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 (Sundays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.), Senior High SPY (Sundays 6:30-8:30pm), 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.

UPcoming Events

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

  • Weekly SPY Meetings

    SPY, now on Sundays, is in full swing! Middle High meets 4:30-6:00 p.m. Then there’s a half hour grace period for pick-ups and drop-offs before the Senior High meeting time, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

    NOTE: There will be no SPY meetings on March 17 due to the Middle High Retreat. (Confirmation Class will not meet on March 15.)

    SPY meetings may be canceled on retreat weekends and over holiday weekends. Look for announcements in the worship bulletin or SPY Briefing newsletter. If you have any questions about a particular date, be sure to ask Micah Smartt - email him at msmartt@stpaulsk.org.

  • BWC College Scholarships

    Each year, the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church awards a variety of scholarship to qualified students attending or planning to attend college. Scholarship applications will be accepted between January 3 and March 7, 2019. The entire process will be handled online. Visit www.bwcumc.org/administration/local-church-resources/scholarships/ for details about individual scholarships and to apply.

  • Council on Youth Ministries

    Sunday, March 10

    11:45 am

    Youth Lounge

    During this CYM meeting, we'll discuss the possibility of becoming a Reconciling Youth Ministry, summer trips, and other SPY programming. This is open to ALL youth, so come and make your voice heard.

  • Middle High REtreat: MEmez

    Middle High Retreat.

    March 15-17 at West River Center

    Cost $85 - scholarships available!

    Theme: “MEMEZ.”

    Our theme will revolve around exploring Christian memes, touching on the social media life of important Biblical stories and principles. This plus food, fun, and friends equals an awesome retreat.


  • Borderlands: Southwestern Cultural Immersion Trip

    July 15-23, 2019

    Youth Pastor Micah Smartt will be leading a group to his home town of El Paso, Texas, on the border with Mexico. We will learn about the area's history and the cultural & religious influences of the desert southwest communities. We'll visit incredible natural wonders at Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands National Park. And we'll examine present-day issues that are particularly resonant for the people of this region, including conservation, gun control, and immigration.

  • 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., but you can pencil these dates into your calendar now! 

    Borderlands. July 15-23, 2019.

    Wilderness Trail, July 31-August 6, 2019. Groups of 8 spend the week backpacking and taking in God's natural world along segments of the Appalachian Trail from our starting point in Virginia. We have enough room for 3 groups, or 18 youth and 6 adults. Open to all interested youth and adult chaperone hikers.

Confirmation Class

All youth in Grade 7 or above who have not been confirmed are invited to join Confirmation Class.



Confirmands and 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.


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.


The Confirmation Class will meet on Fridays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. during the Spring semester. There is also a pre-confirmation rehearsal on Saturday, June 8


Confirmation is a serious commitment requiring regular attendance, study, and participation in certain worship services. Classes introduce important concepts about our faith, church history, and our membership vows. Each confirmand will be assigned a member of the congregation to serve as a mentor/sponsor. Participants who choose to become full church members will be received into membership during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 9


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


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 January 2019 SPY Briefing newsletter.

CLICK HERE for the December SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click HERE for the November SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click HERE for the October SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click HERE for the September SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click HERE for the August SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click HERE for the June-July SPY BRIEFING newsletter, including a photo montage with memories from our 2017-2018 year!

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.

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 who plan to attend college, university, or some other type of post-secondary education. Each applicant is considered based on several criteria, including financial need, academics, affiliation with and service to St. Paul's, and personal statements.

Recipients of the 2018 St. Paul's Educational Award are:

Eric Bartley

Laursen Lancaster

Kendall Smith

Emma O'Reilly

Abigail Weaver

Since 1989, over $72,000 has been distributed to 95 college-bound students who have attended 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.