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, Sundays, 12 p.m.


“Faith in Action” meetings, monthly.  Candlelight vigils weekly at St. Peter’s. For details, see “Additional,” below.

Lauren Hunter


April 2 Rev. Dr. Lauren Hunter (American Baptist) provides pulpit supply ministry at the First Baptist Church in Bronxville. She was previously assistant pastor at Union Square Restoration Temple Ministries, a nondenominational congregation, and a  minister on the staff of Potter’s House Church of the Living God in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. A guidance counselor at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, she earned an M.Div. degree at New York Theological Seminary and an Ed.D. at North Central University in Minnesota. She also holds master’s degrees in counseling and education administration.

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

CUBETA Jeff 190w x 156h (c) Rod GOodman 2009

Special Music

Vocalist Anthony Santelmo Jr will provide special music on Palm Sunday, April 9.

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. 

On April the group will discuss Section 7 (to be confirmed) of Jews in the Time of Jesus, by Stephen M. Wylen.  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.  


Coming Up on Sundays

April 9, PALM SUNDAY Rev. Dr. Peter Heltzel (Disciples of Christ) is an associate professor of theology at New York Theological Seminary. Before joining the faculty, he ministered to seafarers at the Seamen’s Church Institute in Newark and worked at the Office of Social Witness of the Reformed Church in America. He is the author of Jesus and Justice (Yale University Press, 2009) and the co-author of Faith-Rooted Organizing (Inter-Varsity Press, 2013). He holds a Ph.D. degree in theology from Boston University.  Special Music: Anthony Santelmo Jr

April 16, EASTER  Rev. Elizabeth A. Perry (United Church of Christ) is Chelsea Community Church’s pastoral counselor. She is also an online church consultant and trainer, and lead faculty for the University of Phoenix. A pastor for more than 20 years, she was ordained in the United Methodist Church and currently has Privilege of Call in the United Church of Chris. She earned an M.Div. degree at Princeton Theological Seminary.  Special Music: Arbender Robinson

April 23 Jamel Massey (Christian) is the program facilitator at Exodus Transitional Community in New York. In this capacity he facilitates several workshops for persons recently released from prison and coordinates the fatherhood program as well as serving as a mentor for youth. Himself incarcerated for 17 years, he earned an A.A. degree from Corning Community College and is currently working toward a degree in social work at Medgar Edgars College in Brooklyn.

April 30 Sister Carol Perry (Roman Catholic) is retiring at the end of May after 37 years as the resident Bible scholar at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. 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 and read by our Reading Group. Her future plans include writing another book.   Special Music: Mary Sheeran


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.

Interested members of the congregation met following the coffee hour last Sunday to discuss Faith in Action – 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. The next meeting is scheduled for March 19. Call for details.




We 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 Raymond RAYMOND GOMBACH 

Our 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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