• 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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Celtic Pilgrimage 2019

Bethesda’s Celtic Pilgrimage

May 3 to May 15, 2019

Updated Itinerary (organizer to be the Very Reverend Dominic Barrington, Dean of St James Cathedral, Chicago. He is also affiliated with Lightline Pilgrimages, a company that specializes in Celtic Christian pilgrimages and historical tours of Britain. The pilgrimage leader will be the retired Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard).


Click Here to Download the 2019 Bethesda's Celtic Pilgrimage Brochure and Booking Form


Package A

(Flights included to/from Palm Beach) – May 2019

Friday, May 3
   Fly overnight to Britain from PBI
Saturday, May 4
   Land in Glasgow, coach and ferry transfer to Iona (5 nights)
Sunday, May 5 to Wednesday, May 8
   Iona (5th is rest and explore, 6th to 8th is “Celtic Christian retreat”)
Thursday, May 9
   Leave Iona for Edinburgh, stopping at Dunfermline en route (1 night)
Friday, May 10
   Leave Edinburgh for Berwick, via Melrose Abbey, overnight in Berwick (1 night)
Saturday, May 11
   Holy Island of Lindisfarne (times based on tides), then to Durham that evening (4 nights)
Sunday, May 12
   Worship at Durham Cathedral in the morning, visit Hexham for Evensong
Monday, May 13
   Day trip to coastal Town of Whitby, and Rievaulx village in the North York Moors National Park
Tuesday, May 14
   Visit Jarrow (for St. Bede the Venerable) in the morning, more time in Durham in the afternoon
Wednesday, May 15
   Travel to Glasgow and fly home to PBI

Package B

(Book own flights, join up with party in Glasgow or Oban on Saturday, May 4, leave party on Wednesday, May 15 in Durham or Glasgow) – Sunday, May 5 to Tuesday, May 14 as above.

Package C

Alternative arrangements can be made directly with Dominic Barrington on a personal basis.

Pre-Pilgrimage (to be confirmed):
Dean Barrington to visit in November
Bishop Pritchard to visit in late January

Sign up below to receive updated information, no financial commitment at this point.

Fill out my online form.

Final sign-up will be in November 2018.