Services suspended through April 15th

By directive of the Bishop of Albany, all services in the church will be suspended through (and including) April 15th due to the Corona virus.  May Jesus bless you and those who are victims of this pandemic.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

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

Excerpts of Liturgies of Holy Week at Bethesda

Choral Music for Lent

Bethesda Schola Cantorum   –  Choral Music for Lent

Bethesda Welcomes Rev. Charles Frazier Wallace

The wardens and vestry of Bethesda Episcopal Church are delighted to announce that the Rev. Charles Frazier Wallace has accepted our call to be our next priest in charge beginning August 1, 2020. We are confident that our extensive national search has identified the right leader for the next stage in our parish ministry.

Father Wallace earned his BA with honors in French and History from University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and his Master of Divinity with honors from Trinity College of the University of Toronto. After his ordination, he served as an assistant priest at a parish in Victoria, British Columbia, before becoming a chaplain at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Great Britain.

Father Wallace joins us after completing his service as headmaster of St. Thomas Choir School in New York City. He is currently overseas having completed a mission in Germany last month. He has just moved on to a mission with an Anglican Church in Switzerland. While still canonically a resident in British Columbia, he has the Bishop’s permission to serve as a priest in the Albany Diocese.

Father Wallace is especially excited by the opportunity to work with our church school and to create new programs and fellowship opportunities for the parish. With his lengthy service at St. Thomas Choir School, he found our rich sacred music program to be compelling. In addition, his mission trips and experience serving the less fortunate led him to be particularly interested in working with the parish as we expand our ministry to the larger Saratoga community through our new parish house and in conjunction with Mercy House of Saratoga.

Darren Miller, Senior Warden, says that “Father Wallace impressed me, and indeed the whole vestry, with the strength of his faith, his commitment to serving all, and his thoughtful demeanor.” Kate Berheide, Junior Warden, agrees noting that “Father Wallace is a particularly good fit for Bethesda with his considerable accomplishments as a spiritual leader and his administrative experience.”

We look forward to welcoming Father Wallace to Bethesda in August.


The Wardens and Vestry

Update from the Sr. Warden – March 15, 2020

Click here to read the 3/15/2020 update from the Sr. Warden

Weekly Service Bulletin

Service Bulletins for Holy Week
April 10, 2020 Good Friday

April 9, 2020 Maundy Thursday

Weekly Service Bulletin for
April 3, 2020 Palm Sunday

Service bulletins can also be found here

Christian Education Schedule 2019-2020

Click here for the Christian Education Schedule for 2019-2020

New Parish Office Address

The Bethesda parish office is now located at 96 Ballston Avenue, across from the Price Chopper. There is ample parking for staff and visitors.

Mercy House in the News

Recent news coverage of Mercy House of Saratoga.

Times Union (April 14, 2019): $9M Homeless Site Planned in Saratoga Spa by Wendy Liberatore

WAMC Public Radio (April 19, 2019): Non-Profit Created For Mercy House Shelter In Saratoga Springs by Lucas Willard

News 10 Albany (April 21, 2019): Local church creates nonprofit to help the homeless by Jamie DeLine

The Saratogian (April 15, 2019): Bethesda Episcopal Church of Saratoga Springs creates nonprofit to help homeless by Saratogian staff

The Sunday Gazette (April 20, 2019): Bethesda Episcopal in Saratoga Springs to offer new transition shelter by Stephen Williams

A History of Bethesda Episcopal Church

Order Your Copy of A History of Bethesda Episcopal Church: Worship and Healing in Saratoga Springs, New York

Bethesda Episcopal Church was formally established in 1830. This book celebrates the significant spiritual presence of this church in many lives for nearly two hundred years.

Within its pages, you will find fascinating stories and photographs that document the life of Bethesda in the midst of wars, social upheavals, and celebrations. A diverse group of people, including Bethesda communicants and others in the community, authored the chapters.

This beautiful hard cover book, with a dust jacket, sewn binding and acid-free paper, includes 336 pages plus an 8-page color insert. It also includes many historical photos from the church archive as well as more recent photos.

This is a limited edition, so be sure to order soon to reserve your copy.  The retail price is $64.20 (includes tax) per copy.

To submit an order: