3/22/14

NEW HORIZONS OPEN HOUSE APRIL 5th

Saturday April 5th, 9am-3pm, New Horizons Ministries is hosting an open house and garage sale. Volunteers are needed and can sign up to help here. Because there will be no annual walk-a-thon this year, Emmaus Road's musicians have been invited to help provide atmosphere and energy for this event. 

If you have been around Emmaus Road these last several months, you may have heard us mention the need to temporarily relocate our Sunday morning worship event. This is because New Horizons Ministries will soon be making big changes. As explained on their website, "Over the last several years, it has become clear that if we are to have significant impact on these young people leaving street life permanently, we need to provide additional opportunities, beyond our current programs, to equip them."  New Horizons Ministries is embarking upon an ambitious fund raising and facilities renovation plan. Read about the history, the need, and the plan, to go further in providing a Hope and a Future.




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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.