And the One seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new!" - Revelation 21:5
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Chelsea is a historic congregation that was planted by the neighborhood residents, faculty and students who gathered at the General Theological Seminary for Sunday worship in the early 1800s. The land on which St. Peter’s stands was given by Clement Clarke Moore from his family estate. Moore is best remembered for creating the classic Christmas poem known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. The church was consecrated in 1838 and has stood as a resilient presence in the neighborhood, welcoming and serving the community ever since.
In this new season, we are embarking on a bold vision to revitalize St. Peter’s. Our mission as a church is to love and follow Jesus in renewing our city with the love of God in Christ. If God is truly making all things new, then we believe that the presence of a worshiping community will help our community flourish. In the spring of 2019, the vestry voted to call the Rev. Christine Lee as St. Peter’s priest-in-charge. She came to St. Peter’s in October 2019 with a group of 25 new members to join the existing congregation and together build God’s future for St. Peter’s and the city.
Like our patron saint, the apostle Peter, we love a good adventure and have stepped out of the boat onto the water with Jesus. We invite you to join us as we follow Jesus in God's mission to make all things new!
Other fun facts about us:
Built from Manhattan schist rocks pulled from the ground beneath it, St. Peter’s is literally "The Rock of Chelsea."
St. Peter's is also known as "The Christmas Church" because it was founded by Clement Clarke Moore, author of A Visit From St. Nicholas (the world's most famous Christmas poem) and built on his estate Chelsea. The poem was the first portrayal of Santa as the modern world knows him today.