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Small Group Success Stories

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A Tomoka small group meets for its weekly study at a local home.

Check out these stories from Tomoka folks, who believe joining a small group has been a great choice for them. Don't miss out on your opportunity to find similar connections at Tomoka. Sign up.

After 70 years, I finally found the true meaning of being a Christian. It started with me attending my very first Bible study at Tomoka Christian Church. I was in a group with the most wonderful women. Not only did I learn many things about the Bible that I had NEVER been taught, but I now have the closest friends that I have ever had in my life. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this small group!
-- Clair Davis

For me, being part of a small group has connected me more with my church. It has helped me grow in my relationship with God. The friendships and support I have gained from my small group are priceless!
-- Jeanne Davis

I was just thinking the other day of the friends I have in life. As I went through my mental list, starting with my childhood friends, with whom I'm still in touch, I quickly worked my way to present day and realized that the deepest, most sincere, peaceful and interesting friendships are with the people that I have met and loved from small groups. I'm so happy that I was compelled to get out of my comfort zone in 2004 and say "yes" to my first small group!
-- Bernard Bisciotti

I’d encourage anyone who’s not part of a small group to give it a try. This is where you really put down roots and learn how to grow in community while you study God’s Word. When you’re hurting and need prayer or support, this is where you’ll find it. And when others in the group need help, it gives you an opportunity to serve. I love my group and thank the Lord for the love I receive in return.
-- Patti Bisciotti

Sometimes, in a large church, it is easy to feel alone in the midst of the crowd. However, small groups are a great way to connect, foster relationships and experience life with other individuals who are a part of the larger church. We find our small group at Tomoka to be such a great source of encouragement. Not only do we learn together through studying God’s Word, we also pray for each other’s needs, and share both concerns and laughter in a safe and inviting environment that promotes meaningful relationships.
-- Tom & Patti Hinkley

Without small group studies, I would find it very difficult to connect in a big church. I’ve made lifelong friendships in the different small group fellowships I’ve attended and am thankful for the opportunities to get to know other believers on a deeper level and to grow spiritually through the interaction and challenging studies.”
-- Bruce Mayhew

Through the studies in my small group I am gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of God's word, which helps me to grow and mature in my faith. The support my family and I receive, and have the opportunity to give, through our small group is huge!  By prayer, encouragement, and so many other ways our small group is walking with us (sometimes them carrying us and sometimes us carrying them) on this journey, as pilgrims, until we reach our real home in Heaven. That brings great comfort!  And that is why I love our small group!
-- Jim Moore

We have truly been blessed at Tomoka Christian Church through our small group. We moved to the Ormond Beach area in August from East Tennessee. We had no family or friends in this area when we moved here. By late September, we received an invitation to join a newly formed small group. The warm welcome and care was exactly what we had prayed for. We have watched the group grow quickly with additions of other families. Participating in a small group has truly made us feel like we have family and friends in our new home here.
-- Jim & Shannon Butterworth

I'm privileged to lead the high school/college age young men's group. I love being around this group because they bring energy to me and we can talk about topics that there is seldom a place for this type of discussion. We have become a real family.
-- Joe Putting

A little over two years ago my wife and I started attending Tomoka Christian Church. During the first several months we attended, we had few friends at church. We decided that we needed to get involved in the small group ministry. Since that time we have become involved in two small groups. The friendships we have developed in our small groups have become like family to us. We love the fact that we have people we can share with and help. We are learning to love each other as the Lord Jesus commanded us to. It is our strong hope that everyone would be part of a small group!
-- William Hogue

Being part of Tomoka and part of small groups is a true blessing. Thank you so much to our small group leaders for opening up their doors to us and for facilitating the fellowship that we have as the body.  We enjoy being there for one another as fellow brothers and sisters, similar to the New Testament house church.
-- Ileana Cantillo


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