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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

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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.

New York Altar Guild 2020 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. The average grant awarded in the past has been in the neighborhood of $3,000; preference is given to proposals that address the needs of those parishes least able to help themselves.

The deadline for applications in the 2019 Grant Cycle is February 1, 2020. 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 Sally Johnston, [email protected] or (914) 319-6858 (cell).

The Guidelines and Application are also available on this website. See PDF tab above.  


2018 Workshop

Father Bird Holding the Chalice.

Stained Glass Window, Christ Church, Bronxville

The 6th New York Altar Guild workshop was held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Christ Church, Bronxville, NY. Sixty-nine participants attended from 17 churches. The workshop was led by the Rev. Michael A. Bird, Rector at Christ Church.  Father Bird’s presentation included the historical background behind Christ Church’s practices: for example, the parish’s expression of the “very  beautiful Sarum Use” which had its origins in the medieval liturgy of England’s Salisbury Cathedral. His presentation, as well, included vignettes combining humor and accolades for the dedication of Altar Guild members.  

A noonday Eucharist was held after the presentation followed by fellowship and lunch in Taylor Hall.

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.  

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,
NY 12545
Phone: 845-677-6401 E-mail: [email protected]  
Reserve Closet maintained at The House of Redeemer 7 East 95th Street New York, NY 10128

Board of Directors


Virginia Lief, President

Patricia L. Ranson, 1st V. President
Margaret R. Moses, 2nd V. President
Sally E. Johnston, Recording Secretary
Janet A. Robertson, Assistant Recording Secretary
Barbara N. Lindsley, Corresponding Secretary
Judith I. Barba, Treasurer

Lois E. Butler, Assistant Treasurer

Board Members

Charlotte Barnard
Shirley Daniels
Henry R. Garner, Jr.
Margaret German
Ann Vitale

Honorary Member

Karen L. Sisk