New Beginnings Moravian Church will offer information on everything from preventing identity theft to emergency preparedness at its Community Safety Day, May 22.
It's part of the church's new parish nursing program, which is bringing an emphasis on health into the church's ministries.
"I see the connection between spirit and body very significantly," said the Rev. Chris Thore. "If you're feeling well, you're able to focus on deeper things of the heart."
A church committee pulled together speakers and information for all kinds of safety issues, said parish nurse Martha Hauser.
Thore said many parish nursing ministries mainly deal with elderly people. New Beginnings' congregation has a wide age range, so the fair will address issues facing many different age groups. Some of the exhibits and speakers include:
A Liberty Mutual insurance representative will provide child ID kits and fingerprinting.
A Mecklenburg County Health Department employee will talk about food safety.
The Huntersville Fire Department will bring a fire truck and discuss fire safety.
Presbyterian Hospital representatives will discuss medication safety.
A physician will talk about skin safety.
Other speakers will address railroad safety; Internet safety; gun safety; elder abuse prevention; poison safety; and water safety.
An N.C. Highway Patrol officer will inspect child car seats, and the American Red Cross will demonstrate hand-washing for children.
The fair will run from 9 a.m.-noon at the church, 201 Seagle St., Huntersville.
Thore said the fair is a big undertaking. Church leaders hope it will draw people from the community. The new parish nursing program and health ministry are intended to help both the congregation and the community around the church.
"This is our opportunity to significantly impact the lives of those around us," Thore said.
Hauser has begun emphasizing health issues at New Beginnings. She includes a health article in each monthly newsletter. Recent ones have addressed healthy lifestyle changes, preventing diabetes and preventing skin cancer and melanoma.
She organized a CPR class this year, taught by a hospice educator. In return, church members provided a meal for families staying at a Hospice house.
Hauser said the congregation's needs will shape her role - everything from helping families find assisted living for a loved one to teaching classes on health.
For more information visit www.newbeginningsmoravian.org.