What are Chrysalis and Journey?
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 amazing! We must open ourselves to Jesus for this transformation to occur.
CHRYSALIS is the name chosen for the youth version of the 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 in a maturing faith for discipleship.
JOURNEY TO THE TABLE is a program currently being developed by the UPPER ROOM designed for young adults. Within the GSMEC community, we have been holding JOURNEY as a part of Chrysalis for College Aged students who have not previously had the Chrysalis experience and would like to come. In GSMEC, our Chrysalis and Journey programs are intertwined into one program to allow for a much more diverse experience for both groups.
CHRYSALIS and JOURNEY form 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 a friend in the body of Christ, and how one is called into discipleship, giving love a needful word.
Purpose of Chrysalis
The focus of CHRYSALIS is commitment to Jesus Christ through the local church. It is the joy of chrysalis to include all other local churches regardless of denomination in one program to encourage youth to pursue spiritual growth in whatever way they feel is right. Those on the Chrysalis Board come from many different denominations and are concerned only with facilitating the growth of young peoples nearby. 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 in the community. CHRYSALIS lifts up a way for you to be a friend of Christ in the world.
What Happens at Chrysalis/Journey?
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 RISE TO A NEW DAY, every day.
Who should go on a Chrysalis or Journey Flight?
CHRYSALIS and JOURNEY are for the development of Christian youth 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 young people from 15-18 years of age and of any denomination. JOURNEY is open to young people from 19 – 24 years of age and 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!