Welcome to Chelsea Community Church
We are an inclusive, independent, lay-led and non-denominational Christian community;we invite you to read our brief mission statement . We also invite you to visit our meditation space here. Our congregation meets weekly, Sundays at 12 p.m., except for the month of August through Labor Day, at 346 West 20th St., New York, between 8th and 9th Avenues, where we are fortunate to be able to share the beautiful space of historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Chelsea.
Due to Covid-19 concerns and recommendations
Chelsea Community Church WILL NOT hold in-person services until further notice. However …
we are currently holding virtual services via Zoom. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
If you wish to speak with our pastoral counselor, Rev. Joe Nicholson, at any time,
please feel free to contact him at: email@example.com.
Please include a phone number and best time(s) to call,
and he will contact you as soon as he can.
For his bio, click on “About Us,” above.
The Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker (United Methodist) is associate professor of Biblical studies at General Theological Seminary. She previously taught Old Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, where she founded the Trinity Prison Project. She has also taught at Yale Divinity School, Colby College, Fordham University, and Andover Newton Theological School. She has taught in the New York Theological Seminary program in Sing Sing Prison. Before beginning her doctoral studies, she was a congregational pastor and then a university chaplain. She holds a Ph.D. in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible from Yale University as well as an S.T.M. from Yale Divinity School and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary. Her message will be “The Dare of Prayer.”
If you need Zoom access information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our interim Zoom team of Paula Whitney Best, Paul Bodden, Joanne Downes, and Wayne Kammerer for helping guide us through the recent months. And to Mary Sheeran, Paul Bodden, Wayne Kammerer, Pam Palmieri and music director Sam Shull, our virtual choir.
Music Director Sam Shull is also active in the music ministry at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan as a pianist and organist. Previously he was director of music/organist at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Brooklyn and interim organist/pianist at the New Dorp Moravian Church in Staten Island. He has accompanied the Empire City Men’s Chorus and Choral Chameleon and the New York City Department of Education All-City Chorus, and has served as a teaching artist/accompanist for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute, and Harlem School of the Arts. He is a graduate of Carleton College and of Berklee College of Music, and since 2016 has worked as a software engineer at Sailthru in Manhattan.
Our program of special music is made possible by a legacy from former music director John Eggleston.
THE READING GROUP has chosen a new book and will be meeting via Zoom on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The new book is The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby. For Zoom information, e-mail email@example.com. The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Whelan Room of the Rectory. We hope to see you all at the discussions or to read your comments about the stories when you cannot attend. All are welcome; join us! If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communion & Coffee Hour
We celebrate communion each Sunday – including virtually, on a BYO basis – for all who wish to participate, immediately following the worship service. We use juice rather than wine. We have a coffee hour each Sunday in the rectory, also immediately following the service. This, too, is currently being handled by the Zoom service, and is, of course, BYO! The garden is welcoming us for the warmer seasons; we particularly enjoy the coffee hours we can spend both inside and out.
COMING UP ON SUNDAYS AT CCC
DUE TO Covid-19 recommendations and concerns, CCC has suspended in-person services until further notice.
Nonetheless, you can read below about the inspiring speakers we had scheduled for this period below; we hope some of them will be joining us for our Zoom services.
August through Labor Day: Our summer hiatus. There will be no worship services, but we will meet for informal fellowship each Sunday at 12 p.m. via Zoom. If you need a Zoom invitation, please e-mail us at: email@example.com
COMING UP ON SUNDAYS – via ZOOM until further notice.
September 20 Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker (United Methodist) is associate professor of Biblical studies at General Theological Seminary. She previously taught Old Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, where she founded the Trinity Prison Project. She has also taught at Yale Divinity School, Colby College, Fordham University, and Andover Newton Theological School. She has taught in the New York Theological Seminary program in Sing Sing Prison. Before beginning her doctoral studies, she was a congregational pastor and then a university chaplain. She holds a Ph.D. in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible from Yale University as well as an S.T.M. from Yale Divinity School and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary.
September 27 Robert D. Arnau (Metropolitan Community Church) is a faith and queer advocate who has been called to minister to those on the margins and who have suffered church/religious trauma. A graduate of New York Theological Seminary with an M.Div. degree, he is currently a candidate for ordination under the Metropolitan Community Churches. He is the co-creator of Queer Bible Study, a podcast that focuses on rediscovering the Bible and the message of Jesus through the eyes of a post-modern movement. He has worked with other churches, preached in various settings and been involved in faith panels and discussions. He is currently studying pastoral mental health counseling at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion. Special Music: Robert D. Arnau
October 4 Sister Carol Perry (Roman Catholic) was the resident Bible scholar at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan for 37 years. A member of the Sisters of St. Ursula, she studied at Regina Mundi in Rome, where she earned the equivalent of a master’s degree in theology. She also holds an M.A. in theology from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind. She retired some years ago from the faculty of John Coleman High School in Hurley where she was head of the English Department. She is the author of Waiting for Our Souls to Catch Up (2014) and Among Women (2016) both published by Asahina & Wallace.
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