CHICAGO (WLS) -- Several Chicago community groups and churches were promoting peace Saturday with a "No Crime Day," as violent crimes continue throughout the summer.
A number of events were held throughout Saturday in nine neighborhoods, calling for an end to violence. Community organizations and churches from the South and West sides were hosting different picnics, parades and giveaways in Austin, Englewood, Roseland and more.
There were at least 10 events going on around the city, as the calls for peace continue, especially when it comes to violence among kids.
On the eve of the events, a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old were shot in the backseat of a car that was traveling through Albany Park.
The 12-year-old was shot in the leg, but is stable. The 14-year-old is in critical condition after getting shot in the back of the neck.
Both are recovering at Illinois Masonic Hospital.
The person who shot at them was in an SUV and has not been identified by Chicago police.
No one is in custody.
More than 230 children were shot in Chicago so far this year.
In Burnside Saturday, kids were having a great time at New Beginnings Full Gospel Church. They played basketball, jumped around in a bounce house and participated in sack races.
The goal was to provide a safe environments for kids to just be kids and to show them there is another way to live.
"We want to have a safe environment for our kids," said Pastor Ronald Daugherty with New Beginnings Full Gospel Church. "And if we can start with one day that everybody just kinda calms down, just enjoys the day, then maybe we can build on that. And so this no crime day is real important 'cause our kids are important to us. We want them to see a full life."
List of "No Crime Day" events:
6:30 a.m., ANNUAL SUNRISE MASS FOR NONVIOLENCE AND PEACE
The Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago, in partnership with priests, deacons and clergy of the Archdiocese of Chicago, are hosting the 11th annual sunrise mass for nonviolence and peace. Worshipers will gather at the lake to pray for peace, the healing of families, schools, communities and the safety of children. The mass will consist of music, dance, scripture reading, and prayer offered for peace in our communities. Priests and deacons from across the archdiocese will be in attendance as well as the Rev. Joseph Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago. Service goes from 6:30 to 8 a.m. at Oakwood Beach, 41st Street and Lakeshore Drive, Chicago. In the event of heavy rain, the services will be moved to Our Lady of Africa Parish (Holy Angels Catholic Church) at 615 E. Oakwood Blvd.
7 a.m. EST, JEDIDIAH BROWN TO WALK FROM ATLANTA TO CHICAGO
Former Chicago activist and aldermanic candidate Jedidiah Brown will embark on a 700-mile walk from Atlanta to Chicago to raise awareness about gun violence, as well as lack of resources, employment, housing and equitable opportunities in Chicago. The journey will begin at 7 a.m. EST on the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King's birth home at 501 Auburn Ave. in Atlanta.
10 a.m., ENGLEWOOD COMMUNITY
Motherhood Event - Free Give-a-Ways
St. Benedict The African Catholic Church
6550 S. Harvard
11 a.m., AUSTIN COMMUNITY
Bethlehem Unity M B. Church
5655 W. Madison
11 a.m., WOODLAWN COMMUNITY
No Shots Fired - No Crime Day /Prayer March and Prayer Vigil
Woodlawn Baptist Church
63rd & University to 63rd & Cottage Grove
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12 p.m., WEST PULLMAN COMMUNITY
No Crime Day Celebration & Picnic featuring Empire Dance Company
Vaccinations and Free Mask Give-a-Way
St. Titus One Youth Anti-Violence & Mentoring Program & Roseland Cease Fire
West Pullman Park
124th & Stewart
12:30 p.m., COTTAGE GROVE HEIGHTS COMMUNITY
No Crime Day Parade - Chi-Town Cats will perform
901 E. 95th Street
12:30 - 2:30 pm
1 p.m., ROSELAND COMMUNITY
No Crime Day & Back to School Outreach
CRU -Inner City & Fulfilled Purpose Ministries & Healing Rivers Ministry
102nd Place and Michigan
3 p.m., BURNSIDE COMMUNITY
No Crime Day Block Party
New Beginnings Full Gospel Church
Boosters for Christ
91st Place - 92nd and Langley
4 p.m., NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY
No Crime Day Picnic
Douglas Park - Roosevelt & Sacramento