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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Be well.

Wishing everyone a healthy and blessed

New Year 2021!


January 24  Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker (United Methodist) is associate professor of Biblical studies at General Theological Seminary. She previously taught Old Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, where she founded the Trinity Prison Project. She has also taught at Yale Divinity School, Colby College, Fordham University and Andover Newton Theological School. She has taught in the New York Theological Seminary program in Sing Sing Prison. Before beginning her doctoral studies she was a congregational pastor and then a university chaplain. She holds a Ph.D. in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible from Yale University as well as an S.T.M. from Yale Divinity School and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary.

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.

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Special Music 

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

CCC Music Director Sam Shull 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 and will be meeting via Zoom on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The new book is A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen ArmstrongFor Zoom information, e-mail info@chelseachurch.org. The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Whelan Room of the Rectory.  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.

January 31 The Rev. Joseph J. Nicholson (American Fellowship Church), Chelsea Community Church’s pastoral counselor, will also be the speaker on December 20.

February 7 Rabbi Jill Hausman(Reformed Jewish) is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ezrath Israel, also known as the Actors Temple. Before coming to the 47th Street shul in 2006, she was with the Boro Park Progressive Synagogue in Brooklyn, first as a cantor and then as assistant rabbi. She was ordained at the Rabbinical Seminary International in Manhattan.

February 14 Lay Service

February 21 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.

February 28 Martine Bruno (Interfaith) is a student at Yale Divinity School working toward an M.Div. degree. She received an M.A. degree in pastoral care from New York Theological Seminary in May 2017. During her studies there she was a resident chaplain with Lutheran Services and also with NYU. A mezzo soprano, she has been a soloist at Chelsea Community Church numerous times and has sung at venues that range from subway platforms to Carnegie Hall as well as on European tours. A graduate of SUNY Purchase, she has studied at the Conservatorio Di Mantova in Italy.

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