In an effort to keep our members and friends safe, all onsite services and activities are cancelled for this week. We will update you as we receive new information regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Please feel free to call the church for prayer or the pastor for spiritual counsel. We will get back to you as soon as we are able.
Also, Pastor Barbara has asked us to recite The Lord's Prayer at 10:00am each day during this difficult period.
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!
Resurrection Greetings Dear Church Family,
First of all, I want to express my deep appreciation to you for you during this very challenging time in the life of our country and world. It is encouraging and heartening to see so many of you living out your faith in real-time! As a result of the Coronavirus, we as a church are experiencing issues we would never have anticipated only a few short weeks ago. We have had to make hard decisions due to announcements from our Governor and President.
Many of you have seen the constant updates with the words “flatten the curve” involved. You can Google that for yourself but the main idea is that we need to see infections begin to flatline. Eventually, the infections will start to go down, and we can start to pull out of this crisis.
As you know, many businesses have either closed or cut hours drastically to limit contact between employees and customers. While this whole thing “goes against the grain” of what we as a church are all about, we believe it is important to be good neighbors in our communities.
Here is an important reminder: The CHURCH is the PEOPLE, not just a sacred building. We must do things a bit differently to protect our members and friends. For now, we have to evaluate the situation on a week-to-week basis and our moderator has addressed those concerns in her letter, which is included with mine.
Please note that as your pastor I am available to talk with you and I check both my study (944-0811) and home phone (451-7391) throughout the day. I also encourage you to be in touch with one another through phone calls, e-mails, texts, Facebook and whatever other ways you feel comfortable.
I'm reminded of a wonderful Scripture in Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV) “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging”. With all my heart, I believe we worship and serve a good God who has already been to “tomorrow” and knows “the rest of the story”. While we continue to put our faith in God, we also must use our God-given wisdom during these times.
We are going to get through this together and will have greater victory on the other side!
As Easter reminds us, we serve a risen Savior, who’s in the world today, and because Jesus lives we can face tomorrow.