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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.


    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.



  • 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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Honduras Mission Trip: Day 2 and 3

Greetings once again from Our Little Roses in San Pedro Sula, Honduras! Day 2 and 3 of our mission trip looked surprisingly similar as you can tell by the pictures posted on Bethesda’s Facebook wall. We have been working hard mounting and wiring security cameras around the facility. This involves several trips up and down ladders, drilling holes through concrete, and laboring in weather that is about 10 degrees warmer than what we left behind in Palm Beach. The entire group has pitched in to ease the effort and we wrapped up this project before we leave Friday.more...

Honduras Mission Trip: Day 1


Being an Exemplary Church

Three years ago, we were wrestling to understand all the ramifications of our decision to live in decisively new ways as a parish. We latched upon the word exemplary to connote the general direction we wished to go in our ministry. What we mean by this is that we are choosing to lead and set the example of how an Episcopal parish can fulfill God’s mission in this rapidly changing world. We mean that we will learn from others’ best practices without being constrained to go along with the crowd and that we expect more and more to be a parish that others look to for direction and leadership. We mean that we are not going to define our ministry solely based on what we had been and could no longer be, but on a conviction that God was calling us to a new era of great ministry.more...

Christmas Eve in 1968

As a very young boy in the late 1960’s at the time of the original Star Trek series and the Apollo moon missions, I wanted to be an astronaut. When I realized in my mid -twenties that becoming a space explorer was not going to happen, I became a SCUBA diver and experienced the weightlessness of floating in another strange and wonderful environment here on Earth. Space however, and looking into the night sky makes me aware that we are a small part of a much larger story. Some of us here this morning work at telling a part of that story called American History and I believe that the history of the space program is more than knowing who was the first man on the moon, if fact, as I ponder the great voyages in the history of humankind, I am most fascinated by the voyage of Apollo 8, the first voyage to the moon and out of Earth Orbit. The 10 revolutions around the moon of Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve 46 years ago, was one of profound spiritual significance in which the opening words of Genesis and the Gospel of John were used by the astronauts to describe the wonder and awe of the Creation outside their four windows. When reporting on the flight of Apollo 8 David Brinkley said, “Numerous times in 1968 we have seen the human race at its worst, and yet at the end of 1968, we have seen the human race at its best. more...

Village Baptist Feeding Center

The church received an e-mail from Dan E. Shorter at Village Baptist Feeding Center.more...

Knitting Thanks

“But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6: 3more...

All in the family

Paul loved the church in Corinth. They were a vibrant, lively community that, perhaps more than any church in its day, was embracing their call to welcome everyone. The church in Corinth had wealthy people and poor people. It had men and women serving in all kinds of roles. It had Jewish and Greek people, young and old. It was a wonderfully diverse community. But Paul was frustrated, and it doesn’t take too close a reading of 1 Corinthians to feel that from him.more...

"My Nature" Visit at the Port of Palm Beach

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Membership & Ministry

We live in a community that focuses a great deal on membership and entitlements that go with it. And so, quite often, people approach their relationship with Bethesda in that same vein: that being a member is primarily about benefits to which one is entitled. Except, that is not the primary nature of the Church. The Church’s reason for existence is to draw us deeper into a relationship with God and to organize us as the family of God to serve and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world. * more...

Welcome Daniel Beckwith

Bethesda is pleased to welcome Daniel Beckwith as Acting Organist and Choirmaster for the term of Hal Pysher’s sabbatical. more...