Teens in Action

The Teens in Action are a vibrant and lively part of Grace Church, consisting of 15-or-so folks in grades seven and up. We meet every Sunday during the school year, right after church (11:30 a.m.) in the Teen Room. We use the time to hang out, check-in, have pizza and plan events. Our motto is “We get it done,” and it’s our goal to help people, make our lives more exciting and do good deeds.

The Teens In Action are very very busy! We participate in the Providence AIDS walk, take local field trips (Boston Museum of Science, $2 movie theatre, bowling, beach days), and do work in and around Providence. We volunteer at a lot of local agencies: You’ll see us at Ronald McDonald House, Sharing the Harvest Farm and Community Servings, to name a few. We are also acolytes and lectors, and we participate actively in the 10 a.m. Sunday service. We do a lot of fund-raising work, too: We wrap Christmas presents, and every year at the Silent Auction in December we offer tutoring to teach senior people how to fully understand their electronic devices. We also host an annual romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, where we make fancy Italian food from scratch. In recent years, we’ve added to our repetoire of dinnertime events, celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Shrove Tuesday and Mother’s Day — generally cooking up a storm. Between cooking meals, washing cars, baking cookies, and other fund-raising efforts,we generally raise about $3,000 each year that we use to take an annual service trip.

We’ve taken three trips since we began. Our first year, we went to Washington, D.C., for five days to feed the homeless. Our second year we went to New York City for a week and worked at a number of non-profit agencies there. In 2011, we had a “Service Staycation” where we lived and worked here in Rhode Island. For 2011-2012, we’re ramping up the fund-raising and beginning our planning: Who knows where we will go next! In addition to our recent work, a group of youths from Grace Church traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2007 to participate in a pan-Anglican conference focused on the Millennium Development Goals and in particular on the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information about Teens in Action, or if you want to get involved, please contact Liz Richards at elrichards@alum.vassar.edu