• 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


Community Supper  

6:00 to 6:30 p.m. (serving starts at 5:45 p.m.) | Parish Hall
We invite you to join other Bethesdans for a catered, informal Community Supper. We will start serving dinner at 5:45 p.m. to allow for additional fellowship and dining time. 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 RSVP clicking the image below or call Ayana at (561) 655-4554. 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 7:45 to 8:00 p.m. 


Cantate Choir  

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Choir Room
The Cantate Choir is a new ministry added this year to enhance Bethesda’s musical leadership at the 9:00 a.m. service. This intergenerational choir is open to adults of all ages and to youth as young as third grade. In addition to our Wednesday night rehearsals, we’ll also gather at 8:20 a.m. Sunday mornings to warm-up, vest, and prepare for the 9:00 a.m. service. Contact Jessica Hitchcock with any questions at

Christian Hospitality in a Multi-faith World    

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Guild Room
The average Episcopalian invites someone to church once every 28 years. Drawing on material from her book, Fireweed Evangelism, The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Geitz will help you discover your own personal motivation for engaging in evangelism—a motivation that meets your comfort level. First, we’ll look at our own ‘evangelism elephant’, the hidden force that’s holding us back, as we each discover the path that’s right for us. Next, we’ll focus on context—where does evangelism take place and for whose benefit? Then, we’ll discuss the uniqueness of Christian hospitality, the nuts and bolts of newcomer ministry, and programs needed to sustain Christian hospitality in a pluralistic society. And what does fireweed have to do with it all? 

Faith and Finance 

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Library
Have you ever wondered how to balance Christian discipleship with sound investment practices? If so, you’re not alone. It can be difficult to practice ethical investing in an era of sound bites, marketing campaigns, and glossy portfolios, but there are ways—and people and groups along the way—to guide an ethical investment strategy that balances wise investment with a dedication to the greater good. Join us as we explore ethical investing with Seth Thompson from Northern Trust.


6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Parish Hall
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.


7:45 to 8:00 p.m. | Church
An 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.



Palm Beach Fellowship Interfaith Dialogue  

Tuesday, March 14 | 5:30 p.m. | Parish Hall
The Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews will present an interfaith dialogue on “The Meaning of Israel to Jews, Christians and Muslims.” The conversations will be among Rabbi Howard Shapiro, Imam Nasir Ahmed, and Canon Tom O’Brien, and beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall and ending at 6:45 p.m. with time for questions and answers until 7:00 p.m. Admission is free for Fellowship Members and a $10 offering is requested from non-members to cover expenses. All are welcome to attend! For more information, contact Sherri Gilbert at (561) 833-6150 or e-mail her at

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.



Caregivers’ Support Group  

3rd Tuesday | 6:30 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.

Women at the Well Winter Bible Study   

Wednesdays | 9:00 a.m. | Parish Hall
This year we will be studying the Old Testament book of Psalms. Each week we will explore the beauty and power of the Psalms in both poetry and prayer. The authors of these ancient scriptures will help us look at, learn and pray about every situation in life. We will reclaim the power of the Psalms, which were once at the core of prayer life, while helping us grow more intimately near God. All women are welcome. Deacon Cecie Titcomb, Ellen Kaufman, and Vivian Chen will once again lead the group. The cost is $10. For more information and sign up please call Ayana at the church office (561) 655-4554.

Bible Study Boot Camp

Thursdays | noon to 1:00 p.m. | Guild Room
Bible Study Boot Camp (BSBC) meets Thursdays in the Guild Room at Bethesda, from January 19 to March 9. It is geared toward women 25-55 with all levels of experience in studying Scripture. The group will focus on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Feel free to drop in and bring a lunch, no RSVP required. For more information email 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.