- Q?What is the Walk to Emmaus?
The Biblical story of the Walk to Emmaus provides the image for the Walk to Emmaus, an Upper Room program that calls forth and renews Christian discipleship. Like its predecessor, Cursillo de Christiandad (Spanish for “short course in Christianity”), the Walk to Emmaus is a three-day experience which takes the New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people and, through them, their families, congregations, and the world in which they live. Walk to Emmaus is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward the renewal of the church.
- Q?What happens at a Walk to Emmaus?
The Walk to Emmaus is a 72-hour experience. The weekend begins Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. At a Southern California Walk to Emmaus weekend, you will spend three busy, but very enjoyable, days at Trinity United Methodist Church near downtown Pomona, CA. You will live and study together, with singing, prayer, worship, and discussion. The discussions center around 16 talks given during the weekend 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 also discover how grace is real in your own life, and how you can live the life of grace, 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 His body of believers. You will experience God’s grace personally through the prayers and acts of service of a living support community.
- Q?Who should go to Walk to Emmaus?
The Walk to Emmaus program is for the development of Christian leaders who:
- – wish to strengthen their spiritual lives;
- – may have unanswered questions about prayer, study, and sharing their faith;
- – understand that being a Christian involves responsibility;
- – are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner;
- – have positions of responsibility in the church and the world.
- Q?What’s Group Reunions/Small Groups about?
The Emmaus group reunion is a small accountability group of two to six persons who have usually participated in the three-day Walk to Emmaus and who want to continue their pursuit of a life lived wholly in the grace of God. These small follow-up groups help pilgrims translate the message conveyed on the Walk to Emmaus weekend into a daily walk with Christ. With the regular support of a few faithful friends, the gift of God’s love in Jesus Christ becomes a lifestyle of Christian discipleship.