Seagoe Parish Magazine.
REV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Carrickblacker 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 JUNE.
June 3rd—Excursion Committee Meeting at 8.30 p.m.
in Seagoe School.
,, 5th—Whit Sunday.
C.L.B. Parade at 7 p.m.
,, 9th—Sunday School Excursion to Warrenpoint.
,, 11th—Choir Outing to Portrush.
,, 12th—Trinity Sunday. Holy Communion 11.30 a.m.
,, 14th—Mothers' Union Meeting at 7.30 p.m.
,, 19th—1st Sunday after Trinity.
,, 24th—St. John Baptist.
,, 26th—2nd Sunday after Trinity.
Somme Anniversary Service
,, 29th—St. Peter.
C.L.B. Annual Sports.
THE NEW RECTORY.
The Select Vestry, at a special meeting held on
Wednesday, May 25th, accepted the tender of Mr. T.
Gray for £2,095, subject to the approval of the
Diocesan Glebe's Committee and the Representative
Church Body (This price includes making of carriageway,
entrance gates, etc., and the house when completed will
be one of which the Parish may justly be proud. The
above-mentioned figure is significant and more than
justifies the course adopted by the Vestry to solve the
problem of a rectory; indeed, it is plain now that to have
persisted in patching the old one would have been sheer
folly, for it would have taken anything from £1,250 to
£1,500 to modernize it, and this was a very moderate
estimate. It would not have been a satisfactory solution,
but rather shirking the problem at a very heavy expenditure.
The subscriptions received up-to-date will just buy the site,
and there is a little over £1,000 standing to our credit in
the hands of the Rep. Church Body. This means that,
roughly speaking, £1,200 must still be found. We hope
to be able to borrow £1,000 from the R.B., repayable
over a 30-year term. The five-year plan which is now
in action will, it is hoped, enable us to clear off a
considerable part of the capital debt standing against us
as well as meeting the annual interest on the loan.
The majority of the parishioners have made a very
encouraging response to this five-year plan appeal.
We hope that those who promised will see to it that
the Vestry's confidence in their support has not been
misplaced. Now that the project is taking shape before
our eyes we hope it will be an inspiration to every
parishioner to do his or her bit. No one is expected
to give more than they can afford, but if every
parishioner contributed regularly for the next
five years the whole debt would be almost wiped out.
There is another way in which the Select Vestry
could be helped considerably, viz., anyone knowing of
old Seagoe parishioners at home or abroad who would
be likely to subscribe should send their names and
addresses to the Rector, when a special appeal letter
will be sent to them; or if you have friends, to whom
you would like to write yourself, the Rector or any
member of the Select Vestry will be able to give you
as many appeal letters as you may need. This letter
is now being printed and will be ready on June 1st.
There must be many friends of Seagoe elsewhere, who
if asked, would be only too glad to help us and to
have a share in what is for us a big and difficult task.
RECTORY BUILDING FUND.
The following subscriptions are gratefully acknowledged:
William Hall, Seagoe Lower £0 10 0
Mr. Jack Williamson, Levaghery Gardens 0 10 0
R. M'Cormick, 6. Collendale Tce. 0 5 0
R. H. Best & family, Goban Cottage 1 0 0
T. H. Hall, Seagoe Upper 2 0 0
T. J. Montgomery & family, 6, Mountpleasant 0 2 6
James Reid, Seagoe Upper 0 2 6
John Mitchell, 23, Seafield 0 10 0
George Leake, 26, Seafield 1 0 0
H. A. Cathcart, Seafield 1 0 0
David M'Kane, Ballymacrandle 0 5 0
S. Geo. M'Nei11, Ballymacrandle 0 5 0
William Curry, Drumlisnagrilly 0 10 0
Nicholas Campbell, Knock 2 0 0
Robert Nixon, Knock 0 10 0
T. E. Maginess, Breagh 5 0 0
Alfred Magee, Ballynaghy 0 3 9
David Campbell, Knock 1 0 0
Frank Metcalfe, Seagoe Lower 0 12 0
Mrs. Lewie, Levaghery 5 0 0
22 5 9
Previously acknowledged £303 16 6
£326 2 3
SEAGOE SUNDAY SCHOOL EXCURSION, JUNE 9th.
A further meeting of Superintendents and teachers
was held in Seagoe School on May 19th to make
detailed arrangements for the Excursion. The Rector
presided. Three tenders were submitted for catering,
and that of Messrs. Davison, Portadown, was accepted.
This year both adults and children are assured of two
splendid meals. In the morning there will be two ham
sandwiches and two fine pastries, and in the evening
three fine pastries. The train will leave Portadown
on the morning of the Excursion at 9.50 a.m., returning
from Warrenpoint at 8.30 p.m. Seagoe C.L.B.
Band is being asked to lead the procession. The
railway tickets are 2/- each; adult refreshment tickets
1/- each (two meals). These are now on sale and can
be purchased from Superintendents of Sunday Schools,
and from Mrs. Jas. Vance, Mr. John Dermott, Mr. J.
H. Twinem, Mrs. Preston, Miss Agnes Guy, Mr. Ernest
Gibson, and Mr. Willie Neill. A further meeting of
Committee will be held on June 3rd to make final
arraignments. It is anticipated that the children will
receive their tickets in the various Sunday Schools on
Wednesday, 8th June. We understand that Seagoe
is the first Sunday School Excursion of the year. We
hope the parishioners will bear this in mind and rally
around in large numbers to make it a success. — (W.H.)
IRISH C.E. CONVENTION, PORTADOWN, 16th—19th
May we appeal through the pages of this Magazine
to all its readers for help and assistance on the matter
of hospitality during the above Convention period. At
that time in Portadown there will be gathered about
300 C.E. delegates from all parts of Ireland. For these
housing accommodation has to be found, particulars
of which are as follows.
Saturday, 17th September—Supper.
Sunday, 18th September—All meals.
Monday, 19th September—Breakfast and Supper.
Tuesday, 20th September—Breakfast.
It is to be understood that sleeping accommodation
is included. Offers of hospitality will be gratefully
welcomed by the Hospitality Convener, Mr. W. J.
Green, " Mirok," Portadown, or the Convention
Secretary, Mr. Wm. Hutchinson, 27, Railway Street,
This annual Service will be held on Sunday, June
26th, at 11.30 a.m., and it is hoped that the members
of the local branch of the British Legion will parade.
The collection will be in aid of the Earl Haig Poppy
Day Fund for disabled ex-servicemen.
The preacher will be the Very Rev. R. C. H. G. Elliott,
M.A., Dean of Down.
EDENDERRY SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS.
To Proceeds from Shamrock Tea £15 9 6
Cash in hands from 1937 0 15 11
£16 14 11
By Morning Prizes £3 6 5
Afternoon Prizes 5 2 9
Invitation Cards and Roll Book 0 5 6
Catering for children 2 12 0
Gas 0 1 0
Tea and Sugar 0 10 0
Hire of Hall 0 10 0
Balance 4 7 3
£16 14 11
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 14th, in
Seagoe School at 7.30 p.m. The speaker will be Miss
M. Hunter. The following is the result of the Missionary
boxes given out at a meeting last year, for the Educational
and Medical Auxiliary of the C. of I. Jews' Society, and £l
has been sent by Mrs. Metcalfe to the Society. Boxholders: -
Mrs. Appelbe £0 10 0
Mrs. J. H. Twinem 0 2 6
Mrs. M'Cormack 0 2 6
Mrs. Sherman 0 2 3
Mrs. Metcalfe 0 2 8
The monthly meeting was held in Seagoe School on
Tuesday, May 10th, at 8 p.m. It took the form of a
social gathering. Mrs. M'Clure and over thirty members
of the Tartaraghan Branch were the guests of the Seagoe
Mothers. The Rev. W. F. Hayes was present and
welcomed the visitors. After tea, a pleasing programme
of recitations, sketches and songs was rendered. At the
close Mrs. M'Clure expressed the gratitude of the visitors
for a very enjoyable evening. Mrs. J. H. Twinem, on
behalf of the Seagoe Union. suitably replied.
The members of St. Mark's C.E. Society visited
Seagoe on Monday evening, April 4th, to conduct the
meeting and were cordially welcomed by the President
of Seagoe C.E. (Miss Nellie Montgomery).
The devotional meeting was of a deeply spiritual
nature and was presided over by Mr. C. Hunniford
(vice-president of St. Mark's). Mr. S. Hill led in
prayer, and the Secretary (Mr. E. M'Cann) read a
portion of Scripture.
Many members availed themselves of the opportunity
of telling how and when they accepted Jesus Christ
as their own personal Saviour.
A very enjoyable tea was provided after which Mr.
J. Dermott and Mr. Harry Hynes spoke on what C.E.
meant to them.
Thanks and good wishes were extended to each
Society, and the meeting closed with the Benedictions—
A social evening was held on Thursday, April 28th.
In the unavoidable absence of the Rector and the
Rev. W. F. Hayes, Mr. Wilson, organist presided. After
tea, games were played and enjoyed by all present.
During the proceedings the opportunity was taken of
giving Mr. Harold Watson a dressing set on his leaving
the choir to take up a position in Clogher, as a token
of the good wishes and appreciation of his fellow choir
members for his services to the choir. Mr. Watson
was a regular attender and he carries with him to
his new post the best wishes of all who knew him.
One of the delightful features of our Sunday Services
in Seagoe Church is the reverent atmosphere which
pervades the service. This is only as it should be and
goes a long way in promoting a spirit of worship. Of
late this reverent tone was in danger of being spoilt
by a too hurried rush out when the service ended. The
suggestion made by the Select Vestry that the congregation
remain in their seats until the churchwardens and clergy
have retired to the vestry is being carried out by the
congregation and all agree that it is a decided improvement
and prevents from being spoilt what is an inspiring service.
We regret to have to chronicle the passing of two
Parishioners in this issue of our Magazine, both of
whom passed away in Lurgan Hospital. Mrs. Fawcett
had been very poorly for some time. Mr. Webb had
a serious operation and complications developed. To
the bereaved we express our deep sympathy and we
pray that He Who is "the Resurrection and the Life"
may comfort and strengthen them in their sorrow.
SEAGOE SUNDAY SCHOOL.
(Morning and Afternoon.
STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS, YEARS 1937-38.
Daffodil Tea, 1937 £ 5 6 9
Jumble sale, 1938 10 0 0
Dr. Walker Donation 4 0 0
£19 6 9
Prizes, 1937 £4 14 6
Prizes, 1938 7 1 9
Catering, 1937 1 14 7
Catering, 1938 2 10 8
Jumble Sale Expenses: —
Hire of Hall 0 10 0
Printing 0 7 6
Balance in hand 2 7 6
£19 6 9
Credit balance as shown above 2 7 9
Specially collected by Miss Matchett for
Seagoe Afternoon 3 0 0
Total in hand £ 5 7 9
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY (IRISH
A sum of £4 has been sent to the above-named
Society's Belfast Office from this parish, made up as
Donation from Men's Bible Class £2 0 0
Part of proceeds of Miss Ashdown's play, 2 0 0
£4 0 0
We append financial statement showing result of
the "Radio Seagoe" Concert organised and produced
by Miss D. Ashdown for Edenderry Parochial Hall.
Tickets sold £5 17 3
Hire of piano 0 15 0
Printing, etc. 0 15 3
Caretaker 0 5 0
Cash in hand 0 2 0
£5 17 3
SEAGOE AFTERNOON SUNDAY SCHOOL.
We regret that Miss R. Matchett has been obliged to
resign her position as Superintendent of this Sunday
School owing to her leaving the parish to take up a
post. During her short period of office she proved
herself an efficient and zealous worker for the welfare
of the Sunday School, and it was flourishing under
her management. The success of the recent jumble
sale was in no small degree due to Miss Matchett's
tireless efforts beforehand, and she carries with her to
her new sphere the good wishes and affection not only
of her Sunday School teachers but also from a very
large number of the parishioners of Seagoe. We are
very grateful to her for her valued help.
The Rector has appointed Mr. E. Mitchell as
Superintendent of Seagoe Afternoon Sunday School.
He has very kindly consented to act and he hopes to take
over on Sunday, May 29th. Mr. Mitchell needs no
introduction in Seagoe and we feel confident that in
his capable hands the Sunday School will continue
to flourish. His many friends are delighted to see
him well again after a somewhat trying illness.
" Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid
them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God."
May 1st—Sarah Irene, daughter of David F. and Sarah
" Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from
henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest
from their labours."
May 19th—Elizabeth Jane Fawcett, 9, James St.,
Portadown, aged 53 years.
May 23rd—Thomas J. Webb, Clanrolla, aged 59 years.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ASCENSION.
(Reprinted from "The Guardian.")
The Ascension of our Lord still plays a lesser part
in the spiritual life of Christian people than do the
thoughts of His Incarnation, Death or Resurrection.
And this is doubtless because the words "He ascended
into Heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God"
describe a mystery that makes greater demands on the
imagination than do the assertions that God came
down to dwell with men, that in human form He gave
His life for His own, or that He survived the shock of
death. These, indeed, are mysteries also, but the
Ascension takes the mind into that upper region in which
the earth-bound spirit of man finds it hard to breathe.
Yet in the New Testament the ascended Christ
dominates the epistles, Acts and Apocalypse as clearly
as His earthly mission fills the foreground of the
gospels. And all these writings are bound into a
rounded whole. Taken together they form one picture
of the direct action of the One Holy God on human
life, an action which finds its climax—not its end -
where it began, in Heaven. The essence of that action
is the offering of a sacrifice that at last establishes the
true relations of God and man fulfilling the long-drawn
search of the human spirit for deliverance from the
constant pressure of the powers of evil. In the Ascension
humanity comes to the haven where it would be; it is
transformed once more into the divine image in which
it took its beginning.
The failure to grasp the true meaning of the Ascension
has had a debilitating effect both on worship and on life.
Christian preaching and Christian action are often thin
and superficial because they rest, not what Christ is but
on what He was, not on His present power but on His
historic example—or, indeed, on the thought of a
sacrifice completed once for all long ago. This is not
a conquering faith because it lacks that upward look
which makes St. Paul break out in a triumphant and
lyrical strain, when he recalls that God "set Him at His
own right hand, far above all principality, and power,
and might, and dominion, and every name that is named—
and hath put all thing under His feet. It must be admitted
that the English Prayer-book of 1662 has something to
answer for in this respect. In the highest point of its worship,
the Prayer of Consecration, it concentrates wholly upon
the Last Supper and Calvary, perpetuating a mistake
which regarded the Cross as the altar on which the
Sacrifice of the Son of God was offered. In the
Testament the altar is in heaven. It is there that the
life surrendered at Calvary is offered and accepted.
The connexion between the Holy Communion and
the Ascension is vital and close. The central cry of
the Church's worship is Sursum Corda, "Lift up your
hearts," and, from that point onwards, the soul's
commerce is with Heaven and the company of the
angels and the saints, with its true home and friends.
Nothing would do more to build up the rock-like faith
needed to resist the increasing pressure of an arrogant
materialism, that denies all influence to the "Beyond'
than a revived understanding of what is involved it
the oft-repeated words "He ascended into heaven."
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
to bring a thank offering. (See Book of Common
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—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, Drumgor, Bocombra.
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 is 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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