***This website is currently under construction. The information presented is both accurate and up to date, however we are working on adding more features and tools to better equip our community. The expected (tentative) release date for the new website is currently early January, 2017. Until then feel free to use any of the information below.***



What is Chrysalis and Journey?


Journey Flights are for Young Adults ages 19 - 24 Years old!
Information for the next Journey Flights can be found below in the Calendar.

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 Youth 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.

CHRYSALIS has its roots deeply planted in its parent movement, the Walk to Emmaus. CHRYSALIS is 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.

What Happens at Chrysalis?

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.

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 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!

Board of Directors
Spiritual Director
Reverend Michael Sluder
Community Lay Director
Debbie Pope
Recording Secretary
and Literature/Supplies
Claudette Soreano
Scott Brewer
Team Selection
72 Hour Prayer Vigil/Candlelight
Patti Atkinson
Herb Piercy
Wesley Foundation Intern
and Communications
Madison Dentz
Kitchen/Dining Room
Emily Brown
Allen and Lindsey Piercy
Elizabeth Bell
Flight Book Table Coordinator Becky Piercy
Flight Support
Hope Bruce
Music & Entertainment
Michael T. Graham
Ethan Pratt
Special Events Coordinator
Ian Brown
Guy's Incoming Flight Lay Director:
Girl's Incoming Flight Lay Director:
Great Smoky Mountain Chrysalis Community
P.O. Box 52032
Knoxville, Tennessee 37950

Chrysalis/Journey and Emmaus Weekends
Chrysalis 76 & 77
and Journey 35 & 36 
Emmaus Men's Walk #105
Emmaus Women's Walk #106
Chyrsalis 76 & 77
and Journey 35 & 36
September 3-5
Emmaus Men's Walk #107
September 22-25
Emmaus Women's Walk #108
November 10-13
Emmaus/Chrysalis Gathering Every Month: 3rd Saturday
***Chrysalis 78 & 79
and Journey 37 & 38
February 18-20
Emmaus Men's Walk #109 TBA
Emmaus Women's Walk #110 TBA
***Chrysalis 80 & 81
and Journey 39 & 40
September 2-4
Emmaus Men's Walk #111 TBA
Emmaus Women's Walk #112 TBA
       ***Tentative Date


Download Applications Below

Caterpillers print and complete pages 1&2
Sponsors print and complete pages 3&4

*Note that fees are not listed on the applications
Caterpillar fees: $60 (this includes meals and everything)
Sponsor fees: $40

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This page was last updated Monday, 28 November 2016
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