"Having a wonderful, Godly group of ladies in my life is priceless. The ladies in my life group are what I consider my '3am girls.' I know that if I was having a crisis, I can call them -- anytime, night or day -- and they will be there for me. Being a single Mom is challenging and it's such a comfort to know I have REAL Sisters I can lean on...and that they can lean on me. It's not only about the physical but also the spiritual. We challenge one another to think about life in the light of what God's Word says. If I was going to make a decision contrary to God's Word, they would let me know there is a better way and encourage me to follow God's way & not the world's way. When one of us is struggling with something, we are able to discuss it as a group, share our experiences and encourage each other. I appreciate our sweet times of fellowship where we break bread together and simply get real with one another & equip one another for the challenges this life brings. It is also a blessing for our children who are developing sweet friendships."
"I have been blessed to be a part of Life Groups (of different names over the years) for roughly 10 years. What God has shown me early on has equipped me humbly to be a part of this amazing group. My group is strong and I feel a bit selfish in that I draw from their strength and wisdom all too often. The studies that we discuss tend to speak right to one or more of us straight to our core. I thank the Lord that He has brought such an awesome group of into my life. We, as a group recognize that we aren't perfect. We struggle, we sin, and we get angry and get hurt. We do know that God is our protector, our advocate, our comforter and our provider. Not only do I know that they put God first, as I do, but that we are like minded in that we serve, pray, give and fellowship on a regular basis. We hold one another accountable and we correct one another when we stray from the path the Lord has set for us. The benefits of our meeting times are extensions of our times serving and sitting in service. An added bonus is that not only are we growing in our faith but our children are too. Leading by example, our children see us digging into the Word of God. Relationships are built and strengthened when we keep God the center of all of our lives. I love each and every person in my life group and I know without a doubt if I am in need, or struggling, I can call them for support, wisdom and guidance. Taking the 'big church' into a more intimate setting through Life Groups. We Love; We Grow; We Serve."
"I have had the privilege of belonging to a few different Life Groups in the eleven years I have been attending The Bridge/Calvary Chapel. I have met some wonderful people and experienced some great fellowship. I believe my present Life Group is the one that has had the most impact on my life. These wonderful people have seen me at my lowest, or pretty close to it, and they have loved me anyway. For that, I am greatly blessed."
"We are all allowed to be real around one another without worrying about being judged or condemned. It's not very often that you find that kind of acceptance in one person, let alone in a group of women. I don't think I could ever fully express how my life has been changed over the past several years of being a member of this group of amazing single moms. We laugh, we cry, we laugh until we cry, but most importantly, we gain strength from one another and will stand by each other thru thick and thin."
"I attended the church for several years before I was able to join a life group and what a life changing decision that was for me. As Pastor David often says, it truly took 'the big church and made it small.' We get together once a week to enjoy fabulous food, conversation & fellowship with each other and our children. More importantly, we use this time to dig into the teaching and life lessons from the previous service. It not only reinforces and equips us but God is using this hodgepodge of sinners saved by grace to love, encourage, strengthen, support, and yes, even correct one another in love. I have grown and matured as a believer under God's loving hands through these friends."