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Walk to Emmaus

First United Methodist Church is an active participant in the ecumenical Emmaus community. We help sponsors "pilgrims" on the Walk to Emmaus and support meetings of the Emmaus community thoroughout the year.

What is the Walk to Emmaus?

The above story provides the image for Emmaus, a program that calls forth and renews discipleship. It is a three-day experience that takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them their families, congregations and the world in which they live. Emmaus is a combined effort of laity and clergy with a focus on renewing the church.

What Happens at Emmaus?

The "Walk to Emmaus" is a 72-hour experience. The weekend begins on Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. At Emmaus, you will spend three busy but very enjoyable days. In our area, the event is held at various times for both men and women. You will live and study together in singing, prayer, worship and discussion. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of God's grace, and how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and expresses itself in the world. You'll discover how God's grace is real in your life and how you can live in a life full of His grace.

What Happens After Emmaus?

One of the primary strengths of Emmaus is the follow-up. Your weekend lasts only three days, but you are invited to build on it for the rest of your life. Those who attend Emmaus are encouraged to do two things following their weekend: 1) expand their own spiritual lives through study, worship and action; and 2) become more active Disciples of Jesus Christ in the world through their churches. To nurture the process of discipleship, the Emmaus ministry offers several tools. First small groups or sharing groups are encouraged to form and meet weekly to support the members' quest for spiritual growth and to uphold one another in prayer and accountability. Second, a monthly praise and worship service, called a "gathering," is held, and all those who have attended the Emmaus walk are invited to sing, pray, worship and fellowship with one another.

Who should attend an Emmaus Walk?

First, Emmaus is an ecumenical ministry and Christians of all denominations are invited and welcome. Emmaus is for the development of Christian leaders who:

  • Wish to strengthen their spiritual lives
  • May have unanswered questions about prayer, study and sharing their faith
  • Are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner
  • Have positions of responsibility in the church and the world
  • How to Attend:

    To attend an Emmaus walk, you must have a sponsor - someone who has previously attended the weekend and is willing to support you in love, prayer and service. If you know someone who has attended the walk, please feel free to talk to him/her. If you are interested in learning more or attending the walk, visit the website of the Northern Colorado Emmaus Community at for an application and times and dates of the next walk. If you would like more information on the upcoming walks, please contact Millie & Taylor Leaming.

    // For more information about First UMC's Emmaus community contact Millie & Taylor Leaming.

    // For more information about the Northern Colorado Emmaus Community go HERE.

    // For more information about the worldwide Emmaus program go HERE.

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