The New York Altar Guild
A Philanthropic Organization Serving the Needs of Churches and Institutions throughout the Anglican Communion by providing Vestments and Altar Furnishings
New York Altar Guild Statement of Purpose
The New York Altar Guild is dedicated to providing for the altar needs of the Cathedral, parishes, chapels, missions, and related institutions throughout the Diocese of New York, nationally and internationally, contributing to the support of ecclesiastical services of the wider Episcopal Church. Our objective is to assure that all persons can worship in dignity and beauty.
We operate under the aegis of the Diocese of New York, although independently from the Altar Guild Association of the Diocese of New York. Our focus is local, national and worldwide, meeting the expressed needs of churches and institutions everywhere.
The New York Altar Guild maintains a Reserve Closet at the House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th Street, New York City. We welcome, receive and store donations of suitable ecclesiastical items in good condition for redistribution, providing new life for them in a great variety of settings. We subsequently fill requests from parishes, missions and related institutions by providing for them vestments, linens, and Eucharistic and Altar furnishings. Call the Guild at 845-677-6401 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to donate or request needed items. Please download, fill out and submit the request/donate form
Recent assistance has been provided to parishes, organizations and correctional facilities in the Diocese of New York and beyond, throughout the Anglican Communion.
The New York Altar Guild Grants Program
The New York Altar Guild, Inc., has launched a new initiative, and will offer a Grants Program for the purpose of assisting with larger worship-related parish endeavors that may be under consideration by their vestries. Grants will be awarded for projects in keeping with the mission of the Guild, which is “to assure all persons can worship in dignity and beauty.” Such projects might include refurbishing an organ, new cabinetry in a sacristy, or repair of stained glass.
For further information, Guidelines and a Grant Application, please contact Grants Committee Chair Miss Jean Grainger, 215 East 79th St., Apartment 14A, New York, NY 10075-0854, tel 212-861-1189 or email@example.com. The deadline for receipt of applications for an award in 2014 is February 1; grant award(s) will be announced following the Guild’s April Board Meeting.
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 105th Anniversary in November 2008.
The New York Altar Guild welcomes new members, baptized 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 95th Street, New York City. The New York Altar Guild has been incorporated as a non-profit entity, and all contributions are tax deductible.
Membership dues levels include Annual Individual ($40), Annual Patron ($75), and Annual Associate Altar Guild ($50 - $75). Individual Lifetime Memberships are available at $750.
The New York Altar Guild
Mailing address: The New York Altar Guild
PO Box 881, Millbrook NY 12545
Reserve Closet maintained at
The House of the Redeemer
7 East 95th Street
New York, NY 10128
Form for Requesting items from/donating items to the Reserve Closet
Sister Ann Whitaker, S.S.M.
Board of Directors
Charlotte Barnard, 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
Lois E. Butler
Mary Van Schaick
Canon Margaret Larom, Jo Dare Mitchell
Advisory Committee Members
Mai D. Harper