An adaptation of The Walk to Emmaus, Face to Face 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 an 8-session journey over anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks – depending on the setting - 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. Led by clergy and lay leaders, Face to Face strengthens and renews followers of Christ 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.
Encounters in the Nashville and surrounding areas are currently being held twice a year at churches and retirement centers. Participation is open to all Christians 60 and above. Sponsors are helpful but not required for Face To Face. Pre-registration is required and participants must commit to attending all sessions.
Upper Room Emmaus selected the Nashville Emmaus Community to pilot Face To Face. The first pilot was completed in 2011. Face to Face has now been approved by the Upper Room as an official program like The Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis.
What's Next . . .
The Nashville Emmaus Community conducts one Face To Face Encounter each year, generally in the spring. The next Encounter will be held in the Spring of 2018 at Smyrna UMC. 301 Sam Davis Rd, Smyrna, Tn. 37167 on April 30th, May 3rd, 7th, and 10th.
Churches and Retirement Communities interested in hosting Face To Face are invited to contact Doc Hall firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what is involved including the roles and responsibilities of the host venue. The expectation is that a majority of the Pilgrims will come from the host venue. However, Encounters are open to all seniors in the area who have not been on a Walk to Emmaus.