Welcome to Chelsea Community Church - Our 40th Anniversary Year!

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.

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Rev. Dr. Lauren Hunter (American Baptist) provides pulpit supply ministry at the First Baptist Church in Bronxville. She was previously assistant pastor at Union Square Restoration Temple Ministries, a nondenominational congregation, and a minister on the staff of Potter’s House Church of the Living God in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. A guidance counselor at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, she earned an M.Div. degree at New York Theological Seminary and an Ed.D. at North Central University in Minnesota. She also holds master’s degrees in counseling and education administration. Her sermon title will be “What’s done in the dark…” and the relevant scripture passage is Daniel 2:19-22.

Special Music: Lucille Carr-Kaffashan and Jessica Lang. Joanne Downes, lay leader.

For a listing of speakers scheduled for early fall, please click on “Events,” above, then “Speakers and Special Music” from the menu which will appear on the left-hand side of the “Events” page.

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Special Music

Mezzo-soprano Lucille Carr-Kaffashan, accompanied by cellist Jessica Wang,  will provide special music this Sunday, October 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.   Read More

Reading Group at Chelsea Community Church

Reading Group

The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Rectory Chapel. This past Sunday the group discussed Baptism, the first section of the book Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans.  The schedule for this fall’s discussions is:  October 4 (no reading group due to the annual Congregational Meeting); October 11 – Confession; October 18 – Holy Orders; October 25 – Communion; November 1 (no reading group due to the 40th Anniversary celebration); November 8 – Confirmation; November 15 – Anointing; November 22 – Marriage; November 29 – an Advent study will begin.

  Join us!  For more information us at info@chelseachurch.org and ask for information on the Reading Group.


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.  


Next Sunday

October 18: ANNUAL BLESSING of ANIMALS, Otto Walberg and Bucky, Lay Leaders.



The Fall Newsletter (September-November) is available. 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.  

October 18: Annual Blessing of Animals, 12 p.m.

October 21, Wednesday: Choir rehearsals for December 13th Candlelight Carol Service begin: 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church on West 31st St. All are welcome; no auditions!  Let us know if you’re interested.

Novermber 1: ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY, Rev. Dr. Karen Ziegler returns to CCC to help us celebrate our first 40 years!



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