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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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Sunday mornings at Bethesda

I hope you’ve heard by now of the exciting plans we are putting in place for Sunday mornings at Bethesda. You received a letter from me several weeks ago that described some of the elements of our plans, and in this note, we will look at the rest of Sunday morning. If you did not receive my previous letter, please get in touch, and we will send it to you right away, either by mail or email; you can also find it on our website (under Resources/Publications/Bethesda Parish Letters). If you know of someone else who needs to read these, please share your copy or encourage them to call the church office. We also have provided more detail about various aspects of Sunday mornings in the weekly E-mail Newsletters, beginning July 20th. Those email newsletters are also available on the website (under Resources/E-newsletter/). If you have not read those, please do so, as they have more insight and detail than can be put in this letter.more...

Message from the Senior Warden

Dear Bethesda Friends,more...

Palanca Pantry

Hurricane Matthew last October spared very little in the island nation of Haiti, with a reports of nearly 900 dead, more than 200 injured, a half dozen missing, and more than 60,000 residents displaced, and mounting threats of a cholera in areas, according to a recent CNN news story.more...

A gift for his wife

It was Monday, December 19, 2016 and a gentleman walked into the Church Mouse expressing a desire to find a gift for his wife. He was thin, seemed a bit weak, wearing clothes that were faded and frayed. He glanced around our resale shop and found a framed poster of a Paris postcard. He approached a volunteer on the sales floor mentioning that he wanted to give his wife the poster for Christmas. However, he didn’t have enough money to buy it. He asked the volunteer if they would take a couple of hand-made trinkets as a form of payment. He reached into his pocket and placed the items on the counter. The volunteer pondered what to do since they were not accustomed to conducting business in this manner. The manager on duty was informed that the man would like a discount for the poster. It was agreed to reduce the price to accommodate him. Upon the return of the volunteer to the sales floor, a customer overheard the discussion about the price and the man’s situation. The gentleman repeated that although grateful for the reduction, he was still short on funds to purchase the poster. It was then that the customer discreetly approached a staff member and told them to give the gentleman the poster and she would pay for it. We obliged. The gentleman was very appreciative and extremely happy. He left the Mouse and rode away on his bicycle after finding the perfect gift for his wife. more...

2017 Boar’s Head Festival

Bethesda-by-the-Sea Welcomes the Public to Its January 2017 Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival more...

Christmas at Sea 2016

“Come now look upon the works of the Lord, what awesome things he has done on earth.”   Psalm 46:9more...

mentoring program at Bethesda

Here in Nova Scotia, I was reading the Sunday Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper the other week when I was reminded of the 2005 Kenyon College commencement speech delivered by the prodigious writer David Foster Wallace. The beginning of the speech opens with a short story that goes like this, “There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says "Morning, boys. How's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes ‘What the hell is water?’ “more...

Education and Nutrition

A few weeks ago, I was giving my weekly reading to the “Butterflies” class at the Opportunity Early Childhood Education and Family Center in the Westgate section of West Palm Beach—an agency founded by the women of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in the 1930’s.more...

COOKING AND SERVING FOOD FOR THE HOMELESS

I arrived at Bethesda a little early. My call was for 1:15 p.m., and I was very excited to be, for the first time, part of a team cooking for the homeless. Marty Straton and Lesli Rothwell arrived together, and June Sory joined us a few minutes later. Marty had not known that I was there to help, but seemed very relieved that we now numbered four. Things moved quickly—twelve enormous cans of black beans, a package of Jasmine rice (the size of June from head to toe), three hundred and fifty hotdogs, bread, and salad. After cooking all the rice, we put together eight huge pans of beans and rice. The scrubbing and cleaning of the cooking pans and the kitchen, followed. I asked for directions to St. George’s. Marty was surprised that I was planning to help serve, but she quickly thanked me for volunteering to do so.more...

Go where God has called you

In the Gospel of John, following the exchange between Peter and Jesus where Peter is instructed to feed the sheep, Jesus says something poignant and powerful to his eager disciple. “When you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.”more...

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