Refer to the following for information for the most frequently asked questions.
Q1: How do I sign up?
A1: Good news! You don’t need to sign up to work Agape. You just need to show up! If you have attended a Walk to Emmaus weekend, then you are eligible to come and work. Men work the Men’s weekends & likewise, women work the Women’s weekends. An Agape Director is assigned to lead the Agape for each Walk (a different volunteer for every Walk). He/she has a team of Agape leaders to head up the different areas & then people, like you, show up & serve.
Q2: How do I know where the Walks are located?
A2: Check out our website for upcoming Walk information: www.iowawalktoemmaus.org. You can also find us on Facebook (search for the Iowa Walk to Emmaus page) and ‘Like’ the page to receive updates on your newsfeed. You can also check out the Rooster Tales newsletter (available electronically on our website) for all kinds of information on the upcoming Walks.
Q3: I know where the Walk is located, but where do I go once I get to the church?
A3: Come to the host church (address of church is on our website) anytime from Thurs evening to Sunday afternoon. The room location of the Agape headquarters (fancy term for our ‘Agape hang-out’ room) varies, but if you are coming on Thursday evening between 6-7pm, come to the Registration location for pilgrims. Both pilgrims and Agape register at the table and they will get you headed in the right direction if you tell them you are new & there for Agape. If you come later on Thurs night or any other time on Fri, Sat or Sun, come in a main door of the church and ask the 1st person you see where the Agape group is meeting. If you don’t see anyone, use your nose to find the kitchen & ask the cooks where you should go. J
Q4: What should I bring?
A4: Comfy clothes and shoes; your Bible; and bedding/pillow/toiletries/towel. Basically, bring the same kinds of things you brought as a pilgrim. Agape spends quite a bit of time on their feet, so bring your most comfortable shoes. If you will be there Sat evening, please bring a white top, black bottoms, & black shoes to wear while we sing & then serve at banquet. These clothes are NOT required, but if you have them, please bring them. We also suggest that, if able, you bring a couple of 2-liters of pop and some snacks to share. These can be homemade goodies or store-bought. Just think back to what you liked as a pilgrim & bring something along those lines.
Q5: What will I be doing on Agape?
A5: You will be doing a variety of things to serve the pilgrims over the course of the weekend. Tasks vary from serving meals, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming, praying, setting up rooms, taking down beds, carting around coffee, carrying luggage, setting tables, clearing tables, serving snacks, doing dishes, mopping floors, unloading/loading the trailer, singing, driving pilgrims to showers, smiling, helping, assisting as needed, etc., etc., etc., etc. The work is varied, but very rewarding as we serve the Lord by serving these pilgrims on the weekend. There is also time scheduled into the weekend where Agape will gather together for worship, prayer, communion, and fellowshipping.
Q6: How much does it cost?
A6: Cost to serve the weekend as Agape is a suggested donation of $35. This helps cover the cost of meals that you will eat while working. If you come for just part of the weekend, a suggested donation of $5 per meal is requested. You may pay the Registrar at the Registration table if you arrive on Thursday evening between 6-7pm or you can give your money to the Agape director or Agape computer person when you arrive. Checks can be made payable to: Iowa Walk to Emmaus.
Q7: Should I bring mail for pilgrims or table/pillow Agape gifts?
A7: Yes! If you would like to bring mail for the pilgrims & Conf Room team, we encourage you to do so. A typical number in a (full) Conf Room would be 60. (Approx 35 pilgrims & 25 team members). If you would like to bring table or pillow Agape, that is also encouraged! 60 is a good number to bring for Agape gifts. Bring them to the Agape headquarters room & label the container with number of items & desired use. Also include the date of Walk (i.e. 60 bookmarks for Table Agape/ Women’s Walk/ Feb 2017).
Q8: What if I have a physical limitation?
A8: No problem! We have a variety of jobs on the Agape team & will have plenty for you to do even if you can’t walk around too much during the day. Praying in speakers in the Agape chapel; praying in the 72 hour prayer vigil room; discussing talks during the day; helping with computer tasks or mailroom tasks as needed; organizing Agape gifts; etc. are just some of the jobs that are needed during a weekend. We welcome you to come even if you feel you will be limited physically in helping.
Q9: Does it really matter if I come to work?
A9: YES, IT DOES! It matters to the Lord & it matters to those you will come to serve & be serving alongside. It’s not glamorous work, but it is worthwhile! The work done behind-the-scenes at the Walks takes a lot of planning, a lot of time, and many, many people. “ Many hands make light work” is so true when it comes to working Agape. Agape can be a wonderful time of fellowshipping with other believers & also a great time of sacrificial service to the Lord & His people. Agape is one way to show others the love of Jesus that He so extravagantly shows us.
Philippians 2: 3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Q10: I still have a question. How can I get in touch with someone from the Walk?
A10: Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a message on Facebook. We will do our best to answer any questions you may still have!