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  • Welcome
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  • Children & Youth
  • Worship Schedule
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  • 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

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  • 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.

     

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  • 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.

    PARKING

    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.

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  • 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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  • WE LOOK FORWARD
    TO MEETING YOU...

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Children

“When your children ask you in time to come, 'What is the meaning of the decrees and the statutes and the ordinances that the Lord our God has commanded you?' then you shall say to your children, 'We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. The Lord displayed before our eyes great and awesome signs and wonders against Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his household. He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land that he promised on oath to our ancestors. Then the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our lasting good, so as to keep us alive, as is now the case. If we diligently observe this entire commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, we will be in the right'.” –Deuteronomy 6:20–25

Why are we here? That is a question that you have probably been asked and probably asked yourself at some point in your spiritual journey. It is a question even our youngest members have at Bethesda-by-the-Sea. The answer to that question is going to vary based on what draws us all to the divine and what draws the divine to us. But, at the core of our common Christian experience is an essential truth. We are here because we are taking part in a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. All of those children that asked the meaning of our decrees and statutes, all of those youth that inquired about the ordinances the Lord God commanded of us, that is who we are and who we have always been. It is our God given responsibility to pass on what we have learned to the next generation and to walk with them as they learn, grow, and explore along their own spiritual path. 

Nursery on Sundays

We welcome children from the youngest ages to participate in worship services with their families. For those who prefer, we do offer a child care ministry at all of our Sunday services for children up to three years of age. You are welcome to carry your child to our nursery at any point during the service - just ask an usher to point the way.

The Nursery is located on the second floor in the Sunday School Hall. Child safety and parent's peace of mind are our primary concerns. Please sign your child in when you arrive and be sure to sign him/her out when you leave. Pagers are provided should a parent be needed quickly.  

Sunday Children Ministries

Pray and Play Group (available for all children ages 3 & 4) 

Sundays | 10:00 a.m. | Sunday School Hall
Our Pray and Play Group uses lessons and resources from Godly Play to engage young minds in the teachings of the Old and New Testaments through storytelling and imaginative play. Each week, children will learn a different story from the Bible and be able to interact with it through child-friendly toys. 

Story Group (available for all children in Kindergarten & 1st Grade)

Sundays | 10:00 a.m. | Sunday School Hall
For our Kindergarten and 1st Grade children we have a class that engages them in the lessons of the lectionary, the Bible readings assigned for each Sunday worship service. Each week children will explore the readings from worship in more detail through centers-based learning. 

Arts Group (available for all children in 2nd to 5th Grade)

Sundays | 10:00 a.m. | Sunday School Hall
For children who learn best through creating, either through visual arts, creative drama, music, science projects, etc., we offer a class that focuses on learning through art. Each month we will explore one Bible story through a variety of artistic disciplines.  

Service Group (available for all children in 2nd to 5th Grade)  

Sundays | 10:00 a.m. | Sunday School Hall
For children who learn best through helping others we offer a class that focuses on participating in outreach ministries at Bethesda-by-the-Sea. For one month each, children will participate in annual service projects including the Blessing of the Animals, the Port Ministry SOS Project, the Angel Tree, Feeding in February, etc. 

Explorers Group (available for all children in 2nd to 5th Grade)  

Sundays | 10:00 a.m. | Sunday School Hall
For children who learn best through getting out of the classroom and exploring the community around them we offer a class that focuses on reaching out to our Bethesda community and beyond. Children will participate in a program called Christ Walk Kids where they apply lessons from Christian life (taking care of the planet, sharing our resources with the community, making mistakes, prayer) and learn real world ways they can apply those concepts in their lives.

 

Wednesday Children Ministries

Liturgy Group (available for all children in Kindergarten to 5th Grade)  

Wednesdays | 6:30 p.m. | Sunday School Hall
For children who are interested in learning more about what we do on Sunday mornings in our worship services, the Wednesday Liturgy Class will teach them more about what we do and why. Over the course of the year we will explore elements of the Holy Eucharist more in-depth with our young people and also train them to become worship leaders for Sunday services. Topics will include communion, acolyting, music, the liturgical calendar, and saints. If you’ve ever wanted a class to teach your child about what we do in worship, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity.

 

Special Events for Children 

In addition to our weekly Sunday offerings for our children, Bethesda-by-the-Sea also presents special children-centered events throughout the year including our Christmas Pageant, Spring Carnival, outreach opportunities with the SOS Port Ministry Project, and more.

 

For More Information

Contact Greg Knight, Director of Children and Youth Ministries, at (561) 655-4555 x114.  

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