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.
Sunday, November 2, ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY 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. In the early years of Chelsea Community Church he was a frequent speaker at our services and informally advised the Board of Trustees on a variety of issues.
Arbender Robinson, above, and Melissa Mitchell will provide special music on Anniversary Sunday, November 2. Robinson is an established professional in the Broadway community, having appeared in 8 Broadway productions including Hairspray, Hair, Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Ragtime and Book of Mormon. Most recently he was in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and soon the new revival of Les Miserable returning to Broadway in March. He is also no stranger to the music ministry. “Music is universal and transcends time, race, creed, religion and language barriers. I allow my music to speak directly to the listeners and I pray and believe that the message is specific each time a song choice comes to me.” He is from Chicago, IL and has performed all over the world.
Melissa Mitchell is currently making her Broadway debut in the cast of Les Miserables.
Since our founding we have been blessed with a number of extraordinary music directors, making our regular and special services memorable. 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. Special music is scheduled approximately twice a month. 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.
The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m in the Whelan Room of the Rectory.
Following up on our year-long “Bible Challenge” study, participants in this series are choosing a biblical book, passage, or Bible figure on which to lead a discussion. Our fall project will be reading and discussing Sister Carol Perry’s — one of our favority speakers — new book, Waiting for Our Souls to Catch Up (2014, paperback & Kindle). Hear her speak at our worship service on September 28.
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.
November 9, Elise Ambrose Minson (United Methodist), Speaker
October 29: Wednesday evening choir rehearsal for December’s Candlelight Carol Service; all welcome, no auditions! Contact 212-243-0273 for more details.
November 17: Board of Trustees meeting
December 14: 40th Annual Candlelight Carol Service, 6 p.m.
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