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!
Recently, I was struck by a quote from theologian Howard Thurman used in an advertisement for the upcoming retreat style conference Rhythms of the Spirit to be held at Canonicus Camp & Conference Center in August.
Thurman was quoted as saying, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
When I read that quote I felt something light up within me as if a still small voice was speaking to me directly, “Barbara, ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.”
And, I wondered, what would happen if I took Thurman’s words seriously and pursued that course of action in my upcoming Sabbatical, August-October of this year.
I took a Theology course based on Thurman’s writings at Andover-Newton Theological School under the inspiring tutelage of Dr. Kirk Byron Jones. And, I remember many wise and beautiful things Thurman said such as:
“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” And, “There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels, some place for that which in itself is breathless and beautiful.”
I don’t know about you but sometimes I get so caught up in the busyness of life, the type of soul-care Thurman alludes to is the last thing on my list of priorities. There’s not always a lot of time for waiting and listening for the sound of the genuine in myself or to discover some place that leaves me breathless.
Therefore, I have decided to begin my Sabbatical by attending the Rhythms of the Spirit conference. My prayer is that when I return to you after my Sabbatical, I will be so genuinely alive; you and I will hear the angels singing together in a new and living way.