• 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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Photography Guidelines

The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea is a historic landmark that reflects the deep, rich roots of our Episcopal faith and the Palm Beach community. We are a privately-owned property, serving our members and the community. Visitors are welcome to enjoy our buildings and gardens, and we encourage you to pause and experience these holy grounds for what they are.

In consideration of issues of privacy, security, potential disruption of services, and, most importantly, respect for the sacred space, please abide by the following guidelines:


• The church and gardens are open to visitors from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Photographs may be taken during this time, unless a service is in progress, in which case no photography or videography is permitted on the grounds at all.

• Respectful dress is expected when visiting the grounds, as well as for photography and videography.

Contracted Photography / Videography

• Photography/videography by a contracted provider (professional photographer, videographer, etc.) is possible only after approval of an application for such activity and payment of a non-refundable $100 donation. To apply for a photography/videography permit, please fill out the form below. Consideration will be given to time of year, length of stay, access, and nature of photography/videography requested.

• Contracted photography/videography is not permitted inside the church, chapels, or columbarium.

Commercial Photography / Videography

• Photography/videography for commercial purposes is not permitted.


• Wedding photography/videography is reserved for those who have been married at The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea or will be married at The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.

All permits may be revoked by any church employee at any point by violation of these guidelines; the donation is non-refundable. If you have questions about any of these guidelines, please contact Tierra Harper at


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For More Information

Contact Tierra Harper, Office Coordinator and Rector’s Assistant, at (561) 655-4554 or e-mail her at