The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. 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 usually 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.
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In the Shoals area the Shoals Emmaus Cluster works to help sustain renewal experienced on the Walk To Emmaus by inspiring, challenging and equipping members for Christian action in their homes, churches, place of work, and communities. We are one of several regional groups of Fourth Day pilgrims, established by the Alabama Emmaus Community. Anyone who has completed a Walk to Emmaus, or similar expression of this three-day experience, may become a member.
Find out more about the Shoals Emmaus Cluster.