• 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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The Shoppe at Bethesda

The Shoppe is nestled in the breezeway leading from the Garth to the Cluett Garden. A warm welcome awaits you there from our staff of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. At The Shoppe, you will find Prayer Books, Bibles, and an assortment of books selected by our clergy to aid in everyone's spiritual growth and learning.

The Shoppe is fully stocked with beautiful Christmas merchandise for the entire family. We have everything from Amish handcrafted crèches, home décor, and children’s gifts—even a snowball fight bucket for your Florida winter, fun-filled Christmas! Don't forget to purchase our beautiful Columbarium Cross by renowned jeweler Terryberry available now exclusively at the Shoppe. All Christmas merchandise will be 30% OFF beginning Sunday, December 18.   


Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and noon to 1:00 p.m. 

Monday, December 26: Closed

Monday, January 2: Closed


We are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please contact us!



Contact Coy RiestraManager, or Daisy Alvarez, General Manager for Retail Operations, of the The Shoppe at (561) 659-2154