It has been a busy few weeks in Belltown, moving sound equipment, Godly Play materials, and Emmaus Road odds and ends out of New Horizons Ministries after 14 years! They are moving into an exciting period of remodeling and ministry expansion, and we are moving into an exciting new space at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology on Sunday mornings at 10:30AM. How long will we be there? We do not know. We are certainly thankful, though, for the School's vision and hospitality, as they allow us to be in their home for several months as a worshiping congregation. We are certainly thankful, too, for New Horizons' generosity, trust, and for all the ways the staff and youth shaped our vision and heart for the people of this city over many years.

The Seattle School is at the corner of Elliott & Wall, near the waterfront, Edgewater Hotel, Belltown P Patch, etc.  Address: 2501 Elliott Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Street parking is free on Sundays, just as it is at New Horizons. Elliott is one way south, Western (one block up the hill) is one way north. Side streets of Wall, Vine, Cedar, etc., are all fair game. If street parking is hard to find, there is a very convenient small gravel pay lot across the street from the entrance to the school which is only $3 on Sundays, for the whole day!! 

Our worship space is immediately inside the main entrance, in the School's lounge area. You will not miss us as you walk in the door. Restrooms are located to the right. 

Yes! This first Sunday, though, is an ALL AGES SUNDAY; we will have a brief worship celebration all together, followed by a group tour of the areas our church will be using. Next Sunday, August 10th, we will try out the spaces for kids' activities.  The School is clean, open, spacious, and our kids' activities (nursery, Godly Play, and Big Kid's Bible Workshop), will all happen upstairs in class rooms and spaces close to the elevator/stairwell, which are safely, securely closed. Kids will be accompanied/supervised by adult volunteers, just as they have been at New Horizons.

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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.