• 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.


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  • 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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“When your children ask you in time to come, 'What is the meaning of the decrees and the statutes and the ordinances that the Lord our God has commanded you?' then you shall say to your children, 'We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. The Lord displayed before our eyes great and awesome signs and wonders against Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his household. He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land that he promised on oath to our ancestors. Then the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our lasting good, so as to keep us alive, as is now the case. If we diligently observe this entire commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, we will be in the right'.” –Deuteronomy 6:20–25

Why are we here? That is a question that you have probably been asked and probably asked yourself at some point in your spiritual journey. It is a question even our youngest members have at Bethesda-by-the-Sea. The answer to that question is going to vary based on what draws us all to the divine and what draws the divine to us. But, at the core of our common Christian experience is an essential truth. We are here because we are taking part in a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. All of those children that asked the meaning of our decrees and statutes, all of those youth that inquired about the ordinances the Lord God commanded of us, that is who we are and who we have always been. It is our God given responsibility to pass on what we have learned to the next generation and to walk with them as they learn, grow, and explore along their own spiritual path. 

Sunday Youth Opportunities

Teenagers are a vital part of the church community as they show us what a faithful life looks like in the midst of hectic schedules. It is our desire at Bethesda-by-the-Sea to offer opportunities for all youth to continue to learn and grow as they claim more responsibility over their religious lives. These ministries help to assist young people in forming their spiritual identities and following their spiritual calling through service to others. 

Questions Group (available for all youth in 6th & 7th Grade)  

Sundays | 10:00 a.m. | Library
For our 6th & 7th grade youth, we offer a primer class for confirmation that focuses on learning the basics of Christian beliefs while encouraging our young people to ask hard questions about their faith. 

Confirmation Group (available for all youth in 8th Grade)

Sundays | 10:00 a.m. | ECW Room
In this class we explore beliefs, specifically the beliefs that make up Episcopal theological understanding through the three areas of scripture, tradition, and reason. Together, we learn where our beliefs meet the beliefs of a 2,000 year old tradition that has been passed down to us and what that means for our lives. Youth have the option to be confirmed at the bishop’s visitation in the Spring.

Mission Group (available for all youth in 9th to 12th Grade) 

Sundays | 10:00 a.m. | Youth Room
This year our high school-aged youth will work on a mission project for the year. As we’ve done over the past three years, youth will discern, budget, and raise funds for a summer mission trip in 2018. This group is open to all youth in 9th through 12th grades including those who are away at boarding school. 


Wednesday Youth Opportunities

Bethesda Youth Group

Wednesdays | 6:00 p.m. | Youth Room
The Bethesda Youth Group will move from our traditional Thursday night meetings to Wednesday nights to join our Middle Way ministries. Come for dinner at 6:00 p.m. and stay for Youth Group until 8:00 p.m. The Bethesda Youth Group is a fellowship group open to all those in 6th through 12th Grade. Members also participate in monthly special events including our annual lock-in, service day, and camping trip to Peanut Island.


For More Information

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