Seagoe Parish Magazine
"I was glad when they said unto me: we will go into the house of the Lord,"
PSALM 122 : V. 1.
"Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together. as the manner of some is"
HEBREWS 10 : 25
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CALENDAR FOR JANUARY.
January 1st—Circumcision. Holy Communion at 11.30 a.m.
New Year's Day.
January 2nd—2nd Sunday after Christmas.
January 4th—Service in Bocombra
January 6th Epiphany. Entertainment in Edenderry Parochial Hall.
January 9th 1st Sunday after Epiphany.
January 11th Mothers' Union General Meeting.
January 12th—Mid-week Service in Edenderry.
January 16th 2nd Sunday after Epiphany.
January 19th—Mid-week Service in Edenderry.
January 23rd- 3rd Sunday after Epiphany.
January 25th—Conversion of St. Paul.
January 26th—Mid-week Service in Edenderry.
January 27th—C.L.B. Concert.
January 30th—4th Sunday after Epiphany.
We wish all our readers a very Happy and Prosperous New year.
DISTRICT SERVICES FOR JANUARY.
Bocombra—Tuesday, January 4th, at 8 p.m.
Drumgor—Sunday, January 9th, at 3 p.m.
Edenderry —- Mid-weekly commencing Wednesday, January 12th, at 8 p.m.
Hacknahay – Sunday, January 30th, at 3 p.m.
On Sunday night, December 19th, a Carol Service
was held in Edenderry Parochial Hall, and the children's
choir, trained by Miss A. McDougall, sang carols
and Christmas hymns. This junior choir is a great
asset to the mid-week Service here, where they lead
The Church was decorated simply with holly, etc.
At the 8 a.m. Holy Communion Service there was
fair attendance, but we missed many of our regular
Sunday worshippers at the 11.30 a.m. Service. The
choir sang a special Christmas Anthem, as well as
the appropriate hymns. Mrs. Casey was at the organ.
On Sunday night, December 26th, instead of the
usual Evening Prayer, the Service took the form of a
Carol Service, consisting of six carols, an anthem and
three hymns, together with appropriate readings
from the Old and New Testament.
The choir and organist are to be congratulated on
their splendid rendering of the special music. Miss
N. Montgomery took the solo part in the carol "See
amid the winter snow," and Mr. J. Courtney the solo
part of the anthem, and both used their rich voices
to the best advantage.
S. AMERICAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
On Sunday, November 28th, the Rev. S. C. Deacon
preached at Morning Prayer in the Parish Church.
Mr. Deacon had many years' experience of Church
work in South America, and his address on the
difficulties and opportunities which confront the Church
in that vast continent was listened to by all with deep
interest. As a result of his words, perhaps, there are
some who would like to have a share in helping on
the spread of the Gospel there—if so Miss I.
Atkinson, Eden Villa. will be glad to supply a missionary
box to them.
G. F.S. CONFERENCE.
A 'bus load of members of Seagoe Branch of the
Girls' Friendly Society travelled to Lurgan on
Saturday, November 27th. We print below impressions
sent in by three members of the Seagoe Branch
Miss Scott gave us a wonderful lesson on friendship
at our G.F.S. Conference on Saturday.
She told us to start friendship first of all in our homes
and in our work; to help the shy girls, who join our
Society and to make them feel that we really want
to be friendly with them. Also to keep our ideals high
and to try and live up to the high ideals of the
G.F.S., and by so doing we would be showing others
what our Society really stands for, and in this way
others might be attracted to join. She told us also
to keep in touch with our Associates, wherever we
may travel, and as well to use the G.F.S. Homes whenever
possible when on holidays.
' Miss Scott pointed out to us the duty of keeping silent,
when unkind gossip is being circulated in
our presence, as speech may be silver but silence is
golden; she also stressed the necessity for regular
attendance at our place of worship, and not to regard
lightly our Saviour's last request on earth—i.e., to
be regular in our attendance at the service of Holy
" The G.F.S. Conference in Lurgan was held for
the branches in the Diocese of Dromore and was
conducted by Miss Scott, of Bray, Miss Hartford, of
Belfast, taking the chair.
" Before the Conference began there was a short
service in Shankill Parish Church, conducted by the
Ven. Archdeacon Hannon. Then we left the Church
and adjourned to the Parochial Hall, where Miss
Scott gave us her address. She told us of the
advantages of G.F.S. when we are travelling—when a
G.F.S. member is leaving her own country, she should
always let her Associate know, so that the latter will
be able to get in touch with an Associate in the
locality to which the member is going. When this
is done the girl will be met by a member or Associate,
who will give her directions or accompany her so
that she will arrive safely at her destination;
whereas, if a girl does not use this G.F.S. privilege,
not knowing the country, she may fall in with bad
company and be led astray.
When Miss Scott had finished talking about
travelling and other details, we had group discussions.
All present divided up into small groups, each group
having an Associate as leader, and answers were given
to four questions set for discussion. Then came a
nice tea, after which we went back to our seats, then
Miss Hartford called all the Associates to the front,
where each one read out the answers given to
questions set to the groups.
" When this was over Miss Scott gave an address
on Christian love. She began by talking about
generosity, and said that we could not be true members
of the G.F.S. without being generous in giving or
doing something for other people, as well as for
ourselves. We all know that the main point in a life
ruled by G.F.S. principles is to ' bear one another's
burdens, to live not for ourselves but for others.'
Miss Scott stressed the need for faith in our Heavenly
Father. Knowing that everything we do in His name
will prosper. We also must try and be friendly with
everyone, irrespective of how they treat us." (L.R.)
(3) " We had a short service in Church at 3.30 p.m.,
followed by a meeting in the Parochial Hall, where
tea was served at 5 p.m. The chair was taken by
Miss Hartford, Belfast.
An address on " Friendship" was given by Miss
Scott, of Bray, in which she said that, we as
members of the G.F.S., should set an example to the
world by our deeds. words and actions. She also
stressed the need and importance of Prayer, Bible.
reading and attending Public Worship and Holy
Communion. Then, too, we must do our duty at all times
and stand up for the truth and for what we know
to be right, and bear one another's burdens." She
went on to say that there was far too much selfishness
in the world to-day and little or no friendship,
and this was the cause of much strife and war; not
until there was an extension of friendship would there
Previous to this address, the Associates present were
given some papers containing questions for discussion;
after tea, each Associate in turn read out the
findings of her group on the questions set for group
discussion. The answers were helpful, as each group
looked at the questions from a different angle.
Miss Hartford gave the closing talk on Purity and
Kindness, and the Conference was closed with the
G.F.S. Prayer." (E.M.)
[We are grateful to the writers of the above
impressions for their interesting contributions. (Editor))
As was announced in our last issue, a play written
and produced by Miss Ashdown, entitled Grey Matter
will be staged in Edenderry Parochial Hall. on
Thursday, January 6th, at 7.30 p.m. The proceeds
will be devoted to Parish Funds, and it is hoped that
our readers will help the venture by their presence
and by making it widely known amongst their
friends. Tickets can be had from Mrs. Vance. Bridge
We hope to arrange a parish social early in the New
Year. Further particulars will be announced later.
LEVAGHERY JUMBLE SALE.
This effort was organised by the Superintendent
and teachers of Levaghery Sunday School to raise
funds to provide better seating accommodation for
the Sunday School, and has proved well worth the
energy expended—the total sum raised was £18 1s 6 ½ d;
this amount was obtained thus :—Subscriptions,
£10 13s 4d; Jumble sale, £7 8s 2 ½ d.
DEBT ON PAROCHIAL FINANCES.
We print below a second list of contributions to the
wiping out of the above:—
Amount already acknowledged—£41 17s 0d.
£l—Mr. T. J. Hadden. Mr. R. McC1ements, Rev. G.
10 / - Mrs. Vance. Mr. Robert Walker, Mr. Stephens,
Mr. Alphonso Kirk, Miss R. Matchett (Riverside), Mr.
Joe Ward, Mrs. Ballentine, Mrs. Chambers, Mr. Stanfield,
Mr. E. Collins, Mr. Robt. Gracey, Mr. William
Gracey, Mr. Wm. White, Mr. Cathcart. Mrs. Thomas
Dickson, Mr. Samuel M'Cormick, Mrs. Devlin, Mr.
George Locke, Mr. Tom Hall, Mr. Costello, Mrs. Pentland,
Mr. Wolsey White, Mr. T. Martin.
9/6 Mr. George Matchett.
5/- Mr. John Campbell, Mrs. Turkington, Mr. T.
Ruddell, Mr. H. McReynolds, Mrs. Samuel Best, Mr.
James Shepherd, Mr. John Gracey, Mr. W. Best
(Church Lane), Mr. Joe Holland, Mr. Ryans.
4/- —Mr. Watson Wilson.
3/- —Mrs. Cunningham.
2/6—Miss Sands, Mr. Joseph Parks, Mrs. Cousins,
Mr. T. Finch, Mrs. N. Crawford, Mr. John Livingston,
Mr. Joe Hynes, Mr. S. J. Caddell.
Total—£60 13s 6d.
Again we thank those whose names appear in the
above list for their practical help, and also Mr. J.
H. Twinem for his prompt action in trying to put
the finances of Seagoe Parish on a sound basis.
PRESENTATION AT CARNE.
A social evening was held at Carne on Thursday,
December 16th, at 7.30 p.m. The occasion was that
Of a presentation to Mrs. Norman Guy, formerly Miss
Millicent Coulter, and previous to her marriage a
teacher in Sunday School. Despite the severe cold,
fog and ice-bound roads, there was a good attendance.
A splendid tea was provided by the
Superintendent and Teachers. Games followed. Later in
the evening, on behalf of t,he School staff and children,
the Rev. W. F. Hayes handed to Mrs. Guy a
pretty tea set. Fitting references were made to the
part Mrs. Guy had taken in the work of the Church
in that district. In these Mr. George Wilson took
part. The entertainment concluded with the singing
of the National Anthem. —(W.F.H.)
Mrs. E. Porter, who visited Seagoe early this year,
has arrived at her home, near Brisbane, Queensland.
For our readers, who will no doubt be interested, we
print an extract from a letter she has kindly written
to the Rev. W. F. Hayes.
I am safely back in dear old Queensland again. I
really had a most wonderful trip both ways. When I
left Brisbane on the 7th January last to reach England,
I travelled 12,780 miles, calling in at Victoria,
Colombo, Egypt, Port Said, Suez Canal and Malta.
The sights were truly wonderful, and I enjoyed every
moment of my holiday. On my return I came a
different route, calling at Tangier, Gibraltar, and
several other ports. I travelled right up to Calcutta.
I saw the wonderful Golden Temple in India, and the
Holy Temple of our Lord in Palestine. I visited 79
different Churches, the most beautiful being in
Malta, but none so dear to me as Seagoe Parish
Church, where I was brought up and taught by my
parents to love. I brought back a box of wallflower
seeds from my sister's garden and a patch of real
Irish Shamrock. These are growing splendidly 12,700
miles from their native land. Sunny Queensland has,
no doubt, the finest climate in the world. Here wages
are high and the cost of living is low; there is every
opportunity to make good and become wealthy in a
We record with regret this month the deaths of
four parishioners. William John Atkinson, of Seagoe
Lower, passed away at an advanced age, after a prolonged
period of weakness. Mrs. Jane Robb, of
Tarson, had been in failing health for some time. She
was much esteemed in that district. Miss Amelia
Wilson, of Levaghery, was only in the prime of life. As a
comparatively new resident in the parish she was
less well known. For many weeks, with patience and
quiet confidence, she endured great sufferings. The
name of James Davidson recalls one who was well
known and familiar to most of our readers. He was
loyal Churchman and unfailing in his attendance at
public worship. Possessed of a capable mind, he was
interested and well informed on many subjects. A
well grounded faith enabled him to give invaluable
service in the Levaghery Sunday School. There for
many years he taught a large Bible Class, and was
present even on the Sunday previous to his death.
To the bereaved we offer our sympathy. They will
find consolation in the Christmas message, which is
always. " God with us." both in the temporal and in
the Eternal ( W. F. H. )
The distribution of Seagoe Parish Magazine by the
members of our Church Lads' Brigade has been carried
out very satisfactorily during 1937.
The total number of Magazines now being distributed
each month has greatly increased.
We would appeal to those parishioners who take the
Magazine to assist the boys in their work by paying
for their Magazine each month or paying in advance
for the year.
The Officers of the Brigade are anxious to interest
the boys in Church work and so uphold the motto of
the Church Lads' Brigade " To become faithful members
of the Church of Ireland."
The Magazine can be sent by post to any subscriber
for 3/- per annum. Subscription and address should
be sent to E. Mitchell, 115, Thomas St.. Portadown.—
" Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid
them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God."
Dec. 5th—William Ivan, son of Samuel and Elizabeth
May Morrison, Drumnacanvey.
Dec. 5th—Henry, son of James and Minnie McCann, 1
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 required.
The father and mother must be present.
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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