• Welcome
  • What to Expect
  • Children & Youth
  • Worship Schedule
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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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Annual Commitments

Annual gift commitments by members of our Church are the bedrock upon which we build our ministries. There are no sources of financial support other than us for the work God is calling Bethesda-by-the-Sea to do.

Please fill out the form below or click here to download the annual commitment form and submit your Annual Commitment today.

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These annual gifts support ministries that include feeding the hungry, mentoring homeless high school students, providing pastoral care, extending outreach support to humanitarian agencies both locally and abroad, as well as celebrating God’s love through soaring worship and magnificent music, fostering spiritual formation, and providing Christian education for children, youth, and adults. More than 60 distinct ministries are supported by the parish of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. 

Proportional Giving

Bethesda-by-the-Sea embraces proportional giving as a guide for returning a measured portion of what God has given us in a committed and faithful manner. An annual commitment is not only an essential tool for planning an operational budget. Its true value is that it is an intentional act. It’s something we think about and reflect upon in terms of thanking God for our blessings, serving God in our actions, and giving in a manner that expresses our belief and trust.

The table below is offered as a reference. It shows how each of us together can have a substantial impact in moving Bethesda from where we are to where God is calling us to be. 


Click here to see a number of Ways of Giving to support an annual commitment. 


For more information

Contact Turia Roebuck-Hayden, Outreach and Development Coordinator at (561) 655-4555 x110 or email, if you have any questions about ways of contributing to The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea and the varied ministries here that your charitable gifts can support.