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!
If your reaction to the recent ice storm that struck New England was anything like mine, you had a hard time dealing with it. Although, we have had a fairly mild winter, and bad weather is supposed to happen in January and February, I am still so ready for Spring.
But this is New England. We native New Englanders are used to the unexpected on the weather front. And an occasional interruption in our lives can be a good thing. Interruptions jolt us out of our routine and compel us to be spontaneous. They remind us that, ultimately, life cannot be planned. If you can’t “go with the flow,” you’re going to be a stressed out and frustrated person.
Some interruptions such as frigid cold and wintery weather make us realize how dependent we are on each other and how
interdependent life is. Where would we be without the weather forecasters
(lol)? Where would we be without those who plow our roads and sand them? Where would we be without the family and friends who help us ride the storm? Without each other we would not only be lonely but nearly defenseless against life’s interruptions.
Unpredictable, nasty weather confronts us with our limitations –with how small we are against the world’s most severe forces. If we are wise, this confrontation will show us our need for God, and in response we will find our rest and security in God.
I admit that none of these thoughts were on my mind when I wrestled with whether to cancel church that Sunday or not, or felt frustrated that the sermon I prepared was only heard by a few faithful believers.
What’s the lesson? Be of good cheer. Interruptions like bad weather aren’t so bad. They-- and our response to them--have much to teach us.
But, here’s some upbeat news: The ice and snow will melt and spring and Easter are just down the road.