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 dying to self, Christ can transform us into new beings. Jesus 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 high school and college aged young adults - 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 the 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. The talks focus on the needs of maturing youth and offer 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 your 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, 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 build upon your Chrysalis® weekend for the rest of your life. You are invited to rise to a new day, every day.

Purpose of Chrysalis®

The focus of Chrysalis® is commitment to Jesus Christ through the local church. The objective of Chrysalis® is to inspire, challenge, and equip local church youth for a closer friendship with Christ and for Christian action at home, church, school, and community. Chrysalis® lifts up a way for you to be a friend of Christ in the world.

Who should go to Chrysalis®?

Chrysalis® is for the development of Christian youth and young adults who:

• wish to strengthen your friendship with Christ

• may have unanswered questions about prayer, study, and sharing your faith

• understand that being a friend of Christ, or Christian, involves responsibility

• are open to dedicating your everyday life to God in an ongoing manner.

Chrysalis® is open to high school students of any denomination who are at least 15 years old (or who have completed the 9th grade) before they attend the Flight.

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!

For more information on Chrysalis® and the schedule of upcoming Chrysalis® weekends, click here to go back to the Southern Ohio Chrysalis Community Home Page.

If you are not in the Southern Ohio area and you are still interested in attending a Chrysalis® Weekend, visit the International Chrysalis Home Page


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