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 Episcopal Church in Chelsea.


Due to Covid-19 concerns and recommendations

Chelsea Community Church WILL NOT hold in-person services until further notice.  However …

we are currently holding virtual services via Zoom.  E-mail us at info@chelseachurch.org for details.



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.


Be well.


July 12 Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard  (United Church of Christ) served as associate minister for membership, care and parish life at The Riverside Church of New York for 14 years. She was also the minister for interfaith and ecumenical relations for the 1,200-member congregation. The founding president of the Project People Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds education and employment training programs in southern Africa and the United States, she has raised over $1.8-million for its activities. She provides clergy supply for Church of the Gardens, a United Church of Christ congration in Forest Hills, Queens and is a clergy mentor for the Union Theological Seminary-Lilly Foundation/VISION Program.She holds an M.S. in education from Fordham University and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminar. Her message will be “A House Divided”, and the relevant scripture is Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.

The virtual Zoom service will be led by our interim team of  Paul Bodden, Joanne Downes, Wayne Kammerer, and Mary Sheeran.   Mary Sheeran, Paul Bodden, Wayne Kammerer,  Pam Palmieri and music director Sam Shull are the virtual choir on the hymns. Virtual Coffee hour will follow during the same meeting after the brief communion service–please have your bread and juice/wine ready if you are attending communion; all are welcome. If you have already received a Zoom invitation for this Sunday’s service, 12pm to 2pm (to include the coffee hour), you already have the necessary Zoom information.  If you have not received a Zoom invitation, please inquire with an email to info@chelseachurch.orgFor technological reasons, please try to “arrive” 10-15 minutes early, if possible. Watch this space for additional details, or sign up below for our weekly Worship Notes. Virtual (and optional) communion and coffee hour after the service via the same Zoom log-in. For access information to the Zoom platform, please e-mail us at info@chelseachurch.org.

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Special Music 

Since our founding we have been blessed with a number of extraordinary music directors. Jeff Cubeta is just leaving us for new adventures, and we thank him for his many years of service and wish him the best as he moves on. We now welcome Sam Shull to the position of music director, just in time to begin coping with services via Zoom during the coronavirus crises. Sam 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 also been the accompanist for the Empire City Men’s Chorus and Choral Chameleon as well as the New York City Department of Education All-City Chorus. He has also 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. His full-time occupation is as a software engineer at Sailthru in Manhattan, a position he has held since 2016.


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Reading Group at Chelsea Community Church

Reading Group

THE READING GROUP WILL NOT MEET UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.   The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Whelan Room of the Rectory. Our current book is 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 – 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.  




DUE TO Covid-19 recommendations and concerns, CCC has suspended in-person services until further notice.

Nonetheless, you can read below about the inspiring speakers we had scheduled for this period below; we hope some of them will be joining us for our Zoom services.


July 19 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.

July 26 Lay Service led by Wayne Kammerer

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