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     Your application to be a Participant on a Walk to Emmaus Weekend, is the first step to join a full, three-day weekend devoted to Christ in order to strengthen your walk with the Lord. 

     The Weekend is designed to strengthen your faith and prepare you for ministry in the body of Christ.      

     This means doing many of the things you already do but with a deeper spiritual awareness of God's power and guidance.

     This is not a quiet, meditation type retreat.  Nor is it a "camp style" weekend with lots of free time.  It is a serious engagement with the basic core of the Christian faith that is shared by all in our faith tradition. 


     It will also challenge you with the greater vision of God's realm throughout all creation and the role of Jesus the Christ, the Messiah in everything. 


     The weekend consists of sixteen short talks from our Lay and Clergy leaders, along with daily worship, prayer time, lots of singing and, of course, snacks and meals. It begins on Thursday Evening and concludes on Sunday afternoon. 


     Sleeping quarters are provided on site and there are private showers and bathrooms available.


     The weekend is a true "Retreat" from the world, so there are no phones and only emergency contact is expected.  

     Transportation from and to your home will be arranged by your Sponsor.

     There is a list of personal items you will need to bring will be sent to you once your reservation is confirmed. 

     If you have any questions, please contact our registrar:

Tim Black: 

FAQ - for Participants

 #1  What does the Weekend Cost?

     The weekend has already been paid for.  God has put it on our hearts to be prepared for you.  Pilgrims who recently were on our So Cal Walk to Emmaus Community have "Paid it forward" to provide for your stay on the Weekend.

#2   How can I prepare for this weekend? 

       See the answer below in "Preparing for the Walk". 

#4   What do I need to bring?

     See the answer below in "Preparing for the Walk".



Preparing for your
first walk:

"What is the Walk to Emmaus?"

     It's important to know about the Walk in order to help others know what you are considering. 

     The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders.

     It is designed for those already living a commitment to Jesus Christ and willing to explore God's will for them as a Christian.  It is not suited for those who have not made that kind of commitment.

     It is not a quiet, meditative retreat nor a relaxing "camp program" with lots of free time.  It's closer to a seminar of Christian faith understandings and practices. 

     It's a serious approach to living the Christian life that reflects the power of God's unconditional love for us and all creation as well as the model of Christ’s (the Messiah) servanthood.  

     As such, the weekend is filled with many ways to empower one's spiritual life.  It's goal is to have a "buffet of God's grace" for participants to sample.  

     Above all, the weekend encourages us as Christ’s disciples to act in ways appropriate to being “a servant of all.”

“A new command I give you:

Love one another.

As I have loved you,

so you must love one another."

(John 13:34)

     The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour time of study.  It's a 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 continue their walk with the Lord by meeting regularly in small groups in their local churches or localities.

    The members of the small groups challenge and support one another in faithful living.

     As Pilgrims in Christ, we all seek to Christianize our environments of family, job, and community through the ministry of their local congregations.

     The three-day Emmaus experience and follow-up groups focus on strengthening and renewing Christian people as disciples of Jesus Christ and as active members of the body of Christ in mission to the world.

"How can I attend a weekend?"

     It's helpful to get connected with someone who has previously attended the Walk to Emmaus.

     Perhaps someone in your church can help you get started.  If not, give us a call or email and the name and address of your church and we'll connect you with someone nearby to answer you questions.

     When you choose to attend a walk, you'll fill out an application and also have a sponsor.

     Perhaps that first contact person you talk with can be your sponsor.  Your sponsor will help you every step of the way. They will be your servant and make the process easy.

     "OK, I'm scheduled and my Walk is happening soon.


     What are the things I need to take on the Walk?"


Items you will need:

  1. Pillow, sheet, and blanket for sleeping on our cots.  Sleeping arrangements are in a shared room with bathrooms down the hall.  A seperate room is available for those who snore .

  2. Soap, towel and wash cloth

  3. Small flashlight

  4. Small over the shoulder purse (women)

  5. Sweater or light jacket

  6. Comfortable shoes  (perhaps also slippers.)

  7. Casual clothing

  8. Personal hygiene items

  9. Critical Medications need on a daily basis.

Things to leave at home: 

     In as much as the weekend is designed to help us totally focus on Christ, the following items are best left at home.         If you have a need for phone contact in an emergency, a number can be arranged to call and page you,  or your cell phone can be bought and put place with a special team member assigned to you who will be your personal assistant.

  1. Phone

  2. Pager

  3. Watch

  4. Radio

  5. Camera

—from What Is Emmaus? Copyright The Upper Room.

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