That basic right to life, enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, is under broad assault. Today we must do all we can to dignify life on behalf of the unborn, elderly, embryonic stem cell research, children of disability, the sacred marriage covenant, and euthanasia.
National Sanctity of Human Life (SOHL) Sunday was instituted in 1983 by President Reagan and is honored on the Sunday closest to the day on which the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions were handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 1973. National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday will be celebrated on January 20, 2019, and at other times throughout the year.
What can I do to honor this event?
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is commemorated by thousands of churches and individuals who desire to take a stand for life. Pastors and teachers give special Sunday school lessons and sermons, some churches ring bells and others sponsor prayer and candle vigils. Some supporters participate in pro-life baby showers. Many Christians prayerfully petition the Lord for mercy and humbly fast that the fundamental right to life will be honored in conception and until natural death.
How can I partner with the PRC?
To highlight the sacredness of life, the Pregnancy Resource Center of the New River Valley partners in a nationwide campaign distributing bulletin inserts in local churches. If you would like to assist us in reaching your church, please call our Blacksburg office at 540-552-5556 or fill out the order form below to receive bulletin inserts and find out other ways you can participate.
Use the link below to view previews of this year’s available materials, including Powerpoint slides to use during church services. You may contact us for SOHL inserts and non-preview versions of the slides.
- Sanctity of Human Life Bulletin Inserts (Preview)
- Sanctity of Human Life powerpoint slide: Option 1 (Preview)
- Sanctity of Human Life powerpoint slide: Option 2 (Preview)
The PRC is also happy to send a representative from our organization to speak to your church or group about the sacredness of life and how it relates to our ministry. Presentations can last from 3-60 minutes, depending on your group and your requested purpose. Please call the Blacksburg office at 540-552-5556 or fill out the form below to request a speaker for your church’s Sanctity of Human Life commemoration.
Many churches also choose to participate in the PRC’s Baby Bottle Campaign in conjunction with their Sanctity of Human Life commemoration.
Videos & Other Resources
The following videos are available to show in your church (local New River Valley churches) on SOHL Sunday. These versions are previews. To obtain the high-resolution version to play during a church service, please contact the Blacksburg office at 540-552-5556.
PRC of the NRV video!
This year we are offering a video specific to our PRC that includes client and donor testimonies! This two-minute video is available to show in your church service upon request.
Other Video Options:
Video by Focus on the Family.
Video created by HyperPixels Media.
Video created by Skit Guys.
Video by Seek First Media.
Other great resources to use in your Sanctity of Human Life commemoration: