• 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.


    phone-visitor.jpg (561) 655-4554 


    fb-visitor.jpg Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea

    twitter-visitor.jpg @BBTSchurch




At Bethesda, we believe serving those in need, around the corner and around the world, is integral to our life of faith. As Jesus reminds us, “Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me.”

Through the Church Mouse and The Shoppe, Bethesda realizes substantial revenue to support our outreach efforts. This financial support is augmented with countless volunteer hours of involvement. Under the leadership of the Associate for Outreach & Development we focus on three key areas of need.

Our first priority is education. We believe that proper education not only changes the trajectory of one kid’s life but also changes the trajectory of generations to follow. Bethesda supports top quality education for preschoolers of families in need. We also mentor poor and homeless high school students in Palm Beach County who have great potential to graduate from high school and college. We provide scholarships for them which are matched with the State of Florida Prepaid College Plan Fund. In addition, we grant scholarships to students who apply based on need and merit. We send a mission team annually to Our Little Roses in San Pedro Sula, Honduras which provides a full-time residential home and school for abused, abandoned, and neglected girls.

Our second priority is food. Twenty percent of the residents in Palm Beach County are food insecure. Through the Outreach Grants Committee, Bethesda supports many of the area's food relief agencies. Every week throughout the year we prepare and serve meals at St. George’s Center in Riviera Beach and every Friday we fill backpacks for food insecure kids so that their entire family has food over the weekend. And at Bethesda, if it’s February, it’s Feeding in February. This consists of three different events for one cause. We like to remind people that February is the month to eat a meal (Empty Bowls), to bring a meal (Share What You Can), and to make a meal (Palm Beach Unites.) Through Feeding in February, hundreds of parishioners and community members have an opportunity to come together and work to alleviate hunger.

Our third priority is shelter. The Grants Committee awards funds to agencies working to end homelessness in Palm Beach County. We believe that financial support of agencies with expertise in this work is the most effective use of our resources.

Other areas of service include the following:

Angel Tree: Perhaps one of the hardest times of the year for families in need, we partner with various agencies to provide gifts for children and teens who may not otherwise receive a gift.

Blessing of the Animals: We celebrate the feast day of St. Francis each October. In addition to the actual blessing of our own pets, our youth assemble packages of pet food which are delivered to various food pantries to be distributed to clients with pets. They also assemble gift baskets for service animals.

Church Mouse: We partner with Family Promise by providing attire for their clients who are beginning the interview process. 

Port Ministry: Our Deacon for Port Ministry serves the pastoral needs of ship crews, many of whom are unable to leave their vessel while at port. In addition, we provide for their practical needs for basic essentials.  

For more information

Contact The Rev. Burl Salmon, Associate For Christian Education, Pastoral Care, And Outreach, at (561) 655-4555 x105.