Dear fellow Parishioners,

We hope you have enjoyed summer as well as circumstances allowed. Thanks to the hard work of our guest preachers, Readers and musicians worship continued unabated at Chelsea Old Church throughout August with 3 services held each Sunday. Sunday, 5th September began with Holy Communion at 8am (Celebrant Revd Brian Leathard), then we welcomed back our Family Service which began as usual at 10 am and was be led by Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie. Following that Parish Communion at 11 am was celebrated by Revd Alan Boddy and Evensong at 6pm led by Revd David Bell. We think it doubtful that any other church (apart from the cathedrals) could offer such an array of preaching talent on a single day, so we hope that you will be inspired to join us.

David continues his recovery and has now moved to a nice flat in Sloane Street. He is still not 100% so visits to him should only be made by prior arrangement. If you would like to write to him his address will be found on the back of the pew sheet this Sunday. Our search for a new vicar is currently being advertised in Church Times. Interviews are scheduled for the end of October so with a fair wind we should be able to welcome our new Incumbent in February of next year.

In the meanwhile things continue to return to normality. The team of church guides have recommenced their work so the Church will be now be open for visitors on Sunday afternoons.

A word on practicalities. We will continue to observe social distancing in Church and keep the doors and windows open to ensure a good airflow through the building. Entrance is via the garden courtyard and exit through the main door. Singing is now permitted in the congregation and the choir will continue to lead the singing from the gallery during the 11 o’clock service.

We look forward to welcoming you in the Church in the course of the autumn.

Yours faithfully

Christopher Rees Bede Northcote Churchwardens

Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity (26th September)

Readings: James 5.13-end Mark 9.38-end

8.00am Holy Communion Revd David Bell

10.00am Family Service Revd David Bell & Mrs Naomi Leveson-Gower Story No. 56 - Crossing the Red Sea

11.00am Mattins Revd David Bell

Introit Tallis O nata lux

Benedictus Dyson in D

Anthem J. S. Bach Jesus bleibet meine Freude

Voluntary Hollins A trumpet minuet

6.00pm Evensong Lay Reader John Watherston

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity (3rd October)

Readings: Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16

8.00am Holy Communion Revd Alan Boddy

10.00am Family Service Mrs Naomi Leveson-Gower Story No.

11 .00am Parish Communion Revd Alan Boddy

6.00pm Evensong Revd David Bell

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

Plant Sale on Sunday 3rd October from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm in the Courtyard.

Penny Pocock is holding her usual sale. If anyone would like to help please phone

0207 352 2729 or 0777 6236101 and please tell your friends

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

The office can be contacted on or 020 7795 1019


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

In a few churches (Chelsea Old Church is an example) there has survived some, though not all, of that indescribable, winning charm which makes one feel at once at home and happy The Parson’s Handbook by Percy Deamer

Choristers rehearsing for Family Service

Anchor Magazine

Spring & Summer 2021 out now, see here

Winter edition out here. 2020 Spring & Summer, see here to view.