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.

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“All shall be well. All shall be well. And all manner of thing shall be well.” – Julian of Norwich (1343-1416+)


June 13 Rev.Linda Tarry-Chard (United Church of Christ) served as an associate minister for membership, care and parish life at The Riverside Church of New York for 14 years. The founding president of the Project People Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds education and employment training programs in southern Africa and the US, she has raised over $1.8 million for its activities. She provides clergy supply for the CHurch of the Gardens, a United Church of Christ congregation in Forest Hills, Queens, and is a clergy mentor for the Union Theological Seminary-Lilly Foundation/VISION Program. She holds an M.S. in education from Fordham University and an M. Div. from Union Theological Seminary. Her message will be “Weeds, Seeds and the Kingdom of God,” and the relevant scripture passage is Mark 4:26-34. Lay Leader: Paul Bodden. Special Music: Charles “Chuck” Ramsey (guitar) and Lesley Barth Ramsey (piano), vocalists. 

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. Wayne Kammerer at the weekly ZOOM keyboard!

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Special Music 

Our program of special music is made possible by a legacy from former music director John Eggleston. This Sunday, June 6, special music will be provided via recording by Ed Sheeran, bass, Mary Sheeran’s late father.

CCC Music Director Sam Shull, above, 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.


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Reading Group at Chelsea Community Church

Reading Group

THE READING GROUP The reading group is currently reading short stories about faith, religion or tradition that are available on the web.  We welcome people to join the group.  If interested, send an email to info@chelseachurch.org to join and find out what stories to read. For Zoom information, e-mail info@chelseachurch.org. The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m.  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.


June 20 Rev. Kenneth Harrigan (Non-denominational) is co-pastor of New Jerusalem Church in the Bronx. In 2015 he founded KMH Comic World, whose offerings are available only via eBay. He was previously a case manager in the alternatives to incarceration program of the Fortune Society. Himself incarcerated for 12 years, he has been certified as an alcohol/substance abuse counselor. Special Music: Deborah Karpel, soprano

June 27 Brooke Matejka (Episcopal) is pursuing dual degrees at Princeton Theological Seminary: a master of divinity and a master of arts in Christian education. Brought up in a Pentecostal church in St. Louis, she felt called to ministry at an early age. As she grew older, however, she began to struggle with the theological and political frameworks she had been given and her relationship with the church. While studying religion and creative writing as an undergraduate, she stumbled into an unexpected call to faith.

July 4 Lay-Led Service

July 11 Rev. John Magisano (Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches) was Chelsea Community Church’s pastoral counselor for 11 years (2004-2015).He previously served as assistant pastor for development at the Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford. He is now learning and development lead for the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. He earned his M.Div. degree at New York Theological Seminary.

July 18 The Rev. Christine Lee (Episcopal) is the priest in charge at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Chelsea. The first Korean American woman ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church (2012), she was formerly the vicar at All Angels’ Church on the Upper West Side. After completing a year of Anglican studies at General Theological Seminary, she served St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem on an interim basis. Earlier she earned M.Div. and M.Th. degrees at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago. She has served as a campus minister with the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Chicago and at Columbia University. She is currently pursuing a D.Min. degree at Fuller Theological Seminary with a focus on leading organizational and congregational change. Special Music: Mary Sheeran, soprano

July 25 – Robert D. Arnau (Metropolitan Community Church) is a faith and queer advocate who has been called to minister to those on the margins and who have suffered church/religious trauma. A graduate of New York Theological Seminary with an M.Div. degree, he is currently a candidate for ordination under the Metropolitan Community Churches. He is the co-creator of Queer Bible Study, a podcast that focuses on rediscovering the Bible and the message of Jesus through the eyes of a post-modern movement. He has worked with other churches, preached in various settings and been involved in faith panels and discussions. He is currently studying pastoral mental health counseling at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion. Mr. Arnau will also provide special music for the service.

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