The Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis Flight are ecumenical programs that calls forth and renews Christian discipleship. They are a three-day experience which takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. They are a highly structured and standardised weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them, their families, congregations, and the world in which they live.
Participants on the Walk to Emmaus are known as pilgrims and on Chrysalis Flight as Caterpillars. Participants are sponsored and only attend once in that capacity. The ongoing organisation and direction of each Walk or Flight is by a lay led team of trained laity and clergy from among past participants. These people are known as servants
The three days of the Walk/Flight, usually at a retreat centre, are busy but very enjoyable. Participants and servants live and study together in singing, prayer, worship, and discussion. Discussions centre around fifteen short talks given by the servants. These talks present the theme of God’s grace, and how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and expresses itself in the world. The talks also include, as illustrations, deeply personal and thereby powerful testimonies . After each talk lay led table groups develop creative responses to the talk which assist participants in understanding and experiencing the theme.
Participants rediscover how grace is real in their life, and how they can live in the life of grace, bringing grace to others. Participants have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion, and to begin to understand more fully the presence of Christ in His body of believers.
Participants also re-experience God’s grace personally through the prayers and acts of service of a living support community. The realisation of this understanding promotes the power, beauty and joy of knowing God through Christ.
The Emmaus/Chrysalis experience is intended to assist Church members re-dedicate their commitment in assisting their local Church Communities to get on with mission. It equips members with a renewed orientation to the mission of the Church, and provides them with a desire to give effective service. Emmaus/Chrysalis facilitates congregational renewal through small groups of Christians who meet together regularly to pray for, support and encourage one another in their local contexts. Participants are encouraged to work with their clergy and other concerned Christians to be faithful to the task of witnessing to the love of Christ.
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