• 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.


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  • 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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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Trivia Night  

Friday, October 20 | 7:00 p.m. | Parish Hall
The Bethesda Mission Group will be hosting a Trivia Night fundraiser. Get a team of eight people together or come on your own and we’ll pair you up with a team. It’s going to be a night of fun trivia, silent auctions, and more. All profits from the event will go to help the Bethesda Mission Group with costs for their summer trip. For more information, contact Greg Knight at (561) 655-4555 x114 or e-mail him at

International Potluck Dinner  

Friday, November 3 | 6:00 p.m. | Garth
Join us for an evening under the stars from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with International food, wine, music, fun, and especially fellowship! Sign-up and bring your favorite dish to share: Appetizer/Salad, Entrée, or Dessert. Cost is $10 per person | Children 12 and under: free | Chefs bringing a dish and their families: $5 per person. 

Port Ministry: Save Our Samples Sunday   

Sunday, November 12 | 9:50 to 10:50 a.m. | Parish Hall East
Throughout the summer, Bethesda has collected razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, white crew socks, as well as items from hotel rooms like shampoo, lotion, soap, etc. Now it’s time to assemble 200 Christmas bags to be given to mariners who will be at sea on Christmas Day. Participants of all ages are invited. This is a great activity for the whole parish family to pitch in and help make someone’s Christmas a little brighter. 

Wine and Fellowship Under the Stars  

Friday, December  | 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Cluett Garden
Join us for a special cocktail party of fellowship, wine, and appetizers hosted by the Episcopal Church Women. All are invited! A contribution of $10 per person is suggested. You can RSVP in the Cloister on Sundays in October or by sending an e-mail to


Reccurring Events

Fellowship Breakfast  

Sundays beginning September 24 | 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. | Parish Hall West
We will have a full breakfast, with a rotating menu, for $5 per person starting at 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall West. After 9:30 a.m., a simpler fare, Fellowship Finger Foods, will be provided until 1:00 p.m. with no cost to our parishioners. During this time, one of the clergy, on a rotating basis, will be in the fellowship area. The hosting clergy will stay for fellowship with the parish until time to convene the adult forum and will return to fellowship before the end of the 11:00 a.m. service. 

SilverSneakers Flex Class  

Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning September 26 | 9:00 a.m. | Parish Hall West
Bethesda is excited to offer our parishioners and the Palm Beach older-adult community an opportunity to join the SilverSneakers FLEX program! The program promotes a healthy, active lifestyle, and it’s free for SilverSneakers members. The classes combine cardio, strength, and balance. Parishioner Albert George Schram is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor who has a special affinity for leading classes which nurture healthy living in our senior adult population in a warmly supportive, non-threatening environment. Experience is not at all necessary. These classes are for beginners as well as more experienced exercisers. We will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall West. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.   


For more information

Click here to view our Christian Formation Offerings and/or click here to view our complete schedule of events in our Bethesda Catalog. You may contact us at (561) 655-4554 or e-mail us at if you have any questions.