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The Walk to Emmaus Overview
A Journey with Christ
While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and walked with them. – Luke 24:15
The Walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed to you through other believers.
The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a sponsor. After one accepts this invitation they complete an application. The Emmaus leaders prayerfully consider each applicant and in God’s time, the person is invited to attend a three-day experience of New Testament Christianity as a lifestyle.
Following the three-day experience, participants are joined in small groups to support each other in their ongoing walk with Christ.
Through the formational process of accountable discipleship in small groups and participation in the Emmaus community, each participant’s individual gifts and servant-leadership skills are developed for use in the local church and its mission. Participants are encouraged to find ways to live out their individual call to discipleship in their home, church, and community.
The objective of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip the local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, communities and places of work. Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled lives to be lived and shared with others.
Mission: Empowering Leaders to be the hands and feet of Christ
Vision: Fourth Day Leaders Embodying Jesus Christ
“I continue to dream and pray about a revival of holiness in our day that moves forth in mission and creates authentic community in which each person can be unleashed through the empowerment of the Spirit to fulfill God’s creational intentions.” — Unknown
From The Upper Room website: http://emmaus.upperroom.org/about
The Women’s Walk is set for November 7-10, 2019 and the Men’s Walk for April 23-26,2020. Please be praying about anyone you might sponsor since your personal invitation and witness of your own Emmaus experience can be very powerful in encouraging a pilgrim to step out in faith. Details on the Sponsor’s role are at: http://valleyemmaus.com/dev/sponsorship/
As you share Emmaus with potential pilgrims, be reminded that there is nothing secret about Emmaus. Our Upper Room Handbook and the booklet What is Emmaus?, both explicitly cover that topic. The Handbook states, “There is nothing secret about Emmaus. Even Candlelight, personal agape letters, and the community’s presence at the Closing can be mentioned when Emmaus is explained to a person being sponsored.” The Valley Emmaus Board encourages you to be open about the Emmaus experience and trust that these will all be powerful and fresh experiences even to the pilgrims who are aware of them.
Many publications that explain Emmaus are available from The Upper Room.
* Our Upper Valley Gathering meets on the 2nd Tuesdays at St. John's UMC, 109 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Potluck supper starts at 6:30 p.m. and worship at 7:30 p.m. No childcare provided yet.
* Our Lower Valley Gathering meets on the 4th Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, 321 E. Harrison St. in Harlingen from 6 - 8 pm. Potluck supper starts at 6 pm and worship at 7 pm. Free childcare is provided.
WHAT TO BRING TO GATHERINGS:
- Emmaus Cross & Name Tag
- Purple Worship Book
- Friends & Family interested in Emmaus
- Dish to share that will serve at least 4 people
*Gatherings: As per Upper Room Guidelines, alumni of Presbyterian Pilgrimage, Catholic Cursillo, Episcopal Cursillo, Via de Cristo, Tres Dias, Chrysalis Journey, Chrysalis Flight, Kairos Prison Ministries International, and Walk to Emmaus are welcome to participate in Valley Emmaus functions.
*Candlelight: Childcare is not provided; Children under 12 may not attend. Open to Community Members. Candlelight includes a Community Worship Service followed by a Candlelight Service. What to bring: flashlight, agape letters for Pilgrims, name tag/cross, purple worship book & love offering.
Forms and Links
Upcoming Weekend Events
Women's Walk VEC #109: November 7-10, 2019 Location: Valley Baptist Retreat Center, Mission, TX Walk Lay Director - Cindy Robinson, 956-245-9541 Cost - $170. The Women's Walk is full! There may yet be openings later as we sometimes have folks unable to attend so continue sending those applications. Registration & Fee are due by August 1st. Sponsors, please consider who you might personally invite. Candlelight Service: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm for the community at the Walk site Closing Service: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm for the community at the Walk site Pilgrim Application Prayer Vigil Signup Agape Signup
Men's Walk VEC #110: April 23-26, 2020 Location: Valley Baptist Retreat Center, Mission, TX
Walk Lay Director - Jerry Sires, 956-551-2966
Cost - $170
Scholarships covering half of the cost ($85) for those in need are available on a first-come, first-served basis with their Pastor's affirmation of need.
Registration & Fee are due by February 21. Sponsors, please consider who you might personally invite.
Candlelight Service: Saturday, April 25th at 8:00 pm for the community at the Walk site
Closing Service: Sunday, April 26th at 3:00 pm for the community at the Walk site
Pilgrim Application Prayer Vigil Signup (coming soon)
Agape Signup (coming soon)