Who We Are
Our Mission Statement
Worshiping and Sharing,
Reaching out and Caring,
Peacefully, Simply, Together.
We are the spiritual community that gathers at the Chapel of the Holy Name, Cragsmoor’s historic Stone Church, a sacred space which we maintain for all who find inspiration here.
We are open to the spirit of God, which calls us to accept and affirm each other and all people who come into our midst.
We are inspired by the example of Jesus Christ and are committed to exploring the relevance of his message in today’s world.
We honor all who seek God through any faith, and we wish to learn from all faith traditions.
We worship together and actively explore our spirituality.
We seek to serve, support and strengthen the community.
Cragsmoor’s historic Stone Church is the spiritual home for an open and affirming community as well as a spiritual space sacred to thousands of people who come from around the world to experience the chapel’s serenity and beauty. If you are looking for a church that will welcome you, if you have ever felt excluded or marginalized in the past, we invite you to join us here.
The church was designed by Frederick Dellenbaugh and constructed privately from 1895 to 1897 through the generosity of Eliza Hartshorn, whose descendants continue to worship with us today. Situated on the Shawangunk Ridge at almost 2,000 feet in altitude, it commands breathtaking vistas of 50 miles. Its Gothic stone and wood architecture and its stained glass windows create an environment unsurpassed for meditation and worship. For this reason, the doors of the church are always open, and you are welcome to enter respectfully and experience the chapel’s extraordinary peacefulness. Worship services are held every Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day at 11:15 am. The rest of the year, bible study and/or discussions take place once a month. The full schedule is available on this website.
The Stone Church welcomes all seekers. Our motto is, “Open to people, open to God.” As you walk through the beautiful mahogany front door, you will face a stained-glass window based on the words of the prophet Isaiah: “For my house shall be a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isaiah 56:7). On the window are symbols from eight of the world’s major religions, from Christianity and Islam to Buddhism and Native American faiths. Our community comes from many different traditions – including Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Methodist and Jewish. We are gay and straight, married and single, young and old, and we find common ground in the affirming spirit of this remarkable place.
The Stone Church is operated by Friends of the Stone Church, an unincorporated membership association of all those who worship at the Stone Church. The building is owned by the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Donations to the Stone Church are fully tax-deductible under the Internal Revenue Code as donations to a religious organization.