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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 Returns
Wednesday, January 16


Community Supper

6:00 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 Ayana at (561) 655-4554 BY NOON ON THE MONDAY PRIOR. The supper is from 6:00 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

Ethics in Our Time  

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Guild Room
Does it seem to you like there are no ethical standards anymore? Do we live in a world of ethical relativism guided only by individualism, having forgotten the concept of a greater good? Are you troubled yourself when facing life decisions you never dreamed of in prior years? Join us as we look at the world around us, from ethical decision-making. This week we welcome the Bethesda Clergy as they discuss ethics and faith. 

Walk in Love; an Enquirers Class 

6:30 to 7:40 p.m. | Library
If you’ve ever wondered about confirmation, that mysterious sacrament offered by the bishop when he comes twice a year, and what it gets you, now is the time to find out! This eight-week study of the Episcopal Church is your opportunity to develop your faith and discover what makes our tradition unique. It is a chance to understand the beautiful theologies that comprise our tradition, to dive more deeply into the sacraments, and to learn the answers to questions you’ve always wondered. Using Scott Gunn and Melody Shobe’s new text Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices, this series offers the chance to seek a deeper and faithful knowledge of our tradition amidst the company of others seeking the same, growing in your faith as a group, and becoming a candidate for the sacrament of confirmation, an outward and visible sign of the good work God has begun and continues in you.

Members of the class are invited to the Bethesda Confirmation Retreat at the Duncan Center on November 2 and 3. Copies of Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices can be obtained through your favorite bookseller or in The Shoppe.

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. | ECW Room
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 Rebel without a Cause (1955). 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.

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