Seagoe Parish Magazine.
IT is with a feeling of deep thankfulness
to Almighty God that we record the
success of our Parish Mission. This
success we attribute not merely to
the careful organisation beforehand
for the Mission, but much more to the earnest
prayers which we know ascended to the Throne of
Grace from many believing and trusting hearts.
Ten days ago our Missioner, the Rev. Willoughby
Bryan - Brown, came amongst us a comparative
stranger, but we feel now the truth of those words
which he wrote to the people of Seagoe in his
touching Letter—" I trust I shall make friends with
many of you." A great many who have received
great spiritual blessing during these Ten Days have
learned to look upon Mr. Bryan - Brown as a very
true friend, and we know the reason for this is,
because he has taught us to know better than ever
before the Lord Jesus Christ—" the Friend that
sticketh closer than a brother."
The opening service on Saturday, September 22nd,
was preceded by a social gathering in the schoolhouse
at Seagoe, when over 80 of our Mission Workers had
an opportunity of meeting personally the Mission
Preacher. The nave of the Church was quite filled
for the service at 7.30, and a special service for the
Reception of the Missioner was conducted by the
Rector. The subject of the address was The Need
Sunday, September 23rd, was a very busy day.
At 8 a.m. a large number assembled for the early
celebration of Holy Communion, and some straight
words of counsel were spoken to those present.
At 11,30 a.m. the Church was crowded The
service of prayer and praise was joined in heartily by
all present, and an impressive address was delivered
on The Master's Call." Holy Communion was
celebrated, and a goodly number partook of the Feast
of Love Divine.
At 3.30 the Church was once again filled with a
splendid gathering of children and young people.
The Church Army Captain sang as a solo Shall we
gather at the River."
The Missioner held the
attention of the children in an address on the word
At 7 p.m. the Church Bell summoned the Parish
to Evening Prayer. Extra seating accommodation
had to be provided for the large numbers who came.
Again a hearty service, again an earnest address,
At the close of
this time on " The True Friend."
the service a searching Instruction followed.
During the week the Church was quite filled at
each service, and almost all remained for the special
Instruction" at the close of the service. A feature
of the Mission was the large number of intercessions
placed in the Missioner's box. It will be long before
we forget the solemn voice uttering the now familiar
words Lord, hear our prayer," followed by the
earnest supplication of many hearts and voices "And
let our cry come unto Thee."
We give here a list of the subjects dealt with each
evening, as we are sure many would like to remember
Tuesday—The Responsibility of Sin.
Wednesday—The Burden of Sin.
Friday-The Swelling of Jordan.
Towards the close of the week thanksgiving mingled
with our intercessions. Thanksgiving for the
numbers attending, for the splendid weather, for
souls released from sin, for hearts touched by the
fire of God's love.
After such a week of spiritual inspiration, it was
only natural that the second Sunday (September 30th)
would be marked by much power and blessing. At
the early Communion there was a large attendance
of earnest and devout communicants, and the
Missioner gave a touching address on the Power of
Christ to save.
A combined Sunday School consisting of the
children attending Edenderry and Seagoe Schools,
was held in Seagoe School at 10.15. The school
was crowded, and the Missioner, who seems to have
a special gift for speaking to children, addressed
those present on " As a hen gathereth her chickens
under her wings,"
The Morning Service in the Parish Church
was attended by a crowded congregation, and the
Mission Preacher spoke with great power on One
thing I do." At the Celebration large number of
the Parishioners communicated.
The afternoon service for men was held at 3.30.
The nave of the Church was well filled with men
who sang the stirring hymns heartily, and listened
with deep attention to the Missioner's words on
Behold the Man."
In the evening the Church was again filled. The
subject of the address was “Behold I stand at the
door and knock." In very earnest words the
Preacher pressed home upon his hearers the duty of
admitting the Saviour to their hearts and lives.
Monday evening (October 1st) brought the Mission
to a close. The Church was again full, and everyone
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present seemed to realise the greatness of the
opportunity. The subject of the address was from
Ps. 85, 10, The Lord will speak Peace."
At the close of the service the Memorial Cards
were distributed at the chancel rails to the clergy,
churchwardens, choir and congregation.
120 cards have already been distributed. The service closed
with a very solemn and impressive Te Deum, a
true Thanksgiving for what all present felt to be a
a time very real Blessing.
OFFERTORIES FOR AUGUST.
Sep. 2nd—12th Sun. af. Trinity £1 7 9
0 7 3 0 12 9
9th—13th 1 4 2 0 12 0
16th - 14th 0 3 3
1 10 0 0 14 6
23rd - 15th 0 4 3
2 15 7 1 13 9
Children's Service 0 14 3
Week Day Offerings 3 10 6
„30th—16th Sun, af. Trinity 0 5 10
2 14 3 1 15 9
Men's Service 0 10 7
Thank-offering 5 0
£10 17 4 £10 4 1
As many as have been baptised into Christ have put on Christ. "
Sept 1st—-Robert, son of Alexander and Sarah M 'Cormick, Ballyhannon.
Anne, daughter of Samuel and Minnie M 'Kee, Glasgow.
Samuel, son of George and Caroline Jennett, Breagh.
Elizabeth, daughter of James and Alice Wilson, Edenderry.
6th—Victor, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Cassidy, Edenderry,
9th—Joseph, son of James and Jane Eliza Hynes, Edenderry.
" Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder. ' '
Sept. 28th—William Flannigan, Edenderry, to Mary Albin, Edenderry.
" The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Sept 1st—Sarah Ellen Webb, Clanrolla, aged 9.
Oct. 2nd —William Robinson, Balteagh, aged 73.
Robert Sherman, Edenderry, aged 25.
It is with great regret we record the death of
Robert Sherman. He was a diligent member of the
Men's Bible Class, and was unsparing in his efforts to
promote the interests of the Reading Room. His death
will leave a great blank among the men of Edenderry,
and we tender our deepest sympathy to his parents
and friends in their sad bereavement. The members
of the Edenderry Bible Class sent a handsome wreath
to testify their affection and esteem.
Seagoe Men's Bible Class.
A Bible Class for men will be started in Seagoe
Orange Hall or, Sunday morning, October 14th, at
10.15 0'clock. This class is for all the men in the
country parts of the Parish. The subjects will be
Christian Doctrine and Practice as taught in the
Gospel for the day, and also lessons on the History
of the Reformation. Mr. Taylor will try to make
these as interesting as possible, and he earnestly
hopes that all the men, both old and young, will
endeavour to attend the class regularly and encourage
the effort by inducing others to come. Every man
in the Parish, unless absolutely prevented by work or
infirmity, ought to be at either the Edenderry or
Seagoe Bible Class on Sunday morning.
All services on Sunday next, October 7th, will take
the form of SPECIAL THANKSGIVING SERVICES for the
blessing vouchsafed during the Mission. There will
be a celebration of the Holy Communion after
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
Church Attendance Cards.
The Church Attendance Cards have been a great
success. The children on the whole have been most
loyal to them, and many a little one is now in the
Lord's House on Sunday, who formerly never thought
of entering there. The conduct of the children, too,
has been very good, and the word of God read and
preached, together with the spirit of reverence,
which they see around them, must necessarily leave
an impression on their young hearts and lives. The
new Quarterly Cards will be issued next Sunday, and
we would appeal to the parents to see that the
children wait for Church and also to examine their
cards to see what their record has been for the
quarter. It is most important that the parents should
take a personal interest in the spiritual training of
each of their children. All cards for the past quarter
must be handed in to the various superintendents
on or before the second Sunday in October.
We feel under a deep debt of gratitude to Captain
Gaskell and Lieutenant Simmons for their assistance
during the Mission. They have been indefatigable
in their efforts to promote its success both during the
preparation for it and when it came on. It is with
great regret that we take leave of them, and we
earnestly hope that God's blessing will continue to
rest upon them in the various parts of His Vineyard
in which they will be called to labour. Captain
Gaskell hopes to go to County Tyrone, and
Lieutenant Simmons will soon be proceeding to the
Church Army Training Home in London. During
the Mission the Captain's singing was much appreciated.
On Wednesday evening next, October 10th, a
Special Service will be held on the completion of the
improvements now being made in the Parish Church.
The service will begin at 8 0'clock, We believe the
new installation of Gas in the Church will be much
appreciated by the Parishioners, and add much to
the comfort and convenience of the worshippers.
We offer our hearty congratulations to Mr and
Mrs Flannigan on the occasion of their marriage.
It is seldom that we have to chronicle the union of
two such useful Church workers. Mr Flannigan has
in many ways helped forward the work of the Church,
especially by assisting in superintending the
Afternoon Sunday School at Edenderry.
Mrs Flannigan has for long acted as Sunday School
Teacher at both Morning and Evening Schools at
Edenderry, and has also been a most useful member
of the choir. We wish the young couple all
happiness and prosperity with God's blessing in their
Mr. Bryan-Brown hopes to hold his next Mission
in St. Stephen's, Belfast. The prayers of our people
are asked for a blessing.
Miss Walker's solos during the Mission were very
much appreciated. Her fine voice was heard with
good effect and conveyed very solemn lessons to those
who heard it.
No rain fell during the Mission except on the last
day. We thank God for the splendid weather.
Get your Memorial Cards framed and hung up in
your room. It will help to keep them in your mind
Any who have not yet filled up the After
Mission " papers will please do so, and drop them
into the Box at Church door next Sunday.
We were glad to see so many elderly folk attending
the Mission, and we hope to see them often
worshipping with us in the House of God.
Read the Tracts which were distributed at the
services and keep them carefully for future reference.
We heartily thank all our workers who so loyally
assisted during the Mission, especially the Organist,
Choir, Churchwardens and others connected with the
Church. Our Band of Mission Workers rendered
splendid help in the preparation for the Mission.
Rev. W. Bryan- Brown M. A.
Some of our readers would, we are sure, like to
know something about the life and work of our
Mission Preacher. the Rev. W. Bryan - Brown. Mr
Bryan-Brown is an Englishman by birth, and was
educated at a private school, after which he entered
Brasenose College, Oxford, where he had a
distinguished undergraduate course, obtaining amongst
other honours a Colquitt and Halmeian Exhibition.
He graduated in 1870, and was ordained in 1871 by
the Bishop (Mackarness) of Oxford. For two years
he acted as curate at St. Ebbe's, Oxford, and in 1873
was appointed rector of East Shefford, Berkshire.
He remained at East Shefford until 1881, when he
obtained the important living of Amberley, Gloucester
which he held until 1892. In this latter year he
joined the staff of the Church Parochial Mission
Society, and has since then, for a period of fourteen
years, acted as Mission Preacher in various Dioceses.
He has held missions not alone in England, Scotland
and Ireland, but also in many parts of Australia,
New Zealand, Canada and the United States. He
is a very close friend and admirer of the Rev. Canon
Hay-Aitken, so well known as the founder of the
Church Parochial Mission Society. Mr. Bryan-Brown
has conducted over 150 missions, and is much in
request as a Mission Preacher. He is the author of
number of striking Tracts based on his mission
experiences, some of which have attained a wide
circulation. An excellent photograph of the Rev. W.
Bryan-Brown may be had at Moffett's Photographic
(1) On Wednesday evenings for the future a service
will be held in the Parish Church at 7-30. It is
intended for worshippers from all parts of the Parish.
(2) On the recommendation of the Missioner the
evening service on the last Sunday in each month
will be a Special Mission Service, when the Mission
Hymn Book will be used and an appropriate sermon
preached. The Parishioners are requested to make
this service a special subject of prayer and to
endeavour as far as possible to be present.
(3) We hope to have a Band of Hope Meeting in
the Parochial Hall once a month to which young and
old will be invited. Our people must be taught to
look upon indulgence in strong drink as a sin.
(4) It is hoped to have a singing class in the
Parochial Hall during the Winter months. Many
of our people would like to learn to sing from note,
and a competent instructor. will be appointed.
We regret the delay in issuing the Annual Report,
but we hope to have it ready in a few weeks.
Miss Armstrong, who has returned from a well
earned holiday, hopes soon to start her missionary
We have to congratulate Mr. David Murray on
his success since taking over the charge of Carne
Sunday School. Many records have been made in
Mr Murray is assisted by a splendid band of helpers,
and we hope there will be no diminution in the
numbers during the winter months.
The Rector has just received a letter from Mr.
Grey. He seems to be longing for news of Seagoe,
and we hope some one will write and tell him of the
Mr. Grey seems to be enjoying good health, and is
continuing to make good progress in the Japanese
Although the Church Army is leaving us Miss
Connor will still continue to circulate the C.A.
Gazette. This excellent publication is only one
halfpenny, and we would like to see it in every house
in the Parish.
The Mission Meeting of Railwaymen at the Station
was a great success. Open air meetings were also
held at the two Factories in Edenderry, and were
largely attended. A successful Conference of Church
workers was held on Saturday at Seagoe School.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
We are glad to welcome Miss Sarah Montgomery
and Miss Jane Porter to the teaching staff of Seagoe
Sunday School, and also Miss Gertie Montgomery to
Edenderry. May much blessing rest on their
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