Groundworks Sundays are...

  • one of the ways Emmaus Road lives out her calling to care for "the widows and orphans" in our context 
  • an important way to establish a helpful presence in our neighborhood of gathering 
  • an opportunity to build relationships outside the typical Sunday morning atmosphere 
  • a good, local introduction to service and mission for kids 
  • a concrete way to demonstrate God's love to neighbors ​
Sign up for one of the crews and projects below; let us serve TOGETHER! 

  • Painting or cleaning Belltown P Patch Cottage - Elizabeth Campbell 
  • Clean the Streets - David Anema 
  • Simons Seniors - cleaning, bingo - Kristen VanderLinden, Eric Likkel 
  • New Horizons - Biff Gaitan

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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.