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 the Reverend Carolyn Matthews, 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

Recorded Sermons

Paul’s instructions to the followers of Jesus in Rome to “place themselves under the authority of government” does not mean there is never a time when Christ followers must resist the dictates of their rulers. Love and justice are always our highest call.

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Midweek Message

Family, I trust that you all are staying well as our restrained celebration of Thanksgiving continues. The native people of North America are central to the story of Thanksgiving as they are central to the history of our nation. In … Continue reading Update, Saturday, November 28, 2020

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Our Life Together

The Right-wing Christian leader Franklin Graham organized a “Prayer March” that was held in Washington D.C. on Saturday, September 26th. A mostly white crowd of thousands gathered on the National Mall to pray for national unity, the well-being of President … Continue reading October 29, 2020

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Public Witness

The East Bay is traditional Lisjan Ohlone land and Oakland rests upon the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo Ohlone people. sogoreate-landtrust.org Ever since witnessing settler colonial practices on vivid display during my first visit to the Holy Land, … Continue reading Rethinking Thanksgiving

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Christian Education

“A voice cries out:‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,    make straight in the desert a highway for our God.4 Every valley shall be lifted up,    and every mountain and hill be made low;the uneven ground shall become level,    and the rough places … Continue reading Advent – A Time of Anticipation

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