About Our School By Grace, Saved Through Faith.
It is by grace that we have been saved through faith and our faith moves us into action as we gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of God’s incredible love for us. Out of God’s great love for us, our lives are changed forever. St. Barnabas is truly a reflection of people who have encountered this amazing life changing love and serves as a place of great encouragement and strength for the people of God to be the body of Christ to the world around us.
Our hope is that you will be encouraged to take a step of faith today and encounter the living God who loves you and has a good, pleasing, and perfect will for you know and enjoy. If you are new the community or just exploring what church is all about, we are happy to talk and walk with you in your continued journey. DeLand has a rich tradition of faith and there are many great Christian churches serving our city. Whether it is St. Barnabas or some other church in DeLand our concern is for your spiritual growth and discipleship. Come by and visit our campus, meet our staff, and talk with our people and I know you will find the strength and the encouragement you need to grow in your faith.
Only by His grace,
Fr. Brian Garrison
St. Barnabas is the best school for any family that is looking for a faith based foundation, high-quality curriculum, and safe environment for their children to grow up in.
Faith can be defined best in Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance in what we do not see." We must remember that faith is not hoping for the things of this world but trusting that God saved us through His Son, Jesus Christ, and has an eternal joy planned for us . It is our greatest privilege to educate, share and nurture each student's faith relationship with God through sound doctrine and learning within an environment that encourages students to explore true biblical faith.
"Behavior that fits with what is right or moral." While there are many virtues, the highest virtue is love. Jesus said, "love one another as I have loved you." Educating, modeling, and guiding students to learn and display virtuous behavior towards all people is our moral and biblical responsibility at St. Barnabas Episcopal School.
Colossians 3:23 states, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man..." A powerful message often forgotten within the context of God's word. Children can never reach their "full potential" unless they are working for something far greater than themselves. But wanting this for our child is not nearly enough. As parents and teachers, we have to be the role models they look to mirror. This type of excellence is an integral part of the way we teach and present ourselves in every situation. However, the embodiment of this core value can only be effectively displayed within a framework of God's love.