The Church

The Weekly Collection
Apart from with your prayers, the best way you can support Chelsea Old Church during the lockdown is to set up a standing order with your bank. This will pay whatever you choose to contribute on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual basis. To set up a standing order go to the standing order section of your banking app and use the following details:
Name of account: Chelsea Old Church PCC.  Sort code: 60-05-14  Account number: 30010799
In the box asking for “reference“ please insert your surname and postcode.
For other giving options please click here
Thank you very much for helping to keep Chelsea Old church alive with your generosity.
Canon David Reindorp TD DL Vicar
Christopher Rees, Samuel Karneal Thomas, Bede Northcote - Churchwardens

The office can still  be contacted on or 020 7795 1019

 The Vicar can be contacted on or 020 7352 5627

Canon David Reindorp’s Mattins and Holy Communion to be Streamed at 11am from Chelsea Old Church Sunday 31 May here and Sermon here

Canon David Reindorp’s Mattins and Holy Communion Streamed from Chelsea Old Church Sunday 24 May here and Sermon here

Canon David Reindorp’s Mattins and Holy Communion Streamed from Chelsea Old Church Sunday 17 May here and Sermon  here

Canon David Reindorp’s Mattins and Holy Communion Streamed from Chelsea Old Church Sunday 10 May here and Sermon here

Canon David Reindorp’s Easter 3 Fourth  Sunday after Easter Sermon 3 May 2020 here and Video Message here

Canon David Reindorp’s Easter 2 Third Sunday after Easter Sermon 26 April 2020 here and Video Message here

Canon David Reindorp’s Easter 1 Second Sunday after Easter Video Sermon 2020 here
Sermon from our Reader John Watherston for Sunday, 19th April 2020  Easter 1 Second after Easter (Low Sunday) here
website sunday references as per Lectionary, videos by calender 
Canon David Reindorp's Easter Video Message 2020  here
Canon David Reindorp’s Easter Sermon 2020 here
Good Friday Addresses; first, second and third cycles here
Also the Reverend Canon David Reindorp's Palm Sunday Sermon video here
Thoughts from Canon David Reindorp on 29 March 2020 here
Also videos of Chelsea Old Church services and messages collected together on youtube channel

You can view a video of  Mattins and another of Communion recorded at Chelsea Old Church on 22nd. March.

On your own, Pray as You Go is a resource for reflection, also available as an app. You can also pray Church of England daily prayer, or download the Daily Prayer app.

The Church of England has launched a free dial-in worship service to bring prayer to people’s homes while churches are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The national line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said the service has been primarily set up to support Britons, especially the elderly, who are unable to join online church services.
Spring & Summer Anchor Magazine out now, click here to view.

Chelsea Old Church is a parish in the Diocese of London which is part of the Church of England. It is located on the corner of Old Church Street (SW3 5DQ) and the Embankment.
The Parish Office, 64 Cheyne Walk, SW3 5LT, entrance at the back of the Church. Contact from 9.30am.-2.00pm. Tuesday to Friday, 0207 7951019 or
Our services follow the Book of Common Prayer and (apart from the Cromwell period) they have done so since the days of Queen Elizabeth I. Our Bible readings are usually from the Authorised Version.

The Church can also be used for concerts and other similar public events, also Petyt Hall, for more information click here and/or contact the Parish Office

(There are a team of Church Guides for information on Sunday afternoons from 1.30 to 5.30 pm. The Church is usually open from 2 - 4 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.) The Church is permanently closed until further notice 

The Church can be reached by the following forms of transport:
Tube: South Kensington (0.7 miles), Gloucester Road (0.9 miles), Sloane Square (0.9 miles) [District and Circle Lines; Piccadilly Line South Ken. and Gloucester Road]. 
Train: West Brompton (1.1 miles) [London Overground], Battersea Park (1.4 miles) [Southern], Queenstown Road Battersea (1.4 miles) [SouthWestern].


No 11 Fulham = Liverpool Street - get off at Lower Sloane Street

No 19 Finsbury Park = Battersea - Kings Road

No 22 Piccadilly Circus = Putney Common - Kings Road

No 170 Victoria = Roehampton - Embankment

No 319 Sloane Square = Streatham Hill - Kings Road

No 345 South Kensington = Peckham - Kings Road

Chelsea Old Church on Google Maps:


Join us and will you also help?

To run the church, contribute to the diocese and help those less fortunate, costs £250,000 a year.  Our only income is what we raise as a congregation. Please help support this very special Church and its work.

You can contribute by: Standing Order - One off donations – GiftAid Envelopes - Legacies - Collections at the Services. Alternatively, please fill in both sections of the form here and return to Chelsea Old Church, 64 Cheyne Walk, London SW3 5LT

If you would like to contribute or help in any other way such as volunteering or fund raising, please contact the Churchwardens through the Parish Office

Registered Charity


On the night of 16/17 April 1941 a parachute landmine fell near by and the blast blew the Tower, at the west end, over onto the Church destroying most of it, but the More Chapel at the east end suffered least damage. Many of the memorials were shattered but were painstakingly pieced together and can now be seen restored in the Church.

An important history of the Church has been published. It is called "Chelsea Old Church, The Church that would not die". It is written by Alan Russet and Tom Pocock and the foreword is by John Simpson CBE, world affairs editor of the BBC. The book is lavishly illustrated and costs £25 and on sale in the Church.

The Church was rebuilt and reconsecrated in 1958, the Vicarage and Petyt House were demolished and replaced with a new Vicarage and Church Hall, called Petyt Hall, opened in 2002. The buildings were designed by another John Simpson - who was also the architect for the picture gallery at Buckingham Palace.

There is a Church in Chelsea, near Boston, Massachusetts, USA dedicated to St. Luke, that was called a daughter church by Rev. W. H. Stewart, a previous incumbent (1916-26). In 1911 a block of stone from Chelsea Old Church was incorporated into the narthex of the Massachusetts Church.
The brass plaque reads: This stone having been consecrated to the service of Almighty God and used for many centuries as part of the Old Church in Chelsea, England which for over two hundred years was dedicated to St. Luke is a gift from the Incumbent of that Church to St. Lukes Church Chelsea Massachusetts 


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Chelsea Old Church today

"I have built a great many new churches and restored many old ones, but for
 worship I like the Old Church at Chelsea" - Sir Gilbert Scott (1811-1878).

The Church before the Blitz 

Petyt Hall entrance at Cadogan Gate, Cheyne Walk.

War damage

Chelsea Old Church stone incorporated into St Luke, Chelsea MA USA

Brass plaque above the stone