The New York Altar Guild

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A Philanthropic Organization Serving the Needs of Churches and Institutions throughout the Anglican Communion by providing Vestments and Altar Furnishings

Statement of Purpose

For over 100 years, the New York Altar Guild has been dedicated to meeting the altar needs of the Cathedral, parishes, chapels, missions and related institutions in the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and the wider Anglican Communion beyond, so that all persons can worship in dignity and beauty.


New York Altar Guild 2016 Grant Cycle

Through its Grants Program established in 2013, the Guild assists parishes with larger projects in keeping with its mission. Such projects might include refurbishing an organ, new cabinetry in a sacristy, repair of stained glass, etc. In 2015 the Grants Committee received eleven applications, and five projects were either fully or partially funded with grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,900.

The deadline for applications in the 2016 Grant Cycle is February 1, 2016. Awards will be announced following the Guild’s April Board Meeting. For further information, or to request a copy of the Guidelines and Application, please contact Grants Committee Chair Jean Grainger, 215 E. 79th S., Apt. 14A, New York, NY 10075-0854, or  The Guidelines and Application are also available on this website. See PDF tab: Grant Guidelines and Application Form in the right column.


Altar Guild Workshop

The New York Altar Guild Workshop plans to hold its fourth workshop in April 2016 – the day and location to be announced. Topics to be addressed will include maintenance of vestments, sources of supplies, demonstration of practices, and ongoing training resources. Further information and registration materials will be mailed to all altar guild chairs in the Diocese in March 2016. For further information, call Barbara Lindsley at 845-677-6401,


2015 Workshop

2014 Altar Guild Workshop

The Rev. Canon James Elliott Lindsley led an Altar Guild workshop on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Christ’s Church, Rye. More than fifty altar guild members had the opportunity to ask questions on a variety of subjects, including altar set-ups, maintenance and storage of altar linens and glass items, and the purchase and care of vestments.


The Rev. Canon Susan C. Harriss, Rector Christ’s Church, was the preacher and celebrant at the Noonday service of Holy Eucharist following the workshop, after which lunch was served in the parish hall.


(Photos courtesy of Crispian Thorne, Verger, Christ’s Church.)

Altar Guild Reserve Closet

The New York Altar Guild maintains a Reserve Closet that serves as a clearing house for receiving and distributing vestments, altar linens and other furnishings.  In addition, when parishes request items that are not available in the Reserve Closet, the Guild arranges for their purchase. See PDF tab: Request/Donate Form in the right column.



The New York Altar Guild was founded in 1903 to serve the chapels of prisons, children’s homes and hospitals. The original group of indomitable women struggled against city bureaucracy in their efforts to establish suitable places of worship in such institutions. The work soon extended beyond Diocesan boundaries in response to appeals from a variety of churches and church organizations, missions in this country and elsewhere, and even to transatlantic passenger ships. The group continues to respond to a wide variety of Church needs. We celebrated our 110th Anniversary in November 2013.



The New York Altar Guild welcomes new members, men and women, who share our vision and want to support our work. Meetings are held October through May, excluding December, at the House of the Redeemer, 7 East 96th Street, New York City. The New York Altar Guild has been incorporated as a non-profit entity and all contributions are tax deductible.

Annual Membership Dues:

Individual - $40; Patron - $75; 
Associate Altar Guild - $50 to $75.
Individual Lifetime Membership available at $750.

The New York Altar Guild
Mailing address: P.O. Box 881, Millbrook, NY 12545
Phone: 845-677-6401

Reserve Closet maintained at
The House of Redeemer
7 East 95th Street
New York, NY 10128


Board of Directors



Molly Jones, President
Patricia L. Ranson, 1st V. President
Margaret R. Moses, 2nd V. President
Sally E. Johnston, Recording Secretary
Sarah L. Jones, Assistant Recording Secretary
Barbara N. Lindsley, Corresponding Secretary
Judith I. Barba, Treasurer
Jean C. Grainger, Assistant Treasurer

Board Members

Charlotte Barnard
Lois E. Butler
Margaret German
Virginia Lief
Janet A. Robertson
Mary Van Schaick

Honorary Members

Sister Ann Whitaker, S.S.M., Chaplain
Mai D. Harper
Karen L. Sisk

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