One of the goals I had set for myself when I started the Day Zero Project was to volunteer for a Chrysalis, Emmaus, or Credo weekend that was taking place in my local region. Well, this weekend, I get to check this goal off.
If you are unfamiliar with these terms, I'll give you a very brief history. The Walk to Emmaus is a three-day spiritual retreat based on the Roman Catholic Cursillo. It's basically a time of spiritual formation and growth and after participating in one of these retreats, you continue this growth in small groups throughout the region. Although the experience is patterned after Catholic doctrine, the weekends are open to all Christian denominations and walks with Jesus. Emmaus is for adults, whereas Chrysalis is the youth version and Credo is specifically geared towards those struggling with addiction.
I originally participated in a Chrysalis weekend when I was in high school and later in college, went back to volunteer, or "team" for one of the retreats. The Emmaus, Chrysalis, and Credo groups are all part of a large Christian community that supports each other. I've made some great friends through this community and have learned so much on the weekends that I was able to participate in.
There are many ways you can be involved in one of these events. You can participate in a retreat, by leading new "Pilgrims" in their spiritual growth, or volunteering in the more behind-the-scenes areas, like cooking food for the weekend or signing up to be a prayer cha, which is what I'll be doing.
One awesome thing about these retreats is that every single hour of the weekend is being prayed over by someone in the community. Dozens of members have signed up to take an hour a day to pray for those making their Christian walk, to pray over those who are leading the spiritual aspect of the weekend, even to pray over the daily tasks that happen while these retreats are taking place.
I've signed up to be a prayer cha for two upcoming weekends, one in April and one in May. I'll also be taking a few hours for the youth retreat that will be taking place later this spring. Here are my hours to pray:
- Friday, April 15th 12:00 - 1:00 am (Emmaus #129, men's weekend)
- Saturday, April 16th 12:00 - 1:00 am (Emmaus #129, men's weekend)
- Sunday, April 17th 5:00 - 6:00 am (Emmaus #129, men's weekend)
- Thursday, May 19th 9:00 - 10:00 pm (Emmaus #130, women's weekend)
- Friday, May 20th 9:00 - 10:00 am (Emmaus #130, women's weekend)
- Saturday, May 21st 12:00 - 1:00 am (Emmaus #130, women's weekend)
- Sunday, May 22nd 5:00 - 6:00 am (Emmaus #130, women's weekend)
- Spring Chrysalis weekend, dates and times to be determined
I'm so blessed to have an opportunity to support this community once again and look forward to volunteering for more retreats later this fall.
Have you ever heard of the Emmaus, Chrysalis or Credo weekends? Have you ever been on a spiritual retreat through your church or local community? I'd love to hear about your experience!
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