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 at 11 o’clock  here. There will be organ accompaniment and a chorister each week. John Watherston has kindly agreed to lead the Services and preach on 15th and 29th November. Tim Gee will lead Mattins on 22nd November as well as preaching. 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 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
Watch a recording of Mattins on November 22nd here - there were 514 computers connected to the live stream.
Watch a recording of Mattins on November 15th here
Watch a video 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

Church not open on weekdays 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. 

To see previous sermons starting 29 March 2020 click here
(Sermons for 13 Sept, 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 August, 26, 19, 12, 5 July, 28, 21 &14 June, Trinity and Whit Sunday, Seventh, Sixth, Fifth, Fourth, Third, Second Sunday after Easter, Low Sunday, Easter Sunday, Good Friday Addresses and 29th March)
Sunday 28 June video stream here 
Sunday 21 June video stream here 
Sunday 14 June video stream here 
Sunday   7 June video stream here 
Sunday 31 May video stream here
Sunday 24 May video stream here 
Sunday 17 May video stream here

Sunday 10 May video stream here 

Canon David Reindorp’s Easter 3 Fourth Sunday after Easter Video Message here 

Canon David Reindorp’s Sunday 26 April Video Message here 

Canon David Reindorp’s Easter 1 Second Sunday after Easter Video Sermon 2020 here

website sunday references as per Lectionary, videos by calender 

Canon David Reindorp’s  Easter Video Message 2020 here

Good Friday Addresses here

Palm Sunday sermon video here

 Mattins and of Communion recorded at Chelsea Old Church on 22 March.

Also some videos of Chelsea Old Church services and messages collected together on youtube channel

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) 


There are a range of Christian resources available and the link below lists digital streaming, tv and radio programmes, blogs and other resources.


The Church Monuments: said to have the most impressive array of monuments outside Westminster Abbey, see here and more of them here

William Drake Limited have completed installation of the new organ.


Recently donated to the Church, a book of 25 sermons, starting in 1954, preached in Chelsea Old Church in honour of Thomas More, on the anniversary of his birth. Preachers ranged from the Archbishop of Canterbury, through Professors of Theology and Ecclesiastical History to Bishops and Deans. 

Church Garden

The Church gardens and gardeners won these competitions in 2018
1st Chelsea Gardens Guild Churches Summer Competition
1st Kensington Gardeners Club Churches
1st Brighter Kensington and Chelsea Scheme
Bronze medal in class 10, the London Garden Society


Received recently from the Prior Studios photos of a couple of drawings by William Orpen, one of them below.

Major Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, KBE, RA, RHA (27 November 1878 – 29 September 1931) was an Irish artist who worked mainly in London. Orpen was a fine draughtsman and a popular, commercially successful, painter of portraits for the well-to-do in Edwardian society.

During the First World War, he was the most prolific of the official artists sent by Britain to the Western Front. (Source: Wikipedia)
Rediscovered Stained Glass Window
Received an article dated 1922, shown below, when a medieval stained glass window was discovered when cement and building rubble was removed that covered a window between the Vestry and Lawrence Chapel. Francis Eeles, renowned stained glass expert, identified the window as made between 1320-1340, the oldest window in London apart from Westminster Abbey. The window was sent to the V&A Museum with a plan to eventually restore it to Chelsea Old Church.

If the window returned before WWII when the Church was bombed it may have been destroyed, however enquiries were made to V&A to see whether they have records of the window's fate, yes, they returned it in 1922.

So probably destroyed in 1941.

But research at British and Kensington Library and stained glass experts revealed that the Chelsea Society had paid for transferring the window to the crypt at St Lukes' in 1939 for safekeeping. An original search at Chelsea Old Church had not found the window but a more 'in depth' study had found the window sandwiched inside a broken 19th C window in the Tower clock room. The window was now in 4 main parts, pictured below, plus many smaller pieces of glass.

The top two were Maurice Drake restorations, the third the 1320 medieval window which is still curved having been folded within another longer window. The fourth the remains of the wording added in 1922.
The inscription at the bottom says:
To the glory of God and in memory of the unknown saints who for centuries have worshipped Him in this place. This window was uncovered on St Bartholomew day 1922 was recreated 1923.
The 14th century glass of this window was originally in the western light of the eastern most window in the north wall of the Lawrence Chapel opposite blocked by the Lawrence Chapel and Colvile monuments After CCC years the glass was found behind layers of plaster in August 1922.
All of the window is now at Canterbury Cathedral stained glass studio for conservation advice and awaits the raising of funds to complete the project by displaying it in it's original window in the Lawrence Chapel.

In the Churchyard - June



Coronavirus sign    

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)

Daily Hope

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.

Anchor Magazine

Spring & Summer Anchor Magazine out now and can be collected on leaving the Church, or click here to view now. Contributions to next edition by Nov 10th.

A New Church Organ at Chelsea Old Church
The organ plays a crucial part in the life of the church, used every Sunday and frequently during the week for funerals, memorials, baptisms and weddings. 

The organ removed in January 2019 was built in 1957, replaced the instrument lost when the church was bombed. Like the church itself, the organs of Chelsea Old Church have a long and interesting history. Most notable amongst these was an organ by the famous builder of the day, Renatus Harris, which is believed to have stood in the church from 1712-1723. The early removal of this instrument (for unknown reasons) prevented its eventual destruction had it remained up until 1941, and parts of it are believed still to be in existence in a church in Devon.

We are delighted that William Drake Limited have completed installation of the new organ, compressed into a 1min 23 sec stop frame video here
It was heard for the first time at Mattins on Sunday 22nd. September 2019.

To see the Dedication and Celebration of The New Pipe Organ programme click here, which took place on 21st November.

The new organ is a fine new instrument that will not only serve the needs of the parish, but also play a part in the wider musical life of Chelsea.


The Clock at Chelsea Old Church

The Edmund Howard clock, 1761, formerly at Chelsea Old Church, but where is it now? The present clock, made by Dents, who built Big Ben, was installed in 1950's.

It was assumed the 1761 clock was destroyed during the 1941 raid, but a horologist has found a film of the clock alive and well at Dent's workshops and can be seen from 1 minute 59 seconds to 2 minutes 10 seconds in the Pathe film here
which was filmed at Dents in 1959. So the search is on for the Howard clock.


Dacre Monument
Conservation and restoration work started on 28th January by conservators Granville and Burbidge and was completed 7th March 2014. The work was funded by the Dacre family in memory of the 27th Baroness Dacre.

Remains of Dacre Monument beside More Chapel after Blitz, 1941

Obelisk before during and after

mouldings before and after

Skull, wings and hourglass before and after 

The dog at the feet of Lady Dacre removed to measure up for a new right front leg and reattach the left leg.


Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, attended a friend's wedding at the weekend, having just returned home after their whirlwind stay in New York. The royal couple were guests at the ceremony, which took place at Chelsea Old Church near the River Thames. 

The occasion may well have been a trip down memory lane for the Duchess, as the church is situated on the very same road as the Middleton's London home, where Kate shared a flat with Pippa in the years she lived in the capital after graduating from St Andrews.
Kate, who is currently five months pregnant with her and William's second child, looked elegant in a floor-length black lace gown with full-length lace sleeves, most likely the same one by designer Diane Von Furstenberg that she opted to wear  to the star-studded Royal Variety Performance last month. 

For the wedding, the Duchess accessorised with a small sparkling black clutch and black heels, wrapping up against the chill with a red tartan scarf that was draped over her shoulders. She wore her brunette locks loose over her shoulders.
Courtesy Hello Magazine