 0
21st - 3rd 0 3 5
1 0 1 0 11 9
„ 28th - 4 th 1 2 1 0 8 1
£4 11 9 £1 15 1
" As many of you as have been baptised into Christ, have put on Christ."
Anne, daughter of Richard and Martha Porter, Kernan
Margaret, daughter of James and Anne Erskine, Belfast
Ethel Elizabeth, daughter of George and Mary Jane Neill, Portadown.
Eliza, daughter of Thomas and Jane Gates, Edenderry.
Norah Florence, daughter of Wm. John and Emma Forsythe, Seagoe.
Samuel Jas., son of Edmund and Sarah Grimason,. Edenderry.
Dynes, son of James and Sarah Turkington,Kernan
Herbert Victor, son of Samuel and Mary Lavery,. Belfast.
David, son of Alexander and Annie Thornton, Edenderry.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
MOST PEOPLE HAVE HOBBIES.
Ours are to make the BEST BREAD and CONFECTIONERY
in the Kingdom; and to Sell the BEST TEAS the World
At *2/8, *2/4, *2/- 1/10, 1/8 These marked thus * are our leading lines.
DAVISON BROS., 3 & 4 High Street, PORTADOWN.
Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.
Jan. 1st —William John Wells, Bleary, to Elizabeth Wells, Edenderry.
Jan. 4th—Stewart John Bell, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, to Annie Sherman, Edenderry.
I know that my Redeemer liveth.
Jan 7th —Alice Moffett, Drumnagoon.
Jan 14th—Elizabeth Robinson, Lurgan, aged 70.
Jan 24th—Cherry Porter, Kernan, aged three months
Jan 27th—Mary Jane Hall, Lurgan, aged 72.
Feb 5th —Meeting in Seagoe for enrolling new members on General Vestry, 7.30 p.m.
Feb 6th—Social meeting of M.P.U. in Edenderry at 7.30.
Feb 14th—Social meeting Drnmgor, 7.30 p.m.
Feb 20th —Soiree at Carne, 7.30 p.m.
Feb 21st—Public Lecture on " A Holiday in Norway" by Rev. J. E. Archer, B.D.
Lime-light views. Tickets 6d.
Feb 25th —Annual Missionary Sermons in the Parish Church—Preacher Rev. T. B.
Brown, Deputation Sec. C.M.S.
Feb 27th - Shrove Tuesday. Tea meeting at Levaghery 7.30 p.m.
Only a very few copies of our Magazine for January are now left.
It had a very large sale and we have to thank the many kind friends through the
Parish who gave us such help in distributing it.
Mr. William John Currie, our genial friend at
Edenderry Hall, made a record by disposing of 96 copies in Edenderry.
If any one wants to secure a spare copy of the January number he had better do
so at once, as the edition is almost sold out. Some
copies are still to be had at Mrs. Malcomson's,
Edenderry Sunday Schools.
The Distribution of Prizes in connection with
these Schools took place on Tuesday, January 9th,
in the Parochial Hall. There was a very large
gathering of the young people in anticipation of a
visit from Old Father Christmas."
On the platform stood a magnificent Christmas Tree decked out
with toys of all kinds, whilst in front stood a table
covered with a collection of Bibles, Prayer Books
and Story Books for the children who have attended
most regularly throughout the year. After an
opening hymn and prayer, the Rector (Rev. J. E.
Archer) addressed a few words to those present and
then called upon Miss Armstrong to distribute the
Prizes to the successful pupils. When this part of
the programme was completed, excitement rose to
fever heat when it was known that “Father
Christmas" was about to enter the room. Clad in
ruddy garb and with long flowing beard the old man
came in among the children, who received him
with roars of delight. After making acquaintance
with all his young friends, the old man hobbled back
to the Christmas Tree, and there assisted by some
of the teachers gave away the toys from the Tree.
Every child got something, and at the close of the
evening all separated feeling that they had spent
most enjoyable evening. We were glad to have the
children and teachers present from Levaghery
Sunday School. We congratulate Mr. Jos. Monroe,
the superintendent, and Mr. J. Montgomery on the
efficiency of the Sunday School under their
Our best thanks are due to all who helped, but
especially to Miss Armstrong and Mrs. Ruck, and
our worthy Superintendent, Mr. J. Stevenson, who
worked indefatigably to make the meeting a success.
The Rector desires to return his heartiest thanks
to the parishioners who have so kindly drawn gravel
for the Rectory walks.
It has made a great and much-needed improvement.
One of the pleasantest of our Sunday School prize
gatherings took place at Drumgor on Friday evening,
January 19th. We have seldom seen so many
young people assembled as on this occasion, and
they seemed to enjoy the pleasure provided for them
to the utmost. Through the kindness of the
teachers tea and cake were supplied to the children,
and it goes without saying they did ample justice to
the good things provided. The Rector presided and
in a few introductory remarks expressed his pleasure
at presiding over such a splendid gathering. A
most interesting and effective programme followed,
some of the comic pieces causing much amusement.
An attractive feature was the singing of some
action songs by the children, who had
been carefully trained by Miss Parkes.
The prizes were distributed by Mrs. McMullen, who
also most hospitably entertained the teachers and
other friends to tea in her own house both before
and after the meeting. The Rev. J. Taylor congratulated
all present on the large number of
beautiful prizes won by the children, and exhorted
them to still further efforts in the year just begun.
Our efficient superintendent, Mr. Alfred Gilpin, was
present during the evening and contributed much to
The distribution of Sunday School prizes at Carne
on Friday evening, January 12th, was very successful,
and proved how vigorously the Church is
progressing in this important district of the Parish.
The attendance at Carne School is increasing every
Sunday, and we heartily congratulate our new
superintendent, Mr. David Murray, on his zeal in
furthering this noble Christian work. The children
and teachers assembled in great numbers for the
distribution of prizes. Tea and cake in unlimited
abundance were provided by the generosity of the
teachers and helpers, and when full justice had been
done to the good things set before them the chair
was taken by the Rector.
In a few words of
congratulation and advice he urged all present to
press forward in the good work so as to make the
Sunday School a real spiritual help to the children.
A most interesting programme of songs and
recitations followed. The Rev. J. Taylor then spoke
some words of encouragement, and said how much
he rejoiced in the success of the school. The prizes
were then distributed to the successful children.
After the singing of the Doxology all separated after
a most enjoyable evening.
New programmes have. been issued in connection
with the Bible Classes. The “Christian Year" is
the course for 1906, and we believe it will prove
Christmas Tree at Seagoe.
“Old Father Christmas" paid a visit to Seagoe
School on Wednesday evening, January 17th, on the
occasion of the Sunday School prizes being given to
the children. He was received with great joy by
both young and old, and with a kind word he gave
out the toys that hung upon the splendid Christmas
Tree. A large number of valuable books were given
as prizes, and we were glad to see that many of the
children got Bibles, Prayer Books, and Church
Hymnals for their prizes. The Bibles were handed
to the fortunate prize-winners by our good friend
Mrs. Ruck, and the story-books were given out by
Miss Taylor (sister of the Rev. J. Taylor) whom we
were very glad to see present on the occasion. At
the close a hearty vote of thanks was given to all
who had so kindly assisted at the entertainment.
We have specially to thank Miss I. Atkinson for her
kind gift of toys for the Tree.
Edenderry Women's Class.
Miss Armstrong's class, which meets in the
Reading Room, Bridge Street, every Sunday morning at 10 0'clock, is we are glad to say rapidly
increasing in numbers and will prove we believe a
great blessing in the district. There is an attendance
of over 40 every Sunday morning. We hope the
members will try to get others to attend, so as to
still further increase the membership.
If you want your friends in England, Scotland,
Canada, the United States, Australia, Africa, or
elsewhere to keep in touch with the old Church at
home send them a copy of the Seagoe Parish
Magazine. It is the nicest present you can give them.
We congratulate Mr. Alfred Murray, the son of
our respected churchwarden Mr. Joseph Murray, on
having passed with credit the recent Term Exam. in
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The following four children were awarded special
prizes for very diligent attendance at Seagoe
National School during last year—David Frazer,
Nellie Watson, Miriam Holmes, Herbert Watson.
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We beg to thank Mr. Hamilton Robb for his
generous present of a stove for the Men's Reading
Room in Bridge Street, and also for a most useful
gift of illustrated papers.
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We are glad to see that Mr. W. Flannigan,
deputy superintendent at Edenderry Sunday School,
is again strong and well after his recent illness.
Men's Reading Room.
During the past few weeks an innovation has been
made by holding “Talks” among the members on
each Monday evening at 8. On January 22 the
subject was “The new Labour Party," and a useful
discussion took place. On Monday 29th inst
“Free Trade and Fiscal Reform" was ably treated.
Much additional interest was lent to this latter
gathering by the presence of Mr. Thomas Atkinson,
of Eden Villa. Mr. T. Atkinson has just returned
from defending the cause of the Union at the recent
elections in the South of England. On next
Monday the subject under discussion will be “Should
we have Conscription ?"
This class meets in Edenderry Parochial Hall
every Friday evening. It was started by Miss
Armstrong last summer and has been carried on by
her with great zeal and earnestness ever since. The
number of girls attending is now very large and we
feel sure that under God's blessing a real spirit Of
Missionary interest is being kindled. We heartily
thank Miss Armstrong for the trouble she has taken
in bringing the class to its present state of success.
To The Young Men of The Parish
We wish to call the attention of the young men of
the Parish to the great importance of having their
names enrolled on the register of the General Vestry.
The only qualification necessary is a minimum
payment of half-a-crown to the Sustentation Fund,
and this payment if made by a young man over the
age of 21 years entitles him to a vote in the election
of the Select Vestry. On Monday, February 5th,
there will be a meeting in Seagoe School at 7-30 for
the purpose of enrolling new members on the General
Vestry. We hope to see a large number of new
members joining the General Vestry.
UP-TO-DATE JOB PRINTING
Call at the Portadown News Once.
On Friday evening, February 2nd, a most
important conference of the Teachers in all the
Parish Sunday Schools was held in Seagoe School
at 7.30 p.m. The Rector entertained those present
as to how the Sunday Schools, which are attended
by over 1,000 children, can be made more efficient.
A new Programme is being drawn up, and the new
system of Reward Tickets is being adopted in most
of the schools with the best possible results. The
whole work of the schools was carefully discussed,
and we believe the result will add greatly to the
efficiency of our Sunday Schools throughout the Parish.
Notes on Old Seagoe.
The present bridge across the Bann replaced a
long narrow wooden bridge which was erected on
the site of another bridge washed away by a great
flood in the year 1786.
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A curious old custom prevailed some centuries
ago in Seagoe Parish. Whenever a funeral took
place in the graveyard those who carried the coffin
walked round the church and allowed it to touch
each corner of the building before the burial took
place. The old Bell of Seagoe, now in Dublin
Museum, was rung at funerals by a man who walked
in front of the coffin.
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In the Vestry Records of Seagoe for the year 1701
(April) a charge is recorded of one pound, sterling,
for Badges for the Poor. It was the custom
apparently in those days for the Select Vestry of
Seagoe to provide a special Badge for those who
depended on the charity of the Church for their
support. We wonder are any of these Badges still
in existence. They would be of antiquarian interest.
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Extracts from Old Seagoe Records, for the year
“John the son of Thomas Medcalfe baptized
in or about the Feast of All Saints in the year of
our Lord 1672."
This entry brings us back to the
time when calendars were scarce and the periods of
time were marked only by a reference to the Church
Seasons and Special Days. All Hallows Eve (Oct.
31) is still a favourite note of time among our
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Next month we hope to insert some notes -on the
names of the Townlands in the Parish.
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