Seagoe Archives

June 1940


June 1940

Seagoe Parish Magazine.

JUNE, 1940


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

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

Lower Seagoe.



People's—J. R. REID.





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

to Newcastle.

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

Seagoe Church.

Girls—Tuesdays, in Seagoe

School, at 8 p.m.

Date of Confirmation Service:

FRIDAY, JULY 5th, at 8 p.m.


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.


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

Sunday School.

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.


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


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



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

Upper. (Privately.)


“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.


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.



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).


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.

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.

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


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