Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church

What We Do

Sharing Our Spirituality

At Sunday Worship, Lakeshore's doors are opened wide to welcome everyone. Our diverse community embraces all who enter, and the Passing of the Peace is a standing-in-the-aisles celebration and welcome. Additional celebrations are scheduled for certain holidays, including Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas. Keep watch on the Calendar Page for the latest information. Sunday school and Nursery care are available for our children during the Sunday worship service.

Lakeshore comes alive with music to celebrate spirituality. Our Choir, the Voices of Lakeshore, sing hymns, classical, jazz, blues, and gospel songs, lifting the service to another level. The Lakeshore Handbell Ensemble, guest musicians, piano and organ accompaniment all add to a musical expression of spirituality.

Let's Get Together

Join one, or all, of our Social Clubs. We get together to watch movies, exchange gifts, sing carols, or just socialize over cookies and coffee. We share thoughts on books and growing old, and welcome new friends together.

Lakeshore also offers Family Events, where young and old can enjoy holiday events, cookouts and other special gatherings. There are social hours, service opportunities, and seasonal fun and recreation. Every year in August, Lakeshore gathers its Church family for a summer retreat of camping, hiking, singing, campfire songs and worship.

Lakeshore Youth enjoy special activities, community service opportunities, pizza, movie and game nights, ski trips and other travel adventures that create opportunities for youth to have fun, learn, travel and build friendships that will last a lifetime. The youth are also a part of the worship service, including ushering and reading the scripture. Graduations and promotions are honored in worship, and our young adult's successes are celebrated and encouraged by all.

Lifelong Learning

How is the Bible relevant to your life, today? Lakeshore opens the door to a deeper understanding by reading Bible stories from the past, and discussing their relevance in our life today. On Tuesdays, at Soup and Study, we share a simple meal and read from the Bible with Pastor H. James Hopkins. Each Sunday, Bible Study, led by Harold Cotton and George Harper, offers an opportunity after Church to develop our relationship with the Bible. Prayer and Bible Study meets in the library on Wednesday mornings to study the biblical text of the week and to pray for the congregation and the community. One of our pastors is present to lead the study.

Adult Forums allow the community to have discussions about relevant issues to Baptists, and strengthen the relationship of our church to the world at large.

During Sunday Service, the children gather at the altar for Children's Church, where a special activity is planned for the younger members to highlight the day's sermon message. Sunday school for children through 4th grade is provided after Children's Church.

We partner with Lakeshore Children's Center to run a Children's Peace Academy, providing pre-school, kindergarten and a before and after school program in a safe, nurturing environment.

Making a Difference

At Lakeshore, we are committed to making a difference in our community. Our Hunger Task Force raises money each year to support community agencies that fight hunger and homelessness. Lakeshore also offers its own food bank and emergency fund. The Task Force organizes our efforts to provide food, shelter, and clothing to our neighbors.

You can get involved in community organizing with other local churches and schools through our partnership with OCO (Oakland Community Organizations). Here, you can work in grassroots efforts to impact change just by starting with — one-to-one — meetings that are the building blocks to effective organizing.

Lakeshore Outreach

Audio Sermons

John describes baptism with the elemental symbols of water, wind and fire, evoking the importance of cleansing, receiving the breath of God and ongoing transformation. May these symbols continue to shape our identities as followers of God.

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Midweek Message

Dear LABC, I am always interested in the words chosen as “words of the year.” This year I have seen three words, named by different organizations, listed as the word of the year for 2018. The words are: misinformation, toxic … Continue reading January 15, 2019

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Our Life Together

For over a decade a small group of us from LABC, usually Declan Brown, Dave Gattey, Skip Keller and myself, have driven down Interstate 880 in the days before Christmas (we do the same in the days before Easter) to … Continue reading January 3, 2019

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In Formation

I am deeply grateful for the prayers and support of Lakeshore as I traveled to Bethlehem in December to hear from the Palestinian Christian community about their struggles and how the international Christian community can stand in solidarity and partnership … Continue reading January 3, 2019

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