Rev. Matt Kern, Director of Youth Ministries

 Saint Paul’s Youth Covenant…

As a youth group we are committed to being respectful to all that enters our doors. To show respect we will disconnect from our electronic devices (cell phones, iPads, Nooks, tablets, etc…) so we can connect with each other. We will support one another through encouragement, accountability and love. We recognize to fully commit to this we must be honest with each other and be present in one another’s lives!


A Note from Pastor Matt Kern

disciple [dih-sahy-puh l] – a learner or pupil; one who accepts and follows a given doctrine or teacher; to designate an adherent of almost any great leader or movement

This is a word we may hear a lot in the church setting, but how often to we pause to think about what a “disciple” is, and is not? How quickly do we think that “disciple” and “church-attender” are the same thing? Or do we tend to think that to be a “disciple” we must only agree with a certain set of beliefs? Yet Jesus, the one that so many called “rabbi” or “teacher, ” invites us to be his disciples, not just with Sunday morning attendance nor by saying, “I believe this and that,” but calls us to be a follower of his with our very lives.

This concept of what a disciple actually is has been in the forefront of my mind as this church’s youth group forges on into the new year. If we agree with the United Methodist Book of Discipline’s statement that “the local church provides the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs” (¶201, Definition of a Local Church) then it is our holy responsibility to ensure that all we do at Saint Paul’s is for the sake of forming faithful disciples of Jesus Christ…and ROOTED youth ministry is, of course, no exception.

As we begin to enter into the seasons of Spring and Summer, know that the task of disciple-making will continue to inform what and how we go about youth ministry at this church. I have been thoroughly encouraged as of late in how our youth are responding to the call of discipleship. Let us continue to spiritually nourish these budding disciples to the glory of God with all that we plan, teach, and do.

In Christ,

Pastor Matt


Sunday Morning

At Saint Paul’s we offer three worship experience. We have two Traditional Services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.  Both are in the Sanctuary.  At 9:45 a.m. as well we have our contemporary service in Sanders Hall, The Gate.

Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m.  Middle School and High School meet in our Foundation.


Weekly Rooted Events

ROOTED Sunday Nights

Every Sunday night from 5:00–7:00 p.m. join us in Sanders Hall for a night of fellowship, snack supper, games, and a message of faith.

Wednesday Night Study

Youth are very encouraged to join the congregation-wide study and conversation on Jesus, Wednesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. in Sanders Hall. This month will focus on “The Meals of Jesus.” Please come out and offer your thoughts, questions, and presence.


Summer Mission Trip Parents Meeting

Wednesday, March  7th, 5:30-6:15, room #310

Families and volunteers of ROOTED youth are invited to a special meeting regarding the details of the upcoming summer youth mission trip.  I hope to see you there!


Volunteer and Leader Orientation

As we continue to seek adult leaders from the congregation to spiritually invest in the youth, ROOTED provides monthly trainings for those willing to serve in this way. At this gathering members of the congregation can become more familiar with the curriculum being used on Sunday morning and evening youth gatherings, as well as receive some guidance on how to most effectively lead the youth. Though this orientation is typically offered the first Sunday of every month, the next meeting will be held Sunday, March 11 from 12:15-1:00 p.m. in room 301.

Youth Council

The next meeting for the student leadership of ROOTED will be Sunday, March 18, from 12:15 – 1:00 in room 302.



Wednesday, March 7, 5:30 p.m., Room 310 - ROOTED youth, families, and volunteers are invited to a special meeting regarding the details of the upcoming summer youth mission trip. I hope to see you there!


Easter Lilies

Easter lilies will be on sale in the breezeway between the Sanctuary and Sanders Hall on Sunday mornings (March 4, 11, and 19). All proceeds will go toward funding the youth summer mission trip and Warren Willis Camp. Lilies are $14/each.


What we’re studying

ROOTED is committed to the spiritual formation of its youth. Here’s a look at what the youth will be learning about and growing in during the month of March:

  • “Jesus said WHAT?!?!” – A Saint Paul’s UMC original, this study will turn our attention to some pretty wild things that Jesus said during his earthly ministry. His message and his teachings weren’t just for shock value though; he offered a message that not only upset the establishments of his day but offered holy transformation for the individual, for society, and for all the world. Come on out this month to encounter (maybe for the first time) some of the most shocking, difficult, and revealing things Jesus has to say to us.



Keeping in step with Leon County Schools calendar, we will not be holding Sunday evening youth group or Confirmation class on March 11 due to Spring Break. I hope this is a restful, fun, and family-filled time for all of our ROOTED families.


High School Retreat

Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29
Laguna Beach Christian Retreat, Panama City Beach

We all need a getaway…yes, even high schoolers.  The high school youth of Saint Paul’s will be taking some time away from familiar surroundings to reconnect with one another and with Christ in the upcoming High School Retreat.  All youth and their friends grades 9-12 are invited on this trip.   A non-refundable $25 deposit due by Monday, April 9 to either Pastor Matt or the church office.  Please contact Pastor Matt if you have further questions.


• Youth & families, feel free to contact Pastor Matt Kern at any time with questions or thoughts regarding ROOTED Youth –



Forms for Parents

Youth Covenant

Parent - Guardian Form

Medical Release

Youth - Parent Handbook



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