- Where is Emmaus Road Church?
We gather together for worship at 2602 Nebraska Ave. just south of the University of Toledo. We're on the northwest corner of Nebraska and Westwood across the street from Day Funeral Home.
- When do you meet?
We meet every week for worship, prayer, and teaching at 11 a.m. Sunday mornings.
- What can I expect at an Emmaus Road Church gathering?
You will find a relaxed, yet sacred atmosphere. We encourage people to come just as they are--for that's just how God in Christ welcomes us. Dress is casual, and coffee and refreshments are usually served.
Our worship time includes singing, prayer, a time of teaching, and often times of sharing what God is doing in our lives and in our city.
- Where did you get the name "Emmaus Road Church"?
That's a great question--and one we hoped you would ask.
It comes from the Bible and is found in Luke 24:13-35. These verses tell the account of two disciples walking along the road to the town of Emmaus on the afternoon of Jesus' resurrection. As they're walking, Jesus joins them on the journey, but they don't recognize Him. Along the way, they tell Jesus about all the events that have happend and reveal their brokenheartedness and confusion. Then, until they arrive at their destination, Jesus begins to explain to them the meaning of all that has taken place. Luke tells us that the two disciples urged Jesus to stay with them for dinner and that it was as Jesus took the bread, gave thanks, and broke it that their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus!
We believe this account reveals a very important truth about our world today. Like those two disciples, we're all on a journey in which we may feel alone and confused. It's not until something or someone comes along and opens our eyes that we realize we've never been alone but that Jesus has been walking with us all along the way.
Emmaus Road Church exists to be a place where people's eyes are opened and they discover for the first time just how much God loves them and how He demonstrates that love through Jesus Christ.
- Are you affiliated with a denomination?
Emmaus Road Church is a part of the Church of the Nazarene, an international Protestant denomination. Theologically we're a part of the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition of the Church.
- What is "Hands and Feet"?
Once a month we gather together to reach out into our community in a tangible way with the love of Christ. We believe we are called to continue the work that Jesus began while here on earth and to do that we need to be getting our hands dirty. Hands and Feet Outreaches might include things like cleaning up a neighborhood, painting school classrooms, doing home repairs for those who can't afford to do it or can't do it themselves, partnering with local organizations to help them achieve their mission, and so on. We usually keep this information updated on our front page.
- What are Poverty Dinners?
Occasionally we gather together for a poverty dinner. These are announced ahead of time. Each time we meet for a Poverty Dinner we eat a simple meal of beans and rice. The simplicity of this meal reminds us of struggles of over 1 billion people on our planet who live on the equivalent or less each day.
We also accept monetary donations of which we give 100% away to alleviate hunger both locally and worldwide. To date we've raised thousands of dollars for local ministries like Food for Thought, Cherry Street Mission, and Free2bme. We've also raised awareness and resources for World Vision and World Mission.