Churches and residents across the United States and Canada are preparing for the annual National Life Chain event, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Oct. 7.
The National Life Chain was originally started in 1987 when a few small churches in Yuba City and Marysville, Calif., took to the streets to highlight the importance of preserving life.
Life Chain is described on its website as being "a serious first step to pro-life activism." The Life Chain is more than a simple demonstration on local city streets and sidewalks. Its creators want participants to use the time for reflection, meditation and prayer.
The unity that is brought about by standing in solidarity with your neighbors while advocating the importance of life when praying for those who find themselves in dark times, brings thousands of Christians together from across the country and spurs individuals into action by inspiring participants to join local pro-life groups.
While Life Chain does bring together large numbers of supporters, organizers insist that this is not a time for demonstrations or vocal outcries. Rather, it is a time for prayerful self-analysis, repentance, and a serious commitment to helping end abortion in the U.S. Organizers strongly encouraged participants not to engage with onlookers both physically and verbally, or even conduct frivolous chatter among each other.
Life Chain was created by Please Let Me Live, a small pro-life ministry in Northern California, and it remains church-oriented and pastor-driven. That is one of the most important aspects that keeps this event thriving; pastors play an essential role by educating their congregations about abortion while also leading them to the place where they will make their Life Chain. Life Chain maintains that without strong pastoral support it would not be able to change hearts and save lives.
To obtain more information about the churches participating in this year's Life Chain visit LifeChain.net.