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. 

    Please note, there will be no SPY on Sunday, September 30 (Middle High Retreat Weekend).

  • Middle High Fall Retreat

    The Middle High retreat always seems to sneak up on us, so put it into your schedule now! We will be at West River Center on the banks of the Chesapeake tributary West River, September 28-30. Our theme is "To Build a Kingdom." We'll have lots of fun activities and explore what it takes to rule a kingdom, the rise and fall and evolution of the kingdom of Israel, and what Jesus has to say about the Kingdom of Heaven. The cost is $85. Sign-ups will be on line in mid-August. Please see Micah Smartt for questions. 

  • Senior High Fall Retreat

    You won't want to miss this one! Senior High will be at West River November 30 - December 2. The theme for the Senior High SPY retreat is "Seussian Theology." We'll look at biblical narratives and faith concepts while relating them to the stories and messages found in the works of Dr. Seuss. With blanket forts and plenty of snacktimes to remind us of childhood days, this will be a perfectly off-beat and uplifting retreat. The cost is $85. Please see Micah for any question! 

  • 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! 

    ROCK, February 8-10, 2019. Part rock concert, part spiritual retreat, this annual weekend event in Ocean City MD, sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church, is filled with inspiring speakers, bands, and fellowship with youth from across the region. We didn't go last year because there weren't enough sign-ups, but we will be putting out an interest form to see if this trip is viable for 2019. Tickets go on sale in September 2018. 

    Group Mission Work Camp, June 23-29, 2019 in Scranton, PA for Senior High SPYs, including new rising freshmen. We'll work on home repair projects for those in need, with time for play and prayer. This camp has "semi-private" housing, which means we'll be staying on a college campus in dorm room suites.

    Borderlands. June 15-23, 2019 (tentative). Consider this trip a cultural immersion opportunity! 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.

    Wilderness Trail, July 31-August 6, 2019 (tentative). 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 would like to take two groups, or 16 people. Open to all interested youth and adult chaperone hikers.

  • Scholarships & 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 and 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 one-on-one. 


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 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!

Click HERE for the May 2018 SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click HERE for the April 2018 SPY Briefing newsletter.

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.