Seagoe Parish Magazine
RECT0R—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. ATKINSON COSTELLO, Carne.
MR. T. E. MAGINNIS, Ballydonaghy.
ALBIN, MR. JAMES
MONTGOMERY, MR. J.
W. R. MONTGOMERY,
MR. T. J. COSTELLO,
MR. ANDREW MURRAY,
MR. J. GRACEY,
MR. ROBERT LAVERY,
MR. J. MONRO,
MR. JOSEPH M'DOWELL,
MR. WM. J. ROCK,
MR. DAVID STEVENSON,
MR. J. H. ATKINSON, MR. W. R, Secretary and Treasurer.
OFFERTORIES FOR JANUARY.
Jan 1 —Circumcision £0.3.0
,, 6—Epiphany £1.4.0 0.13.9
,, ,, £0.4.6
„ 13—1st Sunday after Epiphany £1.4.7 0.13.0
„ 20—2nd ,, ,, £0.3.0
,, ,, ,, £0.17.5 0.14.6
,, 27—Septuagesima Sunday £1.3.6 0.8.7
Week Days 0.11.1
“Buried with Him in baptism."
Jan. 5—Solomon Albert, son of J. S. W. and Sarah
,, —William James, son of Thomas and Letitia
„ 19—Mary, daughter of James and Mary Ellen
“I know that my Redeemer liveth."
Nov. 29 —Margaret Rainey, Edenderry, aged 67.
Jan. 20 —Anne Weir, Kilycomaine, aged 59.
,, 24 —James Wilson, aged 70.
CARNE PRIZE DISTRIBUTION.
This function took place on January 24th. Tea was
provided through the kindness of Mr. D. Murray and
Mr. A. Costello. After tea a varied programme was
gone through, contributed to by Misses Twinem and
L. Fox, Mr. J. Lynas and Rev. J. Taylor. A dialogue,
entitled “Wasting Away," was then performed.
The characters were taken by Messrs. Montgomery
and Currie and Miss Fox. In response to an imperative
encore, another was very kindly given.
After this the prizes were distributed by Mrs. Murray
to a goodly number of children. The Rector having
addressed a few words of exhortation and encouragement
to all, the meeting closed with the benediction.
All were unanimous in saying that they had seldom
spent such an enjoyable evening in Carne.
EDENDERRY PRIZE DISTRIBUTION.
A large number of children and teachers assembled in
the Parochial Hall for this purpose on 27th
January. The tea having been disposed of, Mr.
Smith, B.A.I., gave some selections on his excellent
gramophone, which were very much appreciated.
Songs were given by Miss Armstrong and Mr. D.
Livingston, and readings and recitations by Miss L.
Montgomery and Messrs. R. and C. Montgomery.
A very large number of prizes were kindly distributed
by Mrs. Hadden. The Rector then expressed
a hope that the attendance and proficiency would
be even better in the coming year than ever before,
and a very pleasant evening closed with the Doxology.
We would like to say that if there have been any
mistakes about the prizes, intimation should be
given at once to the Superintendent.
EDENDERRY TEMPERANCE MEETING.
The second meeting was held on January 11th
when large gathering assembled. The Rector
took the chair and introduced an excellent programme.
Songs were given by H. Wright, M. Grimason, L. M'AnalIy,
and also by Miss Armstrong and Mr. Murray. Miss G. Montgomery
as ‘Granny'compared the state of Temperance in her early days
with the present. This item was very well done, as was the next,
a dialogue by D. Livingston and V. Irwin, entitled “The Three Nots."
But the piece of the evening was a sketch, entitled “Home
Government" by G. N. and C. Montgomery and
J. Dawson. A very impressive address was then
given by Rev. O. Scott, Rector of Gilford, with the
result that forty-five of those present expressed their
willingness to sign the pledge. We hope that at
the next meeting many more will come and do the
Seagoe—The following did not miss a service
during the quarter ending December 31 st :—Nicholas
England, Ellen J. England, Thomas England,
Victor Walker, David Forde, John Porter, Maud
Dickson, Lena J. Best, M. Ruddy. The attendance
of the following was very good Hannah Harte,
Adelaide M 'Loughlin, Margaret Reid, Amelia Reid,
Annie White, Anna M. Watson, Theresa Ramsay,
Florrie M’Loughlin, James Porter, David Porter
Thomas Ruddell, James D. England.
The new Cards have now been distributed, and we
are glad to see that our young people are attending
Church so well. Our Lord Jesus Christ loved to be
in His Father's House, and we must learn to follow
His example and never be absent from the House of
Prayer. My soul hath a desire and longing to
enter into the courts of the Lord's house "were the
words of the Psalmist of Israel, and they are words
which we should strive to make our own. We
would like to point out that if child is inattentive
during the Service such inattention, if made known
to the Sunday School Superintendent, will deprive
the child of its attendance mark for that Sunday.
The Superintendents have been asked to supervise as
far as possible the children who are unaccompanied
by their parents, but may we not hope that; before
long every parent in the Parish will accompany the
children whom God has given them when the
children go to worship in the House of Prayer?
QUESTIONS ON OLD TESTAMENT.
CHAP. vi.—FEB. 10.
1 What city is famous for its siege?
2 What direction did God give Joshua concerning it?
3 Describe briefly the siege?
4 What command was given concerning the spoil?
5 Who alone escaped of the inhabitants?
6 What was the curse pronounced by Joshua on Jericho?
CHAP. vii.—FEB. 17.
1 By whom were the Israelites smitten?
2 How did God direct them to find out the cause?
3 Who had committed the sin?
4 What had he done?
5 How was he punished, and where?
6 Meaning of Achor ?
CHAP. viii., 1-17—FEB. 24.
1 By what means was Ai taken?
2 How many men did Joshua choose to take it?
3 Where did they encamp?
4 What ruse did Joshua adopt?
CHAP. viii., 18-35-—MARCH 3.
1 What was the sign for the taking of Ai?
2 How many were slain?
3. What happened to the king?
4 What altar memorialized the taking of Ai?
5. What things did Joshua do in accordance with the “Book of the Law"?
6. On what mountains were the blessings and cursings read?
ST. MARK iv., 10. – Feb. 10.
1. What is meant by the " Kingdom of God"?
2. To what is it likened here?
3. What is a parable?
4. What miracle did Christ perform in this passage?
5. In what words did the disciples show their impatience?
6. What effect did the miracle produce on the disciples?
ST. MARK V., 1-20—-FEB. 17.
1. How does St. Mark describe the Gadarene lunatic?
2. In what words did he address Jesus?
3. What was his name?
4. How did our Lord answer the devils' request?
5. After what miracle did the people beseech Christ to depart out of their coasts?
ST. Mark ii., 1-12—MARCH 3.
1. How did the bearers of the palsied man show their faith?
2. What words of Christ did the scribes object to?
3. How did our Lord prove His power to forgive sins?
4. “We never saw it on this fashion." After what miracle were these words spoken?
QUESTIONS ON THE COLLECTS.
(For Senior Classes.)
1. What plea do we offer to God in this Collect?
2. On what do we depend when asking requests from God?
3. Against what does this Collect teach us to pray?
1. What is the meaning of "charity?
2. Where are we taught the necessity of charity?
3. How does this Collect define it?
4. What is the punishment of those who have not this virtue?
1. What day is called “Ash Wednesday”?
2. What special request do we make in this Collect?
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT.
1. What event in Christ's life is mentioned in this Collect?
2. What lesson does Christ's example teach us?
SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT.
1. Why do we ask God to keep us?
2. How are we to be kept?
3. For what purpose are we to be kept?
OUTLINE OF TEMPERANCE LESSON
For February 24th.
Portion of Scripture to be studied—-Jeremiah xxxv.
Note—There were buildings round the beautiful
Temple at Jerusalem where various priests and
teachers lived. In an upstairs room belonging to a
good man was Jeremiah, God's prophet, and a number
of rather rough men. On the table were placed
cups of wine. Jeremiah asked these men to drink
some wine, but they said, " We will drink no wine:
because Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded
us, Ye shall drink no wine.” We see they were Total
Abstainers from obedience, and God was pleased to bless them.
Texts to be learned—I Thess. iv, 6-7, Ephes. v. 18,
1 Cor. V. 11.
Hymn to be learned—145 in Church Hymnal.
BIBLE CLASS SOCIAL.
A most successful Social Meeting in connection
with the Bible Classes of the Parish took place in
Seagoe School on Thursday evening, January 17th.
at 7-30 o'clock. Over 200 members were present,
and the rooms presented a crowded appearance. For
the first time in the history of Seagoe School the
building was lighted with gas, which added much to
the evening's pleasure. After a hearty tea, a short
Mr. Smith's gramophone produced some splendid songs
and instrumental pieces, while well-sung duet by Messrs.
Wilson and Murray, accompanied by Miss Walker, was
much appreciated. Round games were then indulged in,
and we have seldom seen a company of young
people enjoy themselves so much as did our Bible
Class friends during these games. Two different
sets of games were kept going in the rooms until
near ten o'clock, when the Rector asked all to gather
in one room to listen to a Temperance Dialogue
entitled "Homo Government," which was most
capably executed by the Misses N. and L. Montgomery
and Messrs J. Dawson and C. Montgomery. After a
few words of good advice from the Rev. J. Taylor,
the Doxology was heartily sung by all present, and
a most enjoyable reunion came to an end. The
following ladies acted as tea-makers—Mrs. Hadden,
Mrs. Collen, Mrs. Smith, Miss Armstrong, Miss
Walker, Mrs. M 'Mullan, Miss Calvert, Mrs Montgomery,
Miss E. Walker, Mrs. Flannigan. We hope that all our young
people will join one or other of the Bible Classes which
meet on Sunday mornings (see cover of Magazine).
The subject of study this year is—" The Book of Common Prayer”,
a most interesting subject, which brings before us most
important Scripture truths as well as most interesting
phases of Church History. The subject for next
Sunday is-—" The Sentences and Exhortation," in
which the object of Public Worship is brought
HACKNAHAY PRIZE DISTRIBUTION.
One of the most successful. of these gatherings
came off in Hacknahay School on January 31st.
The school was thronged with teachers and children
and those who were no longer children. Mr. George
Calvert very kindly entertained the children to tea,
and a willing band of helpers dispensed it to those
present. An excellent programme was then gone
through, including phonograph selections kindly
given by Mr. W. J. Calvert; songs by the choir
and the Misses M'Murray and Neill; reading by Mr.
T. E. Maginnis; recitations by Rev. J. Taylor, and
action songs by the children. Great credit is due
to Miss Calvert for the way in which the last items
were carried out, each one calling forth the heartiest
applause. During the evening an interesting item
was the presentation to Miss Monro of a beautiful
silver teapot from the teachers, as a mark of appreciation of
her work in the Sunday School, from which she is now
severing her connection. The Rector having read a letter
of apology from Major Blacker very much regretting
the inability of Mrs. Blacker to be present to distribute
the prizes, owing to a cold, the prizes were handed to the
children by Miss Calvert. After a chorus, “Good night,"
by the choir, the meeting was brought to a close,
each child receiving an orange from Mr. Calvert
on its way out. Two dialogues by Messrs. Montgomery
and Currie and Miss L. Fox were done in
excellent style, and were greatly appreciated by all
present, adding much to the pleasure of the evening.
NEW VESPER HYMN.
The following are the words of the Vesper Hymn
sometimes sung at the close of our Evening Service—
“Grant us, Father, we beseech Thee,
Heavenly love in rich increase;
And as long as life endureth
Grant us Thine abiding peace. Amen.
The Rev. H. Teggart, who has for the past eleven
years been working as a Missionary in Uganda,
Central Africa, will address meetings in the Parish
on next Thursday, February 7th.
Children's Missionary Meeting in Edenderry
Hall on Thursday, at 6 o'clock.
Missionary Meeting in Drumgor on same evening
Splendid lime light views will be shown at both
meetings. There will be no charge for admission,
but a collection will be made for the Church
We hope to have overflowing meetings on each
Every Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock the Singing
Class meets in Edenderry Hall. Mr Horace Wilson
is the conductor. The members are taught to sing
from note. Wonderful progress has been made, and
we look forward to the time when each member of
Seagoe Choir will be able to sing from note and not
merely by ear. The Class is about to begin practising
a Service of Song. Those desirous of joining should do
so at once. Special reduction for children.
OUR DAY SCHOOL.
Notwithstanding a good deal of sickness, the
numbers in our Day School keep well up. Religious
instruction is imparted to the children each week by
the clergy. Cooking Classes for our girls are about
to be started, and Mr Horace Wilson has formed a
class for instruction in Song singing and Recitation
which meets on Wednesday at 2-30. The charge for
membership in the class is 1d weekly, and parents
should see that their children take advantage of this
most important branch of education.
The next Temperance Meeting will be held in the
Parochial Hall, Edenderry, on Friday, February 8th.
We hope to see not merely the children but their
parents and grown-up brothers and sisters.
The programme on this occasion will be chiefly
in the hands of the boys and young men, and it is
hoped that the Rev. A, Miller, curate of Waringstown,
will give the address.
Of the five pupils of Mr. Firth who obtained
honours at a recent examination in music, we were
glad to notice that three were from our Parish, viz.,
Miss L. Montgomery, Miss M. Archer, and Miss R.
The names of those attending all the schools
except Seagoe, whose church attendance has been
good, will be published next month.
A new stove has been fitted up in Seagoe School,
and is a great improvement.
The incandescent gas light has also made a
change for the better in the school.
The Rector has had a card from Mrs. Pentland
(Miss S. Connor) who seems to like her new home
in Scotland very much.
Special preachers have been arranged for Lent,
which begins on Ash Wednesday, February 13th.
A list of the Lent services will shortly be published.
We are glad to notice that the Wednesday evening services
are being very well attended.
OLD SEAGOE NOTES.
The following particulars regarding Old Seagoe
Church, the ruins of which are shown on our
Magazine cover, may be of interest to our readers:
The Church lies due east and west. The space
within the walls is 59 feet by 22 feet, which were
the entire dimensions of the Church originally.
Afterwards there were added small porch of stone
at the south-west corner and a northern aisle or
transept; the foundations of these can still be
traced. The Church presented the appearance of a
long, low building. It was lighted on the south side
and in the transept by small square-headed windows.
Those in the east and west gables were narrow and
pointed, and all, like the whole edifice, were entirely
devoid of ornament in any form. The roof was
covered with oak shingles, as was usual in all large
buildings in early day. (The spire of Waringstown
Church is still covered with shingles). The Church
was entered at the south-west corner by the small
porch, in which was a seat at either side. There
was a descent of two steps into the nave. The side walls
appear to have been little more than 10 feet
high, but the ceiling being coved some additional
height was gained in the centre. On the left of the
entrance inside the Church rose the steps or stairs
leading to the gallery. Here hung down the bell rope
from the belfry overhead, and the bell ringer stood on
the stairs when he performed the duties of his office.
The first seat on the gallery was occupied
by the choir of “singing boys," and they were aided
by three or four flutes—"black flutes" it is specially
noted—and a great bass fiddle. (In next month's
issue we hope to complete this description of the old
The foundation stone of the present Church was
laid on June 1st, 1814.
After the destruction of Seagoe Church during the
Rebellion of 1641 it was rebuilt largely through the
exertions of Valentine Blacker, Esq., an ancestor of
the Carrickblacker family.
By an Act of Vestry in 1765 the front seat of the
gallery was assigned “for the use of the singing
boys and Mr. Willm. Nuttle" (Lutton).
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