Seagoe Parish Magazine
RECTOR —REV. JAMES E. ARCHER, B.D., The Rectory, Seagoe.
CURATE —REV. JOHN TAYLOR, B.A., Seagoe Villa.
N.B.—The Clergy will feel greatly obliged if the
Parishioners will notify to them any cases
of illness at the earliest possible moment.
MR. ATKINSON COSTELLO, Carne.
MR. T. E. M'GUINNESS, Hacknahay.
Select Vestry :
ALBIN, MR. JAMES
ATKINSON, MR. W. R.
COSTELLO, MR. ATKINSON
GRACEY, MR. ROBERT
LAVERY MR. J
MONRO, MR. JOSEPH
MONTGOMERY, MR. J.
MONTGOMERY, MR. T. J.
MURRAY MR. J.
McDOWELL, MR. WM. J.
ROCK, MR. DAVID
STEPHENSON, MR. JOSEPH
ATKINSON, MR. W. R. , Secretary and Treasurer.
The annual meeting of the General
Vestry of the Parish of Seagoe, was
held in Seagoe School on Easter
Tuesday, April 17th, at 7-30 p.m.
The chair was taken by the Rector,
and after the reading and signing of the minutes it was
proposed that the meeting be adjourned as a mark of
sympathy with our esteemed Hon. Secretary, Mr. W.
R. Atkinson, on the occasion of the death of his
eldest daughter, Miss Charlotte Atkinson This was
passed with many expressions of sincere sympathy,
and the meeting then adjourned until Monday, April
On Monday, April 23rd, the adjourned meeting
of the General Vestry was held. There was a large
attendance, including the Chairman (Rev. J. E.
Archer), and the Rev. J. Taylor. After prayer and
the reading of the minutes, the Rector gave a short
address on the work of the Parish during the past
year and the prospects for the coming year. He referred
in sympathetic terms to the great loss the
Parish had sustained in the resignation and death of
its late Rector, the Very Rev. the Dean of Dromore.
The great and good work done by the Dean in
restoring the Parish Church, and his unwearied
diligence in Parochial duties, had established a lasting
memorial. which time could not efface ; but the erection
of a special memorial, recording the Dean's work
and worth, was an object which he hoped would be
taken in hand in the near future. In many departments
of parish life progress was recorded. The
congregations had considerably increased, and the
offertories, though not yet quite what they might be,
had been liberal. Special attention had been devoted
to the Sunday Schools, and he was glad to say that
both in attendance and efficiency there had been
a marked improvement. The importance of the
children being taught the habit of attendance at
Public Worship was also being kept in view.
A Church Army Mission had been held during
Lent throughout the whole Parish, and with gratifying
spiritual results. The Mission was now being
conducted by the Clergy and Church Army Evangelists
each evening in the open air in the district of Edenderry.
The Chairman thanked very heartily the
out-going Churchwardens and Select Vestry for the
great help they had given him in the work of the
Parish, and he also acknowledged with much gratitude
the splendid services rendered by the Rev. J.
Taylor, Curate of the Parish, in all branches of Church
work. They hoped to have a Church Mission in the
Parish in the autumn, and he asked their heartfelt
prayers for its success.
Mr. W. R. Atkinson then in a few words expressed
his gratitude to the members of the Vestry
for their kind resolution of sympathy with him and
his family in their bereavement. In referring to the
Finances of the Parish he said they were in a healthy
condition, and there was a balance of £23. He proposed
that £10 should be devoted to the debt on the
Stable Fund, and hoped that an effort would be made
that night to clear off the rest of the debt. We are
glad to record that the debt on the Fund was practically
cleared off before the meeting concluded.
The following elections were then made :—
Parochial Nominators—Major Stewart Blacker,
Mr. W. R. Atkinson, and Mr. George Calvert.
Churchwardens —Rector's, Mr. Atkinson Costello;
People's, Mr. T. E. M'Guinness.
Diocesan Synodsmen—Mr. W. R. Atkinson, Mr.
G. Calvert, Mr. T. Martin, Mr. J. H. Stevenson.
Select Vestry—Messrs. W. R. Atkinson, Andrew
Costello, J. Murray, J. Monroe, T. J. Montgomery,
J. Lavery, J. H. Stevenson, R. Gracey, J. Montgomery,
J. Albin, W. J. M'Dowe11, D. Rock.
The following members of the retiring Vestry
agreed not to seek re-election so as to make room for
some new members—Messrs. G. Calvert, Wilson
Irwin, and T. Martin.
MOST PEOPLE HAVE HOBBIES.
Ours are to make the BEST BREAD and CONFECTIONERY
in the Kingdom; and to Sell the BEST TEAS the World
At *2/8, *2/4, *2/- 1/10, 1/8 These marked thus * are our leading lines.
DAVISON BROS., 3 & 4 High Street, PORTADOWN.
Sidesmen—Messrs. J. Murray, J. Montgomery,
D. Rock, and D. Warnock.
Much regret was expressed at the retirement of
the Rev. Canon Blacker from the position of Parochial
Nominator which he held for so long a time, but we
are glad to record that his son, Major Blacker, who
is.about to reside in Carrickblacker, was unanimously
appointed in his place.
The meeting closed with the Benediction pronounced by the Chairman.
OFFERTORIES FOR APRIL.
£ s d £ s d
Apr. 1st - 5th Sunday in Lent 1 3 8 0 13 8
8th Sunday before Easter 1 2 8 0 14 7
Holy week 0 8 2
13th - Good Friday 0 5 0 0 2 7
15th - Easter Day 0 6 10
4 4 5
0 9 6
Childrens Service 0 17 0
1 8 0
22nd -1st Sunday after Easter 0 18 6 0 10 0
£8 10 7 £4 13 0
We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the
following subscriptions towards our Sunday School
Funds—-Rev. Canon Blacker, £l ; Miss Macoun, 10s.
Sermon to men.
There will be a Parade of the C.L.B. at the Parish
Church, on Sunday evening, April 29th. A sermon
will be preached by Rev. J. Taylor. All the men of
the Parish are earnestly requested to attend the
" As many of you as have been baptised into Christ, have
put on Christ."
April 7th— Mary Ellen, daughter ot Thomas and Mary Ruddell, Lisniskey
Norman, son of George and Esther Fletcher, Carrickblacker Road
Sarah Elizabeth Lennon, daughter of David and Letitia Rock, Hanover St, Portadown
Valentine, son of Valentine and Amelia Carvill, Killycomain
Henry, son of George and Mary Steenson, Meadow Lane
Anna, daughter of Charles and Anna Fryar, Seagoe
Ambrose, son of Alex. and Jane Eliza Hewitt, Tamnificarbet
Amelia, daughter of Thomas Henry and Caroline Webb, Lylo
John, son of John and Sarah Jane Weir, Killycomain
12th—Wm. John, son of Wm. and Mary Shanks, Kernan
16th—James, son of James and Margaret Flannigan, William Street, Portadown
" Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.”
April 16th—Samuel Alexander Grimason to Martha Jane Bailie, Edenderry
William Thompson, Obin Street, Portadown, to Hannah Jane Shanks, Seagoe
„ 18th—WilIiam Edward Webb, Edenderry, to Annie Conn, Dungannon Street, Portadown
" I know that my Redeemer liveth."
April 3rd —Ellen Couser, Lurgan, aged 55.
2nd—Sarah Gracey, Drumgor, aged 90
4th —Richard Robinson, Seagoe, aged 65
4th —Eliza Gracey, Joseph Street, aged 29
15th—Wm, John Shanks, Kernan, 3 months
18th —Charlotte E. B. Atkinson, Edenvilla.
23rd —William George Lavery, Tarson, aged 52
24th—James Atkinson, Seagoe, aged 93.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
Death has been busy in our midst during the past
month, both among old and young, and many homes
have been darkened by sorrow. Mrs. Gracey, of
Drumgor, passed away in the fullness of years. We shall
miss her much for her brightness and the pleasant
recollections she could give of long past days. God
has taken her to himself at a ripe old age, but she
will be much and sadly missed. Miss Atkinson, of
Eden Villa, has been called to her rest after a long
period of suffering. On the evening of Easter Day,
that Day which so. much brightens the Shadow of
Death, she found release from the burden of pain.
So gentle, patient and peaceful a sufferer we have
seldom seen, and we offer to her bereaved parents
and relatives our deepest sympathy. Just as we go
to press the sad news comes to us of the death of Mr.
James Atkinson, of Seagoe, at the great age of 92
years. For almost 50 years he was a members of the
Vestry of Seagoe, and also filled with diligence and
success the difficult post of Hon. Sec. and Treasurer
under the late Archdeacon Saurin,and then under the
ate Dean Dawson. Mr. Atkinson was ever ready to
give of his best to the service of the Church. After
this long period of faithful and willing service, God
has now summoned him to his eternal reward.
During an illness accompanied by much pain and
weakness he was sustained by the Faith which had
marked his whole life. We extend to his wife and
family our very sincere sympathy, and we thank God
for a life so full of Christian service and marked by
so many evidences of heartfelt devotion to his Lord
and Master. " Well done, good and faithful servant,
enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
To the Parents of the Parish.
It has been in our minds for some time
to write you a letter through the Parish Magazine on
a subject which has been engaging a great deal of our
attention since we came to the Parish. The subject
is the Morning Sunday School. The idea seems to
have been in the past, that if the children attended
the Afternoon Sunday School their obligation
was at an end. This idea is an altogether wrong one.
The morning School ought to be the principal one,
and the children ought to be taught by you that they
must give the first fruits of the Sunday to God. That
is, by going to School in the morning and to Church
afterwards. When the afternoon School is substituted
they never enter the House of God at all, and there
can be no doubt that the appalling number of non-church-goers
in this Parish is due to the fact that as
children they have not been trained in the habit of
When speaking to parents on this subject we
are invariably met with two excuses. In the country
we are often told that it is too far to Seagoe. Now
we do not consider that there is any part of the Parish
too far away for any children above the infant class
to come to Sunday School if they start in time. These
parents seem to forget that if the children are allowed
to stay at home in the morning they run about a great
deal more than would take them to Seagoe. Another
excuse is that they are too tired on Sunday morning
to get up and dress the children. But our religion is
nothing if it does not cost us some self-denial. Remember
what our Saviour said, who was never weary
in well-doing—" He that will not deny himself, and
take up his cross and follow Me, cannot be My
To be entrusted with children by
Almighty God is the most solemn responsibility that
could rest on human shoulders. You have been
given into your care beings with immortal souls to be
brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Think of what a terrible thing it would be if those
children rose up at the last day to condemn you as
having neglected to bring them up in the way they
should go, which they will certainly do if you fail in
your duty towards them. You solemnly promised at
their Baptism that you would have them instructed
in the Church Catechism and that they should hear
sermons. Are you carrying out your promise ?
Let us plead with you as your Spiritual Pastors
not to allow your children to be absent from Sunday
School, morning and afternoon, and see that they go
to Church afterwards. If you fail in this, your
children may grow up to be a curse to you and not
In conclusion, let us say that you must attend the
House of God regularly yourselves, so as to teach
your little ones by your example.
Your Faithful Pastors,
J. E. ARCHER,
P.S.—Would those parents who get this Magazine
kindly pass it on to others, so that all may see
Our Easter Services.
The Church was very bright and pretty at Easter
time. Willing hands had most tastefully decorated
it with Easter flowers, and with the large congregations,
hearty music and anthem and fine weather, we
could join in the gladness of Easter joy. In the
afternoon we had a very largely attended Children's
Service, the spacious nave was crowded with children
from all parts of the Parish. Nice hymns were sung
and Captain Gaskell sang very sweetly as a solo,
Shall we gather at the river" the children joining
heartily in the refrain. The prayers were said by
the Rev. John Taylor, and the Rector gave a short
address on "Stones rolled away."
We thank Miss Armstrong, Mrs. Ruck, and Miss
Irwin very heartily for their kindness in decorating
the Church and for their gifts of flowers.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
Since the publication of the last number of the
Magazine, the Church Army has been continuing its
good work in various parts of the Parish. Seagoe,
Hacknahay, and Edenderry have been favoured. The
attendance at the various meetings was good, and
Captain Gaskell's addresses were very earnest. His
soul-stirring words ought to find an echo in many
a heart hitherto untouched by the Saviour's love.
A new departure was made in Hacknahay and
Edenderry in having some of the meetings in the
open air. Various streets of the latter district have
been visited, and the residents showed their appreciation
by the numbers which attended and listened
with devoted attention. We earnestly pray that the
lessons which they heard may be the means of bringing
many to the side of Christ and, forsaking the
fleeting enjoyments of a passing world, may cause
them to become loyal to Jesus Christ and to His
Last month an interesting meeting was held in
the Waiting Room at the Railway Station. Thirty
of the men employed in various branches of railway
work attended. Several hymns were very heartily
sung, and a short practical address on the question,
“What shall I do?" was given by Captain Gaskell.
The Rector presided and expressed his pleasure at
seeing so many of the men at the meeting. It is
hoped from time to time to hold similar gatherings.
Service of Song.
A very successful Service of Song, entitled—" The
Lion-hearted Bishop," was given by the members of
Miss Armstrong's Missionary Class, in the Parochial
Hall, on Thursday evening, April 19th. The Hall
was crowded with a most interested audience, and all
were delighted with the singing of the beautiful music
which accompanied the Service. The good time and
tune and excellent voice of the singers reflect great
credit on Miss Armstrong, who had spared no pains
to make the Service a great success. The readings
were given by the Rev. J. Taylor, and the slides were
shown by the Rector. The proceeds were devoted
towards the expenses of the Hall.
Notes on Old Seagoe.
N.B.—Through pressure on our space we have to
hold over our notes until next month.
Excursion to Newcastle.
Secure your Tickets at once for the Newcastle
Excursion. They are now on sale at the leading
shops in Portadown, price 2/- each.
Mr. Joseph Monroe, our valued superintendent in
Levaghery School, has been ill recently, but is now,
we are glad to say, much stronger.
We heartily congratulate Mr. Robert Montgomery
on being awarded First Prize in Ireland for the best
arranged shop window. The competition was
organised by the Grocers' Association.
A combined Parade of the three local companies
of the C.L.B„ Seagoe, St. Mark's, and Drumcree,
took place in Drumcree Parish Church on Sunday
evening, April 22nd. Over 100 lads took place in
the magnificent turn-ont.
We congratulate Miss Armstrong's Women's
Bible Class on having provided four new teachers for
Edenderry Sunday School.
The solos in our Easter Anthems were excellently
rendered by Mr. David Murray and Master Nicholas
Mr. Robert Sweeney, of Hotikita, Woodstock,
Westland, New Zealand, is on a visit to the Parish
after an absence of thirty years. Mr. Sweeney has
engaged extensively in gold mining. He has also,
we are glad to say, engaged actively in Church work,
having been Select Vestryman and Churchwarden in
his Parish Church in that Colony.
We are sorry to hear that Miss Wade has not been
very well lately, but hope she may soon be restored
Call at the
Portadown News Office.
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