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Walk To Emmaus: A Three-Day Spiritual Retreat
We have posted this great video from an Emmaus community in Woodlands, Texas. We believe it describes some of the feelings and sentiments of many of our own New Life family. Please take a moment to listen to their expressions of joy and thankfulness these “pilgrims” have for their Walk To Emmaus experience.
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.
Who Should Go On An Emmaus Walk
Emmaus is for the development of Christian leaders who:
- Are members of a local church
- Have a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives
- May have unanswered questions about their faith
- Understand that being a Christian involves responsibility
- Are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner
Click to download: New Life Emmaus Pilgrim Application
Corona Virus Announcement
July 7, 2020
Dear New Life Emmaus Community,
It seems that all we hear in the news today is negative. But we are “good news” people! God has not left us to our own devices. Jesus is still saving and redeeming, and the Holy Spirit is still moving among His people. Praise God!
We have not been standing still! The board is still meeting regularly via Zoom and looking for ways to keep moving forward. Here are some things we’ve been working on.
Walks: Because of health concerns and the retreat center closure(temporarily) the men’s walk has been rescheduled. We plan to move forward with the 2021 schedule (if possible). The Women’s walk will be March 4-7, 2021. The Men’s walk will be Sept 30-Oct 3, 2021.
Gatherings: We don’t want to ever forsake our gathering together. We hope that in the fall we can get together beginning with an outdoor event. We will continue to watch for the demise of this virus!
Online training: We’ve discussed having training for conference room positions, as well as silent servant areas. Please send me a text or email if this is something you would be interested in! (Andrewspra@bellsouth.net)
NLE T-shirts: We are looking into the possibility of having community shirts made as a fundraiser. We continue to have expenses (storage, insurance, webpage) and without gatherings, we aren’t collecting any offerings. T shirts would be a fun way to generate some revenue! More info coming soon.
Please let us continue to lift one another up as we wait patiently for the end of this pandemic. If you have a Fourth Day story to share, either share on our Facebook page, or send it to me and I will share it there or on our NLE webpage.
May God bless and keep each of you safe!
Love in Christ,
New Life Emmaus Community Lay Director
Join Us In Prayer – 72 Hour Prayer Vigil
New Life Is Accepting Walk Applications
Walk To Emmaus Applications are now available online! Please download and print several to have on-hand as you prayerfully considering sponsoring a Pilgrim. You may wish to review the Sponsor Information available on this site. If you desire to attend an Upcoming Walk, you will need to be sponsored by an Emmaus community member. To get connected with a sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org