• 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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Communication is essential in any community. Here at Bethesda, we strive to give everyone engaging and timely information about our parish life and to provide space for reflection and conversation. Visitors are able to watch our services live on Sundays, read blogs from our clergy and staff, subscribe to our E-mail Newsletter, and easily access all our printed publications. 

In this section you will find electronic versions of our primary printed materials.

• The Bethesda Catalog promotes all our public events from worship to fellowship with the date, time, location, and description, so you will be able to better prepare your calendar in advance. 

Bethesda Happenings contains weekly announcements about upcoming events so that you can put them on your calendar and plan accordingly.

• The Sunday Leaflet provides the guide for our Sunday worship each week. Download this to better follow the streaming services.

• Under the Adult Forum Resources section, you will find information and/or slides on some interesting topics.

The Bethesda Bulletin was our beautiful newsletter. We used to publish six issues each year. Since Bulletin provides an important link to our community, we focus on our ministry areas—Worship, Education, Bethesda Cares, Outreach, Evangelism & Communications, Fellowship & Hospitality, Retail, and Stewardship. The publication will be more about connecting and relating, and less on informing and promoting. 

In addition to these print publications, Bethesda uses electronic media to get our message out. The very best ways to keep up with life at Bethesda are to subscribe to our email list here and like us on Facebook by simply clicking the Facebook link at the bottom of every page on the site.

Also, because Bethesda is an Episcopal Church, we invite you to learn more about our shared mission by visiting the web site of the Diocese of Southeast Florida and of the Episcopal Church. Also, the Episcopal Church's news service shares stories about life and ministry around the entire Church. Click here to read the Episcopal Church's biblical, theological, historical foundation for the decision to offer the sacramental rite to marriage to same sex couples.

For More Information

Contact Douglas Kwoka, Communications Coordinator, at (561) 655-4555 x111.