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.


The 2019 Candlelight Carol Service,

our 45th, will be on Sunday, December 15, at 6 p.m.

Watch this space for details, and consider joining the volunteer no-audition choir,

which begins rehearsing on Wednesday evenings (except Thanksgiving week) in late October.

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We resume regular Sunday worship services on Sunday, September 8, at 12 p.m. Please join us!


September 22:  Frank Goldstein (Roman Catholic) is an employment specialist at Exodus Transitional Community working on job development for persons who have been in prison. He was incarcerated for nearly five years before his release from prison in October 2018. This coming semester he will begin studying at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Special music: Ginger Ray


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Special Music 

Special music will be provided this Sunday, September 22, by mezzo-soprano Ginger Ray, above.

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 Whelan Room of the Rectory.  We will resume meetings – following our August hiatus  – this month. Please watch this space for details on the date and new book!

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.

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.  



September 29 Rev. Gloria-Jean Skeete (National Association of Congregational Christian Churches) is on the ministerial staff of the Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church in Brooklyn, where she has served since 2015. She was previously a pastor at the New York Congregational Nursing Center in Brooklyn. She graduated from New York Theological Seminary in 2012 with an M.Div. degree. Her seminary education included internships at Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Brooklyn and Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Before going to seminary she worked in the fashion industry.

October 6 (Annual Meeting Date) Robert D. Arnau (United Church of Christ) is a 2018 graduate of New York Theological Seminary where he earned an M.Div. degree. Now a candidate for ordination in the United Church of Christ, he was previously affiliated with Metropolitan Community Churches and continues to be active in the music ministry of its Manhattan congregation. He originated the podcast Queer Bible Study of God. He is a senior resource manager at the New York City Housing, Preservation and Development Department. Special music: Robert Arnau

October 13 Raquel Irizarry (Unitarian Universalist, United Church of Christ) is enrolled in a four-year program leading to dual degrees, an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and an MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work. She has completed the Union portion of the program and will begin at Columbia in September. Her work there will include a field placement at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, working with patients with movement disorders. Before returning to school, she was a photograph sales representative and child care provider.

October 20 Blessing of Animals,Wayne Kammerer, lay leader

October 27 The Rev. Joseph J. Nicholson (Episcopal) 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, he is a licensed lay Eucharistic minister in the Episcopal diocese of New York and has also served as a lay service leader at St. Peter’s. 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. Special music: Pamela Palmieri

November 3 (Anniversary Sunday) 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. Special music: Arbender Robinson

November 10 Rev. Dr. Lauren Hunter (American Baptist) provides pulpit supply ministry at the First Baptist Church in Bronxville. She was previously assistant pastor at Union Square Restoration Temple Ministries, a nondenominational congregation, and a minister on the staff of Potter’s House Church of the Living God in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. A guidance counselor at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, she earned an M.Div. degree at New York Theological Seminary and an Ed.D. at North Central University in Minnesota. She also holds master’s degrees in counseling and education administration.

November 17 Brigitte Harris(No Religious Affiliation) was released from prison in 2012 after being incarcerated for five years on a manslaughter charge based on the death of her father. After her release she worked briefly as office manager at the Interfaith Center and then in construction as a carpenter apprentice. She is now a bicycle messenger. Special music: Otto Walberg

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