• 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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Upcoming Events

Mardi Gras Party   

Tuesday, February 28 | 6:00 p.m. | Garth
Our Annual Bethesda Mardi Gras Party which benefits the Youth Pilgrimage Group’s fundraising efforts. We will have a live band and authentic Cajun food. The cost is $10 for adults; $5 children under 12; $25 family max (payable at the door).

Men of Bethesda (MOB)  

Monday, March 6 | 7:30 a.m. | Parish Hall
The Men of Bethesda is a group of men from our congregation who share a monthly fellowship and prayer, gathering on the first Monday morning of each month in our Parish Hall. As well, we enjoy occasional evening socials at our church, homes, and local restaurants with our loved ones and friends. All men of our beloved church are invited and encouraged to attend.

St. Mary’s Guild (SMG)  

Monday, March 6 | 10:30 a.m. | Guild Room
St. Mary’s Guild is a group of women who meet the first Monday of the month (November through May). The morning begins with a business meeting followed by a scheduled speaker and a delicious luncheon. SMG is open to all women of Bethesda and new members/guests are welcomed at any time. Membership presently runs about 60 members.

Lenten Retreat   

Saturday, March 18 | 9:00 a.m. | Parish Hall
As is our custom, the Bethesda community comes together during Lent for a dedicated time of reflection and prayer, a respite from the hectic world in order to intentionally examine our relationship with God. The facilitator of this year’s Lenten Retreat is The Rev. J. Edwin (Ed) Bacon, Jr., most recently retired rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, author of the bestselling 8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life, and renowned preacher and spiritual guide. Over the course of a day, join Father Bacon and members of the Bethesda community as we examine our faith, what God has called us to be, and what holds us back from fully realizing God’s dream for each of us. 

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.