Face to Face, an experience in the Emmaus tradition for persons 60 and older, is currently launching encounters across The United States in Emmaus Communities.
According to Hess “Doc” Hall, the manager of Face to Face, fifty encounters are planned to begin in the coming months. San Diego and Heart of Ohio Emmaus Communities have already hosted Encounters and are off to a good start.
Mary Beth Klauer, the Board Coach for Face to Face in the San Diego Walk to Emmaus Community, says their Emmaus Community has experienced renewal and awakening on the west coast. She reports that several older adult Face to Face participants thought they were ‘through’ and wondered if they could ever be used by God and in what ways. Now they feel alive to new possibilities, in new ways.
This new program seeks to invite men and women, ages 60 and older, to experience Jesus through an eight-session journey, 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. Sarah Wilke, Publisher of The Upper Room, says, “The purpose is to give 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.”
To find an Encounter near you, visit http://facetoface.upperroom.org/finder.