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 Saint Paul's Youth (SPY). 

During the school year, regular opportunities include: Middle High SPY (Friday 7:00-8:30pm), Senior High SPY (Sunday 6:30-8:30pm), youth retreats, and community service projects. We also send youth to summer camps, summer 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 Permission Slips

For your convenience, we are moving sign-ups and payments online! Below you can find registration or sign up forms, information for events which require payments, and permission slips for events.


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St. Paul's Education Award

St. Paul’s, through its Council on Youth Ministries, will once again provide an Educational Award to one or more graduating High School Seniors who plan to attend college, university, or some other type of post-secondary education. Each applicant will be considered based on several criteria, including financial need, academics, affiliation with and service to St. Paul's, and personal statements.

The application deadline for St. Paul’s 2018 Educational Award is Friday, May 18, 2018. Forms were mailed to seniors in late March. If you misplaced it or didn’t receive it, you can download the form and the accompanying letter here!

Click HERE to download the letter from St. Paul's describing the application process.

Click HERE to download the application form.

Award recipients will be notified in late May. Sunday, June 3 is Youth Recognition day at St. Paul’s, when we will recognize graduating seniors, members of the Council on Youth Ministries, and recipients of the Educational Award.

Since 1989 a total of $72,000 has been distributed to 95 college-bound students who have attended 55 different college campuses in eighteen states and the District of Columbia. Only those who apply can be considered, so don’t delay!

Questions? Contact Mrs. Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education, mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.

UPcoming Events

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

  • Weekly SPY Meetings

    Middle High (Grades 6-8) weekly meetings - Fridays, 7:00 to 8:30pm. 

    Senior High (Grades 9-12) weekly meetings - Sundays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

    We meet almost every week in the Youth Lounge and Multi-Purpose Room, downstairs at St. Paul's, unless there is an off-site overlapping event planned. It's never too late to join, so we hope to see you soon! Drop in whenever you're able. Friends welcome! For more information, feel free to contact Micah Smartt at msmartt@stpaulsk.org

  • Scholarships & Camperships

    Did you know... 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 and service activities. Don't let an activity's price tag hold you back from participating! Contact Micah Smartt (msmartt@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 111) to discuss scholarship/campership needs one-on-one. 


    Sign-ups for service and fellowship events will be rolling out throughout the year. More details are posted below!

    Spring Retreats for Middle High (April 13-15) and Senior High (March 16-18) SPYs, held at West River Center.

    Senior High Beach Trip, tba. Previous trips have been to Ocean City MD over Memorial Day weekend. Our Council on Youth Ministries is exploring possibilities to help bring down costs and make this trip more accessible and fun for all Senior High SPYs. Details coming soon!

    Group Mission Work Camp, June 24-30 in Virginia Beach, VA, for Senior High SPYs to work on home repair projects for those in need and engage in prayer, plus some break-time at the beach.

    Wilderness Trail, July 22-28 or July 30- August 5, hiking and praying along segments of the Appalachian Trail, for Middle High & Senior High SPYs.

    Middle High Summer Overnight, a new event still in the planning phases, that will give our Middle High SPYs an opportunity for fun and fellowship on an overnight getaway - details coming soon!

  • Middle High Retreat

    Our Middle High retreat to West River Center on the waters of the Chesapeake will be April 13-15, 2018. Our theme this time is "Covenant," - we'll focus on  community building and growing closer to God as we learn about God's promises made for us and the covenant we all share as children of God. Lots of fun team-oriented games and activities are in the works! See above to sign up! As always, scholarships will be available. Contact Micah Smartt with any questions. 

  • Work Camp At Virginia Beach

    Each year our Senior High youth have taken a trip to Work Camp, hosted by Group Mission Trips. Our 2018 trip is scheduled for June 24-30, 2018. We will travel to the Virginia Beach, VA area. (Yes, there is a beach at Virginia Beach!)  

    Work Camp allows youth to go all over the US to help make a difference in under-served neighborhoods. Despite a stable tourist economy and multiple military bases, many residents of the Virginia Beach area (including many veterans) live at or below the poverty line. Group Mission home repair projects are designed to help such people maintain or improve their homes and help them reclaim dignity and a sense of comfort. 

    St. Paul's Senior High SPYs will bunk at a school, worship, pray, play, and work on houses throughout the week. We have 18 slots reserved for youth and adult volunteers. See above to sign up! Scholarships are available to help offset costs. Contact Micah Smartt if you have any questions!

  • Wilderness Trail Dates

    Both Middle High and Senior High SPYs are welcome to take part in this journey, hiking and praying along sections of the Appalachian Trail.  In 2017, we had 7 youth and 2 adults participate; they had a great time experiencing God and the natural world He has made. In 2018, we will have 16 spots available, split into two weeks. You can choose to go July 22-28 or July 30-August 5. See above to sign up!! 


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 April 2018 SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click HERE for the March 2018 SPY Briefing Newsletter.

Click HERE for the February 2018 SPY Briefing Newsletter.

Click HERE for the January 2018 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.