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)
What is Emmaus?
The Gospel of Luke tells the story of two men walking to the village of Emmaus from Jerusalem. As they walked along, they were discussing the events of the day. Jesus came up and walked with them and talked with them but they did not recognize him. As they walked and talked, Jesus explained how those events fulfilled the prophecies in the scriptures. As they reached Emmaus, they invited Jesus to stay with them and to eat with them for the day was nearly at end. As Jesus broke the bread and gave thanks, their eyes were opened. They recognized the living Christ before He disappeared from their sight. They rejoiced and returned at once to Jerusalem to tell the disciples.
What is the Walk to 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 program's approach seriously considers the model of Christ's servanthood and encourages Christ's disciples to act in ways appropriate to being "a servant of all."
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. The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.
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 three-day Emmaus experience and follow-up groups strengthen and renew Christian people as disciples of Jesus Christ and as active members of the body of Christ in mission to the world.
What is the Walk to Emmaus Experience?
The Walk to Emmaus is a 72-hour experience; it begins on a Thursday evening and ends early Sunday evening. You will live and study with fellow Christians from all walks of life, persons who are at various points in their walk with Christ. You will:
Who Should Attend a Walk to Emmaus?
The Walk to Emmaus is for the development of Christian adults who:
Is There a Time When I Should Not Consider Attending?
If you have experienced a major life changing experience such as the loss of a loved one, a divorce, the loss of a job, etc., you should consider postponing your walk until you have worked through your emotions from that event. For a Walk to Emmaus to be effective, the participant should be able to focus on the events of the weekend and not on events or activities back home. If you are unsure if you are ready to attend, perhaps you are not. Consult your pastor or another trusted Christian friend to determine if you are emotionally ready for the weekend. Pray about it; God will tell you when you are ready.
When Are Heart of Ohio Emmaus Walks Held?
The Heart of Ohio Emmaus Community currently holds four walks per year: A men's and a women's walk are held early spring (generally March and April) as well as in the early fall (generally September and October). We try to schedule our walks around holidays and vacations. For further information about upcoming Walks, please visit our Community Calendar page.
Where Are Heart of Ohio Emmaus Walks Held?
The Heart of Ohio Emmaus and Chrysalis community holds its Walks to Emmaus and Chrysalis Flights at Otyokwah Camp and Retreat Center. Camp Otyokwah is a 260 acre Christian camp located at 3380 Tugend Road near Butler, Ohio, a few miles west of Mohican State Park. The facility is owned and operated by the Great Lakes Conference of the Churches of God.
Are you interested in attending a Heart of Ohio Emmaus Walk?
We invite you to join in an exciting three days spent in meeting Jesus Christ as your friend who comes to you in God's love as expressed through other Christians. Come experience the love of Jesus Christ in a deeply enriching weekend! Click here to download an Emmaus Application.
What Should I Bring With Me to the Camp?
• Bring your Bible for personal worship
The Gospel of Luke 24:13-35 (NIV)
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