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Walk to Emmaus

A Journey with Christ

Luke relates the story of two disciples of Jesus who are going along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. As these two friends walk together, they share their hearts’ deepest concerns about the death of Jesus. An unknown person joins them and explains the scriptures as they walk. Towards the end of the day’s travel, they urge the stranger to eat with them. As the stranger takes and blesses the bread, breaks it, then shares it with them, their eyes are opened and they recognise the risen Christ. They then rush back to Jerusalem to share the good news with others. (Luke 24:13-35)

What is the Walk to Emmaus?

It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as he is revealed to you through other believers, to rediscover and be enlightened by God’s grace.


The purpose of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip participants for Christian action in their homes, churches, and places of work.


Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal movement brought by the partnership of laity and clergy. It seeks to strengthen the church to fulfil her mission in the world by equipping and developing faithful and committed disciples of Christ.

What happens on the Emmaus weekend?

The Walk to Emmaus is a 72-hour experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation. You will enjoy three busy days of singing, learning, laughing, praying, worshiping, and participating in small groups. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by laity and clergy. The theme of each talk is God’s grace, how that grace comes alive in the Christian community, and how it expresses itself in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and understand more fully the body of Christ. You will experience God’s grace through the prayers and acts of anonymous service offered by the Emmaus community.

Who should go to Emmaus?

Emmaus is for those who:

Are a member 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

What are the expectations of a pilgrim?

Pilgrims will enjoy the journey when they:

Are honest, committed and sincerely respond to God’s invitation to the Walk to Emmaus,

Participate with an open heart towards God, others and the walk.

Attend the full 72-hour journey. Each section of the walk has its significant meaning.

What happens afterward?

Those who attend a Walk to Emmaus are encouraged to continue their spiritual growth in two areas:

Expand their own spiritual lives through worship, study, spiritual formation and active participation in their local church.

Be an active disciple of Christ, working with their church in service to the world.


Please talk to your church pastor or Emmaus coordinator.