A Journey with Christ
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.
The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Cor. 5:17
The Southwest Virginia Chrysalis Community is a part of the world-wide network of Chrysalis through its affiliation with The Upper Room International Emmaus Office, Nashville, TN.
During a Chrysalis Flight, you will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying and participating in small groups. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by youth and adult laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of God’s grace, how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and how it is expressed in the world. You’ll also discover how grace is real in your life, how you live a life of grace, and how you bring that grace to others.
You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to understand more fully the body of Christ. You will experience God’s grace through the prayers and acts of anonymous service offered by the Chrysalis community. You will leave with an experience of Christian love in action that will equip you for new levels of grace-filled service and leadership.
What Is Chrysalis?
Chrysalis is the growth stage between caterpillars and butterflies. While on the outside it may look like nothing is happening. However, on the inside, a very unique crafted change is taking place. This change, from a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly symbolizes that through dying of the self, Christ can transform us into new people. Jesus Christ is able to change, re-do, or delete our old selves into a brand new person! However, we must be willing and open in order for Jesus to come into our lives and re-create this new person.
The name Chrysalis was chosen for the Young Adult Walk to Emmaus because it represents a growth of faith in the lives of college students and other young adults. This spiritual growth is vital to help the transformation between teens and adulthood.Chrysalis is a three-day spiritual renewal retreat that gives participants the opportunity to learn more about their faith and experience Christ’s love and grace in a new and exciting way. It also provides the chance to make new friends and establish new commitments in their spiritual journey.
What Happens At Chrysalis?
Participants or butterflies are they are called throughout the weekend, will spend three days surrounded by other young adults from the area. They will experience the love of Christ through the prayers and many acts of service from a loving community of believers. Butterflies will hear talks given by other young adults, older adults as well as clergy. These talks focus on the needs of young adults in today’s society and discuss the obstacles that we face as Christian believers. Each day consists of five talks followed by a time of reflection and discussion with your group.
What Happens After Chrysalis?
After the end of your Chrysalis journey, you are invited to become active in your faith and walk with Christ. This can be through your local church, others at school, family and sharing of the Bible and how God’s love and grace has been a part of your daily life.
Who Should Attend & What Should They Bring?
Chrysalis is for the young adult between the ages of 18-28. These individuals can sign up for a Chrysalis no matter where they are in their walk with Christ.
Please contact us if you are interested in participating in a flight or if you have recently moved into Southwest Virginia and want to participate in community gatherings, candlelight, etc. All of the SWVA Chrysalis Flights are held here:
Camp Easter Seals
900 Camp Easter Seals Road
New Castle, VA 24127