Seagoe Archives

July 1907


July 1907

Seagoe Parish Magazine.

JULY, 1907.


THE Right Rev. Dr. Crozier, Lord Bishop of Ossory, will administer

the rite of Confirmation in Seagoe Parish Church on Saturday, July

6th, at 12 0'clock. The Lord Bishop of the Diocese is unable to attend

owing to illness. The Confirmation candidates will meet in Seagoe

Parochial School at 11-30 a.m. to receive their Cards of Admission.

The Parents and Sponsors of those who are to be confirmed are

to attend the service. An Address will be given to the Candidates by the

Lord Bishop. We hope to see a large attendance of the Parishioners at

the Service. The front pews in the Church will be reserved for the

Candidates. We ask the Prayers of our people on behalf of the

persons who are about to be Confirmed. On Sunday, July 7th, there

will be celebrations of the Holy Communion at 8 a.m. and after

Morning Prayer, when those who have been confirmed will have an

opportunity of partaking of that Holy Feast.


Thursday, June 6th, was a red-letter day in the

history of Seagoe. We have had such a rainy season

that it seemed as if we must lose our reputation for

fine weather this year, but although it rained the day

before and the day after the Fete, it was fine on that

particular day. Crowds of children in holiday attire

met at the Parish Church at nine o'clock. A short

service, a hymn, and some words of counsel from the

Rector, occupied the next few minutes, and then in

orderly procession the children from each of the

schools with their teachers filed out of the Church

and took up their places with their banners, ready

for the march. Everything was very bright, and

although there were some clouds in the sky, yet the

sun shone out now and again upon the bright, happy

faces of the children and made everyone feel that we

were going to have a really fine day.

The march through Portadown to the fine music of

the Ballyworkan Band, created quite a stir in the

town. Edenderry turned out in crowds to see the "wee

ones," and in the town we passed through a double line

of sightseers. The Recreation Grounds were reached

about 10-30, and the children at once gave themselves

up to the day's amusement, some climbed up the

grandstand, other jumped over the stone jumps,

others kicked football, while the girls formed rings

and played all kinds of games. "Dynes" had the

big kettle boiling in good time and soon word went

round that the tea and cakes were ready. Everyone

said the tea was splendid.

At 12 o'clock the photographer from Mr. Moffett's

came and took some fine groups (copies can be had

at Mrs. Metcalf’s, Bridge Street, price 2d each). A

series of football matches were played, Drumgor

coming to the top as the winning team. In the

tug-of-war there was a grand fight for first place

which went to the boys from Carne, who had been

trained by Mr. David Murray. The girls had some

most exciting races and skipping competitions, and

valuable prizes were awarded in the various events.

The Bazaar opened at 2, and a good trade was done

all through the day by the ladies at the heavily laden

stalls. The Refreshment Tent was well patronised,

and the stall over which Mrs. Porter presided for the

sale of sweeties, flowers and temperance drinks, did

a roaring trade all through the day. Mrs. Porter

went to no end of trouble in preparing her stall and

helping on the Sale. When the Sale closed very little

was left unsold, and we believe that the amount

realised by the Sale and collections will cover the

Debt on the Hall and the cost of introducing Gas

into the Church. In connection with the Sale two

names must be mentioned—Miss Armstrong (who has

raised over £50 towards the Sale) and Miss Atkinson,

who was indefatigable in her efforts to promote it’s

success. But it is almost invidious to mention names

where all worked so splendidly.

At about 5 o'clock tea was provided for the

children, and then everyone began to think of the

Athletic Sports to commence at 6 o'clock. Over 500

paid for admission to the Sports. The races were

very well contested and were watched with the

keenest interest by the spectators. At the close the

prizes were distributed to the successful racers by the

Rev. J. E. Archer.

A few strokes on the big drum rallied all the

children together, and about 9 o'clock we marched

back to Seagoe. The Band played " God Save the

King" at the Church gates, hearty cheers were given

for all who helped in the day's pleasure and then all

separated after a most enjoyable day. We cannot

close this notice without recording our warmest

thanks to Mr. W. R. Atkinson, our energetic

Treasurer, for the very capable way in which he

organised the Sale and Sports. The Success of the

day was chiefly due to his efforts.


(Four Sundays)

Morning. Evening

June 2 – 1st S. after Trinity £0.16.1 0.11.9


,, 9—2nd S. £0.17.7 0.12.9

,, 16 -3rd S. £0.2.0

£1.3.3 0.13.4

,, 23 – 4th S. £1.0.0 0.9.0

Wednesdays 0.7.0

Total £4.3.4 2.13.10


“One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism."

June 1 —Mary Isabel, daughter of George and Mary Steenson.

„ „ —Arthur, son of Arthur and Sarah Anne Allen.

„ „ —Alexander, son of Alexander and Anne Thornton.

„ „ —Anne, daughter of Alexander and Ellen Kilpatrick.

„ „ —Margaret Anne, daughter of Henry and Delia Graham

„ ,, —Hugh Atkinson, son of Atkinson and Mary Costello.

„ „ —Andrew, son of William Alexander and Jane Eliza Clark.

„ „ —Sarah May, daughter of William Henry and Elizabeth Harrison.

„ „ —Wolsey, son of James and Sarah Simpson.

„ ,, 25 —Ellen, daughter of Joseph and Ellen Robinson.

„ ,, 27 —Sarah, daughter of James and Annie M'Neill


“Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder."

May 29 —At Lurgan Parish Church, Thomas E. Maginnis, Breagh,

to Mary Gilpin, Drumgor.


" Death is swallowed up in Victory."

June 15 —William John Vaughan, Edenderry, aged 40.

,, 19 —Mary Ellen Cummins, Belfast, aged 19.

,, 27 —Ellen Robinson, Edenderry, aged .


We would solemnly warn all our readers, especially the men,

this month against the deadly sin of Strong Drink. When you

are tempted to take it wilt you remember in God's name before

you raise the fatal glass to your lips, that God's eye is upon

you; think of your innocent children at home, think of the misery

and tears and eternal ruin that mark the Drunkard's life.

Let it not be said of any of our young men in the Parish of Seagoe

that they entered a Public House this July, nor let any of those who

call themselves by the name of Christ in any way countenance

indulgence in drink this month. We earnestly appeal to the members

of the Men's Bible Classes to use all their influence to suppress the

habits of drinking which spell ruin to many a young life.

Young men, lead the way, and sign this pledge:—

I solemnly promise, in God's name, to take no strong drink this July.



The Prize for the Answers to Questions in last

Month's issue has been awarded to Miss Armstrong.

We give a further set this month. Answers to be

sent to the Rector before July 20th. A Prize will

be awarded for the Teacher who sends, in the best


1. What reference does St. Paul make to the

Judges, and what difficulty does his statement


2. What were the chief cities of Philistia?

3. Which of our Lord's Apostles made use of

Parables in his teaching, and give examples?

4. What is remarkable about our Lord's use of

Leaven to illustrate His Kingdom?

5. Give passages from Scripture to prove the

statement in the Catechism that Baptism implies “a

death unto sin and a new birth unto righteousness?”

6. Prove from the Bible that Confirmation was

practised by the Apostles?

(N.B.—No one can receive a Prize twice in the same

quarter, but their names will be printed in order of

merit in the result.)


The Examination in Religious Knowledge was

held on Wednesday, June 5th, by the Rev. J. H.

Mervyn, M.A., Assistant Diocesan Inspector. We

are glad to say the result was very good. The following

children were awarded certificates—Maude Dickson,

Thomas Ruddell, Joseph Wilson, Herbert Hewitt,

Joshua Caddell, James Johnston, Joseph Donaldson,

Louie Montgomery, Ivy Stothers, Bella Magee, and

Book Prizes for special excellence have been awarded

to Maude Dickson, Thomas Ruddell, Joshua Caddell,

James Johnston. The Inspector has issued a most

favourable report. The Infant Division also showed the

result of most careful training.

We congratulate Mr. Stothers, Miss Baillie, and

Mr. Farquhar on the success of their pupils.


During the past month a series of addresses were

given on special subjects. These will be continued

as follows during this month—

July 3rd— “Teaching by Parables."

July 10th—" The Sin of Intemperance."

July 17th—" The Book of Judges."

July 24th—" The Advantage of a Liturgy."

July 31st—" The Duty of Giving."


Seagoe Bible Class Excursion to Dublin will take

place on Saturday, August 24th. Tickets to Members

of the Classes, 3/9 each (including admission to

Exhibition); Outsiders 4/- each (including admission

to the Exhibition). This ought to be a splendid

excursion, and the tickets are extremely cheap.

Further particulars next month.


Morning—Judges viii.—Gideon's stratagem—

1. Who was Jerubbaal? 2. By what test was the

army reduced? 3. What encouraged Gideon? 4.

What were the empty pitchers for? 5. Why did Gideon

send messengers to Ephraim?

Evening—S. John xxi. 1-21 – Nets

1. Where did Jesus appear to His disciples? 2. To which of

them did He appear? 3. How were they employed?

4. What question did He ask them? 5. What did

He tell them to do? 6. What was the result?

7. What question did Jesus ask Peter?

JULY 21st.

Morning—Judges viii. 1-17 Zebah and Zalmunna

1. Who were the Kings of Midian? 2. What did

Gideon say to the Princes of Succoth? 3. Who was

the son of Joash? 4. How did Gideon punish Penuel?

Afternoon—S. Luke iv. 16-32—Parables—1. What

is a Parable? 2. What did our Lord do in the

synagogue? 3. What lesson did He draw? 4.

What was the effect on the people? 5. Where did

He withdraw to?

JULY 28th.

Morning—Judges viii. 18-85—Closing Acts of

Gideon—1. How did Zebah describe the men slain

at Tabor? 2. What did Gideon ask Jether to do?

3. What did Gideon do with the earrings?

4. Where was Gideon buried? 5. What happened after

his death?

Afternoon—S. Matt. xiii. 3-23 Sowing

1.What was the first Parable? 2. What were the four kinds

of soil? 3. Why did our Lord use parables?

4. What was the spiritual application of the Parable?


Morning—Judges ix. 1-21—Jotham's Parable.—

l. Who was Abimelech? 2. How did he become King?

3. Where did Jotham utter his parable? 4. What

did the olive, vine and bramble say? 5. What was

the meaning of the Parable?

Afternoon—S. Matt. xiii. 24-46—Tares and Leaven

1. What does the “Kingdom of Heaven " mean?

2. What was sown amongst the wheat? 3. What

was to be done with the tares? 4. What is peculiar

about mustard seed? 5. Give the interpretation of the

Parable of the Tares?


Next month we hope to print a full list of the

Card Collections. The Blocks for the Donkey and

Watch Competition must be returned to Mr. W. R.

Atkinson before July 22nd, when the Drawing will

take place in Seagoe School at 8 p.m.


In our records of the old Church we have now

come to the time when it was no longer used for

Divine Service. The new Church had been built

on the present site, and it had been duly consecrated

and opened for Worship. But although the old Church

was no longer used for Service it remained

standing for a few years in fair preservation. The

internal fittings were not removed, and it was still

used at funerals and for the accommodation of a

Sunday School. At the Easter Vestry, March 28th,

1818, the sum of £2 was applotted 'for the purpose

of repairing the roof and windows of the old

Church.' But as the necessity of extensive repairs

became more pressing, it was at length resolved at

the Easter Vestry, 1820, that the fittings of the

old Church should be sold by Auction on or before

next Whitsuntide. This was so distasteful to the

parishioners that at a subsequent Vestry on the

23rd May, 1820, the resolution was rescinded by a

majority of the Parishioners present, and the Vestry

was adjourned ‘until the sentiments of the Lord

Bishop (Dr. Saurin) be known concerning the same.'

On Saturday, October 7th, 1820, the gallery, pews,

etc., were sold by auction, and in the same month

the timbers of the roof and everything else saleable

were disposed of by auction. The proceeds of the

two sales amounted to £35 6s. 4d., and after the

expenses of pulling down the building, cost of sale,

etc., which amounted to £6 8s. 3d., there remained

a balance of only £28 18s. ld. This was applied to

the purchase of the present iron entrance gates of

the new Church and to the levelling of the ground

and planting of the trees which surround it. Some

portion of it was also spent in ‘the erecting of an

additional building to the stable for the purpose of

a school house.'

At the Auction the old pulpit became the property

of Charles Mooney, a Roman Catholic and public

house keeper in Edenderry, in whose yard it long

lay among the lumber. An aged parishioner, now

dead, often saw it there, and in his memory of

former days vainly vexed his soul at its desecration.


We offer our heartiest congratulations to Mr. and

Mrs. T. E. Maginnis on their recent marriage.

Mr. Maginnis occupied the important position of

Churchwarden last year, and has in many ways

helped us in the Parish. We believe we express the

feelings of all our readers in wishing Mr. and Mrs.

Maginnis much blessing and prosperity in their new

sphere of life.


The Rev. Principal Kingsmill Moore, D.D., will

preach in Seagoe Parish Church on Sunday, June

30th, at evening service. The Sermon will be in

aid of the Church of Ireland Training College,

Dublin. Dr. Moore is one of the most distinguished

leaders in educational matters in the Church.


Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Gilpin have returned from

the States, and are now living at Ballydonaghy.


George Porter has arrived safely in Queensland



A Conference of Church of Ireland Sunday School

Teachers will be held in Lurgan Parochial Hall, on

Saturday, June 29th, at 3-30. A large number of

the Seagoe Teachers will be present.


Sam Curry was the only competitor from Seagoe

in the great 26 mile race to Lurgan. He was well

to the front up to Hillsborough, when he had to

retire owing to a sprained knee.


The Bible Classes and Sunday Schools are all

increasing in numbers. We need some more Sunday

School Teachers.


Bishop Crozier, who is coming to Seagoe for the

Confirmation, was for many years Rector of

Holywood, near Belfast.


Improvements will be made in the School Buildings

during the holidays, which will render them most

efficient and up-to-date.


Our readers will to glad to read the following from

Captain Simmons, who did such good work in Seagoe

Parish. We wish him much success and blessing in

the King's work—

31, Albany Road, Windsor, Berkshire,

June 18th, 1907

Dear Friends,—On leaving the Training Home I was sent

to open up a new station for C.A. work near Hull, in Yorkshire.

I was booked for a three months' stay there, but stopped four,

as I liked the people very much.

I then got appointed to the Parish of Holy Trinity, where I am at present.

It was truly a change from “the frozen north to the sunny south"

as someone humorously put it though 1 confess the change was

not so noticeable as that.

My duties are many and varied, as I have to work amongst all classes

from the aristocracy to the Italian ice cream vendor; for though

it is the Royal Borough we have the different grades of society represented.

Our's is the Military Church, and is attended by the officers and men

of the Household Cavalry and Brigade of Guards.

The average congregation is about fourteen hundred; which fact in itself

conveys a fair idea what the work is like.

There is another C.A. officer working with me in the Parish, and

between us we manage to have a Barrack-room and two Mission Services

on Sundays, and Three Open-air Meetings weekly.

I think Windsor people, as a whole, are inclined for the gayer side of life,

and thus, one has to make the services as bright as possible in order to appeal

to their nature.

So far, we have succeeded in doing so, and have had blessings all along the line.

The experience thus gained through working amongst " all sorts and conditions

of men," and women—I met an Irishwoman the other day—is invaluable; and

the blessing of being a co-worker with Christ more than compensates for any

difficulties encountered.

Yours faithfully,



The Rector will be very glad to give Letters of Recommendation to any

who may be intending to leave the Parish for America or the Colonies.

Such letters may prove very useful, not only as proof of character,

but also, in keeping our Church emigrants in touch with the Church in

the places to which they go, abroad.


We know that copies of this Magazine go to all

parts of the world, and so we would like to say a few

words to those who are separated from us by many

thousands of miles. We hope that in the new land

to which you have gone you always remember in

your prayers God's work in the old Parish at home.

We trust that you will not forget to keep the Sabbath day holy.

Search out and enquire for the Church in your neighbourhood

where the old Prayer Book is used, and when you hear the familiar words

they will ' bring back to you the memory of the worship at home.

Try to get to know the clergyman of the Parish and ask him to give you some

Christian work to do. If you know of others from Seagoe who live near you

bring them also to the Church with you. The Rector would like very much

to hear from time to time from those who have gone abroad. Young men in

America and Canada should join the nearest branch of St. Andrew's Brotherhood.

It a widespread organisation for men in the American Church, and has branches



Miss Armstrong returns grateful thanks to all in Edenderry who so generously

helped her at the recent, Sale by contributions of Money and Work;

and her special thanks are due to the members of her Class, who so, cheerfully

subscribed for almost a year, and by so doing, raised over £12.

almost a year, and by so doing, raised over •212.


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