The Church


We are delighted to announce that Mattins will be said on Sunday 9th. August at 11 am. All are welcome.  Unfortunately there will be no live streaming this week.
 We have had to change the normal arrangements to comply with health guidance so please note information below if you are intending to attend. 
1. The garden gate will be open from 10.30 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. Petyt Hall (and therefore the loos) will be out of bounds.

2. A table in the courtyard will have hand sanitisers which everyone entering must use before collecting their prayer book from a separate table in front of the side doors. If you have your own prayerbook please bring it with you.

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. The organ will be played for half an hour before the service and there will be an organ solo in place of the Anthem. There will be no choir  but to assist the return to normality Sunday’s service will include 3 hymns that the congregation will be invited to follow in their hymn books or hum along with softly as they wish. 

5. Inside the church a side person will direct you to your seat. We will be filling the pews from the front and the first seats to be filled will be the choir stalls. Please bear with us that you will not be able to sit in your familiar seat.
6. No collection will be taken. If people wish to make a donation they should bring their debit card to swipe on the card reader as they leave. A swipe costs £10.

7. Prayer books are to be left in the pews (unless you have brought your own). Departure will be via the front doors. Thanks to the flair and industry of Hallie Swanson the new edition of the Anchor Magazine will be available for collection from the table in the porch as you leave. David will be outside the porch to say his goodbyes. Bowing is to be the new handshake.

8. Prayers should be offered for a sunny day (so far these prayers are being answered).
If you cannot attend then click at 10.58am on Sunday to see the altar flowers and then the rest of the service on line 
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


Previous Mattins video streams: June 28 here,  21 June  here, 14 June hereTrinity Sunday 7 June herePentecost Sunday 31 May here, 24 May here17 May here, 10 May here22 March video of  Mattins and another of Communion

Video Messages: 3 May here26 April hereVideo Sermon 19 April hereEaster Video Message herePalm Sunday Sermon video here, 

Good Friday Addresses; first, second and third cycles here
Thoughts from Canon David Reindorp on 29 March here
All Sermons 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