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Navigating Grief in Children and Youth Ministry

Season 4, Episode 2

July 27, 2022 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm EDT

Our young people have been through a lot of compound grief in the last several years. Between school shootings and other forms of mass gun violence, racial injustice, and the ever-growing climate crisis, the youth in our communities are feeling the stresses of our society on top of a global pandemic that has killed over 6 million people. How do you minister to them during this time? In this New Church Hacks episode, our panellists will explore tangible ways we can minister to our young people and help them navigate the grief they are experiencing.


Christle Reed has worked in the education field for over 10 years. Each year has been directly focused on servicing the social/emotional needs of her students. She is also a published author with one of her books, Hugs from the Sky, being used across the United States to help support students with properly grieving the loss of a loved one. Outside of serving her students and writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three amazing kids. 

Mariah Newell is an ordained minister who serves as the Kids, Youth, and Family Minister at Cypress Creek Christian Church in Northwest Houston, Texas. Mariah has spent the last five years serving at Cypress Creek. Before that, she served as the Program Director at Camp MoVal in Union, Missouri. Ministering to kids and youth is where Mariah has and continues to feel called to serve. She feels passionate about telling others about the compassion, innovation, radical inclusion, and love she sees the younger generations bring to the Table that tends to be overlooked or unappreciated. Mariah loves to spend her free time with her husband and their dog hiking and gardening.

Joselyn Spence serves as the Director of the National Benevolent Association (NBA)’s Mental Health and Wellness Initiative. In this position, she works to design and implement programs that promote holistic wellness across all NBA programs. Joselyn has a wealth of experience in mental health and community care. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR), she received advanced education and training to provide trauma-informed services to diverse groups of people of all races, backgrounds, and ages from 3 to 80. Joselyn is a Registered Yoga and Meditation teacher (RYT-200), who has created embodied bible study experiences for the community. She is passionate about mental health care, holistic wellness, communal care ethics, and spirituality.

Rev. Margie Quinn hails from Nashville, Tennessee. She is an ordained minister through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and received her Master of Divinity in the spring of 2019 with a concentration in Preaching and a certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Theology.

Margie grew up working at summer camps across the southeast. She has been passionate about young people for as long as she can remember. Margie has served as the Summer Camp Director at Christmount Retreat Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina and the Program Director at Bethany Hills Camp in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. She is thrilled to continue her work in youth and young adult ministry as the Youth and Young Adult Minister at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Margie also coaches ultimate frisbee at a local Jewish middle school. Margie is the proud aunt of seven nieces and nephews. 

New Church Hacks provides practical (and sometimes peculiar) prompts for churches from start to restart. This free webinar series, hosted by Jose Martinez (interim Minister of New Church Strategies), is jam-packed with clever solutions to tricky problems and empowers courageous leaders with the tools, tips and how-tos to start, sustain and strengthen congregations. For regular updates, be sure to check this page and follow along on social media with #NewChurchHacks!

A link to a recording of the webinar will be emailed to all registrants after the episode airs, regardless of attendance.

While this webinar takes place on Zoom, you can also join us on New Church Ministry’s Facebook page, where the episode will be streamed live.

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