Springfield Area Emmaus
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The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by laity 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. Men and women attend separate weekends.
There is nothing about Emmaus or a walk that is secret. Think of it this way, If you are planning a surprise party, you will do your best not to spoil the surprise. Emmaus members feel the events, talks and worship experiences each 'walk' offers are best experienced as a surprise. The truth is, even if you were told what, how and when everything occurs during your 'walk', you'd still find how you react to them a surprise. No one experiences a 'walk' the same as another. Just as your personal relationship with Jesus is different than anyone else's, your walk experience will be your own, unlike that of anyone else.
Emmaus is not a church. Emmaus is not denominational. Although connected through The Upper Room to The United Methodist Church, The Walk to Emmaus is ecumenical. The Walk To Emmaus is a spiritual experience, one expected to help give each participant a closer walk with God and experience of His tremendous love for each of us. We hope your Walk To Emmaus experience will help in giving you the tools to help you serve the church you attend. The Emmaus Community is a support group, offering gatherings, and opportunities to serve within and without the Community. Gatherings and meetings will include an ecumenical worship and communion, but is not and has never been intended to replace the local church.
The Springfield Emmaus Community will supply a bed, all your meals and will attend to any special dietary or medical needs you may have. You will need to bring comfortable, casual clothing for the three days and nights, your own towels, soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste. Any prescription medicines you require are your responsibility. If you take prescription medication, have dietary, medical or other needs, please be certain to tell your sponsor. We try to make all arrangements to insure you will have a wonderful experience. You are encouraged to bring your bible. Most of all, bring a willing spirit and enthusiasm for growing closer to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit!
We ask that you 'not' bring or have with you any timepiece (watch, alarm clock, etc.), video game, PDA, palm pilot, blackberry or computer of any kind, or cell phones. We want your walk to be uncluttered and not interrupted by any outside influences. You will find you won't miss any of these things.
You probably won't know many, if any of the pilgrims. You will be asked not to talk about your church, where you work or what you do for a living. In this way, all pilgrims will be on an equal footing from the beginning. Jesus chose some of the most unlikely people to be His companions as He journeyed. You will find yourself among people from all types of backgrounds... all of whom will learn, share and grow with you.
Yes. You needn't be concerned. In case of emergency, your sponsor can contact you through the live-in team.
Your walk will typically begin on a Thursday evening. Your Sponsor will bring you and your luggage to the 'walk' location and remain with you through dinner. Your 'walk' will end Sunday evening.
Your walk to Emmaus is a one time experience. If you should leave before the walk is completed, you will need to begin from the start, if you choose to attend to complete a new walk. One year after your original walk, you will become eligible to be part of a 'live-in' team for other 'walks'.
No. There may be a share group which is exclusively 'Emmaus'. But, anyone is encouraged to attend and become part of an Emmaus share group. Some are all men, some all women, some are couples and some are men and women. Emmaus Share groups are designed to help Christians with their daily walk, through prayer, worship, encouragement, study and helping one another remain accountable.
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