Chesapeake Conference churches added 545 new members in 2022 through baptism or profession of faith.
The two-day event was held in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., from Oct. 9-10.
Story by Ruth Hoffer
Despite cool, misty weather, more than 100 people stopped to visit a health expo at 98 North Washington St. in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., hosted by members of the Berkeley Springs church from Oct. 9-10.
Attractive banners, colorful baskets of mums, a gift basket display, a children’s crafts tent, and free five-minute chair massages attracted visitors to the event. Volunteers with colorful balloons across the street, including one volunteer dressed as an “apple,” encouraged people to attend.
The health expo offered visitors free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings, height and weight checks, body mass index (BMI) calculations, a step-test exercise to check heart rate, and an air capacity test. Visitors could then learn their “health age” after answering a few questions.
The two-day event highlighted the importance of making healthy choices. Four creative displays showcased the sugar content of various items, good and bad fats, the fat content of popular foods, and a “blue zone” layout.
Stations were also set up for each of eight areas of health:
- Nutrition (featuring samples and recipes for healthy foods)
- Exercise (featuring a step-test)
- Water (featuring free 16-oz. water bottles)
- Sunshine (featuring free sunglasses)
- Temperance (featuring smoothie samples)
- Air—(featuring air capacity testing)
- Rest—(featuring a free five-minute chair massage and a quiet, peaceful area to relax)
- Trust in God (featuring pastoral counseling, if desired)
Each station offered literature on the specific subject, as church members and volunteers greeted visitors and answered questions. Organizers were encouraged that several visitors signed up for future health classes.