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.
Chelsea Community Church WILL NOT hold services this Sunday, March 22, nor until further notice, due to Covid-19 concerns and recommendations.
Please join us this Sunday, EASTER Sunday, for a virtual service via Zoom.
If you have not received an invitation in your inbox and would like to participate,
please email email@example.com and we will email you the meeting details.
If you wish to speak with our pastoral counselor, Rev. Joe Nicholson, at any time,
please feel free to contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include a phone number and best time(s) to call,
and he will contact you as soon as he can.
You can find his brief bio under April 12, below.
April 12, EASTER SUNDAY – In addition to the Zoom service option (see above), please see our Blog/News page for a scripture passage of relevance to the day as this information becomes available. Due to the coronavirus emergency, CCC has suspended services until further notice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
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.
THE READING GROUP WILL NOT MEET UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Whelan Room of the Rectory. Our current book is A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith by Timothy Egan. 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 email@example.com.
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 AT CCC
DUE TO Covid-19 recommendations and concerns, CCC has suspended services until further notice. Nonetheless, you can read below about the wonderful speakers we had scheduled for this period.
March 29 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.
April 5 PALM SUNDAY Rev. Kyndra Frazier (Baptist) is the executive director of the HOPE Center created by her church in Harlem to help end the stigma surrounding mental health treatment in the black community. In addition to her work with HOPE, she serves her congre- gation, the First Corinthian Baptist Church, as the associate pastor for pastoral care and coun-seling. She holds an M.Div. degree from the Emory University Candler School of Theology in Atlanta and an M.S.W. from Columbia University in New York.
April 12 EASTER The Rev. Joseph J. Nicholson (American Fellowship Church) is Chelsea Community Church’s pastoral counselor. He is also a chaplain with the EMS division of the New York City Fire Department. Ordained by the American Fellowship Church, a nondenominational Protestant church in 2017, Rev. Nicholson remains active in the Episcopal church. He is a licensed lay Eucharistic minister in the Episcopal diocese of New York and has been a lay service leader at St. Peter’s since 2014. He received his master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 2016 and is currently enrolled in the master of sacred theology program there. He expects to receive that degree in 2020. Before beginning his seminary studies, he was an entrepreneur who developed several financial services enterprises and an apparel company that sold its products via the Internet.
April 19 Rev. Lisa Hill (Presbyterian) has retired from her long-time position as director of quality care for the West Side Federation for Senior & Supportive Housing. She was previously the director of the Frederic Fleming House in Chelsea, which is operated by the same agency. She holds an M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary.
April 26 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. Father Vince officiates at weddings throughout the year. He and his wife live in New Jersey and are the parents of two children.
May 3 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.s
May 10 Timothy Walton (Baptist) is a youth mentor at Exodus Transitional Community. A native of the South Bronx, he was raised in the church but found his way into selling drugs. That led to his incarceration in 1994. He was released from prison last year after being incarcerated for 25 years. During that time he earned a GED and an AA degree as well as additional college credits.
May 17 Rabbi Jill Hausman (Reformed Jewish) is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ezrath Israel, also known as the Actors Temple. Before coming to the 47th Street shul in 2006, she was with the Boro Park Progressive Synagogue in Brooklyn, first as a cantor and then as assistant rabbi. She was ordained at the Rabbinical Seminary International in Manhattan.
May 24 Lay Service
May 31 The Rev. Joseph J. Nicholson (American Fellowship Church) is Chelsea Community Church’s pastoral counselor. He is also a chaplain with the EMS division of the New York City Fire Department. Ordained by the American Fellowship Church, a nondenominational Protestant church in 2017, Rev. Nicholson remains active in the Episcopal church. He is a licensed lay Eucharistic minister in the Episcopal diocese of New York and has been a lay service leader at St. Peter’s since 2014. He received his master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 2016 and is currently enrolled in the master of sacred theology program there. He expects to receive that degree in 2020. Before beginning his seminary studies, he was an entrepreneur who developed several financial services enterprises and an apparel company that sold its products via the Internet.
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