First United Methodist Church of Rockport, Texas
Friday, October 20, 2017
Growing Families in Christ

Emmaus and Chrysalis Walks

The first Thursday of each month, the Windswept Oaks Emmaus Group meets for dinner and fellowship.  We meet at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church of Rockport.  If you have been on a walk or would like to learn about the Walk to Emmaus, we invite you to join us!
 
Emmaus
 
The Gospel of Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two friends who were walking along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. The risen Christ joined them and this experience on the road was heart-warming as Christ walked and talked with them, explaining the scriptures. The illuminating climax of the experience was when Christ took bread and said the blessing, then broke it and gave it to them. The two had their eyes opened...they recognized Him as the risen Christ and they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell others.
 
The story provides the image for Emmaus, an event that calls forth and renews Christian discipleship. The Walk is a three-day experience which takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them their families, congregations and the world in which they live. Emmaus is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward the renewal of the church, by providing solid training in the essentials of the faith. At the Walk to Emmaus, participants study, discuss, and experience God's grace in community. Discussions center on presentations given by lay persons and clergy around the them of God's grace and how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and expresses itself in the world. The weekend lasts only three days, but each person is invited to build on it for the rest of his or her life. Those who attend a Walk to Emmaus are encouraged to expand their own spiritual lived through study and congregational participation and become more active disciples of Christ in the world through their churches.
 
The Emmaus movement does not exist primarily for the weekend Walks. Its purposes are to deepen the faith of individuals, to increase the faith of congregations, and to bring Christianity to the world.
 
Walks to Emmaus for both men and women are held frequently throughout the year. Due to their popularity, however, it is usually necessary to send in applications several months ahead of time.
 
For more information and to view the schedule for upcoming walks in the Coastal Bend area, visit the following website: http://www.coastalbendemmaus.org/ 
 
 
Chrysalis
 
Chrysalis is the name chosen for the Youth Walks to Emmaus because it symbolizes faith growth in the lives ofyouth...the spiritual growth that is necessary between adolescence and adulthood.
 
It is a crucial time of maturing faith for discipleship just as the chrysalis is crucial for a caterpillar's development into a butterfly. 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 friend through the body of Christ, and how one is called into discipleship, giving love to a needy world.
 
Youth on a Chrysalis weekend spend three days with other young people in worship, prayer, fellowship, recreation, singing and discussion. They will experience the love of Christ through the prayers and acts of service of a loving support community. They 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 friend ship and example of Jesus Christ. They will explore how this friendship with Jesus can help them live their faith with family, friends, and community. Chrysalis is a summer program open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors of any denomination.