They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and open the Scriptures to us?"
- Luke 24:32 (NIV)
The Heart of Ohio Emmaus Community was founded in 1989 by a group of Christians eager to bring the love of Jesus Christ to the north-central Ohio community. Since our initial Men's Walk in 1991, over 3,500 people have attended a Heart of Ohio Walk to Emmaus.2024 Emmaus Walk/Face to Face Encounter Schedule
Our Chrysalis community began in 1996 with the intent of extending the love of Christ through these wonderful Christian weekends to the youth of our community. Heart of Ohio Chrysalis Flights are held annually over the Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day weekends, touching lives of young teens eager to deepen their faith and love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Heart of Ohio Emmaus Community was the first Emmaus community in the state of Ohio to offer the Face to Face Encounter. Face to Face is similar to the Walk to Emmaus but is geared towards persons 60 years or older. Instead of involving overnight stays at a camp or church, persons attending a Heart of Ohio Face to Face Encounter meet during 4 day-long sessions at a selected church in our community; the selected church will vary year-to-year based upon local demands for an Encounter. Our first Encounter was held in Sunbury and hosted 25 pilgrims who experienced the love of Christ in ways they had never done before. It was so well received that we have had several churches within the community asking that we bring the Encounter to their city. The Heart of Ohio Face to Face community is in its infancy, but we anticipate a growing program over the next several years.
Men’s Emmaus Walk - March 14 - 17, 2024
Women’s Emmaus Walk - April 25 - 28, 2024
Face to Face encounter - July 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 2024 at Faith Global Methodist Church in Ashland, Ohio
Men’s Emmaus Walk - September 19 - 22, 2024
Women’s Emmaus Walk - October 17 - 20, 2024
Fellowship begins at 7:00 PM Worship begins at 7:00 PM
Emmaus send-offs begin at 7:00 PM on Thursday evening of the weekend. Sponsors are encouraged to bring their pilgrims to the camp between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM to check-in at the Hopewell Dining hall, receive a bed tag and a name tag, and select a bunk in the Delaware lodge. Please bring a covered dish, a dessert, bagged salty snacks, bagged candy, or a couple of two-liter bottles of pop to share.
Chrysalis send-offs begin at 8:00 AM on Saturday morning of the weekend. Sponsors are encouraged to bring their caterpillars to the camp between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM to check-in at the Delaware Lodge, receive a bed tag and a name tag, and select a bunk. Please bring bagged salty snacks, bagged candy, or a couple of two-liter bottles of pop for the teens to share through the weekend.
Face to Face encounters are not held at Camp Otyokwah; Encounters are held at churches throughout the community. Check the Face to Face page for information about the upcoming Encounter, when it will be held, and where the meetings will take place.
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