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. 

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and download a copy of the current SPY Briefing 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! 

  • Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 School Year!

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

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

    We meet in the Youth Lounge and Multi-Purpose Room, downstairs at St. Paul's.

    For more information, feel free to contact Micah Smartt at msmartt@stpaulsk.org

  • Youth Art Day!

    "The artist is not a different kind of person, 

    but every person is a different kind of artist." 


    It doesn't matter whether the most you can do is glue two pieces of paper together or if you can paint a masterpiece on a canvas, we need your help! Our youth lounge is severely lacking in art. On September 17, right after church from 11:45 – 1:15 in the Multi-Purpose Room (next to the youth lounge), and with the help of the incredibly talented Kenzie Raulin, we'll be making all sorts of art for every season! Come with ideas, your favorite Bible verses, and some clothes that can be painted in. We'll provide the rest! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Micah at msmartt@stpaulsk.org


    Middle High Fall Retreat at Camp Manidokan, September 29 - October 1.

    This retreat's theme is SPY (after our recent name change). We will be exploring Biblical stories of tricksters, sneaks, and spies. Cost is $85. 

    Senior High Fall Retreat at Camp Manidokan, November 10 - 12

    This retreat's theme is SPY (after our recent name change). We will be exploring Biblical stories of espionage, political intrigue, and assassinations (only one story will overlap with the Middle High retreat). Cost is $85.

    Scholarships are available

    For more information on either of these retreats or to sign up, contact Micah at msmartt@stpaulsk.org

  • What We've Been Up To...

    • Young people from St. Paul's attended summer camp sessions at Camp Manidokan in the mountains near Harper's Ferry WV and at West River Center in the Chesapeake Bay area.
    • On August 1, fourteen youth and adults set out for Nicaragua to repair childcare centers and work in the community of Ciudad Sandino.
    • We celebrated the retirement of long-time Youth Minister Rev. Rick Buckingham at our Just for Youth party on July 18 and at the church-wide worship service and picnic on July 30.
    • Starting July 30, nine youth and adult hikers set off for portions of the Appalachian Trail with the Wilderness Trail program, hiking 40+ miles and expanding their own spiritual journeys.
    • Members of the UMYF led worship, ran errands, shared a meal, read books, and played games with residents of the Kensington Park retirement community on July 18.
    • From July 8 to July 16, eleven youth and four adults worked on improving homes on the Lakota Sioux Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota as part of Group Work Camp.
    • On June 25, Middle & Senior High UMYF met up with the youth group from Silver Spring United Methodist Church for a night out playing mini-golf and using the batting cages at Rocky Gorge Golf Fairway (Laurel MD).


We've got so much going on! If you're looking for more information on anything:

Click HERE for the September 2017 SPY Briefing Newsletter.

Click HERE for the August 2017 Just for YOUth Newsletter.

Click HERE for the July 2017 Just for YOUth Newsletter.

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