hat growth stage between caterpillars and butterflies 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 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 crucial for youth just as the
cocoon is for the caterpillar. It is that precious time of
nurturing a person’s faith for discipleship.
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
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
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.
You’ll hear talks,
given by youth and adults, which focus on the needs of maturing
youth, offer the message of the gospel and the friendship and
example of Jesus Christ. Each day you’ll hear five talks,
followed by discussion, reflection, and expression of how these
messages can encourage your personal faith. The discussions
explore how friendship with Jesus can help you live out your
faith with family, friends, and other people in your world.
What happens after
Just as a butterfly begins the exciting exploration of the world
around it, after Chrysalis you will continue to explore the
dynamic friendship God offers you through Christ.
Following the three-day event, you are invited to become intentional
about your faith through participation in your local church, small
group studies, and interpersonal sharing groups. These activities
provide the fellowship and support for serving and giving
love to your community and world. Chrysalis invites you to
build upon your experience for the rest of your life, to spread
your wings every day.
Who participates and
Chrysalis is for the development of Christian youth who
Wish to gain a fuller
understanding of God’s love;
May have questions
about prayer, study, and Christian action;
Understand that being
Christ’s friend, or a Christian, involves responsibility;
Are open to
dedicating everyday life to God.
Are you interested?
Chrysalis is open to upper high school students of any Christian
denomination. We invite you to join this flight, an exciting
three days of experiencing God’s love in a fresh new way. Spread
your wings. It’s a new day!
For more information on Chrysalis and the schedule of upcoming
Chrysalis events in the area, visit our