What is Chrysalis? CHRYSALIS was the name chosen for the youth and young adult version of Walk to Emmaus, its parental movement, 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. The chrysalis stage 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 dying to self, Jesus Christ can transform us into something beautiful. We must open ourselves to Jesus for this transformation to occur.
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.
Who is Chrysalis for? CHRYSALIS is for the development of Christ in 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 a Christian involves responsibility; and are open to dedicating their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner. Chrysalis is open to youth in high school (age 15) through age 21, of any denomination.
What happens at Chrysalis? Youth will spend three days with other people the same age in worship, prayer, fellowship, recreation, adn discussion. The youth will experience the love of Christ through the prayer and acts of service from a loving and supportive community. They will hear a number of talks given by youth, adults, and clergy. The talks focus on the needs of maturing youth, offering the message of the Gospel, and the friendship and example of Jesus Christ. Five talks will be given each day. The talks are followed by discussion and reflection on how these messages can help their personal faith. They will explore how a friendship with Jesus can help them live differently from those around them.