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, currently Sundays, at 12 p.m. via Zoom until further noticeexcept 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. 


E-mail us at info@chelseachurch.org for details.




 Please contact us for the link at info@chelseachurch.org. 

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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 (1343- ca. 1416)

Unfamiliar with Julian of Norwich? Here is a brief article.





January 30 – Father Vincent Corso (Roman Catholic) is a member of Celibacy Is the Issue, an organization of former Roman Catholic priests now called to serve the spiritual needs of those under-served, neglected or rejected by the Institutional Church. CITI priests provide spiritual counseling, home liturgies, marriages, including second marriages, funerals, baptisms and other sacramental services. Father Corso received a Master of Divinity degree from the Franciscan School of Theology in Rensselaer, NY and was ordained in 1980. He earned a Master of Social Work degree from Syracuse University in 1996. A retired social worker, he worked in a variety of hospice programs throughout New York State with a specialty in bereavement and community education. He currently is engaged as a wedding officiant, helping prepare couples for their marriage. He lives in Essex County, NJ with his wife Christine and their children, Julia and Peter, and has been fortunate to celebrate with CCC for many years. His message will be “Let’s Not Be Nazareth,” and the relevant scripture passage are Psalms 71:1-6 and Luke 4:1-30. There will also be a brief reading by Swami Omkarananada. Lay Leader: Edie Diane Nichols.

For ZOOM link, contact: info@chelseachurch.org.

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Special Music 

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

Our current music director, Sam Shull, above, 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 to begin the fall’s discussions: The World’s Greatest Short Stories (Dover Thrift Edition). We welcome people to join the group.  For Zoom information, e-mail info@chelseachurch.org. The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m.  We hope to see you all at the discussions or to read your comments about the readings 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.  



FEBRUARY 6 – Revd. Joe Nicholson (Non-denominational Protestant) spent the first 30 years of his career as an entrepreneur. He founded a dozen companies, mostly related to software and the Financial Services Industry. Following the sale of his operating businesses and a brief retirement, he was called to Seminary. He received a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in 2016 and a Master of Sacred Theology from Union in 2020. He was ordained in 2017 by the Non-Denominational Protestant American Fellowship Church. From September 2014 to January 2021, he served as Chaplain to the uniformed personnel of the EMS division of the New York City Fire Department. Since April 2019, he has served as pastoral counselor at Chelsea Community Church. Lay Leader: Wayne Kammerer
FEBRUARY 13 – 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. Lay Leader: Paul Bodden. Special Music: Maureen Taylor

FEBRUARY 20 – Mary Sheeran, Lay Service

FEBRUARY 27 – Min. Thomas Ryer (Pentecostal) is a case planner for the fathering initiative at the foster care agency Forestdale in Forest Hill, Queens, working with youths 14-25 years of age. He is also an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He was ordained at Christ’s Temple in Harlem in December, four months after being released from prison. Before being incarcerated in 1997, he was a youth services director for New York City, working with the Children’s Aid Society and settlement houses. He earned an M.A. in criminal justice at Oklahoma University in 1984 and a Master of Professional Studies degree in 2004 in the New York Theological Seminary program at Sing Sing. Lay Leader: TBA.  Special Music: William Safkow

MARCH 6 – Rev. Nindyo Sasongko (Mennonite) is pursuing a Ph.D. in systematic theology at Fordham University. He is a teaching fellow at Fordham and a theologian in residence at Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship. He served as a pastor in his native Indonesia from 2005-2013, with time out as a youth minister in Ethiopia for nearly a year. After receiving an M.A. from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry in 2015, he became the Elias Pohan visiting research fellow at Jakarta Theological Seminary in Indonesia. Lay Leader: TBA

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