Emmaus Walk

 

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 aim of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip local church members   for   Christian   action—in   their   homes, churches, workplaces, and communities. The Upper Room of The United Methodist Church sponsors The Walk to Emmaus and offers it through local Emmaus groups around the world.

The three-day Emmaus course in Christianity moves church members to new levels of openness and commitment as Disciples of Christ. Participants gain fresh understanding of the meaning of their faith. People re-experience the gift of God's love and emerge from the Emmaus weekend with a desire to pass that love on to others. The three-day course strengthens persons' conscious union with Jesus Christ and helps them translate their faith into a practical lifestyle of openness to God's love. The three-day Emmaus experience and the follow-up groups strengthen and renew Christians as Disciples of Jesus Christ and as active members of the body of Christ in mission to the world.

The Midlands Emmaus Walk takes place in Batesburg-Leesville at the Nazarene Camp.  Along with the spiritual renewal you experience you have time for Christian fellowship, making new friends from across the Midlands.  How often do you give 72 hours of your time to the Lord with no distractions?  Come join others for this weekend and see what 72 hours of quality time with the Lord can do for you!  Men and women attend separate events
 
Currently there are 50+ of LUMC members who are part of the Emmaus community—those who have attended the Walk to Emmaus.  Any of these members would be glad to talk with you about their experience!  Most of them have felt that their relationship with the Lord was deepened by attending the Walk.  The couples who have attended stated they felt the Walk has strengthened their relationship with the Lord and one another.
 
To get involved in Emmaus, each person must have a sponsor who has already attended Emmaus him-or herself. If you have a friend who has been to Emmaus, ask your friend to tell you about his or her experience with the program.  For information about how to attend these upcoming Walks or just some information about Emmaus, contact any of the LUMC members who have attended. Let us share this powerful experience by sponsoring you on the next Walk!

Where Did Emmaus Originate?
The Walk to Emmaus is an adaptation of the Roman Catholic Cursillo (pronounced cur-SEE-o) Movement, which originated in Spain in 1949. Cursillo de Cristianidad means "little course in Christianity." The original Cursillo leaders designed the program to empower persons to transform their living and working environments into Christian environments. During the 1960s and 1970s, the Episcopalians and Lutherans, along with several nondenominational groups, such as Tres Dias, began to offer Cursillo. In 1978, The Upper Room of the General Board of Discipleship adapted the program for a primarily Protestant audience and began to offer it under the name The Upper Room Cursillo. In 1981, The Upper Room made further adaptations and changed the name of the program to The Upper Room Walk to Emmaus. In 1984, The Upper Room developed a youth expression of Emmaus called Chrysalis.   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.

Chrysalis Flights:
Before it becomes a butterfly, a caterpillar goes through a growth stage during which it is called a "chrysalis." On the surface 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.

"Chrysalis" is the name chosen for the youth version of The Walk to Emmaus, its parent movement, because it symbolizes the spiritual growth that is essential between adolescence and adulthood. That growth is as crucial for youth as the cocoon is for the caterpillar. It is that precious time of nurturing a person's faith for discipleship.

Chrysalis "Flights" (for 10th through 12th graders) are three-day events. This three-day spiritual renewal time provides an opportunity for you to learn more about faith, to experience Christian love and support, and to make new faith commitments. The point is to inspire, challenge and equip you for a closer friendship with Christ and for Christian action at home, church, school, and community.

Chrysalis lifts up a way for you to enjoy Christ's friendship and love and to be Christ's friend and partner in the world. The three days focus on God's grace, your experience with Christ as friend, what it means to be the body of Christ, and giving love to a needy world.

Lexington UMC hosts the Midlands young men and women’s Chrysalis Flights in January and February. We would love to see more of our Youth attend one of the flights. If you are in grades 10-12 and would like to attend a flight, please contact Bobby Bowers, one of our Emmaus members for more information.  In addition, there are Youth and Young Adults from Lexington UMC who have attended a Chrysalis Flight. They would be glad to share their experience.

Information taken from: http://www.upperroom.org/emmaus/whatis/about.asp
What Is Emmaus? by Stephen D. Bryant. Copyright © 1995 by The Upper Room.

The link Emmaus to web site is: http://www.midlandsemmaus.com/.