Friday July 30 through Sunday August 1, Emmaus Road is heading out of town for our second annual Church Camp. Food, fun, forest, foreshore (fancy word for beach that begins with letter "f"). Camp the entire weekend or come for a morning, afternoon, or evening. Worship will take place Sunday morning around the camp fire or down along the beach. The remainder of our time will be free for food and fun.

Location: South Whidbey State Park

4128 Smugglers Cove Rd.

Freeland, Wa. 98249


  • Take I-5 N
  • Merge onto WA-525 N via Exit 182
  • Take Wa-525 N to Mukilteo-Clinton Ferry-(Whidbey Island Ferry)
  • As you depart the Ferry on Whidbey continue straight ahead on WA-525 forabout 10.5 miles- (just past the town of Freeland)
  • Turn L on E. Bush Point Rd. (E Bush Point Rd becomes S Smugglers Cove Rd)
  • South Whidbey St Pk will be on your left

Other details:

Cost per person is $2.50 per night (for tents). RV's would be more

Emmaus Road has a beautiful group site, same one as last year.

Park includes Beach access, BBQ grills, fire pit (wood available for small fee).

Full bathroom facilities available in park away from our group site; several port-a-potties and fresh water on group site.

Bring your own gear; if you need to borrow something and/or hitch a ride, feel free to comment on this blog post or contact Suellen Yerger or Pastor Eric Likkel to coordinate.

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The Emmaus Road Story

In the winter of 1997, we began as a small team of about 10 people, committed to gathering and growing a church that would connect with others like ourselves; people interested in connecting with God, in the person and work of Jesus Christ, but disconnected from the activity of many mainstream congregations. With the financial support of a larger church organization, our pastor was able to work full time with the team in planning, leadership development, and meeting people in the community.

Our first meetings were open discussion forums. We talked about prayer, scripture, spiritual discipline and the issues with which we all struggle. As friends talked to friends, the first group expanded and we multiplied into two.

Inspired by the journey process as a metaphor for spiritual growth, we searched for a name which would reflect that idea. In the resurrection narrative of Luke 24, we found our name "on the road to Emmaus."

After our first worship event on Good Friday of 1997, both groups began to gather together for worship once a month. In various coffee shops and rental spaces, we gradually increased our worship times to twice a month, and in September of 1998 we decided to gather every Sunday. Since the beginning, numerical growth has been gradual but steady, most often through the personal contact of friends talking to friends.

Today, several small groups continue to meet for open discussions on prayer, scripture, and the process of encountering God in daily life; we all gather for worship each week.