Face to Face began "Encounters" in Emmaus Communities across the United States in 2015 and in South Africa during 2016. Each day, new groups are joining in this adventure of starting Face to Face in their local Emmaus communities. They are experiencing a renewed spirit within the community, and growing numbers of pilgrims who are thankful for the focus of Face to Face.
Face to Face is an adaptation of The Walk to Emmaus and is specifically crafted to meet the needs and life-stages of older adults. The program seeks to invite men and women, ages 60 and older, to experience Jesus through a 4-day journey (2 days in each of 2 consecutive weeks with a day off in between days within the week) covering subjects such as discipleship, mission, grief, and end-of-life issues. The highly flexible schedule allows participants the freedom to engage in structured Bible study and prayer in a church setting or other community space. In the same way as The Walk to Emmaus, Face to Face is lead by clergy and lay leaders and bolsters the spiritual life of individuals, families, and congregations everywhere. Face to Face is open to members of any Christian denomination who want to strengthen their spiritual lives, discover answers to their questions about faith, and are open to understanding the responsibility of living a Christian lifestyle.
Face to Face gives seniors the opportunity to rediscover Christ's presence in their lives, to gain fresh understanding of God's transforming grace and to form friendships that foster their faith after the Face to Face experience.
If you desire a deeper, more meaningful walk with the risen Christ; if you would like that relationship to be reflected in every other relationship in your life; if you wish to make a deeper impact on the world around you by living a life centred on Jesus Christ; then join us as we encounter the Risen Christ... Face to Face.
Face to Face is spreading throughout the world and over 100 Emmaus Communities have received the training for this exciting ministry, including South Africa and Australia.
Here is some of what we are hearing from the Emmaus Community:
"Talks are more relaxed and have richer content (we aren't really sure why this is!) - Teams are smaller and draw from both men and women - Older team members and previously active team members serve more readily due to not having to spend the night away - Revitalization of our Emmaus community - Table conversations are deeper, more meaningful... with immediate participation - Community members who hadn't participated recently, came out to pray in the prayer chapel, to host a lunch or to attend candlelight."
CLD: Terry Thompson on 082 773 5154 and or firstname.lastname@example.org
ALD Face to Face: Maeve Dickens on 072 842 3256 and or email@example.com