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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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Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church/Palanca Pantry Make Strides in 2017

Last Wednesday, November 22, Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, one of Bethesda’s Outreach Ministry grant recipients, opened its doors to the public to feed approximately 60 people in the community a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.

The church, whose inception was in 1993, runs a weekly feeding program called Palanca Pantry that distributes food donated by entities such as Feeding South Florida and Publix supermarkets on Tuesday mornings and provides hot meals Friday and Saturday nights. The Tuesday feeding program provides food to up to 200 recipients.The Pantry is run by an all-volunteer staff.

In August 2017, Holy Redeemer’s rector accepted a new position at a parish in Indianapolis, and since then, the church and Pantry have been managed by its Junior Warden, Marco Betancourt.

In the meantime, and despite the absence of a rector, the church and Pantry have made strides forward in several directions. Recent initiatives made by Betancourt, who also just received his SafeServ food-handling certification for the Pantry, include a project to form a partnership with the USDA; the addition of a new floor and new partition in the church office; a new concrete apron behind the church for special feeding events (such as the Thanksgiving dinner); a reorganized sacristy with new shelves; and two new security cameras.

Holy Redeemer/Palanca Pantry is one of a dozen community entities including food pantries, shelters and educational initiatives such as Opportunity Early Childhood Education and Family Center that receive up to $20,000 annually, after meeting prerequisite grant qualifications and guidelines.

Lee Daniels
On behalf of the Outreach Committee