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.

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 with plans 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. Only those who apply can be considered!

Please download the Application by clicking HERE or pick up a paper copy from Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education. All materials, including a high school transcript, must be submitted by May 19, 2019

Graduating seniors should receive a letter in the mail with instructions and an application form. Lost your letter, or didn't get one? Don't fret - you can download the letter by clicking here.

Since 1989, over $78,000 has been distributed to 100 college-bound students who have attended over 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.

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 (and Youth Choir during the school year).

    Senior High meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

    NOTE: SPYs will not meet on May 26 (Memorial Day weekend).

    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.

  • Borderlands

    July 14-23, 2019

    This summer, our current 8th Graders through graduating Seniors are invited to join us on a trip to El Paso, TX. This immersion-style trip will include learning about the history of the area, southwest sightseeing, a deep dive into issues that people of this area find particularly relevant including conservation, immigration, and weapons policies. And, of course, enjoy lots of authentic Mexican food! El Paso is also Micah's hometown. Please sign up by May 19 so that we can start booking tickets and accommodations.

  • 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 this year for 3 groups, or 18 youth and 6 adults. Open to all interested youth and adult chaperone hikers! Sign up by May 19!

  • End of Year: Middle High at SkyZone

    Saturday, June 15

    11:30 am - 2:30 pm

    Join us as we go to Skyzone for an afternoon of bouncing fun! For just $10, you'll get 90 minutes of jumping, food, and our new SPY t-shirt! Because this is an off site event, we need to know how many youth are coming - so please register online by June 9.

  • End of Year: Senior High Color Battle

    Saturday, June 15

    4:00-7:00 pm

    St. Paul's

    Meet us at St. Paul's as we get ready for a Color War in our parking lot and a picnic/cookout after! The cost of $10 will help cover the cost for the color powder, food, and the new SPY t-shirt! Please sign up online by June 9 so that we can be sure to have the right number and sizes for t-shirts and enough food for all!

  • BWC Camps

    The Baltimore-Washington Conference of the UMC runs summer camps through Retreat and Camping Ministries at Camp Manidokan in the mountains, and West River Center near the bay. From June 23 through August 9, there are mini-camps, sleep-away camps, and numerous themed camp adventures from Sailing Camp to Horseback Camp, from Grandparent & Me Camp to American Sign Language Camp.

    Pick up a brochure in the church office or go to http://www.bwccampsandretreats.com/manidokan/summer-camp/ or http://www.bwccampsandretreats.com/westriver/ for details about this summer’s programming. “Campership” financial aid is available through St. Paul’s; please contact Rev. Snell to discuss this confidentially.

  • 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! 

    Overnight Get-Away Fun. Details coming soon! The Council on Youth Ministries (and one very tired youth pastor) decided that the Senior High would not plan a beach trip to Ocean City over Memorial Day weekend this year, as we have in years past. We're working on developing some different, exciting, and new adventures for Senior High AND Middle High groups for next programming year.

  • Youth CHoir

    Note: Youth Choir sang at the 10:30 worship service for Mother's Day, May 12!

    This is the last Youth Choir event of the 2018-2019 programming year. 

    We'll see you again in the Fall!

    All youth are welcome at Youth Choir Rehearsals, usually held between Middle High SPY & Senior High SPY during the school year. You don't have to participate in SPY to be in choir, or vice versa (but lots of folks do, and we're always happy to see your faces!). Youth Choir is led by James Woods and Tom Pedersen - and we'll provide dinner for our singers. 

    Read more about choir and other musical stuff on the MUSIC page.


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 MAY issue of the SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click HERE for the March 2019 SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click HERE for the February 2019 SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click HERE for the January 2019 SPY Briefing newsletter.

Click HERE for the December 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.

Confirmation Class 2019

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, service, and participation in worship. Classes introduce important concepts about our faith, church history, and our membership vows. Each confirmand will also be assigned a member of the congregation to serve as a mentor/sponsor.


Participants who complete confirmation classes and 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.