Welcome from the Northwest Ohio Community of Walk to Emmaus.
A SPECIAL WELCOME is extended to all brothers and sisters from, Kairos, Chrysalis, Chrysalis Journey, and other Christian evangelical “communities” from around the world!
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.
The Upper Room, a ministry unit of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, sponsors the Walk to Emmaus and offers it through local Emmaus groups around the world. Although connected through The Upper Room to The United Methodist Church, The Walk to Emmaus is ecumenical (open to and supported by many other churches outside of the Methodist denomination).
The Walk to Emmaus offers today’s disciples a parallel opportunity to rediscover Christ’s presence in their lives, to gain fresh understanding of God’s transforming grace, and to form friendships that foster faith and support spiritual maturity. While Emmaus provides a pathway to the mountaintop of God’s love, it also supports pilgrims’ return to the world in the power of the Spirit to share the love they hae received with a hurtful and hurting world.
If you are interested in attending an Emmaus Walk check the list of Emmaus members on the bulletin board in the Lower Narthex. They will be glad to answer any questions you may have and assist you in preparing to further your walk with God. Learn more about the Emmaus Community ….
Chrysalis is the name chosen for the youth version of Emmaus Weekend, its parent movement, because it symbolizes the spiritual growth that is essential between adolescence and adulthood…..the growth stage between caterpillars and butterflies is called a chrysalis. On the surgace it may not look like much is happening, but the delicate chrysalis process changes the fuzzy caterpillar into an awesome butterfly with wings of intricate designs and intense colors. The chrysalis process symbolizes how Christ can transform you into something beyond your dreams. It happens when you grow beyond yourself, opening your life to Jesus’ Power and Love…..a way for you to enjoy Christ’s friendship and love and to be Christ’s friend and partner int he world. The three days focus on God’s grace, your experience with Christ as a friend, what it means to be the body of Christ, and giving love to a needy world.
What happens on a Chrysalis flight?
You’ll spend three days with other people your age in worship, prayer, fellowship, creative expression, recreation, singing and discussion. You’ll experience the love of God through prayers and the acts of service from a loving support community.
You’ll year talks, given by youth and adults, which focus on the needs of maturing youth, offer the message of the gospel and the friendship and example of Jesus Christ. Each day you’ll hear five talks, followed by discussion, reflection, and expression of how these messages can encourage your personal faith. The discussions explore how friendship with Jesus can help you live out your faith with family, friends, and other people in the world. Read on to learn more…