Seagoe Parish Magazine.
REV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Seagoe Rectory.
REV. W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,
People's—J. R. REID.
THE CLERGY WILL DEEM IT A FAVOUR
IF IN CASES OF SICKNESS THEY ARE
CALENDAR FOR JUNE.
June 2nd—2nd Sunday after Trinity.
June 9th—3rd Sunday after Trinity.
Monthly Service in Drumgor at 3 p.m.
June 11th—St. Barnabas
Monthly Meeting of Mothers' Union at 7.30 p.m.
June 16th—4th Sunday after Trinity.
June 23rd—5th Sunday after Trinity.
Children's Day Service at
June 24th—St. John the Baptist
June 27th—Annual Sunday School Excursion
June 29th—St. Peter.
June 30th—6th Sunday after Trinity.
Monthly Service in Hacknahay at 3.30 p.m.
CLASSES—Boys—Sundays, at 3 p.m., in
Girls—Tuesdays, in Seagoe
School, at 8 p.m.
Date of Confirmation Service:
FRIDAY, JULY 5th, at 8 p.m.
THE LATE REV. G. H. DAUNT.
We had gone to Press last month before we learnt
of the death of the Reverend George Howe Daunt, who
since his retirement from the active ministry of the
Church had resided in this parish at two periods, first
some years ago in Knockmena and for the last two
years in Eden Crescent, Bridge St. He had reached
the great age of almost eighty-three, and to the end
he retained his mental faculties unimpaired, though
physically for some months he had been obliged to
take things easy. Mr. Daunt will be greatly missed
in this parish as he was most generous in responding
to any calls that were made for its welfare, and one
of his last acts was to give £4 for the new Rectory
Building Fund and £1 for the Church of Ireland Jews'
Society. Mr. Daunt was greatly loved and respected
by a wide circle of friends in this locality, where for
over forty years he was a familiar figure. During his
ministry in the neighbouring parish of Knocknamuckley,
with the co-operation of the parishioners, work of a
lasting character was affected, which will remain a
permanent memorial to his zeal and foresight. To know,
he was one of the humblest and kindliest of men, and
while health permitted, he was a regular worshipper
in our Parish Church.
On Sunday morning, April 28th, an appropriate
reference to his passing was made by the Rev W. F.
Hayes, and on that afternoon his mortal remains were
laid to rest in Knocknamuckley, where a very large
number of his former parishioners had assembled to
pay their last respects. An eloquent tribute to his
character and work was given by the Ven. W. R.
M. Orr, LL.D., who gave the funeral address.
ANNUAL CHILDREN'S DAY SERVICE.
On the Sunday preceding the annual Sunday School
Excursion, i.e., Sunday, June 23rd, the children
attending the nine Sunday Schools in our parish are
invited to attend a special service for them in the
Parish Church at 11.30 a.m., and it is hoped that, as
last year, there will be a full attendance from each
The special preacher at this Service will be the Rev.
T. E. Beacom, B.A., Curate-Assistant of Seapatrick,
The children will sit together in the two main aisles
and we feel sure the regular adult congregation will
not mind their accustomed seats being occupied for
one Sunday by the young people.
The monthly meeting took place in Seagoe School
on Tuesday, May 14th, at 7.30 p.m., when a very helpful
address was given by the Rev. W. G. Kerr, M.A.,
Rector of Mullabrack.
The next monthly meeting will be in Seagoe School
on Tuesday, June 11th, at 7.30 p.m., when Mrs. Sinton
has kindly promised to speak.
NEW RECTORY BUILDING FUND.
The Hon. Treas. for the above gratefully acknowledges
the receipt of the following subscriptions: -
Mrs. T. S Martin, Balteagh £1 0 0
Mr. J. Johnston, Bridge St. 0 2 6
Mrs. Vance, Bridge St. 5 0 0
The Late Rev. G. H. Daunt, Bridge St 4 0 0
£10 2 6
Already acknowledged 625 8 1
Total £635 10 7
SEAGOE PARISH CHOIR FUND.
The late Mr. T. H. Wilson had received the following
subscriptions for the above before his death. They are
hereby gratefully acknowledged: -
Lady Kelly 1 0 0
William Robinson, J.P. 1 0 0
Mr. T. Wilson 1 0 0
Mr. Sinton 1 0 0
Mr. Pettigrew 0 10 0
Mr. D. W. Thornton 0 10 0
Mr. Sidney Bright 0 10 0
Mr. Saml. Lutton 0 10 0
Mr. Hugh Ross 0 10 0
Major D. G. Shillington 0 10 0
Mr. William E. Greeves 0 10 0
Mr. George Johnston 0 10 0
Rev. G. Howe Daunt 0 10 0
Dr William Walker 0 10 0
Mr. John Montgomery 0 10 0
Mr. John Johnston 0 10 0
Mr. James Edgar 0 10 0
Mr. T. J. Hadden 0 10 0
Mrs. Dunlop 0 10 0
Miss Margaret Reid 0 5 0
Miss Matchett 0 5 0
Mrs. Vance 0 5 0
Mrs. Wilson 0 5 0
Miss Macoun 0 5 0
Mrs. Sherman 0 5 0
Miss Isobel Atkinson 0 5 0
Miss G. Atkinson 0 5 0
Mrs. Reid 0 5 0
Mr. Callendar Bullock 0 5 0
Mr. Thomas Cordner 0 5 0
Mr. Robert Chapman 0 5 0
Mr. Mr. Tom Hall 0 5 0
Mr. Forsythe, B.A. 0 3 0
Mr. John Lynass 0 2 6
£15 0 6
To Stationery and Postage 1 7 6
£13 13 0
Balance from previous year 6 10 0
£20 3 0
(The above amount has been lodged with the Hon.
Treas. of the Select Vestry and when the need arises
it will be available for the purpose for which it was
As we go to Press Seagoe Company are looking
forward to their annual Inspection and Display, which
will take place in the Parochial Hall, Edenderry, on
Thursday, 30th May, at 8 p.m. The inspecting officer
will be Lt -Col. S. Waring, D.C.M.
The Seagoe Company attended the Battalion Service
in St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, on Tuesday, May
14th. They also paraded with other local youth
organisations at the Empire Day Service in the First
Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 23rd, When
an address was given by the Rev. D. Porter, B.A., of
CARNE SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Owing to the pressure of home duties Mr. George
Wilson has felt obliged to relinquish his position as
Superintendent of this Sunday School, a position
which he filled with much acceptance. We regret his
inability to continue a work which he discharged
faithfully and we are grateful for his help in the past.
The Rector has appointed Mr. Alfred M'Loughlin
as Superintendent and he has very kindly undertaken
to act in this capacity. We extend a hearty welcome
to him and pray that he may have God's blessing and
that Carne may continue to prosper under his guidance.
Several families in our Parish have suffered
bereavement during the past month, and to them we
tender our sincere sympathy in their sorrow. Mrs Neill,
Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Innis had passed the allotted
span of "three-score years and ten"; Mrs. Williams
was called away comparatively early but she had
been in indifferent health for some time.
We have been thinking recently of the message of
the Ascension of Christ and we saw that one of the
many implications of this for the Christian is that it
helps us to look at the fact of death in a new light.
Did not our Saviour say "I go to prepare a place for
you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will
come again and receive you unto myself that where
I am, there may ye be also." St. Paul was re-echoing
the same thought when he wrote, "to depart is to be
with Christ which is far better"; for him, to be "absent
from the body" is " to be present with the Lord," and
so he could exclaim, "O death, where is thy sting?
O grave, where is thy victory." Our prayer for all who
mourn is that they may look at death as it is shown
in the light of the Life and Teaching and Resurrection
of our Lord Jesus Christ, and if they do this "they
will not sorrow as those who have no hope for them
that sleep in Him "
Let our motto be in the words of the poet: —
"If life be long, I will be glad
That I may long obey,
If short, yet why should I be sad
To soar to endless day.
My knowledge of that life is small,
The eye of faith is dim;
But 'tis enough that Christ knows all,
And I shall be with Him."
“Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid
not, for of such is the Kingdom of God."
May 1st—Kenneth, son of John and Mary Allen, 2,
Florence Court. (Privately).
May 5th—Margaret Rosabell Russell, daughter of
William John and Marjorie Anna Costello,
May 8th—Maureen, daughter of William and Norah
Florence Frazer, Mount Pleasant, Seagoe
“Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from
henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest
from their labours."
April 28th—The Reverend George Howe Daunt,
"Shaledene," Eden Crescent, Bridge St., in his
83rd year. (Interred in Knocknamuckley.)
May 4th—Sarah Neill, 255, Bridge Street, Portadown,
aged 76 years.
May 5th—Thomas Ewart, 2, Windsor Avenue, Limavady,
aged 49 years.
May 7th—Mary A. Wilson, Lisniskey, aged 73 years.
May 10th—Sarah Innis, Killicomaine, aged 76 years.
(Interred in Newmills, Co. Tyrone.)
May 13th—Mary Anne Williams, Drumgor, aged 53
JUNE: - Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens,
Messrs. J. Gee, T. Hall, Wm. White, D. Sherman.
Evening Prayer—Messrs. G. Wilson, D. Allen, H.
Ellis, Wm. Neill, R. M'Murray, J. M'Laughlin.
JULY: —Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens,
Messrs. C. S. A. Twinem, D. Allen, W. G Best, E.
Evening Prayer—Messrs. J. Walker, A. Kirk, Thos.
Gracey, T. Stanfield, W. H. Best, G. Nixon.
WHAT IS CONFIRMATION?
Seeing that there are about sixty of our young people
attending the classes in preparation for this Service it
would be fitting for us to consider its implications and
to try and see its meaning. The first important thing
to notice in answering this question: what is Confirmation,
is that it is not a matter of form, it stands for something
real and of vital importance in the spiritual life of the
individual. Those now being instructed are about to
ratify publicly at the Service on July 5th the promises
made for them at their Baptism. These promises were
three: — (l) That they would "renounce the Devil and
all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world
and all the sinful lusts of the flesh." This is all covered
by the one-word Repentance. (2) To believe all the
Articles of the Christian Faith. These essentials of our
Faith are summarised in the Apostles' Creed, which
affirms the Christian's attitude to the Unseen. The creed
states the fundamentals upon which we build our belief: —
the reality of God, who is our Heavenly Father, the
Creator of all things, visible and invisible; the truth of
the Incarnation, i.e., that God in Christ took upon
Himself our human nature and came down to this
world to live and to die and to rise again that we might
by His power be enabled to rise to new life and live as
God's children; the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit;
the fact of eternal judgment, the offer of God to forgive
us our sins for Christ's sake, the certainty of a life
beyond death. These foundation truths revealed to us
in the Bible are enshrined in the Creed. Correct belief
about spiritual realities is vital for the Christian. There
is abroad a mistaken notion which implies something
like this: — It doesn't matter about belief, don't bother
about creeds, just do what is right and all will be well";
but we cannot act rightly unless we believe correctly;
"take heed to thyself and to the doctrine is a New
Testament admonition; conduct is the outcome of
belief. Hence the second baptismal promise of faith,
it is more than giving mental assent to credal statements,
it is living a life by God's help in the light of these
realities, it is our response to the pull of the Unseen.
(3) To keep God's holy will and commandments and
walk in the same all the days of my life. In one word
at our baptism we were pledged to obedience God
expects from us "the fruits of the Spirit." What we
profess with our lips by His grace we must show forth
in our lives. The Bible makes it quite plain what God's
will for us is, what His commandments are.
On their confirmation day the candidates will
solemnly renew these promises that by God's grace
they will henceforth renounce what is sinful; believe
what is true and do what is right. This brings out
the fact that confirmation is in a very real sense the
completion of our baptism, for it marks the willing
and glad surrender of those confirmed to God as their
Father, Redeemer and Sanctifier. They are not
ashamed or afraid to proclaim themselves soldiers of
the King of Kings, enlisting in His service for their
whole life. Our young people are being confirmed
because they wish to implement their baptism.
Confirmation is a Bible ordinance, and because our
Church neglects nothing that the New Testament teaches,
this rite occupies a place of foremost importance in its
economy. The Bible stresses it both by precept and by
example. In the Epistle to the Hebrews, chap. vi: 1, 2
the writer speaks of certain things, which he calls the
foundations of the doctrine of Christ, or in other words
of the Christian religion. We need not be reminded of
the importance of the foundation, unless it is secure
and laid firm, the building will not be safe. Here in
this world we are set to build our Christian lives.
The Apostle gives six of these foundations: —
Repentance, Faith, Baptism, Laying on of Hands,
the Resurrection of the Dead, and Eternal Judgment.
Two of these are states of mind, Repentance and Faith;
two are things to be done, Baptism and Laying on of
Hands or Confirmation; two are truths to be believed,
the Resurrection and the Judgment. They are all of
them called foundations. They are all equally important.
We cannot pick and choose, and say this foundation must
form part of our religion, but we can do without that one.
In the Acts of the Apostles we are told what the first
Christians did. In the eighth chapter, verse 1, it is related
that, owing to persecution, the Christians were driven
from Jerusalem and scattered through different places.
Among them was Philip, who had been ordained by the
Apostles (chap. vi: 5, 6). He came in his travels to
Samaria and there preached Christ to the people (chap.
viii, v. 5). The result of his preaching was that many
who heard him believed, and were baptized, both men
and women. This was not all, for in verse 17 we read
that hands were laid on those who had been baptized,
i.e., they were confirmed. A similar action is recorded
in Acts, chap. xix. Paul came to Ephesus and found
some disciples or followers of the Christians who had
not been baptized. They were baptized and after that
the Apostle laid his hands on them, they were confirmed.
It is interesting to notice how the Confirmation service
in the Prayer Book resembles the practice of the early
Christians. (1) The title in the Prayer Book is "The order
for Confirmation, or Laying on of Hands." 2) As in New
Testament days it comes after Baptism. (3) Those who
confirmed were the chief ministers of the Church. In
the Acts only the Apostles did so; Philip was a deacon
and they sent two of their number from Jerusalem to
Samaria to lay their hands on the believing baptized
Christians. In our Church, only the Bishop performs
the ceremony, as he is the chief officer in the Church
to-day. (4) It is a great service of prayer and self-dedication.
God always answers the earnest prayers of His children.
Did Christ not once say, "If ye, then, being evil, know
how to give good gifts unto your children, how much
more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to
them that ask Him?” We believe that God never changes
and that just as of old, so in these days, He gives His Holy
Spirit, in answer to earnest prayer.
A lot more could be said about the importance and
necessity of Confirmation, there is nothing mechanical
or formal about it and if our young people approach it
in a spirit of faith and prayer it may mark a turning
point in their lives and mean for them a deeper realisation
of what being a Christian means. Let us pray for
them at this time that they may "receive power from
on High and may continue Christ's faithful soldiers
and servants until their lives end.
SUNDAY SCHOOL EXCURSION, JUNE 27th.
A further meeting of S.S. Teachers and Superintendents
was held in Seagoe School on May 8th, the Rector
presiding. Having received information that the
other Sunday Schools in the town were having their
excursions as usual, the committee decided to rescind
their previous decision of an "outing at home," and
proceeded to arrange their excursion on the usual lines.
The venue selected was Newcastle, and the date,
Thursday, 27th June, and it was also agreed that the
Parish of Ardmore should be invited to join our numbers.
It gave great satisfaction to the committee to learn
from their secretary that there would be no increase
in railway or catering charges. The details are
as follows: —Children 2/6 (including refreshments)
Adults, 2/6 rail fare, and 1/- for refreshments. Adults'
are requested to note that no half refreshment tickets
will be issued this year. There will be the usual brief
service at the Church, where the children will assemble
prior to the excursion, at 8.30 a.m. It is a matter of
regret to know that no band will be available as most
of its members are serving in some part of His Majesty's
Forces. The train will leave Portadown at 9.45 a m.,
returning from Newcastle at 7.45 p.m. A special appeal
is made to the parishioners to support the Excursion in
every way possible. Let the Parish make it "their day,"
and as railway and refreshment tickets are now on sale,
let the slogan be. “Buy early, and buy often," don't wait
until the morning of the Excursion for your ticket. The
annual Sunday School Church Service, which was such
a success last year, will be held on Sunday, 23rd June,
at 11.30 a.m. It will be conducted in the form of Morning
Prayer, with perhaps the addition of "Deity towards
God," after the "Creed." It is hoped that two young
people may read the Lessons, and others take up the
offering. The Rector has promised if possible, to secure
a suitable young people's preacher. It is hoped to place
the form of Service in the hands of each Sunday
School Superintendent at an early date, so that the
children will be well versed in the Service beforehand.
Another meeting of the Excursion Committee will be
held on Thursday, 13th June, at 8 p.m., in Seagoe
School. A full attendance of representatives is
requested. — WM. HUTCHINSON (Hon. Secretary).
SERVICES—THE PARISH CHURCH.
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
MORNING PRAYER—Sundays and Chief Festivals,
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.
SEAGO 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.
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