Seagoe Parish Magazine
REV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Carrick-blacker Ave.
REV. W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,
People's—H. A. CATHCART.
THE CLERGY WILL ESTEEM IT A FAVOUR IF
IN CASES OF SICKNESS THEY ARE INFORMED
CALENDAR FOR JULY.
July 3rd—Third Sunday after Trinity.
10th—Fourth Sunday after Trinity.
Orange Anniversary Service
17th—Fifth Sunday after Trinity.
24th—Sixth Sunday after Trinity,
31st—Seventh Sunday after Trinity.
NEW RECTORY FUND.
We gratefully acknowledge the receipt of
The following amounts since our last issue: —
D. F. Stoops, M.P.S.N.I„ Margretta Park £20 0 0
Miss E. Webb, Clanrola 1 0 0
James Sands, Killicomaine Road 1 0 0
Mrs. D. Russell, Seagoe 5 0
Joseph Monroe, Levaghery 5 0 0
£27 0 0
Already acknowledged 326 2 3
£353 7 3
On Saturday, May 28, the Choirs from the
Following Parishes assembled in Seagoe Parish
Church for their annual Choral Festival: —Seagoe,
Shankill (Lurgan), Maralin, Gilford, Moira, Ardmore,
Ballynahinch, Donacloney, Aghalee, Dromore,
Dromara, Magherally, Seapatrick (Banbridge), and
Before the service a combined practice took place
at 3 p.m., the service took place at 4.30 p.m. Mr. S.
P. B. Smith, A.R.C.O., presided at the organ, and the
prayers were taken by the Rev. R. H. Kimber, M.A.,
of Belfast Cathedral. A very helpful and inspiring
address was given by the Rev. H. W. Rennison, M.A.,
Rector of Ballymascanlon, Co. Louth, on the "ministry
of a choir member," in which he stressed the importance
of Choristers realising the sacredness of their high
calling and the need for reverence, punctuality and
After the service the members of the Choirs adjourned
to the school for tea. Members of the Select Vestry, Choir
and C.L.B had met in the school the previous evening
and prepared the school to accommodate the visitors.
This was no easy task to seat about 350 people, but
thanks to the keenness of all concerned to make it a
success, all obstacles were overcome, and so on
Saturday afternoon everything was ready and the
huge crowd was comfortably seated and everything
passed without a hitch. Numerous comments were made
by members of the visiting Choirs testifying to the
excellence of the accommodation and arrangements
and so we feel that the trouble taken was well worth
while and was greatly appreciated.
We are deeply grateful to all who helped, also to
those who lent table clothes and sent milk, and especially
to Mr. M'Clements for the use of his lorry to collect and
return seats and tables from other halls.
We beg to acknowledge with thanks £1 from the
Rev. G. H. Daunt towards the Festival expenses,
The members of Seagoe Choir went by bus to
Portrush for their annual outing on Saturday, June
11. After a very pleasant journey Portrush was
reached about 11.15 a.m., and all assembled for lunch
at York House, where the needs of the body were
amply catered for. In spite of the inclement weather
all enjoyed themselves and arrived back about
All the necessary arrangements were made by Mr.
T. H. Wilson, organist, and the members of the Choir
are deeply indebted to him for his efforts; which ensure
such an excursion each year. We print below a statement
showing the financial state of the Choir Fund: -
To Balance in hand from 1937 £12 6 6
Rev. J. W. Appelbe 10 0
Miss Flannigan 10 0
Dynes Turkington 5 0
Tom Courtney 5 0
Mr. Gracey 5 0
£14 1 6
'Bus to Portrush £ 8 15 0
Dinners 4 6 0
Driver 0 5 0
Tips 0 5 0
Cleaning of Organ Loft 0 5 6
Subscription to C.L.B 0 5 0
£14 1 6
SUNDAY SCHOOL EXCURSION.
This annual event took place rather early this year
owing to circumstances over which we had no
control. The date originally was fixed for June 23, but
had to be changed to June 9. As these notes are being
written (June 23) we are able to compare the weather
and we are glad to note that the weather was much
better on June 9. All the children got to the train
dry, and the proverbial "Seagoe weather" was ours
except for a few showers in Warrenpoint during the
day. Nobody got wet as Warrenpoint and the surrounding
neighbourhood provided good sheltering places. The
usual excursions were made to the "Big Stone," and by
boat to Rostrevor. The catering was done very efficiently
by Messrs. Davison.
We were glad to see Mr. Andrew Costello with us,
his eightieth excursion, having missed only a few in
life when in U.S.A.
The numbers who travelled this year were much
less than in previous years and it is hard to account
for this—perhaps the early date, uncertainty of the
weather and other excursions in the same week were
against us. However, in spite of fewer numbers than
in previous years, and the fact that the 650 ordered
double ham sandwiches had to be paid for, we are
glad to say that the balance sheet appended shows a
credit balance in hand. Our Sunday Schools owe a
deep debt of gratitude to the Hon. Sec., Mr. Wm.
Hutchinson, for his indefatigable efforts on behalf of
the excursion and for his clear Statement of Accounts.
The date for next year's Sunday School excursion
has been provisionally fixed for the last Thursday in
June, when it is hoped to arrange it for Bangor.
SEAGOE PARISH SUNDAY SCHOOL EXCURSION.
Statement of Account,
To Balance from 1937 Excursion £0 1 8
262 Adult Railway Tickets 26 4 0
18 Tickets to Band and Caterers free
144 Adult Refreshment Tickets 7 4 0
299 Children's Rail and Refreshment 22 18 0
Total £56 7 8
By 466 Railway Tickets £27 3 8
Catering Account (Messrs. Davison) 27 0 0
Printing Account 0 17 0
Insurance of Children 0 12 6
Bill Posting Account 0 3 0
Tips 0 5 0
Postages 0 2 6
Total £56 3 8
To Balance on Hands £ 0 4 0
Wm. HUTCHINSON, Secretary.
R. M'CLEMENTS, Treasurer
C.L.B. AT THE PRIMATE'S ENTHRONEMENT.
The Most Reverend J. G. F. Day, D.D, was enthroned
as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, on Thursdays June 9,
at 3.30 p.m. A number of Seagoe Company of the C.L.B.,
accompanied by Captain E. Mitchell and the Rev. W. F.
Hayes, were present and joined with members of B.B.
and other C.L.B. Companies to form a guard of honour
for his Grace, who is keenly interested in the youth
organisations of the Church.
SEAGOE COMPANY CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE.
1938—Jan. 1. £ s d
To Cash on Hands 6 16 11
Dec. 31.—Members' Subscriptions 24 4 3
Deposits and alterations on Uniforms 2 14 11
'Bus fares received. 7 13 0
Sports 11 16 3
Concert 7 13 6
Social per Lady Helpers 4 18 5
Socials and Catering (Aug. 25, 1937) 28 19 6 ½
Company Inspection 5 3 0
Band Services 12 1 0
Members' Subscriptions to Presentation 1 3 0
Training Corps Camp Deposits 3 0 0
Football Team Receipts 0 13 9
Bank Interest 0 1 1
£126 19 0 ½
1937—Dec. 31 £ s d
By rent of Hall 9 2 0
Fee to General Head Quarters 15 6
Uniforms and Equipment 43 1 4
Band Instruments and upkeep 7 6 2
Travelling Expenses 12 2 1
Printing, Stationery and Postages 1 7 0
Repairs 0 5 6
Socials and Catering (Aug. 28, 1937) 21 19 0 ½
Wreaths 5 10 0
Purchases of Prizes 8 19 9
Refund Uniform Deposits and T.C.
Camp Deposits 4 15 0
Sundries 0 17 6
Indoor Recreation Equipment 6 2 4
Cash in Hand 4 15 10
£126 19 0 ½
I hereby certify the foregoing Account to be correct
according to the best of my knowledge and from
CHORAL FESTIVAL, MUSIC
On Sunday evening, June 19, at the evening service
the special music learnt for the recent Choral
Festival was rendered by the Choir. Mrs. Casey was
at the organ and the large congregation present
enjoyed hearing it. The hymns included one new one
from the appendix added to our Church Hymnal,
"For those we love within the veil." The words are
beautiful and the tune is a fine one.
The annual Orange Anniversary service will take
place in Seagoe Parish Church on Sunday, July 10,
at 7 p.m. The preacher will be Br. the Rev. J. R.
M'Donald, M.A., Rector of St. Matthew's Parish,
Belfast. The collection will be in aid of the Lord
Enniskillen Memorial Orphan Fund.
A pic-nic is being arranged for the members of
this organisation on Saturday, July 2, weather
permitting. All the members are asked to assemble at
Edenderry Parochial Hall at 2.30 p.m., when they
will be conveyed to the place where the pie-nic will
be held. In the event of rain Edenderry Parochial
Hall will be used instead.
The monthly meeting took place on Tuesday, June
14, in Seagoe School at 7.30 p.m. After tea a most
helpful address was given to the large number of
mothers present by Miss Hunter. The rector presided
and conveyed the best thanks of the members to
Miss Hunter for her address and kindness in coming.
There will be no meetings in July or August.
As we go to Press an excursion for the members is
being arranged for Thursday, 30th June, to Newcastle
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND BIBLE CLASS.
As is customary the various schools in the parish
will be closed down from July 3—August inclusive,
and will re-open on Sunday, August 14.
The men's Bible Class will close on June 26, and
will commence again on Sunday, August 14, at 10.15
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from
henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest
from their labours."
June I—Harrison Wilson, Lisniskey, aged 58 years.
June 14—John M'Neill, Killicomaine, aged 44 years.
We regret to have to record this month the decease
of two parishioners. Harrison Wilson belonged to a
very old Seagoe family, his call came very suddenly.
John M'Neall had been in failing health for some time
and he bore his trying illness patiently and with
Christian fortitude. To the bereaved we offer our
sincere sympathy and pray that God may comfort
and strengthen them in their sorrow.
THE STUDY OF THE BIBLE.
(From a recent broadcast by the Archbishop of York)
Two Methods of Study.
The study of the Bible by the individual ought to
be of two kinds. He should study it in order to learn
all that he can which may throw light on its meaning
—the circumstances which confronted the prophet
when he wrote or spoke the message which he
received, the state of mind in those whom he
addressed, and so forth. And then, having gained all
the illumination that he can, he should surrender his
mind and spirit to the book itself. Here once more
analogy of artistic appreciation is valid. We enjoy
great music or great poetry all the more if we
alternate between surrendering ourselves to it that it
may make its own impact upon us, and analysing it
critically so that we may see what materials the artist
employed and what use he made of them. But the
value of this analytical study resides almost entirely
in the fuller appreciation which it makes possible
when we return to the mood of pure receptivity.
It is the same with the Bible. The value of our study
of it, in the usual sense of the word 'study,' is chiefly
found in the apprehension that comes when we give
ourselves to the Spirit who speaks through the
printed word for Him to breathe His message into
From the student's point of view the Bible is
rather a library than a book. It consists of many
books, of widely varying types, date and purpose. But
for the devout reader it is a single book, whereof not
the many authors but the one guiding Spirit supplies
the secret. One subject is in view throughout— God
and His people. God is known through His dealings
with His people, and His people are called to live by
the knowledge of Him so received. Always the
dominant interest is the same—not to discover and
declare precisely what it was that happened, but to
trace in what happened the mind, the character, the
judgment, the purpose of the living God. This finds
its focus in the Gospel narrative when we read of
One in whom that mind, character, judgment and
purpose were perfectly expressed in a human life and
death. But even then, it was only to those who had
ears to hear that the truth was declared, only to those
who had eyes to see that the glory was manifested.
Others heard the words and saw the works; but it is
only of those whose hearts were prepared that St. John
could say: "We beheld His glory."
Here we find a characteristic of the whole Bible.
The arena of the divine revelation is history itself,
That is why what we call the historical books bulk so
large. The revelation is given, primarily, not in
propositions but in events. Yet it fails of its purpose as
revelation except so far as the prophet is enabled by
the illumination of the Holy Spirit to interpret the
event and read it in the light of God's character and
purpose. So, in the supreme moment, which is the
crown of revelation and the Criterion by which all
other revelation is to be tested, the revelation is
given in the Life, the Death, the Resurrection and
Ascension of Jesus Christ. But even this would have
failed in its purpose as revelation if there had been
none who could say truly: “We beheld His glory.”
For the completeness of effective revelation—of God's
disclosure of Himself to men—there must be both
the divinely guided event and the divinely illuminated
mind; in the coincidence of these two effective
revelation consists. This which is a pervasive
characteristic of the Bible itself is also characteristic
of the right to use it. The revelation of God is in one
sense contained in the Bible, but not in such sense
that whoever reads it receives the revelation. The
great reformers were always emphatic about this—
repeating in their own way what had been the
continuous belief of Christian people constantly
reinforced by experience. The Word of God, which
is Jesus Christ, speaks through the printed page to
those who read it with minds that are sensitive to
its utterance. For the word of God is not a lifeless
record but a living spiritual power.
If when the lens of the camera is opened there is
behind it not a photographic film or plate, but a
piece of looking glass, there will be for the moment
a very accurate reflection of the object in front of
the lens; but there will be no photograph. If there
is to be a photograph there must be a film or plate
which is sensitive to the rays of light. So too if we
read the Bible with alert minds but without spiritual
sympathy, we shall acquire precise knowledge about
it, but no knowledge of it. If we are truly to know it
what is required is that while we read the prophet's
record of the Word of the Lord that came to him,
the Word of the Lord should be heard in our own
souls. All knowledge about the Bible which we can
gain will help us towards this, but by itself such
knowledge cannot secure it. But that Word of the
Lord comes in its own way, to simpleton and scholar
alike if, as they read, their spirit can be such as to
say: 'Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth.'
A Dominant Influence.
In a world where views of life quite alien from that
of the Bible crowd upon us claiming attention, this
spiritual sympathy can only be acquired or maintained
by the use of all the aids at our disposal; by the regular
devout reading in the home; by study in classes and
circles in the parish; by systematic teaching in the
congregation; by the personal intimacy which is the
fruit of a lifetime's habit. It is not chiefly much time
on one occasion that is wanted, but the steady
recurrence to this Word of God day by day, so that
whatever other influences play upon life this is never
lacking; so it can become the dominant influence in
life. And because that Word of God which speaks
through it 'by divers portions and in divers manners'
is none other than Jesus Christ who is the Lord made
flesh, the result of our reading of the Bible is fellowship
with Him and through Him with the Father.
SERVICES—The PARISH CHURCH
HOLY COMMUNION—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 to 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 thank offering. (See Book of Common
MORNING PRAYER—Sundays and Chief Festivals,
12.30 a m.
EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 p m.
Hacknahay—Last Sunday of Month at 3-30 p.m.
Drumgor—Second Sunday of Month at 3 p.m.
Edenderry—Services as announced.
BIBLE CLASS FOR MEN in Edenderry on
Sundays at 10-15 a m.
SUNDAY SCHOOLS 10-30 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. R. Scott.
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 £l. 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.
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