• 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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Special Services

Planning a wedding? Lost a loved one? Looking to get baptized or confirmed at Bethesda? Bethesda offers special services throughout the course of your life. We strive to assist you in the joyous times and the saddest times.


Weddings represent one of the most significant turning points in life and bring opportunities for reflection and for a deeper experience of God’s loving presence, not only for the bride and groom but for all those who join the celebration. Normally, the bride or groom, or at least one of their parents or grandparents, is a communicant member of this parish. Other couples who live locally will be asked to begin participating in the life and worship of this parish as part of their preparation, with the expectation that this will become their church home. Couples who live outside of Palm Beach County must be currently attending and supporting an Episcopal parish. At Bethesda we strive to spiritually mentor couples by requiring they complete pre-marital preparation with the officiating clergy. Click here to review our wedding guidelines.


The death of a loved one brings with it great sadness, grief, and stress. At Bethesda we hold the deceased and family in prayer during this difficult time while ensuring the funeral planning process is as simple as possible. Bethesda will make every effort to accommodate funeral requests. All active communicants, others, including those with historic ties and those who are in our database, who are not active communicants, may have a funeral when time and staff availability permit. Bethesda will try very hard to accommodate every funeral request within our ability to do so and within the Vestry’s guidelines for funerals. Click here to review our funeral guidelines.


"Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God." (The Book of Common Prayer, Catechism, page 858) Baptisms are a time of celebration as God brings new members into God's family, the Church. Baptisms are celebrated four times a year: The Sunday after the Epiphany (in early January), The Great Vigil of Easter (on the Saturday evening before Easter Day), Pentecost (in late May or early June), and the Sunday following All Saints Day (the first Sunday in November). Parents or those seeking baptism should be Christians and active communicants or have historic ties to Bethesda.


"Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop." (The Book of Common Prayer, Catechism, page 860) Each year, Bethesda offers a course of preparation for youth in grade 8 or higher and another course for adults who wish to be confirmed. To learn more about Confirmation and upcoming classes contact Greg Knight at (561) 655-4555 x114. 


For more information

Contact our office at (561) 655-4555 assistance with any of these special services.