Seagoe Archives

July 1941


July 1941

Seagoe Parish Magazine.

JULY, 1941


KEV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Seagoe Rectory.

REV. W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,

Lower Seagoe.








July 6th—4th Sunday after Trinity.

Orange Anniversary Service at 7 p.m.

July 13th—5th Sunday after Trinity.

July 17th—Meeting of Mothers' Union at the Rectory, 3.30 p.m.

July 20th—6th Sunday after Trinity.

July 25th—St. James.

July 27th—7th Sunday after Trinity.



Bishop's Appeal to Clergy, Churchwardens and People.

My Dear Friends,—Our losses, as a Church, consequent

on the recent air raids, have been particularly

heavy—Churches, Church Halls, Parochial Halls,

rectories or clergy dwelling houses have been damaged,

some completely, some seriously, some slightly. Those

losses, so far, have been in Belfast. But more serious

is the fact that several thousands of our people—not

a few now unemployed—have had to leave their homes

and their parishes. Thus our Church work in the

City has been largely disorganised, at least for a

time. To repair, in a material way, the damage which

has resulted would demand a very large sum of money.

At the recent meeting of the General Synod much

sympathy was manifested, while a resolution which

was passed unanimously suggested that collections

should be made, wherever possible, for the relief of a

Church sorely stricken. But obviously our own

responsibility will be greatest. I am now venturing to

ask that something should be attempted forthwith in

everyone of our parishes in the United Diocese so that

as a result there may be available help towards the

restoration or maintenance of such Churches and

Church buildings as, with knowledge of the facts,

may be advised by competent authorities. This might

be done through collections on a particular Sunday, or

through efforts lasting for a number of weeks, or, as

has been advised, through penny a week offerings over

the space of a year given by families or individuals in

addition to their ordinary Church contributions.

Some, too, may be able to give larger sums straight

on. The particular methods of helping I do not now

recommend. They, of course, may well differ in

different places and for different persons. What I do

urge is that the crisis should be recognised as a very

serious one and should be faced by all without delay.

The Archdeacons and Rural Deans and other

representative persons will organise efforts in every part

of the United Diocese, and a Committee, with the

Bishop as Chairman, will act in an advisory and

administrative capacity. What I am certain of is that

our people will do their part and do it well. They

have never failed hitherto and they will not fail now.

The Church is of God. We shall work for it and give

to it. No wind that blows shall ever kill the tree God

plants. In this faith let us put our strength into

positive, constructive tasks so that God may be

glorified and the work of His Church maintained.—

I am, yours sincerely,


P.S.—Assistance much appreciated has been given

already, and particulars will be published at an early

date. Help or promises of help will be thankfully

received by the Secretaries of the Diocesan Council

Clarence Place, Belfast.

We print the above, which was read at the Morning

Service on June 22nd, as it brings to our notice a

very pressing need of the Church in Belfast. As a

result of recent air raids not only are churches, church

halls, etc., destroyed or damaged, but there has been

a dispersal of a large number of Church people by

evacuation to safer areas. This has thrown a very

heavy burden on some parishes, which depend almost

solely on their weekly collections and free will envelope

offerings for the maintenance of their various activities.

Because of this disorganisation some of these

parishes cannot meet their financial obligations

without temporary help. Here is an opportunity for

us to help and to give proof of our true Christian

brotherliness by helping as far as we can, those, who

through no fault of their own find themselves in great


It should be clearly understood that the War Damage

Insurance Scheme will not meet the needs of the

case and so it would be misleading to make this an

excuse for not trying to help. An obvious example of

this is the consequent falling off of parochial revenue

when parishioners are evacuated, and many of the city

Churches have no endowments upon which to fall


With the approval of the Select Vestry, on Sunday,

September 7th, there will be a retiring collection at

both services for this most worthy object. Put your

contribution in an envelope and it will be

acknowleged in the October issue of this Magazine.


The annual Orange Anniversary Service will take

place on Sunday, July 6th, at 7 p.m., when the

preacher will be the Rev. Canon M'Tighe, M.A., LL.D.,

Rector of Lisbellaw and Prebendary of Donaghmore

in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. The collection will

be in aid of the Lord Enniskillen Memorial Orphan



Before this issue appears in print the annual Young

People's Service will have taken place on Sunday,

June 29th, at 11.30 a.m., when the preacher will be

the Rev. G. A Guthrie, B.A., of Ardmore.

The Sunday Schools throughout the parish will

remain closed for July and August and will reopen

again on Sunday, September 7th. During this period

parents are earnestly requested to encourage their

children to attend the Church Services. The most

effective way of doing this is not by staying away

yourself and then expecting your children to do what

you yourself are not prepared to do. Here, as elsewhere,

example is better than precept; bring your

children along with you to God's House on Sundays.

Already some of our Sunday Schools have

implemented their promise to try and make up for the

abandonment of the annual excursion to the seaside,

by organising an evening's entertainment. At Drumgor

on Wednesday, June 25th, a most enjoyable evening

was spent in a field adjoining the school, kindly

lent for the occasion by Mr. J. G. Gracey, J.P. The

weather was ideal for the various competitions and

games, which provoked keen rivalry amongst the

competitors. A sumptuous tea, distribution of prizes and

games indoors brought a very happy evening to a


Similar functions have been arranged for Edenderry

morning and afternoon Sunday Schools and Hacknahay

on Saturday, July 5th. Bocombra for the end

of August. The superintendents and teachers of

Levaghery, Seagoe and Came are taking steps to

promote entertainments of a corresponding nature

in the near future.


There was a splendid attendance of members at

the June meeting, when an inspiring address was

given by the Rev. C. C. Browne, Curate assistant of

St. Mark's, Portadown, on the ideals and opportunities

of the Mothers' Union in our present day world.

The next meeting will take place at the Rectory on

Thursday, July 17th, at 3.30 p.m.


Seagoe C.E. Society had a visit from Mr. N. Hamilton,

organist of the Parish Church, on Monday, June

16th. He gave an inspiring address, the theme of

which was Separation and Humility. He based hi3

remarks on St. James, chap. 1, verse 27., and Showed,

using Bible characters as examples, the importance

for the Christian in keeping himself separate from

the world. He also spoke of the need for practising

humility in our lives, a lesson very forcibly taught by

Christ Himself when He washed His disciples' feet.

Miss N. K. Montgomery and Miss M. Best rendered

solos, accompanied by Mr. Hamilton on the piano.

Mr. D. Allen acted as chairman—(R. G. M'M.)


The Hon. Treasurer for the above gratefully

acknowledges the receipt of the following subscriptions:

Miss Dawson, Edward St. £5 0 0

The Misses N. K. and N. Montgmoery,

Thomas St. £10 0 0





To Balance £4 9 11

Collections 6 6 2

Allowance on returned Tickets 0 3 2

Subscriptions 0 17 4 ½

Harvest Service Collections 2 9 4 ½

Foreign Mission Collections £0 9 2

Collections for S.A.M. Society:

March 31st 0 3 3

June 23rd 0 3 1

September 29th 0 3 2

December 29th 0 3 3

1 11 11

_______________ £15 17 11


To Balance, C/D. £4 1 10 ½

Expenses. Cr

By Coal Account £1 3 8

Oil Account 0 6 2

Stationery 0 1 5

Roll Books 0 1 7 ½

Annual Social—Catering Account 1 9 6

Prize Account 1 4 9

W. H. Best's Account 0 2 6

Messrs. J. G. M'Cann's Account 1 5 0

Excursion Tickets 4 9 6

Subscription to Foreign Missions 0 19 2

S.A.M. Society 0 12 9

Balance 4 1 10 ½


£14 5 10

T. E. STANFIELD, supt.



Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs. G.

Leake, J. Gee, H. Ellis, W. H. Best.

Evening Prayer—Messrs. A. Kirk, Thos. Stanfield,

Wm. Hewitt, Wm. Neill, Geo. Nixon.


We regret to have to record the passing of three

parishioners during the past month. Mary Elizabeth

White was called to be with Him, who said

" Suffer little children to come unto Me," after a few

days' illness. Sarah Jane Gregson had been in failing

health for some time; she bore her increasing

weakness with courage. Ellen Best had reached a great

age and for some time past had been a patient in

Lurgan Hospital.

To the bereaved we extend our sincere sympathy

and pray that God may sustain and comfort them

in their sorrow.


" Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid

them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God."

June 1st—David Henry Nelson, son of Joseph and

Anna Georgina Hill, 11, Century Street, Portadown.

June Ist—lsobel, daughter of Robert and Sarah Uprichard, Drumgor.

June 15th—David Alexander, son of Samuel Robert

and Elizabeth Phillips, Drumnacanvey, Portadown.


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

12th June—Thomas Kerr, 26 Coronation Street, Portadown,

and Sarah Levina Hoy, Lylo, Portadown.


" Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from

henceforth, yea. saith the Spirit, that they may rest

from their labours."

21st May—Mary Elizabeth White, Seagoe, aged 10 months.

1st June—Sarah Jane Gregson, Drumgor, aged 69 years. (Interred in Shankill.)

14th June—Ellen Best, late of Lylo, aged 86 years.

21st June—Robert J. Ballantine, Thomas Street, Portadown, aged 27 years.

21st June—William J. Creaney, 36, Carrickdale Gardens, Portadown, aged 25 years.


(From C.M.S. Outlook.)


I.—Personal Experiences.

We are often asked what is happening to the

Church in these days of upheaval for China's

millions. I should like to give two pictures, small

illustrations of big things that are typical of the life

and growth among Christians today.

The first comes from Canton, under Japanese

occupation. The Christian leaders were the only

leaders who stayed by their people during the

invasion and through the difficult days that followed.

They are still there, carrying on under appalling

conditions, and witnessing by their faith and courage

to the victory that is in Christ.

Today in Canton the churches are still feeding

about 20,000 destitute people every day, in a city

where many still die of starvation in the streets.

Attached to one of these churches is a clinic for the

poor. Here a young Chinese woman doctor used to

minister to the sick bodies of the destitute. One

afternoon a Japanese soldier came to the clinic. The

Chinese girl, with the same grace and gentleness with

which she treated her own people, bent down and

bound up the foot of the injured soldier. Christ

said: " Love your enemies. . . .do good “

The second picture is a very different one. Hundreds

of miles from Canton, in a village temple in

the hills of West Yunnan a crowd of students have

gathered one Sunday morning to worship God. They

have come from many parts of China, uprooted from

their homes, driven from their schools and colleges by

Japanese invasion, but carrying on their studies with

that indomitable spirit that is characteristic of

China to-day.

With no chapel for Christian worship the students

are using a temple, where the large, painted plaster

idols stand as reminders of a people's hunger for God.

In the temple stands an altar and on it is a cross.

The temple is decorated. It is a very special occasion.

Two young girls from the village are witnessing to

their new-found faith in Christ, and being welcomed

into the family of His Church through baptism.

They are the first to be baptized from the village, and

it is through the love and friendship and witness of

Christian students who are refugees that they have

been brought to Christ.

Man's misfortune becomes God's opportunity.

These are great days for the Church in China and

for us in England. Let us remember that God can

use these days of suffering to His glory and the

building up of His Kingdom on earth.


ll.—New Year Evangelism.

The Rev. H. A. Maxwell reports that special efforts

at the Chinese New Year met with most encouraging

response in Szechwan. Larger numbers of people

came for Christian teaching. At Mienyang a Bible

School was organised for students from Shantung

now in the city.

As a result some sixteen have definitely

accepted Christ as their Saviour and are now

trying to bring in other students. Some of these

students actually gave up one or the two very scanty

meals in the day on which they manage to live in

order to be present at the meetings. Mr. Maxwell

says: " There is no doubt about the deep work of the

Holy Spirit done there."


Eight years ago a Chinese Christian in Shanghai

asked a friend this question: " Why do we Christians

not have a broadcasting station of our own?" The

answer followed in a few months in the opening of

the Shanghai Christian Broadcasting station.

In 1938 two Chinese met in Chicago, one of them

the man who had been asked this question in Shanghai.

Now he was faced with another: " Why do we

not have a chain of broadcasting stations in different

provinces of China to multiply the blessings of the

Shanghai station ? This started a new line of

thought, and a scheme has been prepared for the

opening of sixteen stations in the chief cities of China

and one on the island of Manilla as soon as war and

other conditions permit. At least four of these

proposed stations would be in free China, and could

be equipped when the necessary funds and the technical

experts are available. An appeal is being made

in America for missionary recruits with this special


The opportunity.

It is estimated that eighty, per cent. of the people

of China are unable to read. But there are already

some one and a half million wireless receiving sets

by which vast numbers could hear the good news of

Christ if instead of the one Christian broadcasting

station at Shanghai there was, say, one in each province.

On all hands there is evidence of the readiness

among Chinese of all ages and types to listen to the

Gospel, and a leaflet about the Shanghai broadcasting

station give instances of conversion known to be due

to the wireless talks.

A young Chinese girl was driven from home by her

father because she had become a Christian. But in

short time he wanted to know more about

this strange enticing power," and secretly tuned to

Shanghai. Within two months the love of Christ had won

him and his whole family. A family of four came to a

church to ask for baptism because they had received

the Gospel as they heard it broadcast. Medical advice

is one item on the daily programme, and one man

who listened to this went on to seek the deeper healing

of which one of the speakers told.

This enterprise which is so full of promise for the

future is under the control of a Chinese board of

directors, who include such well known men as Dr. T.

Z. Koo and Dr. W. Y. Chen, secretary of the National

Christian Council. The Shanghai station was opened

by Madame Chiang Kaishek.






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HOLY COMMUNION —1st Sunday after Morning

Prayer; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief Festivals

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 Prayer.)

MORNING PRAYER— Sundays and Chief Festivals,

11.30 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—Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Oct—Easter.


BIBLE CLASSES FOR MEN in Edenderry on Sundays at 10.15 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOLS —10.15 a.m. Edenderry Parochial

Hall and Seagoe School. 3 p.m. Seagoe, Edenderry

Parochial Hall, Levaghery, Hacknahay, Carne, Drumgor, Bocombra

MOTHERS' UNION —2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m.

CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE in the Parochial Hall on Tuesdays.

GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School on Mondays at 8 p.m. as announced

G.F.S. Candidates - Oct. – Easter, Edenderry Parochial Hall, Saturdays at 3 p.m.

SEAGOE CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR SOCIETY – Mondays, Orange Hall, 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. Licences are issued by Ven. Archdeacon Hannon, the 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 £1, 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.

A copy of the Magazine will be sent by post to any subscriber for 3/- per annum.


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