[p. 42] of these qualities have changed from time to time, but at every period the church has sought not only to be a place of worship, but a centre of missionary and philanthropic activity. In 1872 this work was organized into a society known as the Parochial Helpers, and the interests of the church placed in the hands of committees of five departments—
1. Of ministering to the sick and needy. 2. Of church extension and Christian courtesy. 3. The missionary circle. 4. Of the care of the altar and vestry room. 5. Of church decoration. ‘To beautify the place of my sanctuary.’Fifteen years later an organization known as the Guild came into existence, which sought to fosterthe social interests of the parish and to promote various forms of religious activity. Later still, the missionary spirit gained ascendancy, and the parish branch of the Woman's Auxiliary to the board of missons were active in every kind of mission work. In 1898 the present organization, known as Grace Church Guild, united all the various interests of the parish into one body and divided the work into various committees, which report at monthly general meetings. These divisions are called chapters; they are eight in number, as follows:–
Woman's Auxiliary.—Warden, Mrs. C. E. Kummer, 119 For- Charity.—Warden, Mrs. E. D. Manning, 37 Forest Street. Vestments.—Warden, Mrs. Richard Diebold, 51 Prescott Street. Sewing.—Warden, Mrs. Benj. P. Hollis, 10 Ashland Place. Ecclesiastical Embroidery.—Warden, Mrs. Harry Highley, Highland Avenue. Altar Guild.—Warden, Mrs. J. W. Foster, 180 High Street. Church Periodical.—Warden, Miss Samson, 119 Woburn Girls' Club.—Warden, Miss Samson, 119 Woburn Street. Officers.—President, the Rector; Vice-presidents, Mrs. Charles B. Crockett, 43 Water Street; Mrs. Fred L. Godding, 210 Main Street; Secretary, Mrs. F. I. Paradise, 185 High Street; Treasurer, Mrs. E. D. Manning, 37 Forest Street.