Welcome to Chelsea Community Church!
Clement Clarke Moore himself appeared out of the dark December night of Sunday, December 14th …
For details and pictures, keep an eye on our Candlelight Carol Service page
here over the next few weeks (via “Events” and “Music” buttons).
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.
Sunday, December 21 Rev. Dr. Storm Swain (Episcopal) is associate professor of pastoral care and theology at The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where she also oversees Anglican studies. An Episcopal priest, she was Canon pastor at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York from 2002-2007 and also 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 Cityy and worked with the American Red Cross and Disaster Chaplaincy Services in the wake of 9/11.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. Her message will be “A Christmas Carol Celebration,” and the relevant scripture is Luke 2: 1-20. Joanne Downes, lay leader.
Tenor Otto Walberg, above, will provide special music this Sunday, December 21st.
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.
Special music on Sunday, December 28, by Mindy Asher, cellist.
The Reading Group continues to meet each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Rectory Chapel.
On Sunday, Nov. 23rd, we began reading The Reason For God; Belief in an Age of Skepticism, by Tim Keller, Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC. Keller is a prolific author as well as a pastor and church planter. He founded Redeemer in 1989 and it has grown to over 5000 members with many “daughter” churches in cities around the country. All are welcome to join us at anytime. The book is available in bookstores and through Smile Amazon (which give a portion of the proceeds to charities like St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, here. http://smile.amazon.com/Timothy-Keller/e/B001H6SAQW/ref=pd_ys_sf_s_283155_a1_1_b?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=1D5X02Q6Y1REXCPRA8WX
Communion & Coffee Hour
We celebratecommunion 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.
December 28: Lay service. Special music by Mindy Asher, cello.
Best wishes for a blessed Christmas!
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