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

Summer is definitely on it’s way! Need proof? Just take a look at this jam-packed section of The Epistle that gives updates and info on all the events coming up in ROOTED over the next few months. It is good to be together in life and ministry, and if this summer has anything to say about it, there will be plenty of opportunities to do all this and more as a group of young disciples. It has been an honor walking alongside the youth of this church in their journeys of faith and life. Congregation – if you haven’t spent time getting to know these youth, make sure you make some time doing so! Families – be proud of the inquisitive, insightful, and joy-filled teens in your homes. Youth – keep being who you are, because this is your greatest offering to God and the world!

Yours 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.  This month we are studying “When Christians Get it Wrong” Sundays, 9:45-10:45 a.m., The Foundation room #100. We’ll examine our own attitudes, actions, and beliefs related to some of today’s hot topics such as science and faith, politics, other religions, and human sexuality. Study author Adam Hamilton offers a different way of understanding these issues and others from what is often articulated by the most vocal Christian voices in the current culture. Questions? Contact Donna Crawford, 933-8636 or Charlie or Meg Guyton, 385-0275.


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.  Middle and high school small groups are part of our evening. Bring yourself, bring a friend, and bring an appetite!

What We’re Studying:
Beginning Sunday, May 27, we will move forward in faith by going backwards…make sense? With “Confirmation 2.0,” the youth ministry will revisit some of the foundational lessons learned from their Confirmations in years past. Who of us couldn’t use a brush-up on the essentials, right? See you then, 5:00 p.m. in Sanders Hall.

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 Gospel of Mark.” Please come out and offer your thoughts, questions, and presence.


Youth Council

The next meeting for the student leadership of ROOTED will be Sunday, May 13, from 12:15 – 1:00 in room 302.


Senior Sessions

Wednesdays (beginning May 9), 4:00 p.m., Black Dog Café

Attention seniors: As you prepare for the transition from high school to college and beyond, you are invited to a special weekly gathering exclusive to graduating high school seniors. Come gather around coffee (or whatever) to converse over Scripture about your faith, your call in life, and your future moving forward as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I’ll look forward to our time together!


Senior Sunday & Senior Dinner

Sunday, May 20 - We celebrate our graduating seniors as they prepare for college and beyond on this very special day. Graduating seniors in the church are invited to attend any one of the services on this day, and then join with the rest of the youth group that evening (5:00) for a special night of celebration. Families of graduating seniors – please let me know if your senior will be joining the festivities that evening, emailing me of their intent and both a baby/child picture and recent picture of them.


Events and Dates Ahead

May 7 ~ Warren Willis Camp Deposit due ($75)
May 15 ~ Warren Willis Camp full payment due
May 20 ~ Graduation Sunday & Senior Night
June 1-2 ~ Lock-in
June10 ~ Mission Trip full payment due
June 13 ~ W.A.V.E. begins
June 18-23 ~ Warren Willis Camp
July 9-13 ~ VBS
July 22-28 ~ Mission trip (Clarkesville, GA)
August 6-10 ~ Youth Week


Warren Willis Camp

June 18 – June 23

Experience a high-energy, life-changing week at classic overnight camp. Students are invited to jump start their faiths while making lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories on beautiful Lake Griffin. There’s zip lining, tubing, yoga, sailing, crafts, archery, and more! The moments that aren’t a flurry of activity are devoted to growing your relationships with others and with God.
A nonrefundable deposit of $75 is due to Warren Willis Camp through their website by May 7 ( The total cost is $420.


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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