• 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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Pastoral Care

Bethesda Cares, Bethesda's Pastoral Support Ministry, is our way of bearing one another’s burdens and sorrows and celebrating life’s joys in fulfillment of God’s commandment to love one another. Through an organized, lay-based structure, we provide an umbrella of care for our congregation. Bethesda Cares is a shared ministry of clergy and laity who are empowered to exercise their God-given talents. The pastoral shepherding team is a group of dedicated, trained, and faithful parishioners who work in collaboration with the clergy to provide a caring presence through phone calls and visits and who coordinate the services of our pastoral support ministries. Clergy provide leadership and, in times of crisis, pastoral visits, calls, counseling, and group fellowship. Pastoral Support ministries provide prayers and expertise or services to members of the congregation when contacted by the shepherds or parishioners in need.

• Eucharistic Visitor Ministry is a group of laity who are trained and licensed by the Bishop to take communion to home bound or hospitalized parishioners. 

• Flower Ministry is a group of members who arrange and deliver flowers to hospitals, care facilities, or private homes to wish parishioners well or help them celebrate special occasions.

• Good Samaritan Ministry helps disabled or physically challenged parishioners with minor home repairs.

• Visitation Ministry is a group of laity trained in crisis ministry that visits parishioners in hospitals, care facilities, and private homes. 

• Intercessory Prayer Ministry is a network of parishioners and clergy praying for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of those who seek their support.

• Card Ministry is a group of people who send cards to parishioners to remind them they are not alone in times of sorrow, difficulty and even joy.

• Stephen Ministers are trained and meet weekly with persons in need to build on-going, confidential, one-on-one relationships of Christian care and support. 

• Widows’ Group Ministry seeks to transform grief into joyful living through regular meetings.

• Shepherd Ministry is a group of trained parishioners who act as the first point of contact for parishioners.  Shepherds match parishioner needs with pastoral support.


Contact The Rev. Burl Salmon, Associate for Associate For Christian Education, Pastoral Care, And Outreach, at (561) 655-4555 x105 or Amy Warfield, Worship & Pastoral Care Coordinator, at (561) 655-4555 x117.