Walk to Emmaus

Many people at South River have attended the Walk to Emmaus and many of those continue to be very active in it.  The Walk to Emmaus is a 72-hour spiritual retreat for Christians that takes place over an extended weekend.  It’s an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as he is revealed to you through other believers.  The purpose of Emmaus is to develop leaders for the church. It will inspire, challenge, and equip participants for Christian action in their homes, churches, and places of work. Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled lives to be lived and shared with others.   Each attendee is sponsored by a person or two who has already been.

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What Happens?

During the 72-hour period, you will enjoy 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 also discover how grace is real in your life, how you live a life of grace, and bring grace to others. You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to 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. You will leave with an experience of Christian love in action that will equip you for new levels of grace-filled service and leadership.


What’s It Based On?

The weekend is based on the story of Luke 24 when two of Jesus’ disciples walked together on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Along the road, they shared their hearts’ deepest concerns about the death of Jesus.  An unknown person joined them and explained the scriptures as they walked.  Toward the end of the day’s travel, they urged the stranger to eat with them.  As they were eating, they realized that it was the risen Christ himself. They then rushed back to Jerusalem to share the news with others.

Reunion Group

Brian’s Friends Forever in the Son is South River’s own Emmaus Reunion Group. The group meets periodically for a chance to catch-up and enjoy a spiritual time together. The group also sends agape for each walk. Stay tuned for information on the next meeting!


Chrysalis is the teenage-version of Emmaus.  It is a three-day weekend event for teenagers aged 15-18.