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.


SENIOR HIGH SPRING RETREAT | WEST RIVER | MARCH 16-18

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MIDDLE HIGH SPRING RETREAT | WEST RIVER | APRIL 13-15

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SENIOR HIGH BEACH TRIP | THE BEACH | MAY 25-28

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WORK CAMP | VIRGINIA BEACH, VA | JUNE 24-30

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WILDERNESS TRAIL | 2 WEEKS

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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.


    After a Combined Middle & Senior High SPY party on Sunday, December 17 (complete with epic Ugly Sweater Contests and an ornament gift exchange), we've taken a break over the holidays. Middle High SPYs will meet again on Friday, January 5 and Senior High SPYs on Sunday, January 7, 2018.


    We meet almost every week in the Youth Lounge and Multi-Purpose Room, downstairs at St. Paul's. It's never too late to join, so we hope to see you soon! For more information, feel free to contact Micah Smartt at msmartt@stpaulsk.org

  • BWC Scholarships

    Each year, the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church awards a variety of scholarships to qualified students attending or planning to attend college. The scholarship application process opens on January 3, 2018. The entire process will be handled online. 


    For details about individual scholarships or to apply, please visit www.bwcumc.org/administration/finance/local-church-resources/scholarships/.

    If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Cook at ccook@bwcumc.org

    or phone 410-309-3446.

  • COMING UP!

    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, dates 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!


  • Senior High Retreat

    For the first time since 1999, the Senior High SPYs will have a Spring retreat! Join us March 16-18, 2018 at West River Center on the waters of the Chesapeake. Our retreat theme is "Liturgical" and we'll explore the major seasons in the liturgical calendar of the church. Lots of special holiday themed activities have been planned so this is a retreat you won't want to miss! Sign-ups will be available in January. As always, scholarships are available. Contact Micah Smartt with questions! 

  • 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! Sign ups will be available in the next few weeks. 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. Sign-ups will be available in the coming weeks! 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. Sign-ups coming soon! 

  • December Fundraising Updates

    We had a couple of large-scale fundraising opportunities in December: the Parents' Night Out and the Christmas Extravaganza. 


    First, THANK YOU to all the youth (and families!) who came out and supported these endeavors. Parents' Night Out was popular, plus several families who could not attend reached out to mention that they hoped we'd do it again! The Extravaganza was another success and fun was had by all! 


    Together, these two events raised over $600 to be used to support Youth travel. Not bad for two new first-time efforts! And they were successful because of YOU. 


  • Thanksgiving THANKS!


    A big THANK YOU to all the SPYs who helped our neighbors have a happier holiday in 2017 by shopping for groceries, sorting, packing, and delivering Thanksgiving food bags to hungry residents across the 20895 ZIP code. We served about 125 families during our Sunday, November 19 outreach efforts. 


    Special thanks go to Meg Baker and Jean Langbein, coordinators of the St. Paul's UMC efforts with the Montgomery County Holiday Giving referral program. 


    And because there is need year-round, we encourage our youth to get involved with the monthly Hunger Ministry program providing essential food for neighbors in need the first Sunday and Monday of each month - contact Dawn Ely (dawn.c.ely@gmail.com) to volunteer and go to our HUNGER MINISTRY page to learn more!

     


SPY BRIEFINGS NEWSLETTER

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


Click HERE for the January 2018 SPY Briefing Newsletter.


Click HERE for the December 2017 SPY Briefing Newsletter.


Click HERE for the November 2017 SPY Briefing Newsletter. 


Click HERE for the October 2017 SPY Briefing Newsletter.


Click HERE for the September 2017 SPY Briefing 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.