We are all about youth

St. Paul’s has a large and varied program of youth ministries overseen by a Council on Youth Ministries (CYM) and directed by our full-time Youth Pastor, Mr. Micah Smartt. Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the many service and fellowships activities offered by St. Paul's Youth (SPY). 

During the school year, regular opportunities include: Middle High SPY (Sundays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.), Senior High SPY (Sundays 6:45-8:30pm), youth retreats, and community service projects. We also send youth to summer camps, mission trips, and other special events. 

SCROLL DOWN to find upcoming events, Permission Slips and Registration Forms,

and download a copy of the current SPY Briefing Newsletter.

For information about our Youth Choir, click here.

sign-up forms and Interest Forms

For your convenience, we've moved sign-ups and payments online! Below you will find registration or sign up forms, information for events which require payments, surveys, and permission slips for events.

Read more details in the sections below!

Wilderness Trail 2020 Sign Up

Confirmation Retreat Sign Up

UPcoming Events

Here's a look at what's coming up next in the life of St. Paul's Youth! 

  • Weekly SPY Meetings: 2019-2020

    All friends are welcome at our weekly meetings, regularly held on Sunday afternoons: 

    • Middle High SPY at 4:30 pm
    • followed by Youth Choir/Pick-up/Drop-off Break 6:00-6:45pm, 
    • then Senior High SPY 6:45-8:30pm.

    Other details about the 2019-2020 year and schedule changes will be shared in newsletters, bulletins, right here, and in emails!

    Want updates? Have questions? Problems? Compliments? Contact Mr. Micah Smartt - email him at msmartt [at] stpaulsk.org.

  • Confirmation Info Session

    Confirmands, together with their parents and mentors, are encouraged to attend this informational meeting on Sunday, January 12, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room. Micah Smartt and Meg Baker will provide an overview of the upcoming confirmation journey and will take questions from participants.

    Do you want more info on Confirmation? Keep scrolling... scrolling... almost there... Look in the section BELOW for details about Confirmation 2020 for young people in Grade 7 or above who haven't been confirmed. Those who choose to become full members of the church will do so on May 31 after spending the semester with their pastors and fellow confirmands exploring our church, history, and personal faith journeys.

  • sT. pAUL'S Youth CHoir


    MPR, 6:00-6:45 pm

    All youth are welcome at Youth Choir Rehearsals, usually held between Middle High SPY & Senior High SPY during the school year. You don't have to participate in SPY to be in choir, or vice versa (but lots of folks do, and we're always happy to see your faces!). We'll provide dinner for our singers! Youth Choir is led by James Woods and Tom Pedersen. Read more about choir and other musical stuff on the MUSIC page.

  • St. Paul's Camperships

    Did you know... 

    We do a lot of great things here at St. Paul's Youth, and many are free or fairly inexpensive. However, we do have some events and trips that can cost quite a bit. 

    We never want a youth to be left out because of money. St. Paul's has a scholarship/campership fund available to help individuals and families cover part or all of the costs associated with youth fellowship, retreat, camp, or service activities. These events we attend can be life changing experiences and we don't want anyone to miss out! Don't let an activity's price tag hold you back. 

    Contact Micah Smartt (msmartt [at] stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 111) to discuss scholarship/campership needs confidentially, one-on-one.

  • Previous SPY events

    • Celebration Days - 2019 end-of-year youth celebrations included a Middle High trip to SkyZone Trampoline Park and a Senior High Color Wars battle and cookout on the grounds of St. Paul's.
    • Wilderness Trail - youth and adult hikers of all ages spent a week of unplugged hiking on sections of the Appalachian Trail while considering faith, community, and the natural world God created.
    • Borderlands: A Southwest Cultural Immersion Experience - high school youth visited El Paso TX to see the natural wonders of the Rio Grand, Carlsbad Caverns, and White Sands, and to take a deep dive into how we as Christians can respond to issues of particular urgency in desert southwest including conservation, firearms, and immigration.
    • Group Work Camp - St. Paul's met with other youth groups to build, paint, dig, and manage home improvement and community projects in areas of great need including the Lakota Sioux reservation (2017) in South Dakota and low income neighborhoods in Virginia Beach (2018).

Confirmation Class 2020

Each year, youth in Grade 7 or above who have not been confirmed are invited to join Confirmation Class.



Confirmation is a serious commitment requiring regular attendance, study, service, and participation in worship. Classes introduce important concepts about our faith, church history, and our membership vows. Each confirmand will also be assigned a member of the congregation to serve as a mentor.


Participants who completed confirmation classes and chose to become full church members will be received into membership during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, May 31, 2020.


Confirmands, their parents, and mentors are encouraged to attend a brief meeting Sunday, January 12, 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. This informational meeting will provide an opportunity for fellowship, an overview of the Confirmation journey ahead, and a forum for any questions participants may have. For those who are unable to attend, a summary of material covered will be available to you.


Confirmation Class kicks off with a weekend retreat at West River, January 24-26, 2020. This overnight retreat at the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay costs $65. This retreat is for everyone regardless of a family's situation – transportation from St. Paul's is provided and financial aid is available. Contact Meg Baker (mbaker [at] stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933, ext. 104) or Micah Smartt (msmartt [at] stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 111) to confidentially discuss any needs or concerns one-on-one.


The Confirmation Class will meet weekly on Fridays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. throughout the Spring semester. There is also a pre-confirmation rehearsal on Saturday, May 30.

For more information, please contact Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education at mbaker [at] stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.


Please register online to sign up for the Confirmation Retreat: 

Click here to sign up!

If you have any questions or need more information, don't hesitate to contact Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education: mbaker [at] stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.


We've got so much going on! If you're looking for more information or want the newsletter in a printable format:

Click here for the OCTOBER 2019 SPY Briefing Newsletter.

Click here for the AUG-SEPT 2019 SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click here for the MAY-JUNE 2019 SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click HERE for the APRIL 2019 SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click HERE for the March 2019 SPY Briefing newsletter.

To receive a copy of the SPY Briefing by regular snail-mail, just let Micah Smartt know (msmartt [at] stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 111).  If you would like an older edition of the youth newsletter, please contact the church office.

St. Paul's Education Award

St. Paul’s, through its Council on Youth Ministries, provides an Educational Award annually to one or more graduating High School Seniors with plans to attend college, university, or some other type of post-secondary education. 

Recipients of the 2019 Educational Award are:

Kristina Barnes

Evan Gaalswyk

Tyler Nishi

Elijah Webb

These students were recognized, along with other youth and graduating seniors, during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 2.

Each application is assessed on several criteria, including financial need, academics, affiliation with and service to St. Paul's, and personal statements. Only those who apply can be considered!  Since 1989, over $78,000 has been distributed to 100 college-bound students who have attended over 55 different college campuses in 18 states and the District of Columbia. 

Questions about the Educational Award? Contact Mrs. Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education, mbaker [at] stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.