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.

Worship Services, Sunday, 12 p.m.

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January 22  Fr. Thomas Franks (Roman Catholic) is pastor of The Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Cross and St. John the Baptist. He was ordained to the priesthood at Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers in 2008. He is an elected member of the Provincial Council of the Capuchin Franciscan Friars and the deputy chief chaplain for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. A graduate of Fordham University, he earned his M.Div. degree at Weston Jesuit Seminary in Cambridge, MA. He is now working toward a licenciate degree at Boston College. His reflection is entitled “Uniting in Faithful Citizenship at a time of Political Divide,” and the relevant scripture passages are Romans 13: 1-7 and Mark 12: 13-17.  Lay leader: Kathy Reid.

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

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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. 

The reading group will meet again January 8. Our most recent “read” is John Shelby Spong’s book Biblical Literacy – A Gentile Heresy, and we will be discussing Chapters 16 & 17. If you have any questions about the book – or would like a copy of a chart with the dates we’ll be meeting, chapters we’ll be reading, and other background information – please email RevBethPerry@gmail.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.  


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January 29 Joe Tolbert (American Baptist) is a second-year student at Union Theological Seminary. A graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, he developed an arts consultancy to work with nonprofit organizations. He was also the co-director of the music ministry at the Foster Chapel Baptist Church in Knoxville. Special Music: Pamela Palmieri

February 5 Rev. Elizabeth A. Perry (United Church of Christ) is Chelsea Community Church’s pastoral counselor. She is a lead faculty member of the University of Phoenix and an online instructor with BeADisciple.com, where she trains churches in Safe Sanctuary, spiritual gifts, digital ministries, meditation and mysticism. A pastor for more than 20 years, she has served churches in Manhattan, Long Island and Pennsylvania. She earned an M.Div. degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, she currently has Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ.

February 12 Rev. Stephen H. Phelps (Presbyterian) is retired from ministry in his denomination. From 2011-14, he was the interim senior minister at The Riverside Church in Manhattan. He previously served in a similar capacity at first Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. Before coming to New York City, he was a Presbyterian minister in Buffalo. He received his M.Div. degree from Yale Divinity School and is currently writing a book on Job.     Special Music: Deborah Karpel

February 19 Lay-Led  Service

February 26 Ernest Henry (Unaffiliated) became a state-certified paralegal during his 24 years of incarceration in New York prisons and was for 10 years the chairman of the Alternatives to Violence Project in Sing Sing Correctional Facility. He earned a B.S. degree in organizational management from Nyack College in 2001 via the Hudson Link program and received a master’s degree in professional studies from the New York Theological Seminary program in Sing Sing in 2003. He is a board member of Rising Hope, Inc., and executive director of the Hudson Valley ReEntry Network. He hosts a radio talk show, Voices beyond the Wall on WVKR FM. He and his wife operate two companies, Friends beyond the Wall, Inc. and Jaden Moore of New York, Inc. Special Music: William Safkow


RickCarrieratUtahMonument6-6-14We are saddened to learn of the death of longtime CCC member and Chelsea neighbor, Rick Carrier, 91, right, on December 12. For more information, click on “Blog,” then “News,” above.

Gombach RaymondOur community is saddened to learn of the death of Raymond Gombach, above left, a frequent speaker at our worship services, on November 20. We are thankful for his gifts to CCC and extend our deepest condolences to his family.

The Winter Newsletter (December – February) is out now!  If you don’t already receive our 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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