Stories

Making a Big Church Feel Small

Meet Stephanie Estridge, a Team Leader in Momentum 56 at the noon service. We asked Stephanie a few questions about how she started serving in Momentum.

How did you start serving in Momentum 56?
I actually started serving shortly after my son was born. I attended a Vineyard Kids Volunteer Orientation looking to plug in to keep myself accountable and develop relationships with other Christians.

I’d attended the Vineyard for 7 years at that time, and really didn’t know anyone. I went to church with my family and that was it. I was looking for growth, and I have found that in serving for Momentum 56!

Has serving in Momentum helped you feel more connected?

It’s funny actually because I didn’t feel connected at all before serving in Momentum 56. I remember feeling overwhelmed with “big church.” Growing up I attended a small church and had amazing friendships and mentors.

Before attending the Vineyard Kids Volunteer Orientation I thought about looking for another church that gave me that “small church” feeling that I so longed for. I felt like God was telling me I was exactly where I was meant to be.

I trusted Him, and when I heard about the first Vineyard Kids Orientation meeting after service I felt the Holy Spirit pushing me to check it out. I’m so happy I followed the nudge from the Holy Spirit because I love the big church feel, but I have also made amazing friends and have a few mentors also.  

How has serving others impacted your life?

Serving has impacted my life tremendously! I have made some amazing Christian friends that I didn’t have before serving. I also have a couple mentors that I look up to, and it’s such a great feeling having that in my life. I have been so blessed time after time from the people in this church. 

What do you like best about serving in Momentum?

I really enjoy serving others. I love that I get to serve both students and adults! I love making our large church feel like a small church because of the relationships I have with volunteers and students. 

Tell us about your serving role. 

In Momentum 56, we get together before service and chat about what’s going on in our lives, and pray for the service as well as each other. I also make sure that we are running on time during service to ensure we stay on track with time.

I make sure to answer any questions our leaders may have about what we have planned for the service. I help out wherever I am needed. Sometimes that is checking kiddos in and out, teaching them in small group, or helping our pastor Elaine with any special projects. 

If you're interested in learning more about ways to serve in Vineyard Kids or Students ministries, you're invited to the Next Gen Volunteer Orientation. Learn more here.