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Arrangements for the rest of Lent  
The parochial Church council met online on Wednesday evening and brought the churches administrative affairs up-to-date. In addition a plan was agreed for the reopening of the church to congregational worship on Palm Sunday 28th of March. On that day there will be four services, 8 am, 10 am, 11.15 am and 6 pm. The churchwardens will be writing to everyone on the church roll to invite applications for places at those services as we anticipate that we will need to ballot the applications in order to continue with safe social distancing within the church. A similar process will take place for the Good Friday and Easter day services.

For this coming Sunday, on 28th February, The family service will meet on WhatsApp and our Reader John Watherston will be leading Mattins which will be streamed on the link below. The program for the rest of Lent will be put up on this site next week.
The church will continue to be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2 pm for private prayer.

It will be apparent from these plans that our Vicar David remains unwell. Your continued prayers for his recovery will be appreciated.

Sunday 28th February - Second Sunday in Lent
10 am      Family Service WhatsApp group only
11.15 am  Mattins             live streaming will be  here
Music at Mattins (with cantor)
Pre-service:    Flor Peeters O Gott, du frommer Gott
Batten Deliver us, O Lord our God                           
Psalm:             22: 23-end
Benedicite:    Plainsong 
Anthem:        Vaughan Williams Come my way, my truth, my life
Voluntary:     J. S. Bach Prelude in B minor, BWV 544i 
Hymns: 386 Be thou my vision,  582 Take up thy cross,  538 O Jesus, I have promised

New Creations: evening discussions from St Luke and Christ Church, Chelsea

Easter is a time when we celebrate resurrection, and the new creation that is being brought to this world by Christ, the second Adam. This Lent, as we look towards Easter, we will be exploring the significance of creativity in our world and in our lives of faith. Joining us will be a number of congregation members whose creativity is evident in striking – and sometimes surprising – ways! Through interviews with them and Q&A, we will be asking questions such as: What is creativity? What is it like to be a creative person? What are the origins of creativity? What might it mean to be creative in our faith?


We will enjoy five sessions over Zoom, on Tuesdays from 8-9pm, beginning on 23rd February. We begin with James Heard, a former Associate Vicar at St Luke’s, speaking about his past life as an international trampolinist. We will then hear from an artist, a marmalade maker, a dressmaker and a jewellery maker. Join us as we reflect and perhaps even develop new and unexpected ways of understanding creativity and our faith. It is helpful if you let the St Luke’s Parish Office ( know that you are coming. The zoom link for all five weeks is


Watch Mattins on February 21st here later 

Watch St Luke's Ash Wednesday service  here
Watch Mattins on February 14th here
Watch Parish Communion  on February 7th here
Previous service videos 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.

 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.
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