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 at St. Peter’s, weekly.

For details, see “Additional,” below.

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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

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

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Special Music

Soprano Mary Sheeran, above, will provide special music this Sunday, April 30.

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.  We will meet this Sunday, April 30, to continue our  discussion of Jews in the Time of Jesus, by Stephen M. Wylen, with Section 11, Hillel. 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.  




May 7 Imam Chernor Sa’ad Jalloh (Islamic) rose to the position of imam of the Islamic Cultural Center in January 2013. He joined the staff in 2002 as an assistant imam and was appointed acting imam in 2010. Born in Sierra Leone, he studied theology in Saudi Arabia. He came to the United States in 2001 and is now a naturalized citizen. 

May 14  Rabbi Jill Hausman (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.  Special Music: Rabbi Jill Hausman

May 21  Rev. Gary Ryan (Episcopal) is a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church who has served as a human rights advocate for the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Anglican Observer’s Office at the United Nations. He was pastor of several Methodist churches near Oxford, Miss., before becoming an Episcopalian. Currently a teacher at Brooklyn Friends School, he has worked as a journalist for Associated Press and as a chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital and at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. A graduate of the University of Mississippi and Harvard Divinity School, he holds M.A., M.Div. and Th.M. degrees.   Special Music: Pamela Palmieri

May 28 Lay Service


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. Call for details


The Spring Newsletter (March – May) is available!  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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