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!
As I sit here in late September, writing something for our October edition of Oak Leaves, I find myself grieving summer. Yes, it was extremely humid and the bugs were particularly pesky. Unlike Shakespeare, we would not compare a lover to a summer’s day this year. Nonetheless, summer is my favorite season and I am so thankful I got to have my beautiful dog Jordan for one more summer before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
By the time you are reading this, it will be fall (the only season known by two names, fall and autumn) and most of you will be glad. Numerous polls reveal that about 40-45 percent of Americans claim fall as their favorite season, with spring considerably behind at about 25 percent, closely followed by summer at 23 percent. Winter is dead last with only about 6 percent saying winter is their favorite season.
Why do so many folks love fall?
Maybe, it is because we’re glad to be back to school or work or church. Perhaps it is because we are eager to pick apples, carve pumpkins and watch football again. After all, you never know when Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski will decide to retire.
It could be we love fall because most of us like a change of scenery every now and then. As fall arrives, everything changes, and we take special note of it.
As we experience fall this year, let us think of it as an opportunity to open ourselves to change spiritually. As little Owen put it in a children’s sermon, let us ask us ourselves, “Am I new or recycled?”
Paul the Apostle encourages Christians to walk in newness of life writing, “Don't copy the behavior and
customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you
think” (Romans, 12:2). When we open ourselves to change we can count on God to be at work in us be- cause “great is God’s faithfulness” and “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning” (Lamentations, 3:22).
So this fall let us tap into the faithfulness and mercies of God that we might reap an abundant spiritual harvest.
Remember, winter is only weeks away.