What is Chrysalis?
 
What is Chrysalis?

Before it becomes a butterfly, a caterpillar goes through a growth stage during which it is called a "chrysalis." On the surface it may not look like much is happening, but the delicate chrysalis process changes the fuzzy caterpillar into an awesome butterfly with wings of intricate designs and intense colors.  The chrysalis process symbolizes how Christ can transform you into something beyond your dreams.  It happens when you grow beyond yourself, opening your life to Jesus' power and love.

"Chrysalis" is the name chosen for the youth and young adult version of The Walk to Emmaus, its parent movement, because it symbolizes the spiritual growth that is essential between adolescence and adulthood. That growth is as crucial for youth as the cocoon is for the caterpillar.  It is that precious time of nurturing a person's faith for discipleship.

Chrysalis "Flights" (for 10th through 12th graders) and "Journeys" (for young adults, ages 19-24) are three-day events.  This three-day spiritual renewal time provides an opportunity for you to learn more about faith, to experience Christian love and support, and to make new faith commitments.  The point is to inspire, challenge and equip you for a closer friendship with Christ and for Christian action at home, church, school, and community.

Chrysalis lifts up a way for you to enjoy Christ's friendship and love and to be Christ's friend and partner in the world. The three days focus on God's grace, your experience with Christ as friend, what it means to be the body of Christ, and giving love to a needy world.

What Happens on a Chrysalis Flight or Journey?

You'll spend three days with other people your age in worship, prayer, fellowship, creative expression, recreation, singing, and discussion.  You'll experience the love of God through prayers and the acts of service from a loving support community.  Think of it as three days for you to discover or re-discover your spiritual self, to analyze and realize who you are in Christ.  You'll hear talks that focus on the needs of maturing youth or young adults offering the message of the Gospel and the friendship and example of Jesus Christ.  Each day speakers will present topics with life examples, followed by discussion, reflection, and creative expression of how these messages can encourage your personal faith.

How to Get Involved

Chrysalis is open to young people of any Christian denomination.  The ages include upper high school students (ages 15-18 and completed 9th grade) and young adults (ages 19-24 and graduated from high school).  We invite you to join in a Flight or Journey, an exciting three days of experiencing God's love in a fresh new way. Spread your wings.  It's a new day!