• 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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Ways to Give

Stewardship is a way of life rooted in our faith in God's abundant love and is an expression of generosity and thankfulness that puts God at the center. Through financial support for the mission of our church, contributors create the kind of world that God is calling us to lead.

Unrestricted gifts offer the church the greatest flexibility in meeting the needs of the parish and the community we serve. Occasionally a parishioner wishes to restrict a gift for a specific purpose. The Vestry has adopted policies that govern restricted gifts. Specifically, restricted gifts for purposes that would not otherwise be budgeted cannot be more than one third the amount of the giver’s unrestricted gift. 

Gifts of Cash
The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea gratefully accepts contributions made by cash, check, Visa, American Express, and MasterCard. Kindly make checks payable to "The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea." Credit card gifts may be made via pledge card or by telephoning the church office. All donations are tax deductible for the year during which the gift is made.

Gifts of Securities
The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea gratefully accepts gifts of readily marketable, publicly traded securities. Contributors who give appreciated securities benefit in two ways. First, you pay no capital gains tax on the amount of the increase in value. Second, your income tax deduction is equal to the average price of the security on the day the gift is made. 

Employer Matching Gifts
Many companies offer matches for gifts made to nonprofit organizations by the employee (and, sometimes, the spouse of the employee). These gifts are a wonderful way to increase your contribution to Bethesda. Please inquire whether your company offers a matching gift program and secure the necessary forms to include with your gift. The Church Stewardship Office will complete the process. Both you and your company will be acknowledged. 

Gifts of Real Estate 
The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea may accept gifts of real property (homes, lots, commercial, industrial property) provided that the gift has been accepted and approved by the Vestry. If a real estate donation is approved, the tax deduction equals the fair market value of the property at the time of the donation. Additionally, the contributor is not required to pay capital gains tax. 

Gifts via Trusts or Bequests
Planned giving is the best possible way to ensure a strong future for Bethesda and its essential ministries. Join the Heritage Society by including The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in your estate plans. Please notify the Church’s office so we can acknowledge your generosity and add your name to our records. Always consult with your financial, legal, and tax advisers when considering a future gift. 

Gifts of Life Insurance
You may transfer ownership of an existing life insurance policy to benefit Bethesda. The tax deduction equals approximately the current cash surrender value. Or, you might wish to consider purchasing a new policy, making The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea the owner and beneficiary. In both cases, you are responsible for the premiums and, resultantly, entitled to an income tax deduction for the premiums you pay each year. A gift of life insurance qualifies a donor for the Heritage Society. 



Click Here to make a financial contribution to Bethesda.


For more information

Contact us at (561) 655-4554 or e-mail us at, 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.