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 Church in Chelsea.

Congratulations to Fr. Stephen Harding

of St. Peter’s Chelsea, our host church,

on his appointment as the next rector of

Grace Church, Martha’s Vineyard.

Farewell, and thank you!





This Sunday, October 21:  Rev. Shari Brink (Reformed Church in America) is president of the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center. She was the minister for strategic advancement at Marble Collegiate Church from 2010 to 2015 and also a pastoral advisor to its GIFTS:LGBT Fellowship. Earlier she was director of development at Auburn Seminary and director of strategic planning for the Reformed Church in America. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, she has served as a minister in Los Angeles and Colts Neck, NJ. Her topic will be “Power in Weakness, Treasure in Clay Jars.”  The relevant scripture passages are II Corinthians 12:7-10 and 4:5-11.


For an overview of recent speakers, click on “Events,” above, then then on “Speakers & Special Music.”

Special Music 

Since our founding we have been blessed with a number of extraordinary music directors. Approximately twice monthly we also enjoy the work of gifted musicians in our program of special music, now funded by a legacy from former music director John Eggleston. We are pleased to have the weekly services of Jeff Cubeta, above, as our CCC music director.  He holds a B.S. in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is also a songwriter and works as a pianist/musical director in the concert/cabaret world.

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Reading Group at Chelsea Community Church

Reading Group

The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Rectory Chapel.   This Sunday, as we will discuss “The Missing Person” by Tobias Wolff from God Stories, edited by C. Michael Curtis.  All are welcome; join us! If you have any questions, please email paulbodden@icloud.com.

Communion & Coffee Hour at Chelsea Community Church

Communion & Coffee Hour

We celebrate communion each Sunday 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. The garden is welcoming us for the warmer seasons; we particularly enjoy the coffee hours we can spend both inside and out.  



October 28 Rev. Vincent Corso (Roman Catholic) was the manager of bereavement services and community education at Hospice Care of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York until his retirement in 2017. A member of Celibacy Is the Issue, a consortium of married Roman Catholic clergy, he received an M.Div. degree from St. Anthony-on-Hudson and an M.S.W. from Syracuse University. Special Music: Kelley Kelley, baritone

November 4 (Anniversary Sunday) The Rev. Dr. Storm Swain (Episcopal) is associate professor of pastoral care and theology and director of Anglican studies at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia. An Episcopal priest, she was Canon pastor at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York from 2002-07 and served as the Diocese’s representative on the Board of the New York Disaster Interfaith Services. An accredited chaplain and clinical pastoral education supervisor, she has served in those capacities in both her native New Zealand and in New York City and worked with the American Red Cross and Disaster Chaplaincy Services after the 9/11 attacks. She holds a Ph.D. in psychiatry and religion from Union Theological Seminary and certificates in pastoral psychotherapy and psychoanalysis from the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center.

November 11 Rev. Jason Storbakken (Mennonite),  pastor of Manhattan Mennonite Fellow-ship, was previously the director of compassionate care at The Bowery Mission. He is the author of Radical Spirituality: Repentance, Resistance, Revolutionpublished by Orbis in 2014. His second book, God on the Bowery,is scheduled to be issued by Plough in 2019. He earned an M.Div. degree at Union Theological Seminary and is currently working toward a D.Min. degree at Boston University School of Theology. Special Music: Tony Perry, tenor

November 18 Rev. Elizabeth A. Perry (United Church of Christ) is Chelsea Community Church’s pastoral counselor. A pastor for more than 20 years, she is now a church consultant on reducing the risk of child abuse in the church (www.bethperry.net)and an online trainer with www.BeADisciple.com.She is also on the faculty of the University of Phoenix’s Jersey City campus and this fall is teaching two religion courses at the College of New Rochelle. Special Music: Lucille Carr-Kaffashan, mezzo-soprano

November 25 Min. George Chochos (Baptist) received a master of sacred theology degree from Yale Divinity School this year. In 2016 he earned an M.Div. degree at Yale and received the Wolcott Calkins Prize, a preaching award. Earlier he earned a master of professional studies degree in urban ministry in the New York Theological Seminary program in Sing Sing Correctional Facility. Subsequently, he taught a writing class in a Rising Hope programin Woodbourne Correctional Facility. He is an associate minister at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Albany. While attending Yale, he was involved in several projects in New Haven, including coordinating the Yale President’s Public Service Fellowship Program.


Wednesday, October 31:  Choir rehearsals for our annual Candlelight Carol Service begin! It’s a volunteer choir (no auditions), and everyone is welcome. If you are interested in singing for this beautiful December evening service – now a long-standing Chelsea tradition – please let us know!

Thursday evenings until further notice: Our host church, St. Peter’s, will be conducing candlelight vigils, praying for our country, our leaders, and all those affected by our leaders’ decisions, every Thursday from 6:30-7:00 p.m., until further notice.

Faith in Action – a group comprised of all interested which meets to discuss how to deal with and/or express Christian commitment in the current political climate. The group decided to meet monthly to continue discussions. Watch this page for further details as they are announced. Call for details.

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There will be no regular summer newsletter (July-August). Please watch this space for details of June-July services. For the month of August through Labor Day, there are no services. We resume Sunday worship services on Sunday, September 9. If you don’t already receive our (otherwise) quarterly newsletter via e-mail or postal mail, please let us know if you would like to be on the list for either form of distribution.  

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