WESTFIELD - Everyone is welcome to attend St. Peter's Episcopal Church's Health and Wellness Fair, to be held at 12 Elm St., Westfield on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This is a free event with the goal of improving people's quality of life, health and wellness. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.
This fair provides everyone an opportunity to learn and receive from a variety of sources with a variety of lecturers on the hour, presenters, workshops and activities to provide a dynamic approach to health and wellness on a theme of "Body, Mind, Spirit and Soul." Workshops will include music therapy, prayer shawls and art. These will start on the half hour, every hour. Healing and pastoral care will be available throughout event.
This event will be highlighted with notable speakers and lecturers located in Sanctuary, exhibitors and workshops from around the community. Topics will relate to the total well being of the body, mind, spirit and soul.
Dr. Terry Mosier, "Nature Man," a SUNY Professor of English, will lecture at 11 a.m. He is a strong proponent of Christian Ecology for preservation and saving of the environment. His focus will be on reconnecting with nature and its health benefits. Dr. Mosier enjoys and leads nature walks and bird watching.
A certified pet therapist will speak outside at noon on the benefits from pet therapy. Many special guests with four legs will be available for meet and greet, including their celebrity. Ongoing pet therapy will be offered outside from special four-legged guests, including Rudy. Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue will present and offer suitable dogs available for adoption as well.
Patricia Webdale will speak at 1 p.m., about her families' loss, grief and recovery. Her daughter may be remembered from her tragedy on Jan. 3, 1999 in New York City's subway. Kendra's life was cut short by the actions of a mentally ill man. This story made national headlines and continues to affect and support advocacy for mentally ill people.
In response to Kendra's tragedy, Patricia has "undergone a remarkable transformation, from grieving, anger, and uncomprehending parent to an advocate of better care for the mentally ill," as reported in the New York Times on Dec. 22 2005. Patricia is a resident of Fredonia, lectures, and writes a monthly column for "Silver" magazine. She and her family were instrumental in passing Kendra's Law to bring treatment to those who suffer from mental illness.
The Reverend Virginia Carr will provide a service for blessing and healing at 2 pm. Healing, meditation and a time of contemplation will be offered and available between speakers in the Sanctuary.
St. Peter's will provide opportunities for meditation, contemplation, prayer and healing in the main Sanctuary. Become engulfed in an atmosphere of reverent music, lights and tradition.
St. Peter's Hall will present various organizations, agencies and exhibiters to promote physical as well as mental health, support services and available resources.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church is located at 12 Elm St., Westfield. For more information regarding this event, contact 326-2064, or on the web at www.stpeterswestfieldny.org