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

Summer 2016

Recently, Marilyn Drummond sent the remaining cranes you all so lovingly made to Japan with this note:

Inscribed in four languages on the Peace Pole standing before our church, the Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church, are the words, " May Peace Prevail On Earth ". This pole, with its message to our small, historic community located in Cranston, Rhode Island, was dedicated on November 16, 2014 during our worship service. Pastor Barbara DaCosta's sermon that morning included the heartfelt story of Sadako Sasaki and the beautiful legend of the 1,000 Cranes. Inspired by this story, members and friends of the Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church learned how to make beautiful Origami Cranes- each made with loving hands and hearts that prayed for peace. Over the course of the year, over 1,000 Cranes were created. On Sunday November 8, 2015, after having adorned the sanctuary and the bushes surrounding the Peace Pole with our colorful cranes, we gathered and prayerfully re- dedicated ourselves to the mission of Peace.

Please accept these cranes as a token of our pledge to never forget Sadako and the lives of those lost to the devastation of the Hiroshima Bomb.

Given in love by The Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church

Marilyn, along with all of us here at Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church, truly has a vision for peace in our troubled world.

It seems every time you turn around there is another reason to pray that peace may prevail on earth.

On June 13, 2016, the Rhode Island State Council of Churches sent this press release to our Rhode Is- land Churches:

Our nation is reeling in the wake of yet another horrific mass shooting, this times our nation's deadliest. In response to this heinous event that ended at least fifty lives, left many more wounded, and broke hearts worldwide, we, the religious leaders of Rhode Island, call on our communities to pray for healing and wholeness amidst our brokenness. Empowered by our relationship to the Divine, we endeavor to stand up and speak out against all acts of violence.


As people of faith, we voice our loving support for the people of Orlando, the LGBTQ community and our Muslim neighbors. The terror that ensued has affected us all and we will not rest until we assure that such terror will not happen again.

We are inherently concerned about the increasing violence in our society and we commit to bringing it to an end. Working in solidarity we will move our nation from darkness to light. Together we will bring our communities from despair to hope. We will not give in to fear!

In the face of such hatred and anger, we are called to elevate love. We are called to pursue justice, and we are called to bring about an enduring peace for all people in all places, regardless of faith tradition, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

As your pastor, I am so inspired by your commitment to be a welcoming community of faith. Although, we may not agree on everything, when it comes to politics and religion, it is so very important to stay true to our pursuit of peace and love.

During these summer months, let us continue to pray individually and together, THAT PEACE MAY PREVAIL ON EARTH.


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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