Our parish was founded to serve the needs of the poor and marginalized, and this tradition continues today through several programs. Perhaps our most important outreach, however, is the Holy Family Chapel which is open and welcoming to all who are in search of spiritual refreshment.
Ecclesia Ministries takes religious services to the homeless in Madison Square Park. It is a cooperative program supported by various churches and clergy in the NoMad (North of Madison Square Park) area. Transfiguration is one of those congregations; it is also the alternate location when inclement weather makes an outdoor service impractical. Last Christmas, our parishioners donated an abundance of warm gloves, scarves, gloves, hats, long underwear, and other items to people served by Ecclesia Ministries.
The Episcopal Actors' Guild
The Episcopal Actors' Guild was founded in 1923 by our third rector, the Rev. Dr. Randolph Ray, to bridge the worlds of church and theater. Today, the Guild is a philanthropic organization that raises money and dispenses emergency funds to members of the acting profession facing severe financial hardship. It also has entertainment programs, educational, career development, and social events for its members.
Each November, the Guild holds a memorial service in the church dedicated to members of the profession who died in the previous year. In December, they present a Service of Lessons and Carols with outstanding music, often performed by Broadway veterans. Both events are open to the public.
Actors Pantry Food Bank
Our parishioners support the Episcopal Actors' Guild’s Actors Pantry program. Each Sunday, we collect non-perishable food. The Guild then fills bags with the donated items and gives them to artists in need who have applied to the Guild for help. No one leaves empty-handed.