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.


Be well.


October 25  Rev. Gary Arthur (Pentecostal) is an officer in the 10th Police Precinct, which serves the Chelsea community. He has been with the Police Department for 24 years and is also an ordained minister. He earned a master’s degree in theology at Community Bible Institute and Seminary in Brooklyn. His message is on the story of the woman at the well and is titled “You Will Never Thirst Again.” The relevant scriptures are John 4:7-9, 13-14

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.

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Special Music 

Music Director Sam Shull 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.

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

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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., except October 4. The new book is Dancing from the Inside Out: Grace-Filled Reflections on Growing Older by Westina Matthews, and discussion begins on October 11.For 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.

October 18 Mary Sheeran (Episcopal) earned an M.Div. degree at New York Theological Seminary. An editorial manager at Harrison & Star, she is the author of four novels. The latest, A Dangerous Liberty, was released early this year. The others are Banished from Memory (2019), Quest of the Sleeping Princess (2012) and Who Have the Power (2006). Banished from Memory received an Independent Press Award as a distinguished favorite of historical fiction. A classically trained soprano, Ms. Sheeran has sung leads in operas in New York City and the Midwest and performed in solo recitals and cabaret shows in Manhattan.Special Music: Mary Sheeran

October 25 Rev. Gary Arthur (Pentecostal) is an officer in the 10th Police Precinct, which serves the Chelsea community. He has been with the Police Department for 24 years and is also an ordained minister. He earned a master’s degree in theology at Community Bible Institute and Seminary in Brooklyn.

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