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What is Chrysalis?

By Jimmie Shahan
CHRYSALIS is a three-day spiritual renewal retreat for young adults.

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What is 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 young adult (ages 18 to 26) Walk to Emmaus because it symbolizes faith growth in the lives of young adults - the spiritual growth that is necessary at a crucial time in a maturing faith for discipleship.

CHRYSALIS is a three-day spiritual renewal retreat that provides participants an oppurtunity 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 to a needful world. Separate weekends are held for young men and young women.

What Happens at Chrysalis?

You will spend three days with other young adults 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 young and older 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.

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 in the community. CHRYSALIS lifts up a way for you to be a friend of Christ in the world.

Who should go to a Chrysalis?

CHRYSALIS is for the development of Christian 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 young adults from 18 to 26 years of age and of any denomination.

Where and When does Chrysalis Occure?

Chrysalis happens four times a year at Trinity UMC.  There are two in the fall and two in the spring.  The women's weekend is usually held first with the men's weekend following a week later.  The next pair of weekends will be October 11-13 and October 18-20.  For additional information go to



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