Walk to Emmaus
In the gospel of Luke (24:13–35), the risen Christ appears to two men who were going along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Picture two friends, walking together, sharing their hearts’ deepest concerns. Christ joins them, explaining the scriptures as they walk and how it was ordained that Christ should suffer and so enter his glory. The illuminating climax of the experience is when Christ took bread and blessed it, then broke it and gave it to them. The two friends had their eyes opened and they recognized Him as the Christ, and they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples.
Originating in Spain in the late 1940s, this Catholic spiritual walk called Cursillo made its movement into Protestant faiths. In 1981, by mutual agreement between the Roman Catholic Cursillo movement and the Upper Room (a unit of the Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church), the name of the Protestant community was changed to Emmaus. The Emmaus movement is ecumenical.
The focus of Emmaus is God as known in Jesus Christ and how that finds expression in the local church. The objective of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge and equip church members for Christian action in their homes, churches and place of work. Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled life to be lived and shared with others.
A Spiritual Walk
The Walk to Emmaus is a three-day experience which takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual walk, not a physical walk. Combining efforts of laity and clergy, Emmaus is designed to strengthen and renew one’s faith and the local church through the development of Christian disciples.
This spiritual walk is a 72-hour experience. The weekend begins on Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. You live and study together in singing, prayer, worship and discussion. Discussions center around 15 talks given by laity and clergy. You’ll discover how grace is real in your life, the Christian community and the world. You’ll also discover how you can live in the life of grace by bringing grace to others. You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to begin to understand more fully the presence of Christ in the body of believer. You will experience God’s grace personally through the prayers and acts of service of a living support community.
2015 Walk Dates
- Men’s Walk #82: April 9 – 12
- Women’s Walk #83: April 16 – 19
- Women’s Walk #84: July 30 – August 2
- Men’s Walk #85: September 24 – 27
- Women’s Walk #86: October 1 – 4
If you're interested in participating in Walk to Emmaus, contact Lisa Blanchard.
Everyone is Welcome
Emmaus is for the development of Christian disciples who wish to strengthen their spiritual lives. While you may understand that being a Christian involves responsibility, you may have unanswered questions about prayer, study and sharing your faith. No matter where you are in your relationship with Christ, the Walk to Emmaus is a safe retreat where you will find a community of friends who are seeking a deeper understanding of their faith.
We invite you to join in a refreshing weekend spent meeting Jesus as He comes to you through other Christians.
Interested persons must be sponsored by someone who has attended an Emmaus Walk. An application must be completed and signed by a minister. Participant applications are available at the church office, at the Information Center or for download in the sidebar to the right.
Help us update the directory
If you attended your Walk to Emmaus while at another church, please provide us with your information so we can add you to our church Emmaus Community Directory.
Download the current application from the HNEC website.