• Welcome
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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

  • 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 Offerings


Wednesday Evenings

Community Supper  

6:00 to 6:30 p.m. | Parish Hall East
We invite you to join other Bethesdans for a catered, informal Community Supper. Every week will be a different menu and the cost is $10 for adults; $5 children under 12; $25 family max (payable at the door). Kindly CLICK HERE to RSVP or click RSVP image below, or call Ayana at (561) 655-4554 BY NOON ON THE MONDAY PRIOR. The supper is from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. then you can choose a class that interests you from 6:30 to 7:40 p.m., and we will close the evening with compline in the choir stalls from 7:50 to 8:00 p.m.


Featured Classes

Active Parenting  

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Guild Room
Generously sponsored by a grant from the Hanley Foundation, the six sessions of Active Parenting are specifically geared toward parents and teachers of teens and pre-teens as their children face the challenges of a rapidly changing world. In this class parents will learn what goes on in their teens’ heads, which will help them figure out why they do the things they do. Participants will learn how to open the lines of communication, encourage cooperation and responsibility, and discipline effectively. They will also explore techniques for solving the inevitable problems that crop up and learn 10 strategies for preventing problems relating to drugs, alcohol, violence, and teen sexuality. Parent guides are $14.95 per parent.

Inquirers’ Class   

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Library
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about The Episcopal Church, who we are and why we believe what we do—and exactly what we do believe—you’re invited to join Father Burl in this eight-week course drawn from Christopher Webber’s book Welcome to the Episcopal Church. This course is specifically designed for those adults desiring confirmation or reception at Bishop Eaton’s visit on December 13, but is open to and welcoming of all inquiring souls wishing to strengthen their faith. The course is informal and discussion-based.

Reccurring Classes

Bible Study

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | ECW Room
From Genesis to the Revelation, reading the Bible together is a meaningful way for us to deepen our faith while strengthening our ties to one another and the church community. Each Wednesday, Father Thomas and other clergy will offer an informal and instructive opportunity to study the Bible with a focus on historical perspective and scripture's meaning for us in the daily living of our lives. We will begin with an exploration of the Gospel according to Mark. So, bring your bibles to the ECW Room—or use one of ours—for an ongoing opportunity to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest God's word.

Liturgy Group  

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Sunday School Hall
For all children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade 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. 

Bethesda Youth Group  

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Youth Room
The Bethesda Youth Group will move from our traditional Thursday night meetings to Wednesday nights to join our Middle Way ministries. Come for dinner at 6:00 p.m. and stay for Youth Group until 7:40 p.m. The Bethesda Youth Group is a fellowship group open to all those in 6th through 12th grade. Members also participate in monthly special events including our annual lock-in, service day, and camping trip to Peanut Island.Compline  Wednesday, September 20 | 7:50 to 8:00 p.m. | ChurchAn ancient, brief, and contemplative liturgy of the Christian tradition, compline offers an opportunity to give God thanks for the day behind us and pray for rest and safety in the night ahead. A fitting end to the day, compline offers a peaceful and meditative sacred time in the middle of our often frenetic weeks, as well as a beautiful conclusion to our Wednesday evenings together.


6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Parish Hall West
Physical therapist and yoga therapist, Emily Large, invites all adults for an evening of holistic worship through Christian yoga practice. Physical postures, relaxation, breath techniques and mental focus create a holistic approach for worship as we will reflect on the themes associated with the liturgical calendar. This method is quite efficient, resulting in a systematic and time friendly approach to nourish the body, mind, and spirit. All abilities and conditions are encouraged to attend as Emily skillfully offers appropriate modifications to those in need. To see Emily’s biography, go to A requested donation of $10 per class (payable at the door).


Recurring Offerings

Caregivers’ Support Group  

3rd Tuesday | 5:30 p.m. | Library
Elayne Forgie, Founder, President, and CEO of Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, Inc. will facilitate this group. Whether your caregiving is a result of illness, age, disability, death, divorce, or anything else, if you are now or have past experience caring for a friend or loved one, this may be the place for you to find information and support.

Young Women’s Bible Study

Wednesdays | 10:30 a.m. | Guild Room
Young Women’s Bible Study is geared towards women ages 25-55 with all levels of experience in studying Scripture. This fall the group will Study the life of Joseph through a video series called “Restless” by Jennie Allen. This will be an eight-week series that meets on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. beginning Wednesday, September 27. For more information please e-mail Susan Beebe or Rachel Supple at


For more information

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.