• 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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Photography Guidelines

The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea is a historic landmark which reflects the deep, rich roots of our Episcopal faith and the Palm Beach community. We are a privately-owned property, serving our members and the community. You are welcome to enjoy our church and gardens and encourage you to pause and reflect during your visit.

In consideration of issues of privacy, security, potential disruption of services and, most importantly, respect for this sacred space, please abide by the following guidelines: Photography and videography for your personal enjoyment are welcome.

• Our church and gardens are open to visitors from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Photos may be taken during this time in the gardens only, unless a service is in progress, in which case no photography or videography may be taken on the grounds.

• Photography for commercial purposes is not permitted.

• No tripods or monopods are allowed in any indoor buildings.

• Photography and videography for personal or formal purposes are not permitted without prior approval.

• If approved, a minimum $100 donation will be required.

• Wedding photography is reserved for those who have been married at Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.

If you are interested in getting approval, please fill out the form below. Consideration will be given to time of year, length of stay, access and nature of photos being requested. If approved, you will contacted and a minimum $100 donation will be required.


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For More Information

Contact Ayana Pineiro, Assistant to the Rector, at (561) 655-4554 or e-mail her at