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.

You can find his brief bio under April 12, below.

Be well.


May 31  – The virtual service will be led by our interim team of Paula Whitney Best, Paul Bodden, Wayne Kammerer, and Mary Sheeran.  Our speaker will be our pastoral counselor Rev. Joe Nicholson (for bio, see below). His message will be “2 pandemics in one lifetime is 2 pandemics too many . . . ” and the relevant scripture passages are:  Psalm 113; 1 Samuel 2: 1-10; and Luke 1:  39-57. 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 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.  




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 originally scheduled for this period;

we hope they will each be able to join us again, in person, in the not-too-distant future.


May 31 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.

June 7 Rev. Vincent Corso (Roman Catholic) was the manager of bereavement services and community education at Hospice Care of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York until his retirement in 2017. A member of Celibacy Is the Issue, a consortium of married Roman Catholic clergy, he received an M.Div. degree from St. Anthony on Hudson and an M.S.W. from Syracuse University.

June 14 Pastor K. Todd Stout (Seventh Day Adventist) is the senior pastor of Church of the Advent Hope in Manhattan. He moved into this role in 2010, after being an associate pastor at the church. Before coming to New York, he was in a pastorate in Indianapolis for five years. He holds an M.Div. degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

June 21 Rev. Dr. Valerie Holly (American Baptist/ United Church of Christ) is the senior community minister at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, a position she has held for nearly six years. Previously she was the senior pastor at Unity Fellowship Church of Christ New York City in Brooklyn for eight years. She has also held managerial social work positions in substance abuse and HIV/AIDS programs. Her studies at New York Theological Seminary brought her an M.Div degree and culminated in her receiving a D.Min. degree. She also holds an M.S.W degree from Columbia.





June 28 Rabbi Jill Hausman (Reformed Jewish) is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ezrath Israel, also known as the Actors Temple. Before coming to the 47th Street shul in 2006, she was with the Boro Park Progressive Synagogue in Brooklyn, first as a cantor and then as assistant rabbi. She was ordained at the Rabbinical Seminary International in Manhattan. Special Music: Rabbi Jill Hausman

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