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 Episcopal Church in Chelsea.

Due to Covid-19 concerns and recommendations

Chelsea Community Church WILL NOT hold in-person services

until further notice.  However …

we are currently holding virtual services via Zoom.  

E-mail us at info@chelseachurch.org for details.



If you wish to speak with our pastoral counselor, Rev. Joe Nicholson, at any time,

please feel free to contact him at: revd.nicholson@gmail.com.

Please include a phone number and best time(s) to call,

and he will contact you as soon as he can.

For his bio, click on “About Us,” above.

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“All shall be well. All shall be well. And all manner of thing shall be well.” – Julian of Norwich (1343-1416+)


May 9- Mother’s Day –  Rev. Dr. Valerie Holly (American Baptist/ United Church of Christ) is associate minister at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village.. Previously she was the church’s senior community minister. Before that, she was the senior pastor at Unity Fellowship Church of Christ New York City in Brooklyn. She has also held managerial social work positions in substance abuse and HIV/AIDS programs. Her studies at New York Theological Seminary brought her an M.Div degree and culminated in her receiving a D.Min. degree. She also holds an M.S.W degree from Columbia University.  Her message will be “An Opened Mind” and the relevant scripture passage is Luke 24:36b-48. Lay Leader: Joanne Downes

Thank you to our interim Zoom team of  Paula Whitney Best, Paul Bodden, Joanne Downes, and Wayne Kammerer for helping guide us through the recent months. And to Mary Sheeran, Paul Bodden, Wayne Kammerer,  Pam Palmieri and music director Sam Shull, our virtual choir. Wayne Kammerer at theweekly ZOOM keyboard!

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Special Music 

Our program of special music is made possible by a legacy from former music director John Eggleston.

CCC Music Director Sam Shull, above, is also active in the music ministry at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan as a pianist and organist. Previously he was director of music/organist at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Brooklyn and interim organist/pianist at the New Dorp Moravian Church in Staten Island. He has accompanied the Empire City Men’s Chorus and Choral Chameleon and the New York City Department of Education All-City Chorus, and has served as a teaching artist/accompanist for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute, and Harlem School of the Arts. He is a graduate of Carleton College and of Berklee College of Music, and since 2016 has worked as a software engineer at Sailthru in Manhattan.


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Reading Group at Chelsea Community Church

Reading Group

THE READING GROUP has chosen a new book and will be meeting via Zoom on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The new book is A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen ArmstrongFor Zoom information, e-mail info@chelseachurch.org. The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Whelan Room of the Rectory.  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 info@chelseachurch.com. On October 4th, the Annual Meeting will take place following the worship service and an abbreviated coffee hour! Please join us to help shape the coming year at CCC!

Communion & Coffee Hour at Chelsea Community Church

Communion & Coffee Hour

We celebrate communion each Sunday – including virtually, on a BYO basis –  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. This, too, is currently being handled by the Zoom service, and is, of course, BYO! The garden is welcoming us for the warmer seasons; we particularly enjoy the coffee hours we can spend both inside and out.  




DUE TO Covid-19 recommendations and concerns, CCC has suspended in-person services until further notice.

Nonetheless, you can read below about the inspiring speakers we had scheduled for this period below; we hope some of them will be joining us for our Zoom services.

If you need a Zoom invitation, please e-mail us at: info@chelseachurch.org

COMING UP ON SUNDAYS – via ZOOM until further notice.

May 16 Rev. George Chochos (United Methodist) is a senior federal policy associate at the Vera Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C. and director of prison ministry at the Emory Fellowship of the United Methodist Church. Previously he was the assistant director of Georgetown University’s pivot program that assists persons who are newly released from prison. He was incarcerated for 11½ years before his release in 2011. While in prison, he earned degrees from Bard College and New York Theological Seminary. He subsequently received M.Div and STM degrees from Yale University and is now working toward a Ph.D. in theology at Georgetown University.      Special Music: Ginger Ray, soprano

May 23 Rev. Elizabeth Perry (United Church of Christ) has three decades of clergy experience as a pastor, chaplain, pastoral counselor, church trainer/consultant, and guest preacher. She currently leads online continuing education courses for church leaders (laity and clergy), via  www.BeADisciple.com. Her favorite topics include Safe Spaces for Children & Youth, Women Mystics, Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts, Women’s Ministries, and Called to Preach, a new course for lay preachers. She has been adjunct faculty for various colleges in the NYC area for the past decade,.She lives in Queens with her husband (actor and musician Tony Perry).

May 30 Lay-Led Service

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