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.


Sunday, December 16, 6 p.m.

44th Annual Candlelight Carol Service

– December 9, Second Sunday in Advent – 


This Sunday, December 9: Rev. Stephen H. Phelps (Presbyterian) is honorably 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.

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

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Special Music 

On Sunday, December 9, soprano Mary Sheeran will provide special music for our worship service.

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 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 November 18 we started a new book of stories also edited by C. Michael Curtis: Faith: Stories; short fiction of the varieties and vagaries of faith. On December 9, we will be reading the stories The Deacon by Mary Gordon and The Welcome Table by Alice Walker. NOTE: The group will not meet on December 16 because it is a long day for everyone due to the Candlelight Carol Service that evening.  The group WIILL meet on December 23.

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 vpfeiffer@verizon.net.

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.  



December 16 Rev. Dana Fenton (American Baptist) teaches sociology at Lehman College where she is a tenured lecturer. She has just completed a two-year term as grievance counselor for full-time faculty at Lehman through its union, the Professional Faculty Conference. She earned M.Div. and M.Phil. degrees at Union Theological Seminary and has an M.Phil. in sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is a former pastor of churches in Long Beach and Queens.

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December 23 Lay-Led Service

December 30 Rev. Gary Arthur (Pentecostal) is an officer in the 10thPolice Precinct, which serves the Chelsea community. He has been with the Police Department for 22 years and is also an ordained minister. He earned as master’s degree in theology at Community Bible Institute and Seminary in Brooklyn.


Wednesday evenings: Choir rehearsals in progress for our 44th annual Candlelight Carol Service on Sunday, December 16th, 6 p.m.

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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