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.



Congratulations to St. Peter’s Chelsea, our host church,

on receiving a $25,000 grant

from the New York Historic Landmarks Commission.


Lauren Hunter


March 25 PALM SUNDAY  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. The relevant scripture passage for Sunday is Luke 19: 28-40Special Music: Rob Mosher, clarinetist.  Lay Leader: Wayne Kammerer.

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

Special Music 

Clarinetist Rob Mosher will provide special music for this Sunday’s  service.

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.

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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 will meet this Sunday, March 18, when we continue our discussion of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. We will discuss two chapters of the section The Eight Pillars of Joy: Gratitude and Compassion .

Watch this space for an announcement of which section will be discussedIf you have any questions, please 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.  



April 1, Easter 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. Special Music: Arbender Robinson, tenor; choir

 April 8 Dr. Mary Ann Cejka (Roman Catholic) is a psychologist, writer, activist and longtime friend of Chelsea Community Church. 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.

April 15 Rev. Dr. Peter Heltzel (Disciples of Christ) is an associate professor of theology at New York Theological Seminary. Before joining the faculty, he ministered to seafarers at the Seamen’s Church Institute in Newark and worked at the Office of Social Witness of the Reformed Church in America. He is the author of Jesus and Justice  (Yale University Press , 2009) and the co-author of Faith-Rooted Organizing (Inter-Varsity Press, 2013). He holds a Ph.D. degree in theology from Boston University.

 April 22 Rev. Elizabeth A. Perry (United Church of Christ) is Chelsea Community Church’s pastoral counselor. A pastor for more than 20 years, she is now a church consultant on reducing the risk of child abuse in the church (www.bethperry.net) and an online trainer with www.BeADisciple.com. She is also on the faculty of the University of Phoenix’s Jersey City campus. Special Music: Lucille Carr-Kaffashan, soprano

April 29 Rev. Seigan Ed Glassing (Zen Buddhist) is a staff chaplain in the palliative care service at New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center. Having studied drawing and painting at Pratt Institute, he became interested in Buddhism through art and began to practice it in 1985 at the Zen Studies Society in New York and then lived at its Catskill monastery for eight years. Ordained a Zen Buddhist monk in 1991, he also studied at the Shogen-ji monastery in Japan for four years. Upon his return, he became co-director of the New York Zendo. He trained to become a chaplain at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.


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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