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

What is your favorite part of summer?...I mean, aside from not having to go to class every day. Is it the feeling of being able to let down a little bit as usual demands and stressors go by the wayside? Is it the prospect of family vacations or short trips away with friends? Perhaps it is the sheer excitement that comes with knowing you can actually be bored for the first time in a while. Whether it’s time with friends, time away, or time taking part in new experiences, there’s something for everyone in the season of summer.

Whatever summer has (or maybe doesn’t have) for you, I hope that ROOTED Youth ministry will be part of your plans as well. This small and mighty community of budding disciples has a lot planned over the next few months, all for the sake of furthering our walks together in Christ. I invite you and your family to take a look at the events listed here and put them into your calendars so that you don’t miss out on these opportunities. I look forward to further spending time with you as we seek to root ourselves more in the love and grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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.  We’ll continue studying Adam Hamilton’s When Christians Get it Wrong when, on June 3, we discuss In Dealing with Homosexuality.  We’ll wrap up this series on June 10 with When Christians Get it Right. A new lesson series begins June 17 with a look at the parables of Jesus from the inside out and from the outside in.  Let’s just say... Acting awards may be given at the end of this series! As always, our Sunday morning time together will include sharing joys, concerns, and snacks. For details contact Donna Crawford (933-8636), Charlie Guyton (559-9423), or Meg Guyton (443-4175).


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:
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.

A quick reminder: there will be no evening programming for youth the night of Sunday, June 17. Our youth and their families are encouraged to spend that time together in celebration of Father’s Day. Sunday School will still be offered as usual at 9:45 a.m. in The Foundation.

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, June 10, from 12:15 – 1:00 in room 302.


Senior Sessions

Wednesdays, 4:30 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!


Events and Dates Ahead

June 1 ~ 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


Summer Mission Trip – Clarkesville, GA

Sunday, July 22 – Saturday, July 28

Heads up Clarkesville, GA. . .here we come! The summer mission trip will take ROOTED youth to the north side of Georgia. ALL youth are invited to participate in this trip as we serve, worship, pray, and fellowship together.

The total cost of this trip per youth is $459. This includes the standard Team Effort cost of $329, and also accounts for meals youth will be responsible for beyond the mission setting and the costs associated with the “free day” events. HOWEVER, this amount does not take into consideration funds that are available to aid in this cost. Please contact Pastor Matt ( to hear more about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

The final balance (TBD after financial aid considerations) will be due to the church on Sunday, June 10.




Forms for Parents

Youth Covenant

Parent - Guardian Form

Medical Release

Youth - Parent Handbook



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