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

Save the Date:

The New York Altar Guild’s third Altar Guild Workshop will be held May 2, 2015, at Christ’s Church, Rye. Topics to be addressed 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. For further information, call Barbara Lindsley at 845-677-6401,


New York Altar Guild 2015 Grant Cycle

In 2013 the Guild initiated a Grants Program for the purpose of assisting parishes with larger projects, which may be under consideration by their Vestries.  Grants are awarded for projects in keeping with the purpose of the Guild; such projects might include refurbishing an organ, new cabinetry in a sacristy, repair of stained glass, etc.  In 2013, the Guild received fifteen applications and awarded grants to five parishes; nineteen applications were received in 2014 and six grants were awarded.
For further information, Guidelines and an Application for the 2015 Grant Cycle, please contact Grants Committee Chair Miss Jean Grainger, 215 East 79th St., Apartment 14A, New York, NY 10075-0854 or  The deadline for receipt of applications for an award in 2015 is February 2. Grant award(s) will be announced following the Guild’s April Board Meeting.


Statement of Purpose

The New York Altar Guild is has been dedicated for over 100 years  to providing for the altar needs of the Cathedral, parishes, chapels, missions and related institutions in the Diocese of New York, and  the wider Anglican Communion beyond. Our objective is to meet the needs of churches so that all persons can worship in dignity and beauty.



Altar Guild Workshop

2014 Altar Guild Workshop

The 2014 Altar Guild Workshop was held Saturday, September 27 at Zion Church, Wappingers Falls, NY. The workshop was led by the Rev. Canon James Elliott Lindsley who also conducted last year’s first Altar Guild workshop held at the House of the Redeemer, NYC. Over eighty people from more than twenty-five parishes attended this year’s workshop, Holy Eucharist and luncheon.


The Rev. Deborah Madgalene, the rector of Zion Church, who assisted at the workshop was the preacher and celebrant at the noonday Holy Eucharist.


At the enthusiastically received workshop, members of parish altar guilds had the opportunity to have their questions addressed on a variety of topics from the care of altar linens, glass items and vestments to the placement of flowers.
(Photos courtesy of Bob Niles, Zion Church parishioner.)

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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