Dates for 2018 Walks

Dates for the 2018 Garden State Walk to Emmaus Walks have been announced!

Men’s Walk: September 20-23, 2018

Women’s Walk: October 11-14, 2018

Both Walks will be held at South Seaville Camp Meeting in South Seaville, NJ.

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Face-to-Face Encounter 2018

Face to Face Encounter: February 6, 8, 10 and 13, 2018.
9 am – 3:30 pm
Clonmell UMC
516 W. Broad St.
Gibbstown, NJ

Face to Face is 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, 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.

You can down load an application from our web site. If you have any questions, you can contact Debbie Campion @

Grace and Peace,


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November Community Gatherings and Book Sale

Please join us during our gatherings in November!  We will also have an assortment of books formerly on display during the “Grow Through Study” talk for sale at both gatherings for the low price of $5 per book.  First come, first served!

Fourth Day
Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:30am – 12:00pm
Emmanuel UMC, 21 E Cedar Ave, Haddon Twp, NJ 08010

Walk 44 Pilgrims – Share your experience from your own “Fourth Day”.  Learn about the history of Emmaus.  Get an overview of the weekend: The three-day model, the flow of the talks…learn more about agape, gatherings, group reunions and sponsorship.

Remember, you must attend a Fourth Day meeting before you can sponsor someone for a future walk or to serve on team.

Please register if you plan to attend so that we can prepare enough materials.


Charlie Ryan, 609-220-8696,

Community Gathering
Saturday, November 11, 2017
5:00pm – 7:30pm
Vineland UMC, 700 Landis Ave, Vineland, NJ

You are invited to attend our community gathering on November 11, 2017.

Please circle your calendars and bring a covered dish to share with the community.

Meet the Emmaus community and rekindle old friendships!

Potential pilgrims are WELCOME!

We will be having elections of board members.  All community members present are eligible to vote.

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Garden State Walk to Emmaus #44

We are seeking pilgrims for our upcoming Emmaus Walks:

  • Men’s walk
    • September 21-24
    • Lay Director will be Don DeFiccio
  • Women’s walk
    • October 5-8
    •  Lay Director will be Diane Goss

If you are interested, please contact our registrar at

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Annual 2017 Summer Picnic

Hello Everyone,

It’s that time of year again.

The Garden State Walk to Emmaus, Face-to-Face, & Lighthouse Chrysalis
Annual Picnic!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

12:00 to 3:00pm

Camp FAC, Marlton, NJ

Last year we had a terrific turnout, with over 100 people in attendance. There will be a lot to do or not do. Whatever works best for you.
Since we had a lot of good feedback from last year’s event, we have decided to hold it at the same beautiful place, Camp FAC in Marlton, NJ. As usual, there will be lots of food. The camp offers many activities such as: Swimming, Canoeing Kayaking, Row Boating, Fishing, Volley Ball, Basket Ball, a GaGa Pit and Trails to Hike. Just add some music and fellowship and we can’t go wrong.


NOTE: Burgers, Hotdogs, and some beverages will be provided.
If your last name starts with A-M please bring a desert, and last name N-Z a salad or side to share.

Don’t forget to BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

Camp FAC’s address is: 110 Sycamore Ave., Marlton, NJ 08053

Please share with your family and friends. Post it on your church’s wall, and make announcements during Sunday services if possible.

RSVP me, (Charlie Ryan) at . If you don’t have access to email, give me a call at (609) 220-8696.

Because we could have an extremely large turnout please encourage everyone to RSVP me.

Thank You and
Have a Nice Day

Charlie Ryan

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Garden State Walk to Emmaus Announcements

Hope the new year has given you many blessing as we move into February.

There are several announcements that the Emmaus board would like to pass on to the community.

  • Upcoming Gatherings
    • February 18, 2017 from 12pm to 3 pm, we will be having first gathering of the new year.
    • It will be held at Beverly UMC.
    • Bring your covered dish.
    • Even though the calendar says February, come on out with a friend and feel the warmth of your Emmaus community.
  • Chrysalis Flights
    • Girls Flight
      •  Lay Director will be Sandy Hart.
      •  April 20 thru April 23
    • Boys Flight
      • Lay Director will be Charlie Ryan
      •  April 27 thru April 30
    • Next Steps will be on May 6, 2017
    • Ages 13 to 17
    • Applications now being accepted
    • March 5, 2017 there will a RUSH at Epworth UMC @6pm and a RUSH at UMC of Toms River. Parents are welcome to attend.
  • Face to Face
    • Face to Face encounter # 2 will be May 11, 13, 18, and 20.
    • Starting at 9 am and going till 3:30 pm.
    • Location to be announced.
    • Team is now being formed.
    • This encounter is for people over the age of 60  or who is physically unable to do the walk due to limitations.
    • Applications are now being accepted.
  • Emmaus Walks
    • Men’s walk
      • September 21-24
      • Lay Director will be Don DeFiccio
    • Women’s walk
      • October 5 – 8
      •  Lay Director will be Diane Goss
  • Garden Statue Walk to Emmaus Board of Directors
    • It is with great pleasure to announce the 2017 Board of Directors:
      • Community Lay Director: Debbie Campion
      • Community Spiritual Director: Pastor Sue Flicker
      • Assistant Community Director: Debbie Selm-Orr
      • Secretary: Keith Vine
      • Financial Treasurer: TBD
      • Recording Treasurer: Roger Shapley
      • Other members:
        • Herb Simmerman
        • Bryan Campion
        • Ann Canter
        • Peter Buckley
        • Charlie Ryan
        • Don DeFiccio
        • Bob Mott
        • Mary Buckley
        • Rod Henry
        • Pastor Peter Jamieson
        • Pastor Juliann Henry
Hope to see you on February 18, 2017.

Fly With Christ

Debbie Campion
Community Lay Director


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Face2Face Encounter #2

The Dates are set for the Walk to Emmaus “Face to Face” Encounter # 2
May 11, 13, 18 and 20, 2017
From 9 am. to 3:30 pm.
Lunch is provided.
Face to Face is a program for persons 60 and older who want to encounter the risen Christ. It is an experience in the Emmaus tradition.
If any church is interested in us coming out and doing a short presentation on Face to Face, let Debbie Campion know and we can set something up.  
We are starting to look for locations to hold the encounter at. If you or know of anyone or place that would be interested in holding the encounter, please contact Debbie Campion 856-786-4656.
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Fourth Day and Fall Gathering Dates and Locations

Here are some important dates to add to your calendar:

Fourth Day
Saturday, October 22nd
8:30am – Fellowship
9:00am – Program begins
First UMC
103 Monmouth Rd, Oakhurst, NJ 07755

Community Gathering
Saturday, November 19th
5:00pm – 8:00pm
First UMC
700 East Landis Ave, Vineland, NJ 07755

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A message from the Garden State Walk to Emmaus Community Lay Director

Hello Garden State Emmaus Community!

I invite you to take a moment to think back to the weekend you spent on your Walk to Emmaus. What did you feel when you arrived? And now, how did you feel when the weekend was over? Did you feel that you had met Christ along the road? The community that is the Walk to Emmaus, in the Garden State and worldwide, made that possible.

We, as community members, have the privilege of bringing the weekend experience to others. Walks are soon approaching! We have the opportunity to share the incredible love of our Savior through sponsorship, weekend service, and acts of agape. How sad it would be to miss this opportunity!

Now is the time to prayerfully consider sponsoring pilgrims for the upcoming walks. Pilgrim applications and sponsorship forms are available at Mail completed forms to Diane VanShenk Brill at PO Box 944, Newfield, NJ 08344.

There is also URGENT NEED for men to serve in kitchen and agape. If you are available and willing to serve for the entire weekend or any portion of it, please contact Diane Goss at as soon as possible.

The Fall 2016 Walks are being held in South Seaville:
Team training September 9-11.
Men’s weekend is September 22-25.
Women’s weekend October 6-9.

Please pray for the pilgrims and teams as Christ works through all.

The pilgrim registration form, sponsorship form and the sponsorship guidelines are available at the following link:

Our community needs your HELP!

De Colores to all!

Herb Simmerman, Community Lay Director


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2016 Garden State Walk to Emmaus Fall Walk Dates

The Fall 2016 Walk dates are:

Sept 09-11 Team Training

Sept 22-25 Men’s Walk at South Seaville
Oct. 06-09 Women’s Walk at South Seaville

Lay Director for the Men’s Walk #43: Bob Mott

Lay Director for the Women’s Walk #43: Carol Tait

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