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The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea

Outside of the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea
Posted at 2:39 PM, Jun 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-01 09:26:05-04

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea offers a variety of religious services much like any other church, but was sets them apart is its stunning architecture.

The church is known for it's beautiful stained glass windows and Koi ponds found behinds the church.

Bethesda Church pond
A pond on the grounds of the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.

The church is very active with their church services and offers in-person and online worship, community outreach, and youth groups.

Initially the church began in the Little Red Schoolhouse in January 1889. The initial church was built of mostly wood from lumber from the beach with service beginning in April that year. There was little access to the church aside from by boat. A larger new lot was sought in the following years with a rectory being built in 1890 and a second church built in the spring of 1895. The second church held its last service on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1925.

The church held the first service at its current location on Christmas Day 1926.

Donald and Melania Trump were married in the church on January 22, 2005. Trump's youngest son, Barron, was christened at the church. They have attended Christmas Eve and Easter Celebrations here in 2016, 2017, and 2019 after Trump's election as President of the United States.

Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto were married at the church on April 27, 2013.

For more information on the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, visit their webpage.

The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea
141 S County Rd,
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 655-4554

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