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, currently at 1 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. 

E-mail us at info@chelseachurch.org for details.


As we resume in-person worship, the following guidelines will continue to apply:

Please note the service will start at 1:00 p.m. rather than 12:00. The book group will continue to meet at 10:30 via Zoom.

The Board has decided to join New York City and other faith communities in requiring proof of full vaccination for those 12 and older to attend Worship. Anything we can do to keep others safe is an act of love. We will also require everyone age 2 or older to wear a mask and maintain social distancing, reflecting the current guidance of the CDC, New York City and State.

When you arrive at the church:  Have your vaccination card, a photo of it, or an app ready to show proof of full vaccination, which means it’s been 14 days since your final vaccine dose. You may use Excelsior Pass, NYC COVID Safe, or an app used in your state of residence, such as Docket in New Jersey. Please show this to the usher when you enter the church.

For communion we will gather around the altar in a wide semi-circle. Grape juice and wafers will be available in individual cups/packets. A gluten-free wafer will also be available for anyone who needs that option.

For the moment due to the construction work being done in the rectory, coffee hour will be held in the back of the church and/or outside if the weather allows. Since we will be starting 1 hour later, coffee hour will include light snacks rather than the more brunch like food we used to have. The book group will continue to meet via Zoom at 10:30 a.m.  Please contact us for Zoom link information:  info@chelseachurch.org.

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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- ca. 1416)

SHEERAN Mary 190w x 160h


November 28  IN-PERSON SERVICE, 1 p.m.  FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT Mary Sheeran (Episcopal) earned an M.Div. degree at New York Theological Seminary. An editorial manager at Harrison & Star, she is the author of four novels. The latest, A Dangerous Liberty, was released early this year. The others are Banished from Memory (2019), Quest of the Sleeping Princess (2012) and Who Have the Power (2006). Banished from Memory received an Independent Press Award as a distinguished favorite of historical fiction. A classically trained soprano, Ms. Sheeran has sung leads in operas in New York City and the Midwest and performed in solo recitals and cabaret shows in Manhattan. Her message will be “You can do it. Will you?” and the relevant scripture passages are Jeremiah 33:14-16 and I Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36. The message comes from a WW2 speech to some young women. “Will you look suffering straight in the face and bear it? Will you look possible martyrdom straight in the face and dare it? .. You offer to a crucified world [her] Son…You can do it. Will you?” Lay Leader: Pam Palmieri.

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Special Music 

Our program of special music is made possible by a legacy from former music director John Eggleston

Our current 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 has chosen a new book to begin the fall’s discussions: The World’s Greatest Short Stories (Dover Thrift Edition). We welcome people to join the group.  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 readings 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.  



Watch this space for December listings … coming soon!

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