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.


Our Annual Candlelight Carol Service  

–  Sunday, December 10, 6 p.m. –

approaches! Anyone interested in helping decorate the sanctuary (12/9), providing cookies, reading a scripture passage, ushering, etc., please let us know!

We need you, and it’s a wonderful event in which to participate.


November 19 Rev. Miriam Gross (Lutheran) is the pastor of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Paul in Chelsea. Her previous pastorates include Lutheran churches in Franconia and Munich, Germany and a Reformed church in Orkney, Scotland. She earned a master of theology degree at Universität Erlangen in Germany and another theological degree from the Church of Scotland. She is currently pursuing a doctor of ministry degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She teaches at the German School in White Plains one day a week and maintains a blog, “Church and Society.” Her message is entitled “Hope and Grace,  and the relevant scripture passage is Matthew 14:22-33. Paula Whitney Best, Lay Leader. 

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

Deborah Karpel

Special Music 

Vocalist Deborah Karpel, above, will provide special music this Sunday, November 19.

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 Rectory Chapel. We are currently reading and discussing Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong,  Here is our schedule for the next few weeks: November 19: Page 141-156; November 26: Page 156-178; December 3: Page 178-191 (This includes the Epilogue. If your copy of the book doesn’t include that, 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.  



November 26 Imam Faiyaz Jaffer (Muslim) is the associate chaplain of the Islamic Center at New York University, where he is also a research scholar. After graduating from SUNY Stony Brook, he earned an M.A. in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University in England and also studied at the Islamic Seminary of Karbala in Iraq. An interfaith activist, he is a popular speaker at events across the country. Due to the political and social climate, he has been making strides in the greater New York area by taking part in a number of interfaith seminars and discussions in the hope of increasing dialogue with various faith leaders. His outreach efforts have allowed him to be featured in some of the country’s most prominent media outlets.

December 3 Rev. Dr. Storm Swain (Episcopal) is associate professor of pastoral care and theology and director of Anglican studies at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia. An Episcopal priest, she was Canon pastor at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York from 2002-07 and served as the Diocese’s representative on the Board of the New York Disaster Interfaith Services. An accredited chaplain and clinical pastoral education supervisor, she has served in those capacities in both her native New Zealand and in New York City and worked with the American Red Cross and Disaster Chaplaincy Services after the 9/11 attacks. She holds a Ph.D. in psychiatry and religion from Union Theological Seminary and certificates in pastoral psychotherapy and psychoanalysis from the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute. 

December 10 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 a learning and training specialist with the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. He earned his M.Div. degree at New York Theological Seminary.

DECEMBER 10, 6 p.m. – 43rd Annual Candlelight Carol Service

December 17 Rev. Shari Brink (Reformed Church in America) is president of the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center. She is also a pastoral advisor to GIFTS:LGBT Fellowship at Marble Collegiate Church, where she was the minister for strategic advancement from 2010 to 2015. Earlier she was director of development at Auburn Seminary and director of strategic planning for the Reformed Church in America. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, she has served as a minister in Los Angeles and Colts Neck, NJ.

December 24 Lay-Led Service with singing of Christmas carols

December 31 Daud Nashid  (Baptist) is a recruitment specialist for Exodus Transitional Community, enlisting recently incarcerated persons to enter its substance abuse, anger management and job training programs. During his own 28 years in prison, he went from being a high school dropout to earning a Master of Professional Studies degree in the New York Theological Seminary program in Sing Sing. Shortly after his 2013 release, he worked as a certified application counselor assisting individuals to utilize health care insurance through the Affordable Care Act.


From St. Peter’s Church, Events to Share: Members and friends of CCC are expressly invited to participate.

My Sisters and Brothers –

I am writing to remind you that our second Adult Education Seminar, “Leadership in Public Theology”, begins tonight [October 2] at 6:00pm in the Rectory, and to invite you to help us as we develop a plan for sustainable church at St. Peter’s.  The texts, objectives, and topics covered in each session are provided below.  You do not have to come to every session to participate in this class.

I also want to let you know that the Diocesan Liturgy Festival, scheduled for October 7, has been cancelled.  In its place, Bishop Dietsche has announced that there will be a service for the Victims of Natural Disaster in the Caribbean and Mexico, Saturday, October 7 at 12:00 Noon in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.
All my best,
The Reverend Stephen Harding
St Peter’s Chelsea

Thursday evenings until further notice: Our host church, St. Peter’s, will be conducing candlelight vigils, praying for our country, our leaders, and all those affected by our leaders’ decisions, every Thursday from 6:30-7:00 p.m., until further notice.

Faith in Action – a group comprised of all interested which meets to discuss how to deal with and/or express Christian commitment in the current political climate. The group decided to meet monthly to continue discussions. Watch this page for further details as they are announced. Call for details.

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