Seagoe Parish Magazine.
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.
THE BAZAAR AND FETE.
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.
OFFERTORIES FOR JUNE.
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
,, 23 – 4th S. £1.0.0 0.9.0
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 .
A NATIONAL SIN.
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.
QUESTIONS FOR TEACHERS.
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.)
OUR DAY SCHOOLS.
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."
EXCURSION TO DUBLIN.
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.
SUNDAY SCHOOL QUESTIONS—JULY 14th.
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?
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?
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
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?
SALE OF WORK.
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.
OLD SEAGOE NOTES.
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
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.
CAPTAIN SlMMONS, C.A.
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
ALBERT SIMMONS, C.A.
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.
TO FRIENDS 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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