• Welcome
  • What to Expect
  • Children & Youth
  • Worship Schedule
  • Directions
  • Contact
  • Greetings,

    Welcome to the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, a community of people from all walks of life discovering the joy of knowing and following Jesus Christ. We gather on Sundays to hear the sacred stories of God’s love and to be spiritually nourished in sharing Holy Communion. Then, inspired by our fellowship, we strive to make God's love a living reality in our lives every day. At Bethesda, Sunday is the high point of the week. So, look around our web site. Then come and join us on a Sunday morning soon.

    Peace, The Rev. James Harlan, Rector

  • Every Sunday is where the life begins at Bethesda. We celebrate the Holy Eucharist with glorious liturgy and music. We also celebrate Holy Eucharist during the week and offer a healing service on Wednesdays. All baptized Christians are invited to participate in the Holy Eucharist when visiting Bethesda-by-the-Sea. It is not necessary to be a member of the Episcopal Church in order to receive Holy Communion. Persons who have not been baptized are welcome to come to the altar rail and kneel to receive a blessing. Cross your arms on your chest as a sign that you will not receive Communion. Click here for our service schedule.


  • FROM I-95

    Take the Okeechobee Blvd East exit (70). Travel East on Okeechobee Blvd to the Intracoastal Waterway. Cross over the Intracoastal Waterway, and continue going East to the second light (South County Road). Turn North (left) onto South County Road, and travel 1/2 mile. The church will be on the Right.


    Click here and scroll to Directions and Parking Information.

  • Having the faith of a child

    Children and youth bring such wonderful life and energy to our community. Bethesda offers a warm welcome to every child, whether parents prefer to bring their children into the worship service, or put them in the special children's worship (when available), or let them enjoy the nursery. We strive to create a place where even our littlest members know that God loves them, where all of us can grow in our faith, and where parents can find their own sense of peace and support.



  • God is Love

    Our worship is formal, intimate, transcendent, reflective, fun, and inspiring. As we celebrate our life together, we focus on God's love for each and every person and encourage one another to seek that loving presence of God. We have communion as an integral part of every service where we share together in a simple meal of bread and wine. While our worship may not be entirely familiar, we encourage everyone to join in as they are comfortable. Read more here.


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Become a Member

We’re glad that you’re joining this community of faith whether you’re with us for a couple of days while on vacation, a few months out of the year, or several years of your life. Everyone is invited join us at any or all of our worship services

If you join us on Sundays, we hope you will introduce yourselves to our Ambassadors wearing blue ribbons, and we encourage you to fill out our visitor card.   

We offer an assortment of exciting ministries, including fun, safe, and enriching programs for children of all ages. We encourage you to check out our children, youth, and adult education programs. 

We hope you will join us and experience the clear and strong presence of God in your life. 


Learn more about Bethesda

Everyone is invited to discover more about the mission, history, organization, and life of both the Episcopal Church and Bethesda-by-the-Sea by attending our Bethesda Life sessions. These sessions are broken down into two consecutive Saturday mornings offered several times throughout the year. Each session begins in the Parish Hall at 8:45 a.m. with fellowship and snacks.

Upcoming Bethesda Life sessions are scheduled on the following dates:

• Saturdays, March 25 and April 1

We encourage you to sign-up in advance!



Contact April Lawrence at (561) 655-4555 x112 or e-mail her at to learn more about Bethesda: about becoming a member, transferring from another Episcopal parish, or signing up for our next Bethesda Life session.