We are all about youth

... and we are all about keeping our youth (and their families) safe and healthy.


We have temporarily canceled all youth programming. With the COVID-19 Corona-Virus outbreak, our Bishop has ordered all UMC churches in our conference to temporarily close our doors and halt in-person gatherings. While we can't meet in person, we have some fun virtual activities so email Micah to get connected. You can read more below about how the shut-down will affect our planned programs. 


Rest assured, as soon as we can get back together safely, we will!


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. 


Under normal operating conditions, during the school year, youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the many service and fellowships activities offered by St. Paul's Youth (SPY).  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.

CONGRATULATIONS, 

CLASS OF 2020

Congratulations to these 21 high school seniors from St. Paul's for going the distance, despite the challenges and most unusual circumstances these past few months. We look forward to seeing what bright things these new graduates will do in the future! We will recognize their achievements during the Worship-from-Home service on June 7.


CLASS OF 2020

Brianna Barnes

Matthew Bauer

Aaron Bazawada

Elias Chen 

Shannon Engel 

Carlos Falcon 

Emily Fox

Holly Heaton 

Kate Holland

Johana Marroquin

Jack Martin

Isabelle Mitchell 

Caroline Mollenauer

Julia Nelson 

Megan O’Reilly

Ellie Quinn 

Bianca Scarano 

Chase Seabreeze

Geneva Smith 

Bronwyn Weikert

Ethan Wilson


Under normal conditions, St. Paul’s would recognize all graduating high school seniors and Educational Award recipients in person during one of our 10:30 AM worship services. We hope to do so in the future, but acknowledge that this will depend upon containment of the current health crisis. 

St. Paul's Educational 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 2020 Educational Award are: 

Brianna Barnes

Aaron Bazawada

Elias Chen

Carlos Falcon II

Holly Heaton

Kate Holland

Jack Martin

Caroline Mollenauer

Chase Seabreeze

Ethan Wilson


Award amounts may vary and are dependent upon several factors, including available Educational Award funds, student-submitted responses, academic and extracurricular achievement, need, and long-term service to and engagement with the St. Paul's church community. 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 Dr. Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education, mbaker [at] stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.

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!

All events have been suspended. Please contact Micah for further info.

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

    Our regularly-scheduled SPY groups will NOT meet for now. The Bishop has ordered all churches to temporarily cancel all meetings and activities through at least May 15. Check back here for updates - as soon as we can get back together safely, you can bet we will!!


    Under normal circumstances, 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.

    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.


  • Schedule Change!

    To minimize risk and keep friends healthy during the corona virus outbreak, St. Paul's is temporarily suspending, canceling, or rescheduling all activities. Please contact Micah if you have questions!

  • Acolyte & Crucifer Team

    UPDATE: The March 15 session has been CANCELED. 

    Training will be rescheduled!


    Calling all Middle and Senior High youth! Join Micah Smartt and Laura Simpson as we train a new group of acolytes and crucifers on Sunday, March 15, 11:45 AM in the Sanctuary. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to carry the light of Christ into worship or carry the cross, come learn about becoming one of the Acolyte & Crucifer team members serving during the 9:00 and 10:30 worship times. Questions? Please email Laura Simpson: LPSimpson44 [at] gmail. com.

  • REtreats: 

    SAve the adventures for another day!

    Update March 25: 

    West River, and all other BWC camping & retreat sites, are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our scheduled Spring Retreats have to be canceled. We will discuss refund options individually with those who have already paid. 


    Canceling and shuttering retreat sites are smart, safe things to do while we try to isolate and avoid transmitting the virus. But we also know how much our Youth look forward to retreat, and we're sorry to be missing our annual spring getaway! Once West River & Manidokan aren't projected to re-open until early May. We can look at our options for gatherings and events later.


    Under normal circumstances, we spend retreat weekend with games, meals, devotionals, and tons of outdoor fun designed to boost faith and friendship. Micah had planned a great set of Spring Retreats sharing a common theme! "Into the Wilderness" was inspired by the numerous times that faithful people in our biblical stories venture into the wilderness, with different retreat experiences in store for each group. Micah will shelve these plans - for now! 

  • sT. pAUL'S Youth CHoir

    CANCELED (for now)


    Rehearsals most Sundays, MPR, 6:00-6:45 pm


    When things are "normal," 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!). 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.

 

OVERVIEW

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.


JOINING THE CHURCH

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.


2020 INFORMATION SESSION

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.


WEEKEND RETREAT

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.


WEEKLY MEETINGS

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.


REGISTRATION

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.

SPY BRIEFING NEWSLETTER

We've got so much going on! If you're looking for more information, pick up one of the SPY Briefing newsletters in the main office or youth lounge.


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).