Welcome to Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church.
We are glad you found our developing website. We hope you find it informative.
At Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church we support people as they seek to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are an American Baptist Church in partnerships with American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island and American Baptist Churches, USA. We are ecumenically minded and seek opportunities for worship and service with other community churches.
Our church welcomes diverse families. We provide for Christian Education (Sunday School) for school aged children, as well as a nursery for pre-school children during worship services.
A very important part of our worship at Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church is through music. We have been blessed with a strong music ministry consisting of a Sanctuary Choir, Hand bell Choir, Youth Choir, two organists, and many musically talented members who readily share their gifts during the worship services throughout the year.
At the conclusion of worship every Sunday all are invited to the fellowship hall to join in conversation and refreshments.
Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church is located at 229 Wilbur Avenue in Cranston. We warmly invite you to worship with us on a Sunday morning at 9:30 am. Until then, may our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ richly bless you!
Well, I am looking back on our Rally Day Breakfast and Service with delight in my heart. It was so exciting to kick off the new church school year in such an enthusiastic way. I am pleased with the theme we are focusing on this year: May Peace Prevail on Earth. I believe it is so very important, as a church, to show our solidarity with all who long for peace in our warring world. I am also looking forward to the dedication of our Peace Pole in the near future.
What is a Peace Pole?
As I shared on Rally Day, a Peace Pole is a symbol of hope and fellowship that has been placed in thousands of locations on every continent. The World Peace Prayer Society started the Peace Pole Project in Japan, not long after World War II. Today, there are more than 250,000 Peace Poles in 180 countries. Peace Poles have been placed in such notable locations as the North Magnetic Pole, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and the Egyptian Pyramids. Frequently, they are placed near the entrances of churches or schools. Leaders such as Pope Paul II, Mother Teresa and the Dali Lama have dedicated Peace Poles. They are meant to symbolize the face of God to a broken world needing compassion, justice and peace. The Peace Pole in front of our church will include the inscription, “May Peace Prevail on Earth: in 4 languages. English, Spanish, Hebrew, and Sign Language.
The vision for Peace on Earth is at the heart of the Judeo-Christian message and we hear the promise of peace in these prophetic words from the Prophet Isaiah: A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse . . . The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD . . . with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth . . . The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them . . . The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”
What a beautiful word picture of peace prevailing on earth. In them we are promised that when the Messiah returns there will be no more violence or war. How I long for that day as I hope do you. But, until that great day comes, may we do all that we can so that Peace May Prevail in our corner of the world. May we sincerely pray the words of this great hymn:
Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment In peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.