From the National Lay Director
You will probably be reading this whilst we are in the season of Advent.
Advent, where we look forward to our celebrations of the birth of Christ, if we can see through all the commercial “noise” and financial pressures that Christmas brings. Our bible teachings in Advent also guide us to look forward beyond the next few weeks to the time when Christ will come again and ask ourselves how prepared we are for that day.
Advent is also a time when we start looking forward to the New Year, with the hopes and dreams, but also the expected challenges that the new year will bring. Last, but maybe not least, we start looking forward to the days getting longer as we approach spring.
So it is with Walk to Emmaus in the UK. We have our struggles, which I don’t propose to list here. We also have plenty to look forward to in 2015 and beyond. 2015 sees the 20th anniversary of Walk to Emmaus being introduced into the UK. The National Board have discussed how we can best celebrate this anniversary and thank God for the work that he has done, sometimes through us but largely in other ways, to help the people who have been on walks to serve Him better.
The Board have actually decided that it would be better to celebrate the 21st anniversary in 2016, mainly because it gives us more time to arrange things. Further important details will emerge in the next few months but please reserve 11th June 2016 in your diaries because that will be the date!
2015 will also, hopefully, see the running of a pilot version of a new Walk to Emmaus programme, called Face to Face, in the UK. This delivers the same as an Emmaus weekend but in an elongated, non-residential version. This could be very exciting news.
Walks are booked for 2015, some in new locations and I ask for your prayers and your support for those chosen to run the walks and for the pilgrims, even if they don’t know that they are going to be pilgrims yet.
Many good things to look forward to and that is what Advent is all about.
I pray that you will have the Christmas that you want and thank you for your continued support for Emmaus.