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.

Wishing everyone a blessed,

quarantine-style Thanksgiving!


November 29 Lay Service. Paul Bodden is a long-time member of CCC, has been treasurer, lay leader and choir coordinator. He will give a talk and lead a discussion about “Eternal Life.” The Scripture texts are John 3:16, John 6:53-55, 60-63 and John 10:27-28.

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. 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.

December 6 Rev. Dr. William Weisenbach (Presbyterian) ,a member of the Board of Trustees of New York Theological Seminary, retired as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Katonah in Westchester County. Previously pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown in Cold Spring, NY, he earlier was vice president for academic affairs and professor of church management at New York Theological Seminary. He earned his D.Min. degree at the seminary and was awarded an honorary D.D. after his 24 years of service to the institution.

December 13 The Rev. Dr. Storm Swain (Episcopal) is the Frederick Houk Borsch associate professor of Anglican studies, pastoral care and theology at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia. An Episcopal priest, she was Canon pastor at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York from 2002-07 and served as the Diocese’s representative on the Board of the New York Disaster Interfaith Services. An accredited chaplain and clinical pastoral education supervisor, she has served in those capacities in both her native New Zealand and in New York City and worked with the American Red Cross and Disaster Chaplaincy Services after the 9/11 attacks. She holds a Ph.D. in psychiatry and religion from Union Theological Seminary and certificates in pastoral psychotherapy and psychoanalysis from the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute.

December 20 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.

December 27 Sister Carol Perry (Roman Catholic) was the resident Bible scholar at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan for 37 years.  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.

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