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 our music program. We have been blessed with a strong music ministry consisting of a Sanctuary Choir, Hand bell 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!
I begin this letter as I sit in Kent County Courthouse with some childhood friends and Dolly Packard, Amelia Costa and Faust Silva (sisters and brother of Fernando B. Silver, lovingly known as ‘Captain Freddy’) who was murdered on his sailboat in August over keno winnings. It is heartbreaking to watch the reactions of his family as the medical examiner gives gruesome details of how the body was badly beaten to the point of death and left to decompose until it was unrecognizable. That is why we had to wait until October 24th to lay Freddy’s remains to rest.
Thanks to the hard work of two dedicated detectives, Scott Robillard and Mark Canning, two Warwick men, Richard Baribault and Troy Gunderway, were charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy. Freddy’s family is fervently praying that justice will prevail and that these two criminals will pay for their heinous deed.
It was one of the most difficult funeral services I have ever performed, as I so much wanted to bring comfort and healing to Freddy’s hurting family. And from what they told me, I was able to bring some consolation to their broken hearts.
The whole experience has made me want to stand for peace all the more.
On the eighth of November we will be re-dedicating our Peace Pole. I will place a candle on the altar in memory of Freddy. We will retell the story of the Peace Pole and the story of Sadako and the 1000 paper cranes. We will also dedicate the 1000 paper cranes we all made and pray for those in our community and world who suffer from needless violence.
I have asked John Howell from the Warwick Beacon to join us for our re-dedication ceremony if he is able. John has covered the story of ‘Captain Freddy’ for quite some time and has greatly blessed Freddy’s family.
Plan now to join us on the eighth of November as we continue to pray that peace may prevail on earth.