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.

December 11, The Third Sunday in Advent December 18, Candlelight Carol Service, 6 p.m.

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THIS SUNDAY, The THIRD SUNDAY of ADVENT, December 11 Priscilla Lopez (Universal) is a contract coach and mentor at Exodus Transitional Community. A Native American from Montana, she came to New York in 2001. She graduated from York College in Queens and completed nearly two years in a master’s program in clinical social work at New York University before being incarcerated. She was released from prison in February 2016.

For an overview of recent speakers, click on “Events,” above, then then on “Speakers & Special Music.”

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Special Music

Tenor Ernie Pruneda will provide special music this Sunday, December 11.

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 above, 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 Rectory Chapel. 

The reading group will meet this Sunday, December 11, to discuss Chapters 9-11 of John Shelby Spong’s book Biblical Literacy – A Gentile Heresy.  The Reading Group will NOT meet on December 18, 25, January 1, but will resume thereafter.  If you have any questions about the book – or would like a copy of a chart with the dates we’ll be meeting, chapters we’ll be reading, and other background information – please email RevBethPerry@gmail.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.  


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December 18 Thomas Southern (Presbyterian) is a member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. An ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA, he is a retired social worker. After working in the New York City Administration for Children’s Services for several decades, he spent the last 10 years of his career as an adjunct professor at several graduate social work schools in the New York metropolitan area. He earned his MSW degree at Columbia University and an advanced certificate in social work at the Hunter College School of Social Work.

December 18, 6pm  42nd Annual Candlelight Carol Service.  A beautiful traditional service of lessons and carols  … plus, A Visit from St. Nicholas, written by Chelsea’s and St. Peter’s own Clement Clarke Moore and read by Arbender Robinson. Click on our “Events” button, then Candlelight Carol Service for complete details.

December 25 Rev. Elizabeth A. Perry (United Church of Christ) is Chelsea Community Church’s pastoral counselor. She is a lead faculty member of the University of Phoenix and an online instructor with BeADisciple.com, where she trains churches in Safe Sanctuary, spiritual gifts, digital ministries, meditation and mysticism. A pastor for more than 20 years, she has served churches in Manhattan, Long Island and Pennsylvania. She earned an M.Div. degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, she currently has Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ.

Above: The ASPCA’s Victoria Wells, with Bear, was our speaker at this year’s Blessing of Animals service on Sunday, October 16.



Gombach RaymondOur community is saddened to learn of the death of Raymond Gombach, left, a frequent speaker at our worship services, on November 20. We are thankful for his gifts to CCC and extend our deepest condolences to his family.

Candlelight Carol Service Choir Rehearsals have begun!  Wednesday, November 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m., St. John the Baptist Church at 213 W 30th St., between 7th and 8th Avenues.

The Winter Newsletter (December – February) is out now!  If you don’t already receive our quarterly newsletter via e-mail or postal mail, please let us know if you would like to be on the list for either form of distribution.  


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