Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church
Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church

Welcome to Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church

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!

A Message From Pastor Barbara

October, 2016

There are some bumper stickers that you have to love. One borrows from the catchphrase, “Beam me up, Scotty” that made its way into popular culture from the science fiction television series Star Trek. It comes from the command Captain Kirk gives his chief engineer when he needs to be transported back to the Starship Enterprise. But, the bumper sticker I like says, “Beam me up, Lord.” That phrase always brings a smile to my face.

And then there’s one that pulls on your heartstrings: "Y ou are a child of God. Please call home." Home. It can be a very special place. Perhaps you recall the movie from the early '80s, "E.T.".

In the movie his companions accidentally leave behind the cute little alien dubbed “E.T.”. Through his friendship with a human boy, the creature learns to speak the English language. The first full phrase the stranded visitor communicates to his new friends is "E.T. phone home."

That’s a phrase that conveys a whole range of emotions and deepest longings. Who among us hasn't felt the need to "phone home" at different times in our lives? Phoning home puts us in touch with a familiar place where we feel safe and loved.

Some of today’s most watched sitcoms such as Modern Family, In The Middle, and Blackish take place predominantly in people’s homes. The reason for their popularity is that we appreciate their realistic yet loving portrayal of family in their home environment.
God has put a homing instinct in each one of us. As Saint Augustine of Hippo once said, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in You." Another way to put that is, “Our hearts are homesick until they find their home in God.” The psalmist puts it this way: "As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God" (Psalm 42:1-2).


New Testament scholar John Knox once called the church "the (family) people who remember Jesus."

I just love how our Oak Lawn family longs for God and loves to ‘remember Jesus together’ in our spiritual home. That is why the Visioning Committee invites you to celebrate Homecoming Sun- day with us on Sunday, October 16th.
Together, let’s phone home!



Gracefully yours,


Pastor Barbara



Worship Service

Sundays, 9:30am ET

Contact Us

Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church

229 Wilbur Avenue

Cranston, RI 02921-1016

Phone: 401 944-0864


Pastor: The Rev. Barbara DaCosta


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