• 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

Palm Cross Workshop

Friday, March 23 | 9:00 a.m. | Tea House
Join this time-honored tradition in which volunteers meet to enjoy fellowship and make 1,000 palm crosses in preparation for Palm Sunday. Everyone is invited, and we benefit from the wonderful talent of seasoned pros who teach curious newcomers to carry on the ancient art of cross-making. We need lots of helping hands, so come join us on Friday morning in the Tea House.

Lamb Stew Supper

Thursday, March 29 | 6:30 p.m. | Garth and Parish Hall
We serve a simple traditional Middle Eastern dinner of slow simmered spring lamb stew with vegetables, green salad, pita bread with feta cheese, assorted olives and grapes, and tea and water. Macaroni and cheese is also available. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. The Maundy Thursday service follows the dinner at 7:30 p.m. RSVP to Ayana Pineiro at (561) 655-4554 or e-mail

All-Night Watch

Thursday, March 29 & Friday, March 30 | 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. | Church
The Watch in the church begins at 10:00 p.m., continues through the night, and ends on Good Friday at the Mass of the Presanctified. We need volunteers to take turns spending an hour in quiet meditation and prayer, keeping vigil with our Lord. This devotional practice has been a part of Holy Week tradition since the early church. An hour may be kept by one or more persons. Look for the sign-up sheets in the Narthex. If you have any questions, please contact The Rev. Burl Salmon at

Spring Carnival and Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 31 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Garth and Parish Hall
We’re bringing back our Spring Carnival on Saturday, March 31. We will have multiple free Easter egg hunts for various ages. Bounce houses, carnival games, and lunch are available for those who pay a small admission fee of $5 per participant, $20 max per family.

Easter Egg Hunt schedule:
2 and under – 11:00 a.m.
3 & 4 year olds – 11:30 a.m.
5-7 year olds – 12:00 noon
8-10 year olds – 12:30 p.m.

Invite your friends to come experience a wonderful Spring celebration!

ECW Annual Meeting, Tea, and Fashion Show

Tuesday, April 10 | 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Parish Hall
Bethesda Chic: Church Mouse Fashion Show. We invite you to join the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) for a tea and fashion show. This is also the ECW Annual Meeting. Men and women are both invited. Sign up in the Cloisters on Sunday or RSVP to Ayana Pineiro at (561) 655-4554. Reservations can also be made by email at is a cost of $10 and that money supports ECW activities. 


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.