The Church

We will have to adapt our worship over the next four weeks of November in order to meet the new Government requirements
Although we will not be able to have a congregation present, we will be live streaming the Mattins services here at 11 o’clock. There will be organ accompaniment and a chorister each week. Tim Gee will lead Mattins on 22nd November as well as preaching.  John Watherston has kindly agreed to lead the Services and preach on 29th November. (As 29th of November is Advent Sunday when we traditionally have our Advent Carol Service we will have a choir of 4 to sing that day).

There will be no 8 o’clock, Family or Evensong services at the Church during November. 
But there is a WhatsApp group providing a little of the fun of the Family Service each Sunday -  if anyone would like to be added, email a contact number to Naomi Leveson-Gower
Music 22 November: Introit: Christ is the King! O friends rejoice (Gibbons), Jubilate: Wesley in F, Anthem: Then shall the righteous shine forth (Mendelssohn),
Organ voluntary: La Rejouissance (Handel)
                                     Watch a recording of Mattins on November 22nd here

                                      Watch a recording of Mattins on November 15th here

                                      Watch a recording of  Act of Remembrance here and order of service  here.

Chelsea Old Church has traditionally donated the whole collection taken on Remembrance Sunday to the Royal British Legion. As we are not able to take a collection in Church this year we hope that those of you who are viewing this service online will donate what you would ordinarily have put into the collection plate on this day directly to the Legion using this link
Proposed Services for December - assuming return to Covid regulation allowing church services 

Sundays: 8.00am Holy Communion, 10.00 Family Service, 11.15 Mattins (Parish Communion Dec 6), 6.00pm Evensong.

20th December 6.00pm: Nine Lessons and Carols

Opening Church weekdays discontinued for now:
For many years we have opened the church on weekday afternoons for visitors. Unfortunately, we are not able to do this at the moment because of the Covid regulations. As soon as these are eased we will look forward to reopening the church for weekday visiting.


 In common with churches everywhere, Chelsea Old Church is feeling keenly the much reduced income from our weekly collections due to COVID restrictions.

Are you able to help by setting up a standing order with your bank?  This can be monthly, quarterly or annually for an amount of your choosing; every penny will be so gratefully received.

Standing orders can be set up easily online.  Our details are as follows:

Bank account details are being updated, until available please contact Laura Tomlinson, Stewardship Secretary

 Please write SO20 and your postcode and initials as a reference.

Alternatively, to give a one-off donation and for other giving options please click here or contact Laura Tomlinson, Stewardship Secretary  07802 873154

 Thank you very much for your support.           The Reverend Canon David Reindorp TD DL  Vicar


The office can still  be contacted on or 020 7795 1019

 The Vicar can be contacted on 

The Church will not be open on Sunday afternoons (1.30-5.30pm) 

Past Sermons from 29 March to 30 August 2020 here

Also videos of Chelsea Old Church services and messages collected together on youtube channel
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, collect as you leave the Church or click here to view. Contributions to Winter Edition by November 10th please.

THE CHURCH (before lockdown)
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.

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.

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

Brass plaque above the stone 

War damage