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Dear fellow parishioner,

You will probably have heard by now that our vicar David has decided to retire on 1st May. David is currently convalescing at a Church of England retreat centre in Yorkshire. When he has regained his strength fully and is able to join us, we will organise a fitting celebration of his wonderful ministry amongst us over the past 15 years.

 In the meanwhile, your PCC is charged with the duty of preparing a Parish Profile, which will act as the prospectus for priests who will consider applying to be our next incumbent. It is important that this profile is an honest appraisal of our parish so that there can be a correct alignment between the aspirations of the new person and us. To that end we would find it helpful to hear from as many of you as possible about the 2 or 3 most important characteristics you would like to see in our new Vicar, ranked in order of importance to you.  So please consider the matter prayerfully and then send a short email answer to

 We will build your answers into the parish profile document which will be presented in draft to a special meeting of the PCC on 17th May.  If adopted the document will then form the basis on which the post will be advertised.

Yours faithfully;             Christopher Rees                Bede Northcote                Churchwardens                                      

It will not be necessary to apply for a ticket for services over the coming months as we feel confident that we can cope with the expected numbers without the need to know precise attendance intentions from parishioners in advance. We will continue to limit attendance at individual services to 65. As usual, the 8 am  and Evensong services will be less heavily attended, so if you prefer to attend when there are fewer numbers present then those are the services you should target. Services will not be streamed for the time being, but we are looking into the installation of 2 fixed cameras in the gallery which will allow streaming to be carried out much more readily than has previously been the case. If anyone is particularly keen for this service to be resumed and would be prepared to contribute to the costs of this work then please contact the Parish Office.

For the following Sundays we will have our usual range of four services. The program is as follows:
                                                         Day of Pentecost (23rd May)
                                     Readings: Acts 2: 1-21     John 15: 26-27 and 16: 4b-15 
8 am:         Holy Communion, Revd Prebendary Dr Brian Leathard
10 am:       Family Service, Reverend Nick Morris and Naomi Leveson-Gower.     Story Number 

11.15 am:   Mattins, John Watherston

6 pm:        Choral Evensong,  John Watherston. We are delighted to be resuming choral evensong after a long break – all welcome.

 So how many musical concerts have you been to in the last year? Exactly.

Well you have a chance to attend one next Sunday evening at 6pm in this church when an augmented choir will accompany Andrew Macmillan on our world-famous organ for Evensong to celebrate Pentecost.  The doors will be open to ensure everyones’ safety, but inside there will be tongues of fire and heavenly harmonies.Put it in your diary now. It will help you to celebrate another step on our road back to normality and also remind you that the Day of Pentecost will have fully come.

The church will continue to be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 2 pm for private prayer.

21st March Mattins led by The Right Rev’d Dr Graham Tomlin, Bisop of Kensington view service here


Anchor Winter Edition out now here


 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 and one off donations can be set up easily, please contact Laura Tomlinson, Stewardship Secretary at

For any queries, please write to Laura Tomlinson at Chelsea Old Church, 64 Cheyne Walk, London SW3 5LT or email

 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.

 he 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.
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