• 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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Most parents have had the amusing and perhaps awkward experience of having a child ask those grand, unanswerable questions. Those grand questions about God—about the meaning of life, about the goodness of humanity, about how people of faith deal with suffering in our lives and in the world—are best addressed, not with a pat answer, but with the practice of wondering, exploring, and discovering more about ourselves and God together.

Bethesda is a community of faith seeking understanding (to use the term of St. Anselm). In other words we try to avoid believing that we have ever learned everything we need to know about our relationship with God. And we invest our resources and our heart in helping our children and youth cultivate a lifelong thirst for spiritual growth and learning.

Bethesda offers rich learning opportunities for ChildrenYouth, and Adults that speak to all aspects of our life of faith. The accompanying pages provide information about our education programs. All are welcome to participate and join in a life of learning and growth in faith.

Keeping Our Church Safe

Bethesda requires all church leaders, teachers, and volunteers to be trained through Safeguarding God's Children and have a background check completed. Click here to read our policy. If you require the online training or just want to learn more about our Safeguarding God's Children program, visit now. Click here to fill out our background check form online. Thank you for participation and keeping our church safe!


For More Information

Contact Greg Knight, Director of Children and Youth Ministries, at (561) 655-4555 x114.