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!
At a Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Pampered Chef party, I told Marilyn Drummond, “There is only one way to describe your Annual Church Life Report, “Anointed”. I want to share that report with those who read Oak Leaves because I believe it captures the heart of God at work in our midst. I give you Marilyn’s report:
“To everything there is a SEASON...and a time to every purpose under the HEAVENS”.
This first verse from Ecclesiastes 3 has had special meaning for me this year and has, upon reflection, guided all of us at Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church.
Through the Spiritual Leadership of Pastor Barbara and faithful efforts of all, we have completed another incredibly fulfilling church year! As Moderator, I have had the privilege to experience the EXCITEMENT of all the Seasons-in a way that I never have before! I have witnessed great and glorious things and felt the presence of God during worship, fellowship and community outreach activities. I continue to be inspired by the passion and service that makes our church so amazing!
When I stood before you last June, I spoke of my hopes and vision as your Moderator. I expressed my thanks and admiration for the work completed under the leadership of our former Moderator, Judy Butzier-most notably, the renovations of the Sanctuary and Parsonage. I acknowledged that a project of such magnitude would never be my strength or forte! What I hoped and envisioned was an opportunity to build relationships and “meet” you in new places and “know” you in a new way!
And so began SUMMER-Artist & Artisans brought their paints and assorted crafts and had fun learning from one of “Our Masters”, Dick Vincent!, Young campers experienced the beautiful outdoors at Camp Canonicus (both Campers and CITs), Children (of all ages) enjoyed Movie Nights-especially “Frozen”!, Adventuresome worshipers prayed and played (even in the rain) at The Masonic Youth Temple. As is always the case, SUMMER, our favorite time for Rest and Recreation, passed much too quickly into FALL!
Rally Day heralded the beginnings of the new Church School Year-boards, committees, choirs and groups resumed and plans and projects began! The dedication of the Peace Pole, (which finally came to fruition after MANY discussions!) demonstrated our hope, “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. Pastor Barbara’s pow- erful message in worship further inspired the creation of cranes and the recording (on YouTube!) of Mary Ackroyd’s song by that same name. In “true” Oak Lawn fashion, we celebrated with Pastor Barbara, the 25th Anniversary of her Ordination. This very special time of worship and fellowship was filled with love, laughter & festive music! From Family Game Nights, Fishes & Loaves, Annual Craft Fair, Christmas Cookie Baking, we then, through Advent Bible Study, Worship and Christmas Pageant (written & directed by our Youth Class), Journeyed together to the Manger at Bethlehem.
And then came the SNOW!!! - Fraught with much angst and the cancellation of many activities and one Sunday Worship Service! Luckily, the Trustees had been successful in carrying out a dream of the Colletta’s-to clean out the garage & build a shed-so that Pastor Barbara’s jazzy sports car could be safe-In the garage! During a very special Court of Honor Service, we celebrated with Thomas Smith III (and his family), as he achieved the honor of Eagle Scout! (Many believe this service might actually have been a “First” for Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church!) God was good, and must enjoy dancing, because in spite of the weather, Dance Classes-Swing, Salsa and the like-graced our Fellowship Hall MID- WINTER!!
Lent and Easter arrived early, and brought with it a time of Reflection, Sacrifice, a Holy Thursday, Seder Meal and then-A Joyous Easter!! The hope of SPRING continued with the 148th Annual May Day- serving over 650 members of our community. Our Chairs for this event-The Ellisons-amazingly orches- trated and led us, as we continued this wonderful tradition! And let us not underestimate the power of the Women as May Baskets, plants (and “Treasures”) and Eugenia’s Boutique garnered over $2,000!
Through the year, we have laughed, loved, witnessed new life/death, planted/ plucked what is planted, wept, laughed, mourned, danced...and God still has work and a “purpose under the HEAVENS for each and every one of us. I look, with anticipation, upon the new church year, as we continue to be joined to- gether in faith and in love, with our hearts and minds always towards our LORD and SAVIOR!
In Grateful Appreciation,