A different road to Emmaus


Step has been given a new space to develop its work in Nicholas Breakspear School. Despite being new, we’ve kept the old name - The Emmaus Centre - because we want young people who come in to go on journeys with Jesus.

The new space is incredible. It is central to the school and attached to the main playground. The room is perfectly sized, allowing for a cafe area, lounge area and also a small prayer and reflective area.

The Emmaus Centre has for several years been a significant part of Step’s work in Nicholas Breakspear. It is open for students to drop in most lunchtimes and is also used to run courses, mentoring and clubs.


Last Friday a crack team of movers took the contents of Emmaus up the road and set it up in its new location, and by Monday it was opened to the students as a drop-in cafe. Despite the students having to take a different road to Emmaus, they still found it. Since its opening it has also hosted Alpha and our Leadership Foundations course.

Although the room is already open to the students, it is only 70% finished and we need several items to complete it. Can you help us by providing one or some of the following?

  • A large rug to make the room look welcoming

  • Several plants (in pots), ideally low maintenance or realistic looking plastic ones

  • LEGO - the room will have a LEGO feel, so any donations would be very welcome

  • Hand hoover (as lots of food gets dropped on the sofa)

  • Fairy lights

  • LED cool lighting

  • Donations towards a JBL EON ONE PRO Sound system*

*The new Emmaus Centre is attached to the main playground and overflowing from it is a natural development. A speaker system would allow us to run events and even concerts in playgrounds and on sports fields without the need for power cables. We wouldn’t just use it for the Emmaus Centre; it would allow us to start several new initiatives on Step Days and also allow us to run some pop up activities. We have a limited time, short-term opportunity to buy this at a large discount and it would only cost £650.


Do let us know if you would like to donate one or some of the above, if you have other things you think would fit well in this space, or if you’d like to come and help run the Emmaus Cafe. It would be great to have any items or cash donations in soon so that we can finish the room.

Thank you