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.

Sign Up Deadline: October 27

Middle High Retreat Dates: Nov. 1-3

Middle High Fall 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

    SPY is BACK!

    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@stpaulsk.org.

  • Oct 13: No Sunday School

    Due to the Special Church Conference in the Sanctuary, there will be no Senior High Sunday School on Sunday Oct. 13. Middle High SPY, Youth CHoir, and Senior High SPY will meet as regularly scheduled in the evening. Read more about the Special Church Conference, including Frequently Asked Questions, at http://stpaulsk.org/community/the-way-forward.

  • Register Now - FALL 2019 RETREATS!!!

    Middle High Retreat: November 1-3

    The LAST DAY to sign up for Middle High Retreat is October 27! There is no guarantee that we can add late sign-ups this time, so please don’t delay! Use the links above to sign up and pay online.

    Our seasonal overnight get-away trips offer a special opportunity to dig into scripture, big ideas, games, snacks, exploring, and building memories. This fall we’ll be at Camp Manidokan, one of the BWC’s signature retreat centers in the mountains near scenic Harper’s Ferry WV. The cost is $85; financial aid is available!

    We provide transportation between St. Paul’s and Manidokan. 

    More details and online registration forms are available above, or contact Mr. Micah Smartt, Youth Pastor to learn more!

  • 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@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 111) to discuss scholarship/campership needs confidentially, one-on-one. You may also discuss financial aid with our senior pastor, Rev. Adam B. Snell (absnell@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 101). 

  • COMING UP in 2019!

    Sign-ups for service and fellowship events will be rolling out throughout the year.

    Overnight Get-Away Fun. Details coming soon! The Council on Youth Ministries (and one very tired youth pastor) decided that the Senior High would not plan a beach trip to Ocean City over Memorial Day weekend this year, as we have in years past. We're working on developing some different, exciting, and new adventures for Senior High AND Middle High groups for next programming year.

  • 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).


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@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext. 111).  If you would like an older edition of the youth newsletter, please contact the church office.

Confirmation Class 2019

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/sponsor.


Participants who completed confirmation classes and chose to become full church members were received into membership during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 9, 2019.


  • INFO SESSION: Confirmands, their parents, and mentors are encouraged to attend a brief meeting Sunday, January 20 (originally scheduled for Jan. 13 and moved because of snow!), 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Heavener Hall. 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. Please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104 for more information.
  • RETREAT: Confirmation Class kicks off with a weekend retreat at Camp Manidokan, January 25-27. This overnight retreat in the mountains near Harper's Ferry WV costs $65. This retreat is for ALL regardless of a family's financial situation - financial aid is available! Contact Meg Baker or Micah Smartt (msmartt@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933 ext 111) to confidentially discuss your needs one-on-one.
  • WEEKLY MEETINGS: The Confirmation Class will meet on Fridays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. throughout the Spring semester. There is also a pre-confirmation rehearsal on Saturday, June 8

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

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@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.