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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.


2016 Workshop



Altar Guild workshop held at the Chapel of St. John the Divine on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:30am. The Rev. Canon C. Allan Ford (Kingston, NY) presenrted the workshop in the chapel. Lunch was later served in the parish hall. Over forty members from twelve churches attended at the New York Altar Guild workshop held April 9, 2016 at the Chapel of St. John the Divine, Tomkins Cove, NY. The workshop presenter Rev. Canon C. Allan Ford, Vicar St. Margaret’s Staatsburg, NY described the setup for the Eucharist and gave a demonstration of the priest’s vestments and the berretta which is rarely used today.
The vicar of the Chapel of St. John the Divine, Rev. William B. Dearman, presided at the noonday Eucharist which was followed by fellowship and lunch.
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(Photos courtesy of George Potanovic)





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, Millbrook, 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




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


Honorary Members


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


New York Altar Guild 2017 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 2017 Grant Cycle is February 1, 2017. 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 Charlotte Barnard, 2 Charlton Street, Apt. 12A, New York, NY 10014, or [email protected]. The Guidelines and Application are also available on this website. See PDF tab above.