We are all about youth

St. Paul’s has a large and varied program of youth ministries overseen by a Council on Youth Ministries and directed by our full-time Minister of Christian Education and Youth. Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the many opportunities for service and social activities made possible through our United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF). 


During the school year, regular opportunities include: Senior High Youth Group (Sunday 6:30-8:30pm), Middle High Youth Group (Friday 7:00-8:30pm), Youth Retreats, and Community Service Projects. We also send youth to Summer Camps, Summer Mission Trips, and other special events. 


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and download a copy of the current "Just for YOUth" Newsletter.


For information about our Youth Choir, click here.

UPcoming Events

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

  • Volunteer and Service

    • Saturday, July 8: Group Work Camp to South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation departs for Dulles Airport at 6:00am - returning Sunday, July 16.
    • Tuesday, July 18: UMYF Day of Community Service. Meet at the church at 9:30am and travel in the church van to Kensington Park Retirement Community. Assist residents of The Groves with errands, games, reading, and enjoy lunch together (meal provided) before leading worship at The Woodlands and returning to the church at about 3:30pm. SSL hours available.
    • Sunday, July 23: Orientation for Wilderness Trail hikers following worship, 11:45am-1:00pm. Hikers depart for the trail at 8:00am on Sunday, July 30.


  • Just for YOUTH Farewell Party

    On July 18, following the Day of Service at Kensington Park, there will be a special "Just for Youth" Farewell Party for Rev. Rick Buckingham in the Multi-Purpose Room at St. Paul's. starting around 4:00pm. All youth are welcome! Come take part in the celebration and wish Rev. Buckingham well as he transitions into retirement. 

  • Rick's Retirement Sunday & Church PIcnic

    On Sunday, July 30, St. Paul's holds its annual church-wide picnic. We will recognize the many years of service and leadership Rev. Rick Buckingham has provided and celebrate as he takes his next step into retirement.

  • UM Camps

    There are a number of United Methodist camps scheduled throughout the summer at West River Center on the water near Churchton MD and Camp Manidokan in the mountains near Harper’s Ferry WV. The camp schedule is available at www.funfriendsfaith.com, on fliers in the church office, and in our May Youth Newsletter – available for download below. 

  • 2017-2018 Save the Date!

    Download the July Youth Newsletter for the latest calendar and save the date information. Middle High UMYF will begin weekly meetings starting Friday, August 25. Senior High weekly meetings will begin Sunday, September 10. 


    Here are some other highlights of the 2017-2018 year to come:

    Sept. 29 - Oct 1: Middle High Fall Retreat

    Nov. 10-12: Senior High Fall Retreat

    Jan. 26-28: ROCK 2018 (Ocean City, MD)

    March 18: Youth Variety Show

    April 13-15: Middle High Spring Retreat

    May 11-12: Confirmation Class Retreat

    June 24-30: Group Work Camp to Virginia Beach, VA

    dates still to be determined: 

    Wilderness Trail in Troutdale VA, Volunteers-in-Mission to Nicaragua

What's Going on?

There's always something going on with the youth at St. Paul's! 


Click HERE for the JULY 2017 Just for YOUth Newsletter.

Click HERE for the June 2017 edition.

Click here for the May 2017 edition.

Click here for the April 2017 edition.


If you would like to receive a copy of an older edition of the Just for YOUth News, please contact the church office.