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.


January 26: Rev. Stephen H. Phelps (Presbyterian) is honorably retired from ministry in his denomination. From 2011-14, he was the interim senior minister at The Riverside Church in Manhattan. He previously served in a similar capacity at first Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. Before coming to New York City, he was a Presbyterian minister in Buffalo. He chairs the New Sanctuary Coalition here in New York and is vice president of the Correctional Association of New York. He received his M.Div. degree from Yale Divinity School.  His message will be “What is a Human For?” and the relevant scriptures are Philippians 3:10-16 and Matthew 5.43-48. Lay Leader: Robert Perretti.

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Special Music 

Nina Blue, soprano and jazz singer, will provide special music this Sunday, January 26.

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 Whelan Room of the Rectory.  The group will NOT  meet this Sunday, December 22, and on December 29 will meet to begin discussion of its next book, A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith by Timothy Egan. 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.

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.  



February 2 Mary Sheeran (Episcopal) earned an M.Div. degree at New York Theological Seminary. An editorial manager at Harrison & Star, she is the author of four novels. The latest, A Dangerous Liberty, will be releasedin 2020. The others are Banished from Memory (2019), Quest of the Sleeping Princess (2012) and Who Have the Power (2006). Banished from Memory received an Independent Press Award as a distinguished favorite of historical fiction. A classically trained soprano, Ms. Sheeran has sung leads in operas in New York City and the Midwest and performed in solo recitals and cabaret shows in Manhattan.

February 9 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.

February 16 Lay Service:  Special Hymn Sing Service.

February 23 Rev. Elizabeth A. Perry (United Church of Christ) is a consultant on reducing the risk of child abuse in the church and an online trainer with www.BeADisciple.com. She alsoteaches at the University of Phoenix’s Jersey City campus and at the College of New Rochelle.

IN ADDITION: MEMORIAL SERVICE for W. Kathleen Reid set for January 25

W. KATHLEEN REID (1940-2019)

There will be a memorial service for our beloved W. Kathleen “Kathy” Reid, who died on November 7, 2019, on  Saturday afternoon, January 25, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal, our host church.  An obituary will appear in the News section, which can be accessed by clicking on the “Blog” tab at the top of this page.

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