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Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast Sights


  • 141 S. County Rd. Map It
  • Palm Beach
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 05/27/2015

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This gothic-style Episcopal church had a claim to fame upon its creation in 1926: it was built by the first Protestant congregation in southeast Florida. Church lecture tours, covering Bethesda's history, architecture, and more, are offered at 12:15 on the second and fourth Sunday each month from September to mid-May (excluding December) and at 11:15 on the fourth Sunday each month from end of May to August. Adjacent is the formal, ornamental Cluett Memorial Garden.

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141 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, Florida, 33480, United States

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  • Free
  • Church and gardens daily 9–5

Updated 05/27/2015


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Apr 7, 2013

The Worst place to photograph/video your wedding day

I have been hired by several clients to photograph/video their wedding day at Bethesda by the sea. The experience was essentially so traumatic that I feel compelled to share it. Father James told me that if he ever saw me during the service he would stop it. I do not even move when I work but I could not hide either. This man has taken it upon himself to terrorize all the photographers, videographers and wedding coordinators who are paid

(just as he is paid) to do our job. I feel victimized and humiliated and even though I will probably never step foot in that place, I think brides and grooms should be aware of what is going on at Bethesda by the Sea. I am very professional worker and do not ever complaint to my bride and groom to not bother them on their special day. I have worked 12-14 hour events were there was not even a vendor meal offered (even though it is stated on my contract). But the humiliation suffered at this place in front of all the guests and the disruption of the work I was hired to do is a little bit too much. Father James, I am a Christian and you do a very poor job representing Christ. I am sure God is not too happy about you kicking people out of his house because you do not like to be photographed. Beautiful church on the outside.

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