What is the Walk to Emmaus?
The "Walk to Emmaus" is a 72-hour experience. The weekend begins on Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. On a Walk to Emmaus weekend, you will spend three busy but very enjoyable days at First United Methodist Church in Newark, Ohio. You will live, learn, sing, pray, and worship together with other 'pilgrims'.
The learning centers around fifteen talks given by laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of God's grace, and how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and expresses itself in the world. You'll discover how God's grace is real in your life and how you can live in a life full of His grace.
What happens after a Walk to Emmaus weekend?
One of the primary strengths of all Emmaus Ministries (the Walk to Emmaus, Face to Face, etc.) is the follow-up. Your 'Walk' lasts only 3 days, but you are invited to build on it for the rest of your life.
Those who attend a Walk to Emmaus weekend are encouraged to do two things following their experience:
- continue their spiritual growth through study, worship and action; and
- become more active disciples of Christ in the world through their churches.
To support these endeavors, all Emmaus Ministries offer these tools:
Small groups or 'share groups' are encouraged to form and meet weekly to support the members' quest for spiritual growth, to uphold one another in prayer, and to hold each other accountable on their faith journeys.
A praise and worship service, called a "Gathering," is held monthly; all those who have attended an Emmaus Ministry experience (or equivalent) and their guests are invited to sing, pray, worship, and fellowship with one another.
Who should attend a Walk to Emmaus?
First, as stated previously, the Walk to Emmaus is an ecumenical ministry of The Upper Room, and Christians of all denominations are invited and welcome. First and foremost, a person attending a Walk to Emmaus should be active in a local church.
The Walk to Emmaus is for the development of Christian leaders who:
- Wish to strengthen their spiritual lives
- May have unanswered questions about prayer, study, or sharing their faith
- Are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner
- Have positions of responsibility in the church and the world
How do I apply to attend?
To attend a Walk to Emmaus weekend, you must have a sponsor -- someone who has previously attended a Walk to Emmaus weekend and is willing to support you in love, prayer and service for your weekend.