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

I’ve noticed something about our youth – they sincerely long to have meaningful spiritual conversation. This past month we’ve come before some of the more difficult and outright curious things Jesus taught in our series “Jesus Said WHAT?!” In reading the account of the rich young man (Luke 18:18-24) we considered if we, too, must sell everything we have for the sake of the poor in order to be a follower of Jesus. In the account of Lazarus’ death (John 11:1-6, 30-37) we tried to make sense of what looked like Jesus’ inaction in preventing his friend’s death, something he was certainly able to do. When Peter rebuked Jesus for talking about his inevitable death (Mark 8:31-38), we tried to think of Jesus’ reasoning behind calling Peter “Satan” in response. In all of these discussions I observed the youth not only engage in conversation but ask further questions about the texts, who Jesus is in light of them, and how they connect with their own lived experiences.

The curiosity and insight of the youth hasn’t stopped at these Sunday evening gatherings; in their Sunday morning gatherings they’ve engaged the Apostle’s Creed, i.e. the statement of faith that grounds us in who we are and what we believe in. They (and I) have been blessed there by the leadership of Meg and Charlie Guyton, and Donna Crawford, three able, willing, and passionate leaders for our youth. Through their efforts the spiritual longings and curiosities of the church’s youth have been adequately met, and will continue to be as this trio has committed to the youth in Sunday School through August (praise God!!!).

I look forward to working together with the congregation to ensure our youth find their church to be a place where they can be further shaped as young followers of Jesus Christ.

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 Prayers of Jesus.” Please come out and offer your thoughts, questions, and presence.


 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, April 8 from 12:15-1:00 p.m. in room 301.

Youth Council

The next meeting for the student leadership of ROOTED will be Sunday, April 22, from 12:15 – 1:00 in room 302.


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 take time away from familiar surroundings to reconnect with one another and with Christ in the upcoming High School Retreat. All youth and friends grades 9-12 are invited. A non-refundable $25 deposit is due by Monday, April 9. Total cost per student is $101.50, which includes the deposit. Please contact Pastor Matt if you have questions.


Summer Mission Trip – Clarkesville, GA

Sunday, July 22 – Saturday, July 28

Heads up, Clarkesville, we come! The summer mission trip will take ROOTED to the north side of Georgia. ALL youth are invited to participate in this trip as we serve, worship, pray, and fellowship together. A nonrefundable deposit of $79 is due by Sunday, 4/15. The total cost of this trip per youth is $459. This includes the Team Effort cost of $329, and accounts for meals youth will be responsible for beyond the mission setting and the costs associated with “free day” events. This amount does not take into consideration funds available to aid in this cost. Please contact Pastor Matt ( to learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.







Forms for Parents

Youth Covenant

Parent - Guardian Form

Medical Release

Youth - Parent Handbook



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