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General Convention Update


COVID-19 has changed so many things in the past two years. One more to add to the list is the attendance and function of NAGA at the upcoming General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Originally scheduled for the summer of 2021, General Convention was postponed to the summer of 2022. (NAGA’s Triennial Meeting was held in 2021, as scheduled, via Zoom.)

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has again changed plans. While our board had intended to be present, assisting with the Eucharists and hosting a Sacristy Shop table in the exhibit hall, General Convention is scaling back the entire meeting. The House of Deputies and the House of Bishops will only meet for four days, instead of the original eight. They have asked auxiliary organizations not to have any meetings during this time.

Extra Sacristy Shop items purchased for the exhibit hall have now been added to our online Sacristy Shop. The National Altar Guild Association board will now forge ahead to plan a great Triennial Meeting for our membership in the summer of 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky. We look forward to seeing all you then.

Highlights from Epistle

A Open Letter of Appreciation

As a “Free Range Priest,” offering supply coverage primarily for Sunday services only in parishes in two adjacent dioceses, I have a deep appreciation for the ministry of the altar guild in churches I visit.…

Doing Nothing for God

Toward the end of The House at Pooh Corner Christopher Robin tells Pooh that what he likes doing best is “nothing,” and goes on to explain that it is what you do when a grown-up asks you what you are going to do and you say “nothing,” and then you go and do it…

Emergency Communion Kits

On December 10, 2021, I received several emails from my NAGA board colleagues inquiring about my safety…Within minutes I remembered my Sacristy Shop hat and our Emergency Communion Kits…


Connect with NAGA

COVID Resources: We have compiled a selection of articles and resources about worship and communion during this difficult time. If you have any ideas to share, we would love to hear your suggestions and solutions. Please email Marcia HimesClick here to read more.

Seeking NAGA Representative for Province IX (Central & South America). For more information, contact Marcia Himes.

Contribute to a History of NAGA: In 2006 Barbara Gent researched and wrote a book spanning 73 years of NAGA’s history. Now, a second volume of NAGA history and the future of altar guild is in its infancy. We welcome any suggestions for inclusion in this work. Click here to read more.

Disaster Communion Kits. Should fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake or epidemic leave your parish unable to host Eucharist, NAGA will provide a free Disaster Communion Kit. If you need a kit, please contact Joan Konecny (or 936-870-5781). Click here for a video on how to assemble them.

Order your Epistle in living color. Members can receive their Epistle by email. Just send your e-mail address to The Rev. Larry Byrne.

Share your insights with others. We are happy to share your altar guild newsletter on our website. Please send a PDF of the current issue to our webmaster Betty Hinchman.

Who’s Who? Who are your current Provincial and Diocesan Altar Guild Directors? Please send current contact information to The Rev. Larry Byrne or Marcia Himes.