• 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

Lenten Retreat led by The Rev. J. Edwin (Ed) Bacon, Jr.

Friday, March 17 | 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. | Orientation and Beginning Conversation, Parish Hall
Saturday, March 18 | 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Lenten Retreat ($20, lunch included), Parish Hall
Sunday, March 19 | Preaching at all services (8:00, 9:00, and 11:00 a.m.) | 10:10 a.m. Adult Forum, Parish Hall
In an increasingly divided world where anxieties corrode relationships, systems, and institutions, and casual conversation is tense and discourse has been replaced by shouts and accusations, and The Rev. Ed Bacon offers hope in reorientation, salve in returning to grace and generosity of spirit. Basing his ministry in Henri Nouwen’s concept of leaving the house of fear, where one builds barriers that isolate and insulate, and moving into one’s house of love, where grace and forgiveness break down barriers, Father Bacon will guide participants in this year’s Lenten Retreat on a journey that seeks wholeness and redemption for a more Christ-centered and light-filled life. Join the Bethesda community and guests on Friday evening and Saturday as Father Bacon, renown preacher, spiritual leader, recently retired rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, and author of the bestselling 8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life, work together toward a holy Lent and a transformed soul. 8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life is available for purchase in the Shoppe at Bethesda. RSVP to Regine at (561) 655-4554 or by Monday, March 13.

Bethesda Life  

Saturdays, March 25 and April 1 | 9:00 a.m. | Parish Hall
Come get a fresh perspective on Bethesda’s ministries at Bethesda Life! Whether you are new to Bethesda or have been attending for years, we encourage you to join us to learn more about the mission, history, organization, and life of both the Episcopal Church and Bethesda-by-the-Sea. Father James and other church leaders will present the ministries of Worship, Education, Outreach, Bethesda Cares, Stewardship, Fellowship & Hospitality, and Evangelism & Communication. This is a wonderful opportunity for all to identify with one or more areas in which you feel called to serve, as well as to meet other parishioners—new and long-time. A continental breakfast will be served beginning at 8:45 a.m. and the session is from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Please sign-up in advance by calling April Lawrence in the church office at (561) 655-4555 x112, or e-mail her at

Men of Bethesda (MOB)  

Monday, April 3 | 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, April 3 | 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.


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.