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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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Upcoming Offerings


—Middle Way Resumes May 1—


Community Supper

5:45 to 6:30 p.m. | Parish Hall East
We invite you to join other Bethesdans for a catered, informal Community Supper. Every week will be a different menu and the cost is $10 for adults; $5 children under 12; $25 family max (payable at the door). Kindly CLICK HERE to RSVP or click RSVP image below, or call the church office at (561) 655-4554 BY NOON ON THE MONDAY PRIOR. The supper is from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. then you can choose a class that interests you from 6:30 to 7:40 p.m., and we will close the evening with compline in the choir stalls from 7:50 to 8:00 p.m.


Featured Classes

Bethesda at Its Best

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Library
Come one, come all for a behind-the-scenes look at what makes Bethesda the special place that it is. Over a series of four weeks, join the clergy and vestry as we discuss the history, mission, and organization of this remarkable parish and how each of these beautiful threads comes together into a diverse and spirit-filled tapestry. Whether you’ve been here for years or a couple of weeks, you’re invited to join this great conversation.

Judaism and the American Legal System

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Guild Room
Criminal law, judicial ethics, witness tampering, personal injury law: rules about all of these areas of law (and so much more) can be found within Jewish sacred teachings.  During two sessions, Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein from Temple Israel of West Palm Beach, a practicing lawyer for more than 10 years before entering rabbinical school, will explain how the laws from the Torah evolved to become the basis for so many of our laws today.

Recurring Classes


6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Parish Hall West
Physical therapist and yoga therapist, Emily Large, invites all adults for an evening of holistic worship through Christian yoga practice. Physical postures, relaxation, breath techniques and mental focus create a holistic approach for worship as we will reflect on the themes associated with the liturgical calendar. This method is quite efficient, resulting in a systematic and time friendly approach to nourish the body, mind, and spirit. All abilities and conditions are encouraged to attend as Emily skillfully offers appropriate modifications to those in need. To see Emily’s biography, go to A requested donation of $10 per class (payable at the door).

Little Way

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Sunday School Hall
For all K-5 kids with a curiosity for what we do at Bethesda and why. Over the course of the year we will explore the baptismal covenant, the Ten Commandments, the music and art that we use in the church, and the church seasons with a special focus on outreach and the community. Crafts, cooking, learning games, and playful fellowship will help your little ones learn about Bethesda’s traditions and have a little fun along the way.

Bethesda Youth Group

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Youth Room
The Bethesda Youth Group is open to all youth in 6th through 12th grade. Each week we offer fun activities and lively discussions. Youth members also participate in monthly special events including our annual lock-in, service day, and camping trip to Peanut Island.

Bible Study   

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Rector's Study
The Path: A Journey Through the Bible … you are most welcome to join us anytime as we discuss a chapter each week from The Path, praised by biblical scholars, The Path is the story of the Bible, excerpted from the New Revised Standard Version so that it is clear and easy to read. Follow the path of God’s love all the way from the beginning to the end, from Adam’s creation to John’s revelation. This book stands alone as a fantastic resource for engaging and learning more about the Bible.  To discover what “trails” through God’s grace you want to spend more time on and get to know as your own special way to the heart of God’s Love.

Theology in Film - Bethesda Film Club 

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Choir Room
This intergenerational group will explore how the religious life is revealed through popular art with the Bethesda Film Club. Each week we will assign a movie for participants to watch on their own time and come back together during the Middle Way to discuss the film. We will have a wide range of films (most available for rent through Amazon) from different decades, genres, and acclaimed directors.

This week we look at, Top Hat (1935). If you are able, please watch the movie on your own and come ready to discuss.


7:50 to 8:00 p.m. | Church
An ancient, brief, and contemplative liturgy of the Christian tradition, compline offers an opportunity to give God thanks for the day behind us and pray for rest and safety in the night ahead. A fitting end to the day, compline offers a peaceful and meditative sacred time in the middle of our often frenetic weeks, as well as a beautiful conclusion to our Wednesday evenings together.


Recurring Offerings

Young Women’s Bible Study (Girls of Grace)

Wednesdays | 10:30 a.m. | Guild Room
Girls of Grace is geared towards women ages 25-55 with all levels of experience in studying Scripture. For more information please e-mail Susan Beebe or Rachel Supple at


For more information

Click here to view our complete schedule of events in our Bethesda Catalog. You may contact us at (561) 655-4554 or e-mail us at if you have any questions.

The Music of Lent at Bethesda