• 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

Upcoming Events

Christmas Caroling

Sunday, December 17 | 12:30 p.m. | Darcy Hall
Help spread some cheer this year! Darcy Hall is excited to have us, so bring some merriment to share. Wear red and green and meet in the Parish Hall following the 11:00 a.m. service to carpool. All are welcome!

Luncheon for the Homebound and Holy Eucharist  

Thursday, December 28 | 11:00 a.m. | Church
This enjoyable and uplifting holiday service is provided each year for our parishioners who may have difficulty attending regularly as well as for residents of area skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities. We begin with a hot holiday luncheon served in the Parish Hall at 11:00 a.m., followed by Holy Eucharist in the church. We need volunteers to help with all aspects of this event including registration and helping guests as they arrive for the service, assisting them over to the Parish Hall for lunch, serving the meal, and clean-up after the event. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact April Lawrence at (561) 853-0958 or e-mail her at


Recurring Events

Fellowship Breakfast  

Sundays | 8:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. | Parish Hall West
We will have a full breakfast, with a rotating menu, for $5 per person starting at 8:15 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall West. After 10:00 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. 

Nautical Knitters   

Saturdays | 10:30 a.m. | Library
Nautical Knitters are a group of knitters who provide handmade watch caps and scarves for the Port Ministry. These necessities are then blessed and given to mariners at the Port of Palm Beach. All—including beginners—are welcome to attend this fun and free activity.

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.