Emmaus, Chrysalis, & Kairos

The Walk to Emmaus 

A Journey with Christ

While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and walked with them. - Luke 24:15

The walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed to you through other believers.

The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a sponsor. After one accepts this invitation they complete an application. The Emmaus leaders prayerfully consider each applicant and in God’s time, the person is invited to attend a three-day experience of New Testament Christianity as a lifestyle.

Following the three-day experience, participants are joined in small groups to support each other in their ongoing walk with Christ.

Through the formational process of accountable discipleship in small groups and participation in the Emmaus community, each participant’s individual gifts and servant-leadership skills are developed for use in the local church and its mission. Participants are encouraged to find ways to live out their individual call to discipleship in their home, church, and community.

The objective of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip the local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, communities and places of work. Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled lives to be lived and shared with others.

Who should go to Emmaus?

Emmaus is open to members of any Christian denomination. Emmaus is for the development of Christian leaders who:
• Are members of a local church
• Have a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives
• May have unanswered questions about their faith
• Understand that being a Christian involves responsibility
• Are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner

What happens on the Emmaus Weekend?

You will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying and participating in small groups. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of God’s grace, how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and how it is expressed in the world. You’ll also discover how grace is real in your life, how you live a life of grace, and how you bring that grace to others.

You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to understand more fully the body of Christ. You will experience God’s grace through the prayers and acts of anonymous service offered by the Emmaus community. You will leave with an experience of Christian love in action that will equip you for new levels of grace-filled service and leadership

What Happens After the Emmaus Weekend?

You are invited to have a closer walk with Christ for the rest of your life; this is called the Fourth Day. Those who attend a Walk to Emmaus are encouraged to:
• Expand their own spiritual lives through worship, study and active participation in their local church
• Become more active disciples of Christ in service to the world

To nurture this process of discipleship, the Emmaus movement offers specific opportunities. First, groups of four to six people meet weekly to reflect on their spiritual journey and encourage one another in accountable discipleship. Second, there are monthly community gatherings where Emmaus participants meet for fellowship, worship and instruction. Third, community members are regularly informed of the support needs of upcoming Walk to Emmaus weekends, and other opportunities for servant leadership.

For more information, please watch this video and visit the Emmaus website

If you are interested in attending a Walk to Emmaus, please download the application here, and turn it into your local pastor. 

The next Women's Walk to Emmaus is scheduled for September 14-17, 2017, at Mt. Wesley in Kerrville.

The next Men's Walk to Emmaus is scheduled for April 27-30, 2017, at Mt. Wesley in Kerrville. 

For local Emmaus information, please contact Bonnie Bevers in the church office or visit the Hill Country District webpage here

Chrysalis Flight

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! - 2 Cor. 5:17

A Chrysalis weekend is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed to you through other believers.

The Chrysalis experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a sponsor. After one accepts this invitation they complete an application. The Chrysalis leaders prayerfully consider each applicant and in God’s time, the person is invited to attend a three-day experience of New Testament Christianity as a lifestyle.

Following the three-day experience, participants are joined in small groups to support each other in their ongoing walk with Christ. Through the formational process of accountable discipleship in small groups and participation in the Chrysalis community, each participant’s individual gifts and servant-leadership skills are developed for use in the local church and its mission. Participants are encouraged to find ways to live out their individual call to discipleship in their home, church, and community.

The objective of Chrysalis is to inspire, challenge, and equip the local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, communities and places of work. Chrysalis lifts up a way for our grace-filled lives to be lived and shared with others.

Who should go to Chrysalis ?

Chrysalis is Open to members of any Christian denomination. Chrysalis is for the development of Christian leaders who:
• Have a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives
• May have unanswered questions about their faith
• Understand that being a Christian involves responsibility
• Are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner

What happens on the Chrysalis Weekend?

You will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying and participating in small groups. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by youth and adult laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of God’s grace, how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and how it is expressed in the world. You’ll also discover how grace is real in your life, how you live a life of grace, and how you bring that grace to others.

You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to understand more fully the body of Christ. You will experience God’s grace through the prayers and acts of anonymous service offered by the Chrysalis community. You will leave with an experience of Christian love in action that will equip you for new levels of grace-filled service and leadership.

What Happens After the Chrysalis Weekend?

You are invited to have a closer walk with Christ for the rest of your life; this is called the Fourth Day. Those who attend a Chrysalis Weekend are encouraged to:
• Expand their own spiritual lives through worship, study and active participation in their local church
• Become more active disciples of Christ in service ot the world

To nurture this process of discipleship, the Chrysalis movement offers specific opportunities. First, groups of four to six people meet weekly to reflect on their spiritual journey and encourage one another in accountable discipleship. Second, there are monthly community gatherings where Chrysalis participants meet for fellowship, worship and instruction. Third, community members are regularly informed of the support needs of upcoming Chrysalis weekends, and other opportunities for servant leadership.

For more information please watch this video and visit the Chrysalis website

If you are interested in attending a Chrysalis Flight, please download the application here, and return it to your local pastor. 

For information on local Chrysalis happenings, contact Bonnie Bevers in the church office. 

Kairos Prison Ministry

Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families.

 The Kairos programs take the participants on a journey that demonstrates the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Kairos Prison Ministry is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to be a participant.

 They involve a structured model that includes the weekend experience, followed by guests or participants gathering regularly for accountability, support and prayer.

Kairos is a Worldwide Organization

World GlobeKairos operates in prisons in 35 U.S. states, and 9 countries: Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

 Volunteers conduct nearly 500 programs in prisons and communities annually in the U.S. and worldwide.

 There are also over 100 prisons worldwide which want the Kairos program, but we don't have the volunteers or resources to accommodate them at this time.

Kairos is Lay Led by Volunteers

Prayer chain -- each chain represents someone praying for that Weekend. Kairos is blessed by over 30,000 volunteers worldwide, serving in nearly 400 locations, with weekly and monthly continuing ministry in each institution or community.

 Kairos volunteers donate 3 million hours of service per year, which has an annual dollar value of $36 million.

 What Does "Kairos" Mean?

The word, Kairos, is a Greek word meaning in "God's Special Time" or in the "Fullness of Time," indicating an opportunity for our participants and guests to reconsider their life choices.

Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation chartered in the State of Florida.

For more information, please visit the Kairos Prison Ministries website

For information on local Kairos activities, please contact  the church office.