The Church


On Sunday 25th October the services will be 8am Communion, 10am Family Service, 11.15am (please note the new time) Mattins, and Evensong at 6pm. 

 We have had to change the normal arrangements to comply with health guidance so please note the information below if you are intending to attend. 

1. The garden gate will be open from 7.50 to allow access to the church through the side doors in front of Petyt Hall which will be kept open throughout the service as will the windows in the Nave, the South Door and the Church front doors. You should therefore come prepared for the elements. 

2. A table in the courtyard will have hand sanitisers which everyone entering must use. If you have your own prayerbook please bring it with you. In keeping with government requirements masks should please be worn within the church unless you have a medical exemption from doing so. We also keep a register of attendance at each service. 

3. We have created 68 spaces on the ground floor (identified with a red dot on the seat of the relevant pews) which will allow everyone to observe a 2 metre distance from the rest of the congregation during the service. If more people than expected arrive they can be directed to overflow seating in the gallery or listen to the service from the courtyard.

4. There will be no choir  (except for the Family Service where our Director Of Music Andrew Macmillan has devised a way of the children’s choir performing in a Covid- appropriate way) but to assist the return to normality Sunday’s services will include hymns that the congregation will be invited to follow in their hymn books and hum along with softly as they wish. A cantor from our wonderful professional choir will accompany, from the gallery,  the formal parts of Mattins and Parish Communion and sing the hymns.

5. At communion services David will take communion on behalf of the whole congregation.

6. Inside the church a sidesperson will direct you to your seat. We will be filling the pews from the front. At the end of the service we will empty the pews from the back. We ask that you remain in your seat until invited to leave in order to preserve social distancing. Andrew’s organ voluntary will be compensation enough for those who are forced to wait after Mattins or the Parish Communion.
7.  No collection will be taken. We are encouraging members of the congregation to take out a monthly standing order for the amount which they would ordinarily place in the collection plate, see details here. If people wish to make an additional donation they should bring their debit card to swipe on the card reader as they leave. A swipe costs £10. A collection plate will also be on the tables at the back of church for those who use the envelope scheme. 

8. Prayer books and hymn books are to be left in the pews (unless you have brought your own). Departure will be via the front doors.  Kindly do not linger in the porch but proceed straight outside where David will say his goodbyes. Bowing is the new handshake.

9. We have been blessed with dry and (mostly) warm Sundays for the whole of the summer. As autumn and winter approach it will be sensible for everyone to wrap up warm before setting off to church on Sundays. As David says, we don’t want to find that in protecting you from Covid we have given you pneumonia.
                                                                   We hope to see as many of you as possible on Sunday.       The Vicar and Churchwardens


 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:

 Name of account: Chelsea Old Church Parochial Church Council - Sort code: 60-05-14 - Account no: 30010799

 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 or 020 7352 5627

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.

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

(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 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