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

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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.

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.

March 7  Mark Graham (Episcopal) is executive director of Redemption Center, a facility he opened in 2007 to provide transitional housing for men and women coming out of prison. Before developing Redemption Center, he was director of field operations for Exodus Transitional Community, a program that assists ex-offenders. He had not completed high school when he entered prison but moved up the educational ladder to earn a master of professional studies degree in New York Theological Seminary’s program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. He now holds an M.S.W. degree from Hunter College and an M.Div. from New York Theological Seminary.

March 14 Rev. Lisa Hill (Presbyterian) retired in 2019 from her position as director of the West Side Federation Senior & Supportive Housing. Previously she was the director of Frederic Fleming House in Chelsea, which is operated by the same agency. She holds an M.Div degree from Union Theological Seminary.

March 21 Pastor K. Todd Stout (Seventh Day Adventist) is the senior pastor of Church of the Advent Hope in Manhattan. He moved into this role in 2010, after being an associate pastor at the church. Before coming to New York, he was in a pastorate in Indianapolis for five years. He holds an M.Div. degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

March 28 (Palm Sunday) Rev. Gloria-Jean Skeete (National Association of  Congregational Christian Churches)is now semi-retired from 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.

April 4 (Easter) The Rev. Joseph J. Nicholson (American Fellowship Church) 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, Rev. Nicholson remains active in the Episcopal church. He is a licensed lay Eucharistic minister in the Episcopal diocese of New York and has been a lay service leader at St. Peter’s since 2014. 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.

April 11 Rev. Joanna Tipple (Reformed Church in America) received her M.Div. degree in 2005 from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. She and also has training in spiritual direction. Ordained in 2006, she served for two years as pastor of Livingston Memorial Church in Linlithgo, NY. Before attending seminary she served as a local pastor in Methodist churches in Upstate New York.

April 18 Pastor Lance Lewis (Nondenominational) is the senior vice president of the Echelon Society, overseeing business development for the provider of affordable housing. He is also the pastor of the Center of Life Church in Brooklyn. He earned a certificate in ministry and human services in the New York Theological Seminary Program in Sing  Sing Prison. After his release from prison in 2004 he worked for a wholesale distributor and later as a case manager for Housing Works. He also continued his education and received an M.Div. degree from North Carolina Theological Seminary.

April 25 Dr. Mary Ann Cejka (Roman Catholic) is a psychologist, writer and activist. She holds a B.A. in religious studies from Loyola Marymount University, an M. Div. from Yale and a Ph.D. in psychology from Purdue. Her articles have appeared in periodicals including National Catholic Reporter, America, The Christian Century, Sojourners, Maryknoll and The Catholic Worker. She currently teaches graduate courses in psychology for Walden University as well as a variety of peace studies courses for Global Ministries University.

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