• 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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Worship Schedule

Please join us for beautiful, liturgical worship in the main sanctuary. 
If you are coming Bethesda for the first time, please visit our "New to Bethesda" link 
on the left hand side and learn more about this church and your place here.


Worship Services

Nursery care is available from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Coffee hour follows each service 

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Homily
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Fellowship Breakfast, Parish Hall West
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Homily; 3rd Sunday with Laying-on-of-Hands
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fellowship Finger Food, Parish Hall West 
9:50 to 10:50 a.m. Adult Forum, Parish Hall East; Sunday School, Sunday School Hall 
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Homily, 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays; 3rd Sunday with Laying-on-of-Hands 
11:00 a.m. Morning Prayer, Holy Eucharist, and Homily, 2nd & 4th Sundays
12:15 p.m. The Church Lecture Tour2nd & 4th Sundays
4:00 p.m. Evensong, 1st Sunday only (October - May) preceded by a recital at 3:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

12:05 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Laying-on-of-Hands

Sundays in the Summer
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Homily
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Homily, 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays; 3rd Sunday with Laying-on-of-Hands
10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer, Holy Eucharist, and Homily, 2nd & 4th Sundays
11:15 a.m. The Church Lecture Tour4th Sunday

Worship with us Online

Our 11:00 a.m. Sunday service will be broadcast live and online every Sunday, beginning ten minutes before the service. Watch it here! You may download the Sunday Leaflet, here, and follow along. 

Office and Garden Hours

Our regular office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After Memorial Day and through Labor Day, our office hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Fridays (church and grounds will remain open until 5:00 p.m.).

The gardens are open (except on national holidays) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information

Contact us at (561) 655-4554 or e-mail us at