• Welcome
  • What to Expect
  • Children & Youth
  • Worship Schedule
  • Directions
  • Contact
  • 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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Bethesda Catalog

The Bethesda Catalog is a publication that promotes all our public events from worship to fellowship with the date, time, location, and description, so you will be able to better prepare your calendar in advance. The catalog is available to view, download, or print and will include all the event details. 

Click here to view our Bethesda Catalog.


Bethesda Happenings

Bethesda Happenings is a weekly publication that promotes all our upcoming events and announcements for the week—Sunday through Sunday. Each Thursday the Bethesda Happenings for that week is available to view, download, or print. In addition, Bethesda Happenings is also included in our weekly E-mail Newsletter.

Click here to view this week's Bethesda Happenings.


Sunday Leaflet

Our Sunday Leaflet incorporates The Book of Common Prayer into a "user-friendly" guide for Bethesda's Sunday worship. Each Thursday the Sunday Leaflet for that week is available to view, download, or print. We encourage you to use the leaflet to better follow the streaming services.

• February 18, 2018: 8:00 a.m. Leaflet | 9:00 a.m. Leaflet | 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• February 11, 2018: 8:00 a.m. Leaflet | 9:00 a.m. Leaflet | 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• February 4, 2018: 8:00 a.m. Leaflet | 9:00 a.m. Leaflet | 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• January 28, 2018: 8:00 a.m. Leaflet | 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• January 21, 2018: 8:00 a.m. Leaflet | 9:00 a.m. Leaflet | 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• January 14, 2018: 8:00 a.m. Leaflet | 9:00 a.m. Leaflet | 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• January 7, 2018: 8:00 a.m. Leaflet | 9:00 a.m. Leaflet | 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• December 31, 2017: 8:00, 9:00, & 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• Christmas Day: 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• Christmas Eve: 4:00 p.m. Leaflet | 6:30 p.m. Leaflet | 10:30 p.m. Leaflet

• December 24, 2017: 9:00 a.m. Leaflet 

• December 17, 2017: 9:00 a.m. Leaflet | 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• December 10, 2017: 9:00 a.m. Leaflet | 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• December 3, 2017: 9:00 a.m. Leaflet | 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• November 26, 2017: 9:00 a.m. Leaflet | 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• November 19, 2017: 9:00 a.m. Leaflet | 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• November 12, 2017: 9:00 a.m. Leaflet | 11:00 a.m. Leaflet

• November 5, 2017: All Saint's Sunday Leaflet


Bethesda Parish Letters

• September 14, 2017

 August 5, 2017

• June 8, 2017

• April 10, 2017

• October 25, 2016

• August 12, 2016


Adult Forum Resources

• Sunday, May 8, 2016 slides on The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion: A Strained Relationship

• Click here to read the Episcopal Church's biblical, theological, historical foundation for the decision to offer the sacramental rite to marriage to same sex couples.


Vestry Minutes

September 28, 2016

April 27, 2016

March 16, 2016


Annual Report

• 2017






Strategic Plan

• as of January 28, 2018

as of January 29, 2017

as of April 1, 2016

• as of January 22, 2016

as of January 25, 2015


The Bethesda Calendar

Click here to view our entire Bethesda Calendar.


The Bethesda Bulletin

The Bethesda Bulletin was our bi-monthly newsletter that kept us in-the-know about parish life, providing pictures of fellowship, spiritual messages from our clergy and staff, upcoming events, and other aspects of our life together. The older Bethesda Bulletins are still available to view, download, or print below. (Please note: Some of these files are quite large and may take a few minutes to download on a slower connection.)

• January/February 2016

• November/December 2015

• September/October 2015

• July/August 2015

• May/June 2015

• March/April 2015

• January/February 2015

• November/December 2014

• September/October 2014

• July/August 2014


For More Information

Contact Renee Boger-Cheifet, Communications Coordinator, at (561) 655-4555 x111.