Weekly Worship at Bethesda

DAILY, Monday to Friday 12 NOON Midday Prayers
(Eucharist on Wednesdays)
EVERY SATURDAY 5pm Eucharist (Rite II)
EVERY SUNDAY 7.20am Mattins
8am Eucharist
10am Sung Eucharist and Sermon

Covid-19 procedures are in effect for in-person worship. Please read the Guidelines for Attending Church.

Videos / Podcasts

Each week, we also offer a variety of links to other churches within our Episcopal/Anglican Communion.

See our Online Resources for links to resources for worship at home.

Celebrate Advent and Christmas at Bethesda

Second Sunday of Advent
Sat 4 December 5pm Eucharist (Rite II)
Sun 5 December 8am Eucharist
10am Music & Readings for Advent
Third Sunday of Advent
Sat 11 December 5pm Eucharist (Rite II)
Sun 12 December 8am Eucharist
10am Sung Eucharist and Sermon
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sat 18 December 5pm Eucharist (Rite II)
Sun 19 December 8am Eucharist
10am Pageant and Eucharist
Chuck Lamb, piano
4pm Music and Meditations for Advent
Elizabeth Huntley, harp
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Fri 24 December 4pm Eucharist & Carols of Christmas
10pm Solemn Eucharist of the Nativity
Sat 25 December 9am Eucharist
Sunday after Christmas
Sun 26 December 9am Eucharist
Feast of the Epiphany
Sat 1 January No 5pm Eucharist Today
Sun 2 January 8am Eucharist
10am Sung Eucharist

Covid-19 procedures are in effect for in-person worship. Please read the Guidelines for Attending Church.

See our Online Resources for links to resources for worship at home.

Church Cleaning – 4 December at 9am

In preparation for the Advent—Christmas season  we are looking for volunteers to polish, dust and clean church furnishings and hardware on Saturday, 4th December between 9am and noon. If you are able to help, we would be most grateful. Please contact the church office.

Music and Readings for Advent – 5 December at 10am

There will be a Service of Music and Readings for Advent at Bethesda Church on Sunday 5 December at 10am. Seasonal hymns and music by Elizabeth Huntley, harpist, and members of the parish choir. All welcome.

Church Decorating – 11 December at 9am

Decorating the church for Christmas will take place on Saturday, 11th December at 9am. Please join us if you can and enjoy some holiday cheer.

Music and Meditations for Christmas

Join us Sunday, 19 December at 4pm for an hour of music and readings for Christmas. Refresh the spirit celebrating this season of joy and wonder with harpist Elizabeth Huntley, and reader Mary Sanders Shartle. Admission by donation. Bethesda Episcopal Church, 43 Washington Street (near Broadway) Saratoga Springs.

Christmas Memorials


This Christmas Season offers the opportunity to not only purchase flowers for the Altar, but also to sponsor the other decorations that are used to ready the Sanctuary for this special time of year.  To make a memorial contribution:

Understanding Holy Scripture

When: Thursdays at 7pm on 4, 11, 18 November and 2 December
Where: Bethesda Office; 178 Elm St., Suite 5, Saratoga Springs, NY

Holy Scripture has always been the center of Anglican life and belief. This class will look at how the Church has read Scripture, with a particular emphasis on the Prayer Book tradition, in order to understand the place of Scripture in the Christian life. Each week we will look at important passages within the context of the Bible as a whole, and address difficult questions and viewpoints in order that we may faithfully “hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” the Word of God.

4 November: Introduction to a theology of Scripture
11 November: How the early Church read Scripture
18 November: The Reformation and Anglican view of Scripture
2 December: Holy Scripture and the Modern World

Parish Retreat in 2022

Would you be interested in a three-day retreat at Holy Cross Monastery from 21-23 October 2022? Founded in 1884, the Order of the Holy Cross is a Benedictine religious order, in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition, located just south of Kingston, NY on Route 9W. The cost of the weekend is $230, inclusive of (single) room and board. To reserve a place, a deposit of $50 is required before 1 January 2022. For more information about the retreat, please speak to Fr Wallace. To learn more about the Order of the Holy Cross, consult their website at www.holycrossmonastery.com

Roof work at Bethesda

The north chimney demolition was completed on August 31. The lift has been moved to the east side of the church for further inspection of the top courses of stone.

The Bethesda roof project has been delayed until early spring – about mid-March according to the new schedule. This is partly due to delays by the manufacturer for roofing material and the approach of shorter, colder days as well as possible inclement weather.