WHY THE NAME WALK TO EMMAUS? The Walk to Emmaus gets its name from the story in Luke 24:13-35, which provides the central image for the three-day experience and follow-up. Luke tells the story of that first Easter afternoon when the risen Christ appeared to the two disciples who were walking together along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Like Christians and churches who are blinded by preoccupation with their own immediate difficulties, these two disciples' sadness and hopelessness seemed to prevent them from seeing God's redemptive purpose in things that had happened. And yet, the risen Christ "came near and went with them," opening the disciples' eyes to his presence and lighting the fire of God's love in their hearts.(*)
What is Emmaus?
The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God's grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. The "Emmaus community," made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. Men and women attend separate events. During and after the three days, Emmaus leaders encourage participants to meet regularly in small groups. The members of the small groups challenge and support one another in faithful living. Participants seek to Christianize their environments of family, job, and community through the ministry of their congregations.
The Upper Room of The United Methodist Church sponsors The Walk to Emmaus and offers it through local Emmaus groups around the world. The three-day Emmaus experience and the follow-up groups
The aim of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip local church members for Christian action-in their homes, churches, workplaces, and communities. Several important components of the Emmaus program work together to accomplish this aim.
The three-day Emmaus course in Christianity moves church members to new levels of openness and commitment as disciples of Christ. Participants gain fresh understanding of the meaning of their faith. People re-experience the gift of God's love and emerge from the Emmaus weekend with a desire to pass that love on to others. The three day course strengthens persons' conscious union with Jesus Christ and helps them translate their faith into a practical lifestyle of openness to God's love.(*)
(*) From “What is Emmaus?” by Stephen D. Bryant.
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Who should go to Emmaus?
Emmaus is open to members of any Christian denomination. Emmaus is for the development of Christian leaders who:
• Are members of a local church;
• Have a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives;
• May have unanswered questions about their faith;
• Understand that being a Christian involves responsibility;
• Are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in a ongoing manner.
Find a Sponsor
Everyone who attends a Walk to Emmaus weekend is required to have a sponsor. A sponsor is a person who has previously been on a Walk to Emmaus weekend. A sponsor supports and encourages you before, during and after your Emmaus weekend. At Caro United Methodist Church we have an ever growing group of persons who would be glad to be your sponsor. Please use this link to ask for help in finding your sponsor or for more information.
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