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. St. Paul's United Methodist Youth Fellowships have many opportunities for youth to engage in the life of the church! Youth in grades 6 - 12 are invited to participate. Ministry opportunities include: Senior High Youth Group (Sunday from 6:30 - 8:30), Middle High Youth Group (Friday from 7:00 - 8:30), Youth Retreats, Mission Trips, Summer Camps, and Community Service Projects. More information about these events can be found in our Just for YOUth Newsletter below. 


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, May 6: UMYF & Council on Youth Ministry Car Wash - all donations will go to the St. Paul's Educational Award fund.
    • Tuesday, May 9: Confirmation Class community service project serving meals at the Interfaith Works Women's Assessment Center shelter in Rockville, MD. Meal prep at the St. Paul's kitchen starting at 4pm. See the May Newsletter for permission slips and details.
    • Sunday, June 11: All those participating in the Group Work Camp to the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in July are asked to attend orientation in the Multipurpose Room following the 10:30am worship service.
    • Sunday, June 18: Acolyte & Crucifer training. These are the folks who, among other things, carry the lighted flame and bear the cross during worship services - learn the steps involved and become an active worship leader.
    • Mon-Friday, June 19-23: Vacation Bible School needs Youth Staff Helpers. Download an application form from the VBS page and return paperwork by May 31 - or earlier! Only 40 helpers are needed this year, so apply early. Mandatory training is on June 19 and VBS is June 20-23.
    • Tuesday June 20: Youth Service Day at Kensington Park Retirement Home.


  • Confirmation Class Retreat

    Confirmation class members will meet at the church on Friday May 12 for an overnight trip to Camp Manidokan in the mountains near Harper's Ferry WV, and will return on Saturday May 13. Look for permission slips and details in the April & May editions of the newsletter.

  • UM Camps (and camperships)

    Children and youth interested in attending camp but who need some help with the cost may request one of the need-based “camperships” provided by St. Paul’s. Campership requests should be made to Rev. Rick Buckingham by Monday, May 15. 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. 

  • Youth Recognition Sunday

    We will recognize our graduating high school seniors during the 10:30am worship service on Sunday, May 21 and will honor the youth who have served as UMYF officers and other ministries. We will also announce the recipients of the St. Paul's 2017 Educational Award, awarded to outstanding students who will be attending college or other higher education opportunity in the Fall. A reception will follow.

  • Senior High Beach Trip

    Senior High youth are invited to participate in the beach trip over Memorial Day Weekend. We will be staying at the Marigot Beach Suites in Ocean City, MD. Permission slips available in the April Youth Newsletter. Please see Rick Buckingham if you have questions. Departing from St. Paul's at 4:00pm Friday, May 26, returning 3:00pm Monday, May 29. Cost is $200, due May 7. Make checks out to "St Paul's UMC" with "Sr. High Beach Trip" on the memo line. (An additional $150 cash will be needed for food and incidentals during the trip.)  

  • Mini-Golf & Batting Cages

    All youth are invited to join our Middle & Senior High Youth Groups for an evening at the Rocky Gorge Golf Fairway for Miniature Golf and the Batting Range on Sunday, June 25. We will join up with the youth group from Silver Spring UMC. Meet at St. Paul's at 4:30pm. We will go to dinner, then go to Rocky Gorge, and will return to St. Paul's at 8:45pm. Cost is $10 cash for mini-golf & batting cages, plus bring extra cash for dinner money. Be sure to bring your signed permission slip. Permission slips are available in the May Newsletter - download a copy using the link below! 

  • 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.

What's Going on?

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


Click here to download our May 2017 Just for YOUth newsletter.

Click here for the April 2017 edition.

Click here for the March 2017 edition.