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!

The Easter Bunny stopped by OLCBC on April 8 for our annual Easter Egg hunt!


150th Annual May Breakfast!


229 Wilbur Avenue, Cranston, RI

Home of the Original


150th Year Monday, May 1, 2017 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Adults: $7.00; Children 10 and under: $4.00
Clam cakes, Scrambled Eggs, Ham, Cornbread, Apple Pie, Coffee & Juice


Dear Community Neighbor,
On Monday, May 1, 2017 the Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church will be having its 150th May Breakfast. This special event will be held at the church at 229 Wilbur Avenue, Cranston, from 6 to 11 a.m. The church will also be celebrating this milestone with a series of community events beginning in early April, including May Pole dances, period crafts, and sundaes.


Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church held the Original May Breakfast in 1867 in order to raise funds for a new church building. The tradition has been carried on ever since, though its purpose has moved beyond raising building funds. Though the dishes have changed with the times, the core menu has always been a feast for the senses - piping hot clam cakes, fluffy scrambled eggs, hand-sliced honey ham, freshly baked cornbread, homemade apple pie, juice and coffee, and handmade May baskets filled with treats. It’s also a wonderful way to interact with the community around us, and we always have fun.


The 2017 May Breakfast proceeds will go toward continuing the ministries and missions of Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church.


We would be delighted if you were a part of making this event a success, by becoming a sponsor! We sincerely thank you in advance for your support.




Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church



An Easter Message From Pastor Barbara

April, 2017

When Jesus was asked for a sign that might prove He truly was who He claimed to be, He offered only the sign of Jonah.  Luke’s gospel records Jesus as saying, “This generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah” (Luke 11:29).


I once facilitated a Lenten Bible study on the book of Jonah based on the work of Dr. Reed Lessing. The study focused on how the story of Jonah and the Fish is an Old Testament picture of Jesus on the way to the cross.  So it’s easy to understand why Jesus offered the sign of Jonah to those seeking answers.


If you stop and think about it, we are exposed to signs all the time!  “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” Some signs limit us like:  “Speed limit 55” and “Proceed with Caution.” We pray for signs like the sign that a loved one will make it through a difficult surgery or a wayward child will come to his or her senses.


Easter is full of signs, beginning with the signs seen by the first eyewitnesses of Jesus’ resurrection.  The Gospel of Luke records it this way: “But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body.  While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.  The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead.  He is not here, but has risen.  Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.”


There are many signs in the Easter story that point to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The heavy stone, sealed and guarded, is now rolled away; messengers in dazzling white clothes, the linen grave clothes left in the empty tomb.


The greatest signs of Easter come from the words that the Lord spoke about Himself. Such as: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.” (John 14:6), “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10), “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” (John 11:25)


The claim of Christianity is that death, humanity’s final enemy, could not keep Jesus in the grave.  On that first Easter Sunday, God put to death the power of death and released eternal life.


You are invited to join the people of Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church as we celebrate the One all the signs of Easter point to-Jesus Christ, the crucified, risen Son of God.


Easter Blessings,


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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