WHAT IS A CHRYSALIS?
CHRYSALIS is the growth stage between caterpillars and butterflies. While on the surface it may look like nothing is happening, the delicate process changes a caterpillar into a butterfly with wings and beautiful colors. This symbolizes that, through the dying of self, Christ can transform us into something beautiful. We must open ourselves to Jesus for this transformation to occur.
CHRYSALIS is the name chosen for the YOUTH Walk to Emmaus because it symbolizes faith growth in the lives of youth – the spiritual growth that is necessary between adolescence and adulthood. It is a crucial time of maturing faith for discipleship.
CHRYSALIS has its roots deeply planted in its parent movement, the Walk to Emmaus.
CHRYSALIS is a three-day spiritual renewal retreat that provides participants an opportunity to learn more about faith, to experience Christian love and support, and a chance to make new commitments in their faith journey. The content of the three days focuses on God’s grace, how one experiences Christ as friend in the body of Christ, and how one is called into discipleship giving love to a needful world.
WHAT HAPPENS AT CHRYSALIS?
You will spend three days with other young people in worship, prayer, fellowship, recreation, singing and discussion. You will experience the love of Christ through the prayers and acts of service of a loving support community. You will hear talks given by youth and adults focusing on the needs of maturing youth and offering the message of the Gospel and the friendship and example of Jesus Christ. Five talks are given each day followed by discussion and reflection on how these messages can be helpful to our personal faith. You will explore how this friendship with Jesus can help you live your faith with family, friends and community.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER CHRYSALIS?
Following the three-day retreat, or “Flight”, you are invited to become intentional about your faith through local church participation, small group studies, and interpersonal sharing groups that provide the fellowship and support for giving love to a needful world. You are invited to rise to a new day, every day.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF CHRYSALIS?
CHRYSALIS is for the development of Christian youth who:
- wish to strengthen their friendship with Christ
- may have unanswered questions about prayer, study and sharing their faith
- understand that being a friend of Christ, or Christian involves responsibility
- are open to dedicating their everyday life to God in an ongoing manner
CHRYSALIS is open to young people who are at least 15 years old/or a junior in high school (up to age 23) of any denomination.
ARE YOU INTERESTED?
We invite you to join in an exciting three days spent in meeting Jesus Christ as your friend who comes to you in God’s love as expressed through other Christians.
WE INVITE YOU TO RISE TO A NEW DAY!