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Houston Chrysalis Directors Manual 2005

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									Houston Chrysalis Community
Spiritual Director’s Schedule
Purpose of the Evening Prior to Day One

The option of starting Chrysalis on the evening prior to Day One is to accommodate young people who
must travel long distances. The evening involves gathering and preparing participants for the next three
days but not engaging them prematurely in the message of the three days. The evening simply
introduces the young people to one another and to Chrysalis, begins to build community, and fosters
trust toward team members. The evening plan is flexible, informal, and simple. The spirit of the evening
is relational, fun, expectant, and reflective. Following introductions and the LD’s Orientation Talk, the
evening activities proceed with community-building activities or with one of the suggested videos, as
determined by team leaders. Make the fun time consistent with the spirit of the three days, so as not to
raise unwarranted expectations from the participants. The evening concludes with a brief service of
Night Prayer in the Chapel (as outlined) and bedtime on schedule.

_______
2:00pm                Team arrival, stake out beds, and settle in, then setup.
_______
4:00pm        SD      Team Commissioning.
                      Last minute set up.
5:00pm        All     Team Dinner

5:45pm        ALD     * Make sure conference room is set and speaker’s area is prepared.
                      * Write on a chalkboard: Name, hometown, church, T-Shirt.

              LC      * Clean up from worship and set up for Sponsor’s Hour.
_______
6:00pm        LC      Have snacks available in the waiting area.

              R       *   Process registration cards.
                      *   Suggest that participants give watches to their sponsors to hold.
                      *   Check all information on card.
                      *   Collect money.
                      *   Give out nametags and bed tags.
                      *   Turn money over to Chrysalis Treasurer.

                      Arrival and registration of participants. Team members meet participants at the
                      door and help with luggage.

              ALD     * Check on participants.
                      * Call those who have not arrived.
                      * Inform the LD on the status of registration.
_______
6:45pm        ALD     * Bring all participants and team to Send Off area.
                      * Notify LD when all are present to start. Go ahead and start if a few
                      participants are going to be so late as to seriously delay the schedule.


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7:00pm       LD     Send Off

       Welcome to Houston Chrysalis.            It is time to begin the Boy‘s/Girl‘s Weekend
Number 63. I am Mark Smades and I will be the Lay Director on your weekend. As I call
off your names, please come and stand to my right and form a semi-circle. Please say
your name back loudly so I can be sure I said it correctly. (Call names from list). Is there
anyone else? Gentlemen/Ladies, we will follow the assistants and begin your Chrysalis
Weekend!
             MD     Lead Community in “De Colores!”

             ALD & YLD lead Caterpillars and team to the Conference Room; LD & ALD follow.
_______
7:15pm       CBC    Sponsor’s Hour begins in the sanctuary.

             LD     Welcome everyone and explain the introduction procedure.

       Welcome to Houston Chrysalis Weekend #63. Everyone needs to pair up with
someone you don‘t know. Someone from a different church, a different town, and so
forth. This is your ―new best friend‖ and we will introduce each other by giving the name,
church, town and what would be on the T-shirt of your new best friend in a few minutes.
_______
7:20PM       ALD    ALD & YLD introduce one another, modeling how to keep it brief.
                    The partners introduce each other, standing where they are or at the podium.
                    Applaud each pair.

             ALD    Introduce SD.

             SD     Introduce ASD‘s and explain their role during the three days.
                    Offer welcome and explanation.

      Take this opportunity to briefly welcome the young people and express your
       desire to visit with each personally in the course of the three days.
      Explain that spiritual directors will be available for conversation with regard to
       concerns, struggles, and any matters of faith.
      Explain (if necessary) that group members may represent various church
       backgrounds. Stress the importance of remaining open to differences.
      Emphasize that the celebration of Holy Communion is open to all.
      Introduce the Lay Director.

______
8:20pm       LC     Move large wooden cross to Prayer Chapel after Sponsor’s Hour.

             ALDs Have Ziploc Baggies ready for valuables.



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             LD    Give the Orientation Talk.

      As you know, before a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, it must pass through the
cocoon phase, which is called chrysalis. We use the term Chrysalis to describe our three
days as an experience of transformation from the persons we are into the Christians we
want to become. The butterfly is our symbol, for after the three days, we will feel freer
and even more beautiful than we are now.
      Chrysalis events are not ordinary retreats. On the contrary, a retreat, such as many
of you have probably attended, is usually an occasional event. You may attend a lot of
retreats in your lifetime, but Chrysalis is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. How often have
you taken time out of your busy schedule to ―be still and know God‖? That is why
Chrysalis has been created. It is a short course in Christianity in which we experience the
love and grace of God. During the three-day course, you will hear fifteen talks on the
Christian life and discuss their relevance to your lives. We will worship God in a variety
of ways and experience the reality of God. We want you to get the most from your three
days with Christ. In order to do this, we ask a few easy-to-follow things of you:


Keep an open heart and mind to all you will hear and experience during the next three
   days.
1. Maintain a spirit of cooperation and participation; you will hear ―don‘t anticipate,
   participate.‖
2. Exhibit a spirit of generosity and concern toward all those participating in the
   Chrysalis three days.
3. Have respect for the facilities we are using. They do not belong to us and many more
   need to use them.

This is your Chrysalis experience; it will be exactly what you make it.
      We want you to be familiar with this building. This room is called the conference
room. We will have most of our meetings here. In addition, you will soon get to know the
location of the chapel, the dining room, the sleeping area, the restrooms, and the
showers. We ask that you not leave the grounds at any time during the Chrysalis three
days. We also ask that you respect the building, the facilities, and the equipment.
      This is three days without radios and telephones. So if you brought a CD, Tape


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Player, Pager, Radio or Telephone with you, please hand it to one of the ALDs now or
keep it in your suitcase. If you are wearing watches, please take them off and put them in
the Ziploc baggies being provided by the ALDs at this time. You will get it back at the end
of the weekend. The telephones and the kitchen are off-limits.
      We will adhere to a strict schedule, but you need not worry about the timing. Your
leaders are responsible for seeing that the event progresses in order that you may gain
the most from the experience.
      So for three days, let‘s forget all about time and the outside world. If anyone wants
or needs anything, don‘t hesitate to ask me or one of the assistants. If anyone takes
medication, please let one of the assistants know and he/she will remind you of the time.
The same applies to anyone on a special diet—special food or a need to eat at a special
time—just tell one of the assistants.
      If you become ill, or in case of any kind of emergency or injury, please see the Lay
Director (me), one of the assistant lay directors, who are also known as ―ALDs,‖ or the
Spiritual Director immediately. At this time, I would like for the team members to stand.
(Wait 3 seconds). Thank you.
      We are very excited to have each of you here. We hope you will try to set aside
everything you have heard about Chrysalis, any preconceived ideas you may have
formed. Please don‘t compare Chrysalis with any other Christian experience in which
you have participated. As I said earlier, Chrysalis is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We
believe Chrysalis is unique; and after these three days, we think you‘ll agree. Don‘t try to
anticipate or guess what the next part will be but participate fully in the experience of
each moment. By the end of the third day, I think you will find that the experience has
been a beautiful one.
      Try not to think of anything or anyone you have left behind or even about what
happened yesterday. Try not to anticipate what will happen next. Take it as it comes.
Don‘t anticipate, participate!
      This means living each moment fully.          If you waste time worrying about what
comes next, you might miss the joy and gift of this moment. We can‘t change what is in
the past; but by living each moment fully, we begin to grow and prepare for the future.
      At the end of our time together, we will ask you to describe the three days. This is
an experience for you to enjoy and live. Then you can tell us what you received from the


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three-day course in Christianity.
       We are asking you to trust us. Weeks, even months, of preparation have gone into
this event, just for you.      It is no accident that you are here.         You responded to the
invitation of a friend, pastor, or your parents, who urged you to come to Chrysalis. But
keep this in mind: It is Christ who has invited you. It is Christ who has called you here.
And you alone have answered Christ‘s call by choosing to be here. God calls each of us
in this room to have a maturing faith. You have responded by your presence here on
Houston Chrysalis Weekend #63.
       The time ahead is well-planned. But nothing will be forced upon you during the
three days. We want you to be able to move with Christ in your own way, in your own
time. Each of you has brought much to share with all of us.
       None of us knows our own potential, the greatness given us by God. So be open—
participate, cooperate, share, and love. Give of yourself freely and generously during
these next three days. Look at it as an investment in yourself, in your future, in your long-
term relationship with God. The rewards can be great. Chrysalis can be an experience
you‘ll remember the rest of your life.
       The team is here to help and serve you. If you need anything, just ask. Please
wear comfortable clothing, and wear your name tags visibly at all times so we can get to
know one another more quickly. We are here together to encounter Christ as our friend.
       The team is here voluntarily to give of themselves for your spiritual and physical
needs in any way possible. Please use them. Feel free to come see the Spiritual Director,
Lay Director, or Assistant Lay Directors, otherwise known as ALDs, anytime you need
anything or if you just want to talk or visit.
       If you are open and cooperative, we promise you will encounter Christ during these
three days. Any questions?
              LD      Introductions

4. The Music Coordinators who briefly explain his/her role; have MC lead one song here to represent
   the type of music during the three days.
5. The ALDs who will explain about the time concept and the location of restrooms and meeting
   rooms. ALD explains time and locations.
6. ALD explains that the bell will waken everyone in the mornings & call participants to the conference
   room or the announced location. Please be prompt. It is important to stay on schedule.
7. Explain the location of restrooms, showers, and meeting rooms in reference to the conference
   room and their sleeping rooms.
8. Explain how time is described using hand signals since no one is wearing a watch.


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8:45pm       LD     Community Building Activities or Video
             ALD    Operate the video equipment and start the movie.
_______
9:30pm       ALD    * Announce a short break, and ask participants to listen for the bell as a signal
                      to return to the conference room.
                    * Announce that snacks are available.
_______
9:45pm       ALDs * Ring the bell and notify the LD when everyone is present.
_______
9:50pm       LD     Invite everyone to proceed to the chapel for Night Prayer.
_______
9:55pm       SD     Night Prayer

             MC     Meditative Music playing as participants enter


This brief service consists of gathering in the chapel, an opening scripture ( II Corinthians
5:17), a brief meditation by the SD as outlined, and closing instructions from the LD. The MC
prepares special music in consultation with the SD. The service is an invitation to relax, to be
oneself, and to be open to the message of the upcoming three days. When using a video, the
SD may incorporate images from the video into the meditation. Resist the temptation to
preach or make Night Prayer into more than a prayerful pause preceding bedtime. The SD and
LD lead this prayer time from the front of the chapel so the young people can see and become
comfortable with the leaders.


II Corinthians 5:17: ―If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old
things have gone; everything is made new!‖ (NCV).
      Have you ever been in a place where you felt you could be yourself? Where you
didn‘t feel you had to pretend or wear a mask? Where you could be honest about your
thoughts, your feelings, and your questions (such as with a youth group, your family, or
some special friends)?      Where is that place for you?             (PAUSE).      I hope that this
community will become such a place for you these three days.
      What is important during these three days we will be together is not being proper,
pretty, proud, pious, or perfect. The truth is, none of us has it all together, no matter how
hard we try to look as if we do. What matters most is being honest—with one another,
with ourselves, and with God.
      During our time together, there will be laughter and fun, presentations, lots of time
for sharing and listening to one another. It is going to be a very rich time. But all that will
count for nothing if we are not being ourselves. But if we are being true to ourselves,
accepting of one another, and open to God‘s message for us during these days apart,
then I promise you that these will be a fantastic and unforgettable three days.

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         The Apostle Paul wrote in II Corinthians 5:17, ―If anyone is in Christ, there is a new
creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!‖ That is the
promise of Chrysalis—of these next three days together. As our time together begins to
unfold, I think you will begin to see what the Apostle Paul meant.
         We are glad you are here. God has called you to be here. Soon we will head to bed
and get some rest so that we‘ll be ready for tomorrow. Close with prayer.


                MC      Special Meditative Song
_______
10:15pm         LD      Instructions for the evening

         Spend the rest of the evening in an attitude of preparation for tomorrow as you get
ready for bed. If you have any needs that haven‘t been taken care of, speak with one of us.
We‘ll help you out. You are welcome to take a shower tonight or in the morning. You do not
need to wake yourself up in the morning; a bell will awaken you. The first ring means wake
up; you will have about one hour to get ready. When you hear the bell the second time,
please come here to the chapel for Morning Prayer. After that, we‘ll go to breakfast. Good
night.
_______
                LC      * Clean up conference room.
                        * Set up chapel for Morning Prayer.
                        * Bring snacks to Team Meeting.
_______
10:45pm         LC      Turn our lights and lock up.

                LD      TEAM MEETING


                                          Team Meeting Agenda
.               The meeting is to be as brief as possible and to the point—ten to fifteen minutes in length
     so as not to keep the table leaders away from the participants for too long.
.               LD designates a team meeting room apart from the participants.
.               The focus of the meeting is the conference room team, though support team coordinators
     are welcome to attend. Other on-site helpers are encouraged to rest.
.               The team meetings allow team members to touch base with one another, share today’s
     joys and concerns, review the next day’s schedule, and pray together.
.               Work out questions about logistics and details that do not pertain to the conference room
     team after the team meeting with those who are responsible.


         1. Share joys. What went well? Where do you celebrate God’s presence in today’s
            experiences?
         2. Share concerns. What could we improve for tomorrow? What can we learn from

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         today?
      3. Any conflicts on the table assignments?
      4. Check on tables. How is each table coming with dialogue and participation?
      5. Review tomorrow. Briefly remind them of Day Two’s flow, including any instructions
         for Communion, Book Table procedures, table chapel visits, Candlelight, and so forth.
          Remind them to listen for the explanation of the Chrysalis pins before distributing
         them. Be aware of the difference between agape gifts and table or room decorations.
          Agape is given so everyone in the conference room gets an equal amount
         representing God’s equal love for all. Are there questions about each of your
         responsibilities?
      6. Chapel visits actually begin right after Communion or when tables are invited to share
         the experiences in table groups and pray together. After this prayer time, tables
         desiring to pray again can contact an ALD to set up a prayer time in the Prayer Chapel
         on Days Two and Three.
      7. Affirm the team. Celebrate how God is working through them.
      8. Ask the SD for any additional comments, observations, and insights.
      9. Close with prayer. Remind the team to observe tonight’s silence.




Clergy Talks:

     God Designed You (PG) _________________               Friday 12:55 PM

     God Loves You (JG)         _________________          Friday 6:40 PM

     God‘s Gift To You (MG)     _________________          Saturday 1:00 PM

     God Sustains You (OG)      _________________          Saturday 8:20 PM

     God Empowers You (SG) _________________               Sunday 11:10 AM




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                                                     FAITH
                                       A Day of Dying with Christ

                                            Symbol: Caterpillar
                               Have a poster with “FAITH” and a caterpillar on it

Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone (John 12:24a).
We were buried, therefore, with him by baptism into death (Romans 6:4).

Day One is a proclamation of the good news of God’s reconciling love for each person. The underlying intent in
each talk and worship experience is to inspire faith in the God who made us and who comes into our lives in
Jesus Christ to restore us as images of God. The focus is the invitation to trust God’s design for our lives in
Jesus Christ, to accept God’s unconditional acceptance of who we are, and to leave our “far country” (our
loneliness) and return to our spiritual home. When we trust God’s goodness and promise for our lives, we are
freed to die with Christ to sin—all that separates us from God, neighbor, and the fullness of life that is ours in
Jesus Christ. Therefore Day One is a call to faith—to trust and accept God’s offer of a relationship in Jesus
Christ and to leave behind anything that hinders that relationship.

     BELL: ALD                         RUNNER (Outside Contact): ALD                       TALK SETUP: YLD

_______
6:15am           ALD     Arise and unlock doors for behind scenes servants.
_______
6:30am           ALD     Wake up the remainder of Table of Saints.
_______
7:00am           ALD     Wake up the participants.
                         Tell everyone to listen for the bell and go to the chapel.
_______
7:15am           YLD     Prepare communion elements for Morning Prayer.

                 MC      Have music playing as participants gather in the chapel.
_______
7:30am           ALD     Ring the bell for chapel.
_______
8:00am           SD      Morning Prayer
                         (Holy Communion is an option, found in the Butterfly Worshipbook).

                 YLD     Pass out Butterfly Worshipbooks.
                 ALD

                 LD      Greeting and Opening Prayer.

        Good Morning, children of God. Turn to page 5 in your Worshipbooks and
join with me in the morning prayer. (Prayer to Begin a New Day). Please turn to page 8 and
join me in reading Psalm 8.


                 SD      Meditation – Psalm 139?


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                   Offer a 3-5 minute meditation, inviting the young people to open their
                   eyes to the wonder of God‘s creation and to the gifts God will give
                   today.

                   Close with prayer.
_______
8:10am       YLD   Check on Breakfast

             MC    Benediction and Song. Consider using “This is the Day” or other music related
                   to the theme of creation and God’s love.
_______
8:20am       ALD   Announce the way to breakfast. Ask participants to take their Worshipbooks.
_______
8:30am             Breakfast—(SD leads prayer since the MC will teach the song before lunch).

             SD    Offer a spontaneous blessing for breakfast.

             LC    Prepare for M&M’s game: 36 M&M’s, a plate and knife for each table.
                   Clean up Communion elements from the chapel.
_______
9:00am       ALD   Announce a short break; meet in conference room when bell rings.
_______
9:10am       ALD   Ring bell for assembly in the conference room.
                   Verify the count and notify the LD.
_______
9:15am       LD    Table Assignments (See Next Page for TABLE GRID)

      Now if everyone will stand along the back and sides of the room, I will assign each
person to a table. In a spirit of charity, be open to your assignment to a particular table
and accept the opportunity to make new friends.
      As I call our your name, please repeat it (to make sure that my pronunciation is
correct) and go to your assigned table. I will start each table with the adult table leader.
The adult table leader will sit in the middle of the table facing the podium; the next person
called will assume the secretary‘s position directly opposite the adult table leader for the
first talk. As you rotate for each talk, sit between two different people than the previous
talk. The secretary will always be the person directly across from the adult table leader.
      Your team members are volunteering to facilitate the table discussion and to be
available for your needs during these three days. They are going to participate with you
during your table assignments.        These are your assigned tables for all talks and
discussions. Now that we have introduced ourselves last night and we are in our table
groups, let‘s enjoy a special activity planned by our ALDs.



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                                   TABLE GRIDS

          Table Name:                       Table Name:                    Table Name:


1.                                1.                                1.
2.                                2.                                2.
3.                                3.                                3.
4.                                4.                                4.
5.                                5.                                5.
6.                                6.                                6.
7.                                7.                                7.
8.                                8.                                8.




Table Name:                       Table Name:                       Table Name:


1.                                1.                                1.
2.                                2.                                2.
3.                                3.                                3.
4.                                4.                                4.
5.                                5.                                5.
6.                                6.                                6.
7.                                7.                                7.
8.                                8.                                8.
_______
9:35am        ALD   Special Activity—M & M Game
              YLD
_______
9:55am        YLD   Creating table names.


     It is time for you to decide on a name for your table, such as Table of Workers,

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Commissioned for God, King‘s Daughters/Sons or whatever. Please note that this name
will stay with you the rest of your life. During these three days you will be asked to give
your name and table name many different times, so make sure you come up with a table
name that everyone at your table agrees upon. As soon as your table decides on a name,
please write it on the paper provided by the ALDs.

              ALD   Distribute paper to table leaders to make name cards.
                    Distribute journal notebooks to table leaders.
_______
10:05AM       YLD   Table Introductions.

      At this time, I will ask each table group to come to the front; each of you will say
your name and your table name. Then one person from each table will explain how you
came up with your table name or what is means. (Applaud each).
_______
10:10am       ALD   Explain the Worshipbook and the journal notebook.

      This is your Worshipbook. Put your name inside; fill in the rest later. Use the
Worshipbook during worship times as a guide for prayer. It contains special songs,
prayers, and personal prayer services. The Worshipbook has the Prayer to the Holy
Spirit, which we pray in unison before each talk. It also contains the words to the prayer
songs we use before and after meals. You will need it in the conference room and in the
chapel. The journal notebook is for taking notes on the talks and for one another‘s
autographs.


              ALD   Check on the photographer and “Houston Chrysalis” sign.
                    Have notepads ready for participants to write names for photo.
                    Take the table roster to a LC for copying and distribution.

              LC    Type the participant list by table names.
                    Make three copies of the table roster—one for the LD to use at the Poster Party,
                    one to place in the Prayer Chapel, and one to place in the agape room.
_______
10:15am       ALD   More information and explanations.
                    Explain the Agape food table: location; eat as little or as much as you
                    like.
                    Explain the restroom: importance of being conscious of plumbing
                    problems. Place hand towels, Kleenex, candy wrappers, foreign items,
                    etc. in trash containers.
                    Remind participants to wear name tags at all times.
                    If persons share prayer requests, explain how they may write their
                    requests during the three days, knowing that someone will pray for them.

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                    Do not go to the kitchen or use the telephones.
                    Please be fully clothed except on breaks in the gym.
                    No caps worn during prayer or in the chapel/sanctuary.
                    Respect those talking by being quiet.
                    Other announcements:




                    Move to preparation for the group photograph.


      Please move table by table to __________________. After we are through, there
will be a short break.
             ALD    Notify IDEALS speaker to change clothes and proceed to the Prayer Chapel
                    after the picture is taken.
                    Speaker: _______________________________________
_______
10:25am             Group Photograph.
_______
10:30am      ALD    Announce a short break after the photograph.

             YLD    Place IDEALS poster & talk.
                    Check podium for fresh water and turn on the microphone.
                    Place reflection guides face down in the TL journal.
                    Sit in the speaker’s chair through table summary time.
_______
10:40am      ALD    Make sure IDEALS speaker is in the Prayer Chapel.

             ALD    Ring the bell for assembly in the conference room.
                    Verify the count and notify the LD.
_______
10:45am      MC     Teach “Sing Alleluia to the Lord”
_______
10:50am      LD     Overview of Conference Room and Table Procedures

      I‘d like to take a few minutes to describe something of the format we‘ll be following
over the next three days, although there will be exceptions. On each of the three days, we
will have five talks by youth, adults, and clergy—a total of fifteen talks over the course of
these three days. During each of these talks, we ask continued cooperation in giving of
ourselves completely, by our total attention to the ideas the speakers express, and by
taking notes throughout each talk. Take lots of notes. They will prove valuable—now and
in the days to come. Pens and notebooks for this purpose are on the tables. Our giving
complete attention to the speaker and taking notes signifies our self-surrender; an


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essential element of Chrysalis.
      Following each of the fifteen talks, we will participate in a small-group discussion
on the ideas presented by the speaker. You will remain a member of the same table
community throughout the three days. The secretary will sit directly across from the
adult table leader. The position of secretary will rotate after each talk. The table leaders
will keep the discussion focused on the subject of the talk presented and help each
person at the table have a chance to express his or her personal responses.
      The secretary will summarize the ideas discussed at the table with the help of the
whole table.   Remember, everybody will be taking notes during the talk itself.           The
secretary of each table will have the additional job of writing down the ideas expressed by
the persons at that table during the discussion following that talk. Then table members
will collaborate on how to express the summary:             a poster, skit, song and so forth.
Materials will be provided.
      At the end of each day, we‘ll ask each table to present its summaries and posters
or skits to the entire group. Be sure the summaries reflect your table‘s actual discussion
and decisions, then work to make the poster or skit do the same. The posters or skits
may take either a serious or humorous approach. We will ask one person to present the
table‘s summary and another person from that table to describe the poster or skit. This
approach enables everyone to participate actively.           Limit each talk summary to two
sentences.
      So the format will be something like this: a talk (by a youth, an adult or a clergy); a
moment of silence to reflect upon what the speaker just said and a moment to write down
the thoughts you have on that subject on reflection guides; discussion at each able;
summarizing of the ideas by the secretary with the aid of all the table members; drawing
posters or developing skits with everyone‘s assistance in their development; and finally,
the presentation of our handiwork to everyone at the end of each day.
      Let me review our schedule again. During these three days, you will hear talks and
we will have certain meditations in the chapel. Please take notes during the talks. You
may record your notes in the journal notebooks provided. It is important that you take
notes so that you will be able to participate in the discussion following each talk. You‘ll
find yourself going back to these notes after you have returned home.
      Each table will have a secretary for each talk. The secretary is the person seated


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across from the adult table leader. Each of you will have a turn to serve as secretary.
         After the talks, you will have a few moments of silence to reflect on the talk. You
will receive a reflection guide, which poses questions to help you remember the main
points of the talk.     You will have a few minutes to write down your thoughts and
questions.     Then you will have a discussion period with your table members.           The
secretary will record the main comments given by the entire group. Toward the end of
your discussion time—and we will let you know when that is—your group will summarize
its discussion into a brief sentence of two. Keep the notes brief but to the point. Be sure
the notes truly summarize the thoughts and responses expressed during your table
discussion. Any questions?
_______
10:58am        ALD   Bring the speaker to the conference room door and notify LD.

               LD    Continue the explanation of note taking.

         The people who will talk to you are not, in the majority of cases, professional
speakers; that is, people who speak for a living. Each of them is a willing Christian who
wants to share his or her faith with you. Each one has written and prepared the talk prior
to these three days.
         Today is what we call the ―Caterpillar‖ Day. The theme is Faith. To receive faith in
God‘s promise for our lives is to be able to die with Christ to our false selves so we can
rise with Christ to our true selves as images of God, just as a caterpillar has to go
through a kind of dying to its current form in order to be reborn as a butterfly. Today we
want to share with you some ways you can grow strong in faith, ever increasing the joy in
your life. Please stand for the lighting of the Christ candle.
         I light this candle as a symbol of Christ‘s presence with us and with each speaker.
(Light the candle.) We have an open Bible here to remind us that the talks are based upon
scripture, God‘s light and message to use even today. (Pause).
         You may be seated.       With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of
cooperation and charity, pen in hand, prepare for the first talk, which will be given by a
youth.
               MC    Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord”
_______
11:00am              Talk #1: IDEALS
_______
11:20am        ALD   Return to the Prayer Chapel with the speaker.

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                    Place the hand cross on the altar in the Prayer Chapel.

             LD     Please take a moment of silence to reflect on this talk. (15 seconds)
                    Extinguish the candle. Explain the reflection guide.

      Take a moment to consider the reflection guide questions before beginning your
discussions. Your table leader will now give you a reflection guide. Think about these
questions and perhaps write down some of your thoughts. The purpose of the reflection
guide is to help you think about the ideas of the talk. What‘s important is not right and
wrong answers. We are not in school. Just reflect on your thoughts, experiences, and
feelings in response to the message of the talk in preparation for discussion. We will let
you know when to begin your table discussions. (2 minutes for quiet reflection).
_______
11:27am      ALD    Ask tables to begin discussion. (12 minutes).
      Tables will now spend time discussing the ideas presented in the IDEALS talk.
Remember, each of you is a unique individual with unique ideas and expressions. Each
of you has something to contribute to the discussion. I‘ll let you know when it is time to
begin your table summaries.
_______
11:35am      ALD    Begin summaries (5 minutes).
      Now you have a few minutes to prepare a summary of your discussion on IDEALS.
 The summary should be no more than two sentences. Remember that each person
should record the table‘s summary in his or her individual journal.
_______
11:45am      ALD    Discuss poster materials and give instructions for making posters. (10 minutes.)
      We would like each table to prepare a poster that represents what your table
considers a key point or highlight of the IDEALS Talk—a visible expression of what you
found to be most meaningful for you. Your poster need not be a masterpiece; you can
even use stick figures if you like. What is important is that it is an original from your
table. Be sure to put your table name on your poster.
      If you prefer, your table may write a song or poem, do a skit, or prepare an
interpretive movement or dance that reflects your discussion. Be creative! Later, you‘ll
be asked to share your posters and summaries with all of us. You should start now on
your poster, writing or skit. I‘ll let you know when the time is up.
             ALD    Check to see if the kitchen if ready to serve lunch. When you see a couple of
                    tables finished, you may announce a restroom break for those who need it. Ask
                    them to return promptly for lunch instructions.
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11:55am      LD     Announce lunch and give instructions.

      We are about to eat. In the dining room, we will sing a song for the blessing. The
words are on the posters in the dining room and in the Chrysalis Worshipbook. Please
go by tables and sit with your table for this meal. When you get in the dining room,
remain standing in a large circle until we sing our grace. After the meal, remain in the
dining room until we have sung the prayer of thanksgiving. A short break will follow.
Let‘s go to lunch. Please follow the ALDs.
             ALDs Lead to lunch. Count and verify that all are present.
_______
12:00pm             Lunch

             MC     Lead the blessing before the meal.
_______
12:20pm      ALD    Notify GOD DESIGNED YOU speaker to change clothes and go to Chapel.
                    Speaker: ________________

             LC     Take caterpillar pins to conference room and give to ALD.
_______
12:25pm      ALD    Lead joke and entertainment time.
                    Run-through of staff and servers.
_______
12:30pm      ALD    Announce a break to last until the bell rings.
                    Make sure the speaker is in the Prayer Chapel.

             YLD    Place GOD DESIGNED YOU posters & talk.
                    Check the podium for fresh water and turn on the microphone.
                    Place reflection guides face down in TL journal.
                    Place caterpillar pins in TL journal.
_______
12:40pm      ALD    Ring the bell for assembly in the conference room.
                    Verify the count and notify the LD.

             MC     Begin singing to draw people back into the conference room.
                    Teach “De Colores” and explain the history of the song.

The song “De Colores” is a long-standing tradition in Chrysalis and similar three-day
experiences. All of the three-day courses (such as the Walk to Emmaus, Cursillo, Tres Dias,
Happenings, TEC [Teens Encounter Christ], LIFE [Living in Focus Everyday], etc.) teach this
crazy song that speaks of God’s beauty in the world. The song was written by some people who
had experienced the three-day short course in Christianity and wanted to express their joy of
God’s love in a musical way. They were on a bus going home, when the bus broke down. These
words were written to an old familiar hillside tune from Majorca, Spain, for the people going on a
three-day experience. Apparently they waited for a long time for repairs because there are 99
verses to the song. Apparently they waited for a long time for repairs because there are 99
verses to the song. You will often hear people say, “De Colores!” Or you may receive the words
on some items given to your. De Colores is Spanish for “the colors” that we share in God’s


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world. We are a part of these colors as we begin to share God’s love with others.
_______
12:50pm       ALD     Bring the speaker to the conference room door and notify the LD.

              YLD     Explain the caterpillar pins.

       A butterfly is colorful and free; but before it becomes a butterfly, it must pass
through the phases of egg, caterpillar, and cocoon. The cocoon stage is the chrysalis
stage. It is the stage when a caterpillar is transformed into a beautiful butterfly.
       We all feel like caterpillars from time to time: slow, poky, lonely. Sometimes we
feel that we are in this stage when we are not accepted as mature of full-grown. We want
to break away from limitations. We want to be free, to be beautiful, to have colorful
personalities. We may feel like a caterpillar; but God will always take what is and make it
better if we are willing. This is why you may hear yourself referred to as a caterpillar.
       We are going to give you a caterpillar pin to wear—not because we think there is
something wrong with you. In fact, after these few short hours we already know that you
are beautiful people. But inside each of us there are things that drag us down, that get in
the way of our joy, that make us feel rotten, or that hurt other people.
       Thus we give you this caterpillar pin to symbolize that part of you that wants to die
and be transformed into a butterfly during these three days. You do not have to tell
anyone what the caterpillar symbolizes for you. However; as we give it to you and you
put it on, tell God what it represents in your life. Pray that God will transform you into a
beautiful butterfly. (Wait for all to put on their pins.)
       If you have not rotated, please do so at this time. Please join me in ―The Caterpillar
Prayer‖ found on page 21 of your Worshipbook. ―Lord, we are what we are for you
created us, but it does not appear what we will be, because you are still creating us.
There is part of me that needs improving.                As I wear this Caterpillar, Lord, please
transform me into the image of what I can be . . . into a better Butterfly.‖
_______
12:55pm       YLD     Please stand for the lighting of the Christ candle. (Light the candle).

              MC      Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord”

              YLD     With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of cooperation and
                      charity, pen in hand, please prepare for the next talk, which will be given by
                      a clergy.
_______
12:55pm               Talk #2: GOD DESIGNED YOU

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                Clergy are encouraged to stay the remainder of the day.
_______
1:20pm    ALD   Return to the Prayer Chapel with the speaker, return hand cross to the altar.

          YLD   Please take a moment of silence to reflect on this talk. (15 seconds).
                Extinguish candle.
                Fill in the reflection guides. (2 minutes).
                Begin table discussions. (12 minutes).
                Begin table summaries. (5 minutes).
                Begin posters, skits or songs. (10 minutes).
_______
1:45pm    ALD   Notify the FAITH speaker to change clothes and proceed to Prayer Chapel.
                Speaker: _______________________________________
_______
1:50pm    ALD   Announce a medium break to last until the bell rings.

          YLD   Place FAITH posters and talk.
                Check podium for fresh water and turn on the microphone.
                Place reflection guides face down in TL journals.
_______
2:00pm    ALD   Ring the bell for assembly in the conference room.
                Verify the count and notify the LD.
                Sit at the table of FAITH speaker through table summary time.

          MC    Lead singing while participants are gathering.
_______
2:10pm    ALD   Bring the speaker to the conference room and notify LD.

          YLD   Please rotate your table if you have not already done so.
                Please stand for the lighting of the Christ candle. (Light the candle).
          MC    Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord.”

          YLD   With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of cooperation and
                charity, pen in hand, prepare for the next talk, which will be given by an
                adult.
_______
2:10pm          Talk #3: FAITH
_______
2:30pm    ALD   Return speaker to the Prayer Chapel, place hand cross on the altar.

          YLD   Please take a moment of silence to meditate on this talk. (15 seconds).
                Extinguish the candle.
                Please fill in the reflection guides. (2 minutes).
                Begin table discussions. (12 minutes).
                Begin table summaries. (5 minutes).
                Begin posters, skits or songs. (10 minutes).
          LC    IF recreational equipment is to be used during the long break, be sure the
                equipment is ready. Inform ALDs of the location of the equipment.
_______
2:50pm    YLD   Make sure the 72-hour prayer vigil poster and general agape letters are in
                the conference room.
_______

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3:00pm       SD      Explain the concept of agape and the meaning of agape love.

      You have heard us use the term agape today, and at this time I would like to tell you
what that word means. In our language, we only have one word for love and that is love.
When someone says, ―I love you,‖ it can mean anything from ―I have deep feelings for
you‖ to ―I can tolerate you.‖ The Greek language has different words for different kinds
of love. For instance, there is eros. Eros refers to the love or strong desire that is sung
about in love songs about feelings between two persons. Felios refers to brotherly or
sisterly love. It is the care and concern for one another that is typically found in families
and among friends. However, and even greater kind of love is that of agape. Agape is
unconditional love. It is love that gives and gives and asks nothing in return. It is a love
so committed to your highest good that it even makes sacrifices on your behalf. This is
the love of God. We see the supreme example of agape love in Jesus Christ who lived
and died for us.
      During this Chrysalis three days, you will experience many acts of agape love.
Right now, youth and adults all over this area are praying for you. They are participating
in a 72-hour prayer vigil. (Share the prayer vigil poster.) Every hour around the clock,
beginning at registration, someone is praying for you and your openness to God‘s love
while you are here. Others are in the Prayer Chapel praying for the speakers as they give
the talks. Some other examples of agape are the agape food table, the people who are
serving the meals, and those who clean up after we leave. Still another is what we call
agape letters.     These agape letters come in from all over the state and country—
sometimes even from other countries.             These letters are from other Chrysalis and
Emmaus Communities. They write to let us know that they are thinking of us as we meet
these three days, and they are keeping us in prayer. (Share three to five agape letters at this
time. Read other general agape letters from other communities at designated times throughout
the three days.) After reading the general agape, ask the ALDs to post the letters in an area
where everyone can read them during breaks.

             ALD     Hang the prayer vigil chart and general agape letters on the conference
                     room walls.
_______
3:15pm       LD      Announce a very long break.

      We are going to have a very long break. We have had a long but interesting day.


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Our minds can receive only what our seats can endure. So in this break we will be having
some recreation and relaxation. You may wish to take a shower, a nap or just relax. We
do ask that you not leave the grounds. (Explain the boundaries of the grounds).            You may
use this time to talk with one of the leaders or SDs. Whatever you choose, relax and
enjoy the break. The ALDs will ring the bell to let you know you have about this long (45
minutes) to get cleaned up for dinner. They will ring the bell a second time when it is time
to come to the conference room.
_______
4:30pm       ALD    Ring the bell to remind persons they have about 45 minutes to get ready.

             ALD    Notify the GOD LOVES YOU speaker to prepare for talk after dinner.
                    Speaker: _____________
_______
5:15pm       ALD    Check to see if kitchen is ready.

             ALD    Call everyone to the conference room with the bell.

             MC     Lead singing.

             YLD    Read agape letters.
                    Count to verify that all are present.
_______
5:25pm       LD     Introduce the theme of Day One.

      The theme of this first day is Faith. Faith is trusting God. Faith enables us to live
with confidence, to move forward in positive directions with our lives, to mature as
persons and as Christians.
      We also talk about this as a day of ―dying with Christ.‖ Our growth as Christians is
like the development of a caterpillar. A caterpillar must die to its current form in order to
realize its true potential. In the same way, we mature with Christ as we begin to dies with
Christ to parts of ourselves that are childish or self-centered or unreal. This may be what
Jesus meant when he said to his disciples, ―Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth
and dies, it remains just a single grain.‖ (John 12:24).
      We know that the day has been long and may seem a bit tiring at this point. But
trust us—today will be good, tomorrow will be better, and the third day will be best of all.
We ask for an open mind and heart, and a spirit of generosity.
      Let‘s go eat, please sit as a table group and bring the Worshipbook with you.
_______
5:30pm              Dinner


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                ALD      Count and verify that all are present.

                MC       Lead the blessing before the meal.
_______
5:50pm          YLD      Lead the jokes and entertainment time.

                MC       Lead the thanksgiving after the meal.
_______
6:00pm          ALD      Announce a break to last until the bell rings, at which time everyone is to
                         assemble in the chapel with the Worshipbooks.

                YLD      Place GOD LOVES YOU posters & talk.
                         Check the podium for fresh water; turn on the microphone.
                         Place reflection guides face down in TL journal.
_______
6:10pm          ALD      Ring the bell for assembly in the chapel for evening meditation.
                         Verify the count and notify the LD.
_______
6:15pm          SD       Evening Prayer

Spiritual Director: This prayer service helps set the tone for the rest of the evening and for the Reconciliation
Service. The service is short, and no outward response is elicited or expected of the participants. It is a brief pause
in the midst of what has been an active first day to recall the message of the day as a whole and to ponder briefly
their inward response. So neither rush through these quiet reflections nor belabor them. The service of prayer and
the meditation set the stage for the GOD LOVES YOU talk and participation in the Reconciliation Service later in the
evening.



                MC       Musical Prelude: Sing a meditative song or have music playing.

                LD       Opening: Invite everyone to join in reading Psalm on page 6 of the Chrysalis
                         Worshipbook.

                SD       Meditation:

        Today we have heard about ideals and the great influence they have in our lives—
how they mold and shape who and what we are. We have heard about God‘s design as
reflected in Jesus Christ.
        And we have heard about faith—the door that allows us to pass from a world of
fear, loneliness, rejection, hurt (and the list goes on), into a world filled with God‘s love
and acceptance. The key to faith is allowing ourselves to experience God‘s forgiveness
and acceptance and accepting the loving relationship that God is freely offering.
        In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says, ―Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you
hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with
me.‖


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      In simple words, Jesus comes to each of us and knocks at the door of our hearts,
offering us hope, forgiveness, and love. If we respond to Jesus by opening the door and
allowing him to come into our lives, we will enjoy his fellowship and his assurance that
we need never face anything in life alone again, that in him we have a friend.
      Take a moment of silence to reflect upon these words of Jesus as I read them
again slowly: ―Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and
open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.‖ As you think
about these words:
      . Visualize a door that only you can open because it has a latch only on your side.
          (PAUSE).
      . Allow yourself to hear the knock of Jesus‘ hand upon that door. (PAUSE)
      . Be aware of your feelings as you consider the awesome and wondrous
          possibilities that are yours if you open the door. (LONG PAUSE.)
      Friends, let me share some good news with you. God has a tremendous design for
our lives. God offers each of us a lifelong relationship through which we can realize our
purpose in life and experience the fullness of what is possible. We need to understand
that in each of us there is a door that only we can open—the door of our hearts. We can
receive what God is offering us by opening that door when God knocks—and God will
knock. And if you do not open it the first time, God will knock again and again and again.
We never know when or where we will be when we hear God‘s knock. The question I
leave you with now is this, ―What will you do when the opportunity presents itself for you
to open the door?‖ (pause).
Close with prayer.
_______
6:30pm       LD      Please return to the conference room (from the chapel).

             MC      In the conference room, lead one song to draw them back in.

             ALD     Make sure the GOD LOVES YOU speaker is in the Prayer Chapel.

             ALD     Share additional general agape letters, posters and/or banners. Hang them
             YLD     on the walls. Remind the tables to rotate seating.
_______
6:40pm       ALD     Bring the speaker to the conference room door and notify LD.

             YLD     Please stand for the lighting of the Christ candle. Light the candle.



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          MC    Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord.”

          YLD   With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of cooperation and
                charity, pen in hand, prepare for the next talk, which will be given by a
                clergy.
_______
6:40pm          Talk # 4: GOD LOVES YOU
                Clergy are encouraged to stay the rest of the day.

          LC    Set up the Chapel for the Prodigal talk and the Cross Service.
                Set up the speaker’s podium on the same level as the participants seat in the
                front, facing the pews.
                Set up the microphone, if needed.
                Plug in the podium light, or arrange a hand-held flashlight.
                Dimly light the room. Provide just enough light for writing without turning on
                the overhead lights. Candles help if light is needed.
                Please tissue boxes at both ends of the pews that will be used.
                Put an eight-foot wooden cross on the chancel steps or floor. Make sure the
                cross is secure enough for nailing.
                Place items to symbolize Jesus’ presence four to five feet to the left of the
                cross, about even with the base of the cross. Consider draping a table with
                black cloth. Place the following on the table: crown of thorns, large nails (3
                railroad spikes) and a robe. Place a pair of sandals at the base of the table
                on the floor.
                Place nails and hammers at several spots, or in baskets, around the cross.
                Cut red construction paper into fourths or hearts, or rag strips, enough for
                participants and conference room team; place on the back pew.
                Make sure the pens work properly.
                Keep space around the cross dimly lit to allow the participants to come up
                freely.
_______
7:00pm    ALD   Return to the Prayer Chapel with speaker, place hand cross on the altar.

          YLD   Please take a moment of silence to meditate on this talk. (15 seconds).
                Extinguish the candle.
                Please fill in the discussion guides. (2 minutes).
                You may begin table discussions. (12 minutes).
                You may begin table summaries. (5 minutes).
                Begin posters, skits or song. (10 minutes).
_______
7:30pm    ALD   Announce a medium break. Remind tables to get organized because
                they will share summaries and creative work when everyone returns.

          ALD   Check setup of chapel for PRODIGAL TALK and Cross service.
_______
7:50pm    ALD   Ring the bell for assembly in the conference room.
                Verify the count and notify the LD.

          MC    Lead singing.

          ALD   Make sure tables have their posters ready.

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_______
8:00pm         LD      Poster Party

       We will now have the presentation of summaries and the art work on all of the
talks. This is a means of sharing with one another the thoughts and ideas of individuals
in the various table groups. It is a way for all of us to learn from one another. You may
have the opportunity for this type of sharing only once in your life, although I hope you
have the chance many times. Any good that you can do, any thoughts that you can share,
do it now. Be open to receive the thinking of others. The Holy Spirit moves in all of us,
and we want to hear all of the new insights from each table about each talk.
       When I call your table, the entire group will come forward. The secretary of each
talk at the table will present the one- or two-sentence summary, then another person or
persons will present the poster, or introduce the song or skit. (If someone is very shy, don’t
force the issue). Please present each of your talks in the order you received them today.
Before you begin your summary or presentation, each table member is to give his/her
name and the table name.               (Give an example.)           We will begin with the table of
_______________________. (Call the PRODIGAL speaker’s table first. Use the roster as a
checklist for calling tables.)
               ALD     Hang the posters on the conference room walls after each presentation.
               YLD
_______
8:10pm         ALD     Notify the PRODIGAL speaker to change and proceed to the Prayer Chapel.
                       Speaker: ___________________________
_______
8:30pm         ALD     Make a final check of the chapel for the PRODIGAL talk and the Cross Service.
                       Make sure that the speaker is in the Prayer Chapel.
_______
8:45pm         LD      Thank everyone for the posters.
                       Remind participants to clean their tables.
                       Announce a restroom break.




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                                       Overview of the Reconciliation Service
         The theme for the day has been Faith, meaning a trust in God who loves us and has a design for our lives.
This Faith frees us to die with Christ to anything that is holding us back from approaching God’s loving intention for
us. This final chapel visit for the day gives us an opportunity to affirm our faith in God and to indicate our desire to
grow closer to God.
         The service begins with the participants’ coming to the chapel in silence following the poster party. Without
introduction, a speaker gives the PRODIGAL talk. Then the SD explains examination of conscience and leads them
in an examination of their lives in the light of God’s love. The examination consists of a time to reflect on their own
“far country” and what is separating them from God.
         Following the examination of conscience, the ALDs pass out blank cards (or red papers) and pencils to the
participants. The SD invites them to take a few moments to write on the card whatever stands between them and
God. Whenever they are ready, they may walk forward and nail their cards to the large cross at the front. Then they
may return to their seats or stay for a moment at the altar for prayer until everyone has had a chance to participate.
Silence is maintained while the young people reflect and nail their papers to the cross. The MC may prepare special
music for transition immediately after the PRODIGAL talk and at the conclusion of the service.
         Prepare the chapel beforehand as detailed. The chapel is dimly lit with lectern in front from which the
speaker gives the PRODIGAL talk. Make sure the chapel has enough light that the participants can see to write—
avoid turning lights on and off. Surrounding the large cross; placed in the chancel area are nails, hammers, and
various symbols of Jesus’ life, such as a pair of sandals, a crown of thorns, and a robe. The MC may prepare
special music for the time following the PRODIGAL talk, but silence is recommended while the young people reflect
and nail their papers to the cross.
_______
8:55pm          ALD      Ring the bell for assembly in the conference room.
                         Verify the count and notify the LD.

                LD       Invitation to the next talk in the chapel.

        We will be going to the chapel/sanctuary now. We will move to the chapel in
silence, two by two, and will sit by table groups in the pews.                                 Please take your
Worshipbook with you. You may leave everything else here. (The PRODIGAL speaker’s
table needs to be the last row so that the speaker can rejoin the table during the examination of
conscience). Now let‘s go to the chapel in silence.
                ALD      Verify the count and notify the LD
_______
9:00pm          ALD      Bring the speaker to the chapel and notify the LD.
                         There is no introduction of speaker or talk title. The theme song is not sung, nor
                         the Prayer to the Holy Spirit recited.

                         Talk #5: PRODIGAL.                (Enter and leave in silence).
_______
9:20pm          ALD      Return to the Prayer Chapel with the speaker, place hand cross on the altar.

                SD       Reconciliation Service
                         When the PRODIGAL speaker leaves the chapel, the SD speaks from the side or
                         back of the chapel in order to draw the participants’ attention to the cross. You
                         may need a flashlight to see the manual in the dimly lit chapel/sanctuary.

        The remainder of the chapel time will be for what we call an Examination of
Conscience and Reconciliation Service. This is a time to examine our lives in the light of

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God, the one who loves us and knows us better than we know and love ourselves. Christ
is like a holy mirror who allows us to see in him who we really are as God‘s beloved
children. But what we also see when we look into that mirror are aspects of ourselves
that don‘t fit that picture. We may see things for which we are sorry or sad. We may see
our hurts, our fears, or our failures. We may see attitudes or habits that we need to let go
of and let die in us as we move on and mature. From now until morning will be a period
of silence. The silence gives us an opportunity to look within and see what‘s going on in
there. Silence is not easy for most of us, but it will be a valuable time for us all. (Pause).
      Now I want to invite you to reflect further on the story of the Prodigal. The son took
what the father gave him and went his own way. Then the son came to the realization that
he was lost, alone, and living with pigs. When he returned home, his father received him
with open arms and acceptance despite the mess he‘d made of his life and the way he‘d
wasted what had been given him. This is a picture of God‘s unconditional and forgiving
love toward us, God‘s readiness to receive us as we are.
      As you reflect on God‘s love for you, ponder these questions in the silence:
      . In what ways have you been running away from God, trying to find satisfaction
          in things or in thrills or in pleasing someone? (PAUSE)
      . What is your far country, your pigpen? Is it money, sex, cutting off relationships
          with people, using people for your own ends, needing to be the center of
          attention, being less than truthful?      In your far country, do you experience
          loneliness, hurt or rejection, fear of being known for who you really are?
          (PAUSE)
      . Or is your far country more like the older son‘s? Do you feel superior because
          you‘ve been so good? Do you feel you deserve better than others because you
          followed all the rules?      And yet are you lost in your own far country of
          loneliness, resentment, and pride? (PAUSE)
      . What is it that prevents you from deciding, like the prodigal in this story, from
          getting up and moving on? From going to God, asking for help, starting afresh?
          (PAUSE)
      . Finally, ask yourself, ―Am I open to receiving the relationship God is offering?‖
          (PAUSE 30 seconds).
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before you. Christ is ready to lead you to the God who loves and forgives and to walk
with you into a fresh start.
              MC     Background or Special music (i.e. “When God Ran”)

              SD     Cross Service

       Lying beside the cross are some hammers and nails, sandals, a robe and a crown
of thorns, reminders of Christ‘s love for us.                The cross is the central symbol for
Christians. It represents God‘s unconditional love. It also represents Jesus‘ power to
take from us whatever is holding us back or standing in the way of our opening up to
God. Jesus is with us in the Spirit to do that for us. He is asking, ―What burden can I
carry for you?‖
       In a moment, you will receive a piece of paper (rag). On that paper (rag), you are
invited to write what it is that stands between you and God. It may be something that you
need help to let go of or to overcome. Some examples might be a harmful habit, a fear, an
attitude, a sin, an anger or inner hurt, a doubt. Whatever it is for you, write it on your
piece of paper. You may spread out to write after you receive your pencil and paper.
Then, when you are ready, come forward and nail your paper to the cross. There is no
hurry; do this when you are ready. In doing so, you symbolically let go and give Christ
that which was keeping you from God and ask for help in clearing the way for a full
relationship with God. No one will read what you write. I will take the papers from the
cross and burn them later tonight after the service. What you have written is between you
and God.
       After you have nailed your paper on the cross, feel free to stay at the altar for a
moment of prayer or reflection and then return to your seat. When everyone has had a
chance to nail a paper to the cross, we will conclude the service in silence.
        Ask the assistants to distribute the papers at this time, or refer to the papers and pencils
under their chairs. Allow plenty of time for the participants to write. The SD should model the
instructions and lead the way by nailing his or her paper to the cross after taking a moment to
write. The SD should then step aside, away from the cross, and be prepared to respond to any
young people who indicate a need for support or prayer. No one should be standing or sitting at
the cross. This is an individual’s time at the cross.
        After everyone has had a chance to nail his or her paper to the cross, close the prayer
time with listening music then conclude the service and dismiss the participants with the
following words by the LD:
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10:20pm       LD     Dismissal


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                Today has been a time of receiving God‘s love and reconciliation. We will
have this period of silence to listen both to God and to our own hearts. Spiritual Directors
are available to meet with you. The silence will continue through the rest of this evening
until we come to the chapel tomorrow morning. We will break the silence when we gather
tomorrow morning for Morning Prayer.
         Today has been a long day, an intense day.                    Many of you were up early this
morning. All of us are tired. Tomorrow is another very full day with another day after
that. Try to get some rest tonight. Remember to be considerate of those who want to
sleep or who are still waiting to see on of the Spiritual Directors.                          We are a large
community, and it is important that each one cooperates. Your spirit of generosity and
cooperation has been great today.
         Try to get to sleep as quickly as possible. I guarantee that we will all need it for
tomorrow. It will be a big day! Again, the Spiritual Directors are available and the rest of
the team is here too. Be careful and quiet as you move to the sleeping area.
         A bell will awaken you in the morning. You‘ll have about this long (45 minutes) to
dress.     When the second bell rings, respond immediately by coming to the chapel.
Remember to wear your name tag. Snacks and drinks are in the ____________________,
but please remember the period of silence. Get a good night‘s rest, and we‘ll see you in
the morning. God bless you.
                MC      Meditative music as participants leave is optional to maintain silence.
_______
10:40pm         SD    Burn papers from the cross. Place ashes in a small bowl and return
                them to the chapel for Morning Prayer.

                ALD     Stays in sleeping area with participants.

                LD      Team Meeting

                                          Team Meeting Agenda

.The meeting is to be as brief as possible and to the point—ten to fifteen minutes in length so as not to keep the
    table leaders away from the participants for too long.
.LD designates a teem meeting room apart from the participants.
.The focus of the meeting is the conference room team, though support team coordinators are welcome to attend.
    Other on-site helpers are encouraged to rest.
.The team meetings allow team members to touch base with one another, share today’s joys and concerns, review
    the next day’s schedule, and pray together.
.Work out questions about logistics and details that do not pertain to the conference room team after the team
    meeting with those who are responsible.




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     1.   Share joys. What went well? Where do you celebrate God’s presence in today’s
          experiences?
     2.   Share concerns. What could we improve for tomorrow? What can we learn from
          today?
     3.   Check on tables. How is each table coming with dialogue and participation?
     4.   Review tomorrow. Briefly remind them of Day Two’s flow, including any instructions
          for Communion, Book Table procedures, table chapel visits, Candlelight, and so forth.
           Remind them to listen for the explanation of the Chrysalis pins before distributing
          them. Be aware of the difference between agape gifts and table or room decorations.
           Agape is given so everyone in the conference room gets an equal amount
          representing God’s equal love for all. Are there questions about each of your
          responsibilities?
     5.   Chapel visits actually begin right after Communion or when tables are invited to share
          the experiences in table groups and pray together. After this prayer time, tables
          desiring to pray again can contact an ALD to set up a prayer time in the Prayer Chapel
          on Days Two and Three.
     6.   Affirm the team. Celebrate how God is working through them.
     7.   Ask the SD for any additional comments, observations, insights.
     8.   Close with prayer. Remind the team to observe tonight’s silence.
_______
11:00pm      ALD    Lights out in participants sleeping area.
             LC     Turn out the lights and secure the building.
                    Set up chapel for Morning Prayer. Place a picture of water beside the
                    bowl of ashes, and position a wastebasket behind the table so SD can
                    empty the ashes at the appropriate moment in the presentation.




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                                                   HOPE
                                     A Day of Rising with Christ

                                              Symbol: Chrysalis
                                  (Have a poster with HOPE and a chrysalis on it)

So that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:4.
Day Two is a day of entry and incorporation into the new life God opens to us in Jesus Christ. The
underlying intent of each talk and worship experience is to foster hope in the promise and possibility of
living in the fullness of love with God and one another. The focus is the means God gives by which we
are invited to practice and live into this new life—communicating in love, growing in grace and truth,
celebrating God’s presence, remaining in grace despite our denials, developing enduring relationships of
faithful love, and rededicating our lives as Christian disciples. While faith frees us to die with Christ from
all that keeps us in the far country, hope embraces the promise for which we rise with Christ into a new
life of constant communion with God.

        BELL: YLD                        RUNNER (Outside Contact): ALD                     SETUP: ALD

_______
6:15am          YLD      Arise, unlock door for outside help.
_______
6:30am          YLD      Wake up the Table of Saints and LCs.
_______
6:45am          YLD      Wake up participants reminding them of the silence by holding
                         finger to lips.
                         Remind them to bring Worshipbooks by holding one up.
                         Check setup of chapel for Morning Prayer.

                LC       Prepare chapel for Morning Prayer.
_______
7:40am          YLD      Ring the bell for assembly in the chapel.
                         Responsible for Bell and outside contact today.
                         Verify the count and notify the LD.

                ALD      As Morning Prayer begins, let the kitchen team know the service has started.
                         Toward the end of Morning Prayer, check to see if kitchen is ready.

Preparation for Morning Prayer: During the night, the Spiritual Director should have burned the papers
the young people nailed to the cross. In preparation for Morning Prayer, the ashes are put in a bowl.
Place the bowlful of ashes on the table from which the SD will present the meditation. Beside the bowl,
place a pitcher of water. Put a wastebasket or sack behind the table so that the SD can empty the ashes
into it from the bowl at the appropriate moment in the meditation. Toward the back of the table, place a
damp cloth or paper towel with which to wipe out the bowl. Make these preparations the night before or
prior to the participants’ arrival for Morning Prayer.
_______
7:45am                  Morning Prayer

                LD       Opening: Greet the gathered community and end the silence.

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                    Prayer and Psalm: Invite everyone to join in reading a prayer of Psalm 23
                    (page 7) or 139 (page 11) from the Worshipbook.

             MC     Special Music, such as “Create in me a Clean Heart, O God.”

             SD     Meditation on Living Water

      Friends, listen to God‘s word of grace in Ephesians 2:4-10:
―God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we
were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you
have been saved—and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly
places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come, He might show the immeasurable
riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been
saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of
works, so that no one may boast.‖
      Let me read the last verse again: ―For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.‖
      This is, in a few words, what yesterday was all about.                 The message is an
affirmation of faith: God made you, God loves you and accepts you as you are. You are
immersed in God‘s grace. You don‘t have to create a relationship with God. All of this is
God‘s gift to you. You can, therefore, let go of and die to whatever is getting between you
and the fullness of life God intends for you. Christ bears your burdens. Christ walks with
you. That was yesterday. (Pause).
      Today is an affirmation of the hope and promise God has for our lives in Jesus
Christ. Today we come to realize that dying with Christ is only the beginning of a life-long
process of growth as a Christian. We not only die with Christ to sin, but we rise with
Christ to new life in the light and love of God. We are not only immersed in God‘s love;
we are raised to new life in Christ and are renewed as God‘s beloved children. In the
words of Ephesians, we are made ―alive together with Christ.‖ So the theme of this day—
Day Two of your Chrysalis experience—is ―Hope.‖ Today is a day of rising with Christ.
(Pause).
      Now I invite you to focus your attention on two symbols. The first symbol is the
bowl of ashes [lift the bowl]. You will notice that the cross is empty. All of the things you
nailed to it are gone. So have our lives been made clean of those temptations and sins


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we chose to let go of. The ashes are all that remain. The ashes have been placed here as
a symbol of cleansing and transformation in you. The ashes represent something else
also. Sometimes when we give our burdens to Christ, we want Him to take them, but we
won‘t let go. We continue to hold on to sins that God has since forgiven, hurts that could
have been healed, feelings that we are free to leave behind. We continue to be a little like
this bowl – we have experienced the fire of God‘s saving love, and yet like this bowl we
are weighed down with the ashes of our past. What will it mean for you to really let go
and to let Christ free you of those things you have given up? [pause]
      Here in this pitcher is a second symbol I would like you to ponder: water. (Lift the
pitcher). Water is a symbol of cleansing, life, rebirth, and renewal. Jesus once referred to
himself as the living water. Jesus said to the woman at the well, ―But those who drink of
the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become
in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life‖ (John 4:14). I invite each of you this
morning to open yourself to be filled with the living water of Christ and to let the life of
Christ flow through you, freeing you, refreshing you, and renewing you in love.
      How do we let go of the old life in us? By receiving the new life that has been
poured out for us. Christ is the living water. Christ calls us to empty our lives (dump all
the ashes from the bowl into wastebasket and show the empty bowl) of all that keeps us from
living our lives in the fullness of faith and to let them be filled with living water (pour water
into the bowl). Receive the fullness of life that God gives.
      The questions we must wrestle with and come to terms with today is, ―With what or
with whom will we fill our lives?‖ (Close with prayer).

             MC     Closing Music, i.e. songs of presence and new life.
_______
8:10am       LD     Announce Breakfast
_______
8:15am       MC     Lead the blessing before the meal.

             ALD    Notify the COMMUNICATION THROUGH PRAYER speaker to change and
                    proceed to the Prayer Chapel.
                    Speaker: ____________________________________
_______
8:45am       ALD    Announce a break to last until the bell rings.
                    Place COMMUNICATION THROUGH PRAYER posters and talk.
                    Check podium for fresh water and turn on the microphone.
                    Place reflection guides face down in TL journal.
                    Make sure the Chrysalis pins are given to each TL.


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             ALD    Make sure the speaker is in the Chapel.
_______
9:00am       YLD    Ring the bell for assembly in the conference room.
                    Verify the count and notify the LD.

             ALD    Introduce Chapel visits.

      After the service of Holy Communion, you had a chance to share in prayer. We
want to give you other opportunities as a table group to go to the chapel and pray
together today and tomorrow.
      When you get to the chapel, you may either stand or kneel before the altar or you
may want to sit in a circle holding hands. The table leader will take the hand cross and
begin the prayer. Then the table leader will pass the cross to the next person. If you do
not feel like praying aloud, pray silently, then pass the hand cross on. As a group, be
gentle and encouraging.
      The hand cross that you will receive has been used by the speakers. Before the
talk, each speaker goes to the chapel with a prayer partner for prayer. All speakers
brought the hand cross with them to hold during the talks. When finished, each one
returned to the Prayer Chapel for a prayer of thanksgiving with their prayer partner. The
hand cross was returned to the altar in the Prayer Chapel for use by the next speaker.
      The hand cross will be in the chapel for your table if you wish to go in together and
pray. Whenever your table would like to go pray, please have your table leader notify an
ALD to schedule a time for you.
             MC     Lead singing.

             YLD    Share general agape letters and post.
_______
9:10am       ALD    Bring the speaker to the conference room door and notify LD.

             ALD    Sit at the table of the speaker until after table summaries.

             LD     Introduce the theme of Day Two.

      Yesterday‘s theme was ―Faith.‖ God‘s love for us and faith in us enable us to have
faith—in God and in ourselves—and to let go of things that prevent us from living. Through
faith, God‘s grace transforms us into more beautiful and complete persons. Today‘s theme is
―Hope,‖ the hope that allows us to rise with Christ. God gives us the means and the support
we need to rise from the ashes of our situations and to move toward living life to the fullest.
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not feel. Sometimes we may feel that our lives, our families, the world are hopeless. We may
say to ourselves, ―why try?” So today we will focus on the hope God gives and the means by
which we rise with Christ in newness of life.
      In order for us to realize that hope today, we need your spirit of cooperation. We need
your openness and enthusiastic participation.           We need your honesty in sharing, your
insights, and your criticisms. Above all, we need you to be yourself. Each of us has a
uniqueness that is God-given. Each one of us has been given a special grace that takes the
form of a personal vision, dream, ideal, or calling. When we share what God has given us,
then we are altogether more grace-filled.         We move toward our dream.         We come alive
together in Christ. While some may attempt to live alone, we know that our quality of life is
greater when we share our gifts with one another.
      This is the cocoon day, the chrysalis day.           This is the day of transformation and
change. The cocoons you are receiving now are symbols of what is taking place today and
what God is doing quietly in each of your lives. You may each take a Chrysalis pin to replace
the caterpillar pin as a sign of the next phase in our journey. By removing the caterpillar pin
and replacing it with a cocoon, we are symbolizing the process of transformation that must
take place in a Christian‘s life in order to rise with Christ. (Have each person take one.) As we
share today, let‘s be aware of God‘s hope and promise for us and for each person here, the
hope that transforms us into butterflies.
      Please rotate positions at your table if you have not yet done so this morning.
_______
9:15am       YLD    Please stand for the lighting of the Christ candle. Light the candle.

             MC     Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord.”

             YLD    With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of cooperation and
                    charity, pen in hand, please prepare for the next talk which will be given
                    by an adult.

                    Talk #6: COMMUNICATION THROUGH PRAYER
_______
9:35am       ALD    Return with speaker to Prayer Chapel and replace hand cross on the altar.

             YLD    Please take a moment of silence to meditate on this talk. (15 seconds).
                    Extinguish the candle.
                    Please fill in the reflection guides. (2 minutes).
                    You may begin table discussions. (12 minutes).
                    You may begin table summaries. (5 minutes).
                    Please begin your posters, skits or songs. (10 minutes).
_______
10:05am      ALD    Announce a break to last until the bell rings.

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                     Place GROWTH THROUGH STUDY posters and talk.
                     Check the podium for fresh water and turn on the microphone.
                     Place reflection guides face down in TL journal.

              ALD    Notify GROWTH THROUGH STUDY speaker to change and proceed to Chapel.
                     Speaker: ______________________________
_______
10:20am       ALD    Make sure the speaker is in the Prayer Chapel.

              YLD    Ring the bell for assembly in the conference room.
                     Verify the count and notify the LD.

              MC     Lead singing. Teach other verses of “De Colores.”

              ALD    Share agape.
_______
10:25am       YLD    Sit at the speaker’s table through table summaries.

              ALD    Bring speaker to the conference room door and notify the LD.
_______
10:30am       ALD    Please stand for the lighting of the Christ candle. Light the candle.

              MC     Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord.”

              ALD    With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of cooperation and
                     charity, pen in hand, please prepare for the next talk which will be given by
                     a youth.

                     Talk #7: CHRISTIAN GROWTH THROUGH STUDY
              LC     Set up Chapel for the Holy Communion service:
                     Move the podium out of the way. Arrange communion elements.
                     If mime or clowning is planned, check to see what performers need.
_______
10:50am       ALD    Return to Prayer Chapel with speaker and replace hand cross on the altar.

              ALD    Please take a moment of silence to meditate on this talk. (15 seconds).
                     Extinguish the candle.
                     Please fill in the reflection guides. (2 minutes).
                     You may begin table discussions. (12 minutes).
                     You may begin table summaries. (5 minutes).
                     Please begin your posters, skits or songs. (10 minutes).
_______
11:20am       LD     Explain the Book Table Procedure.

      As __________________just told you in the Christian Growth through Prayer talk, a book table
      has been set up in the ___________________________. The price is on each book. You may
      write your name and information for the book you wish to order. You may write a check at Closing
      made payable to ______________________. If you have any questions about a certain book or
      would like a recommendation, ask one of the team members. Let’s take a break to look at the
      book table.
_______

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11:25am   ALD   Check to see if kitchen is ready to serve lunch.
_______
11:40am   ALD   Ring bell for assembly in conference room
_______
11:55am   LD    Announce lunch and go.

          MC    In dining area, lead the blessing before meals.

          ALD   Notify the GOD’S GIFT TO YOU speaker to change and proceed to the Chapel.
                Speaker: ____________
_______
12:20pm   YLD   Lead joke time.
_______
12:30pm   ALD   Announce a break to last until the bell rings.
                Place GOD’S GIFT TO YOU posters and talk.
                If speaker is using a “Gift Box” as a visual aid, make sure there is a place
                large enough for items to be displayed.
                Check podium for fresh water and turn on the microphone.
                Make sure TL has index cards for questions.
_______
12:45pm         Ring bell for assembly in conference room. Share chair agape with
                assistance of YLD.

          ALD   Make sure speaker is in the Prayer Chapel.
                Make sure communion elements are ready.

          MC    Lead singing.
_______
12:55pm   ALD   Bring the speaker to the conference room door and notify the LD.

          LC    Set up a second chapel space for table groups to pray, if needed.

          ALD   There are cards for questions at your table. If you have questions, write
                them down during the talk and the speaker will take time to answer them. If
                you have not already done so, rotate your tables. Please stand for the
                lighting of the Christ candle. Light the candle.

          MC    Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord.”

          ALD   With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of cooperation and
                charity, pen in hand, prepare for the next talk which will be given by a clergy.
_______
1:00pm          Talk #8: GOD‘S GIFT TO YOU

                At the end of this talk, the SD invites everyone to follow him/her to the
                chapel for a service of Holy Communion. Move two by two, table by
                table in an attitude of prayer.
_______
1:30pm    ALD   Collect questions cards with assistance of YLD.

          ALD   Extinguish the candle in the conference room.


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                    Verify the count and notify the LD.
_______
1:40pm       SD     Holy Communion (could be Mime Communion) Mime Communion
                    See SD Manual for options with a standard liturgy or scripts in the Team
                    Manual. Consider returning the nails to them used last night in the service.
                    Afterward, return to conference room for discussion, summaries & posters.
_______
2:10pm       LD     Introduce Prayer with Tables

       After the service of Holy Communion, you had a chance to share in prayer. We want to
give you other opportunities as a table group to go to the chapel and pray together today and
tomorrow.
       When you go to the chapel, you may stand, kneel, or sit in a circle holding hands. The
table leader will take the hand cross and begin the prayer. Then he will pass the cross to the
next person. If you do not feel like praying out loud, pray silently, and then pass the cross on.
As a group be gentle and encouraging.
       The hand cross you will receive has been used by the speakers. Before their talks they
go to the chapel with a prayer partner for prayer. All speakers bring a hand cross with them to
hold during their talks. When finished, they return to the chapel for prayer and thanksgiving
with their prayer partner. The hand cross is returned to the altar to be used by the next
speaker.
When you‘re ready, please notify the ALDs to schedule a time for you to pray with your table.

             ALD    Announce a long break. Shower, nap or play.
_______
3:15pm       YLD    First bell

             ALD    Go around and tell everyone they have this much time (45 minutes) before
                    gathering back in the conference room. This is the time to clean up and put on
                    clean clothes for dinner.
_______
4:00pm       YLD    Ring bell for assembly in the conference room.
                    Verify the count and notify the LD.
                    Q & A for GOD‘S GIFT TO YOU.
             MC     Lead singing. Teach “Jesus, Jesus” song.
_______
4:35pm       ALD    Begin table summaries (5 minutes)
                    Begin posters (10 minutes)
_______
4:50pm       ALD    Check to see if kitchen team is ready to serve dinner.
                    Notify MARRIAGE speakers to dress and proceed to the Prayer Chapel.
_______
4:55pm       ALD    Announce dinner and ask participants to sit with table groups for the special
                    dinner so they can celebrate together.
_______
5:00pm              Dinner by candlelight

             MC     Lead the blessing before the meal.
_______
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             ALD   Announce evening entertainment.
                   Evening Entertainment (10-15 minutes maximum).
_______
5:40pm       ALD   Check to see that MARRIAGE speakers are in the Prayer Chapel.

             ALD   Announce a short break to last until the bell rings. Can quickly put agape in
                   sleeping rooms and go to the restroom.
_______
5:45pm       YLD   Ring the bell for assembly in the conference room.

             ALD   Place MARRIAGE posters and talk.
                   Check podium for fresh water and turn on the microphone.
                   Place reflection guides and index cards face down in TL journal.
                   Sit at the MARRIAGE speaker’s table until table summaries are complete.

             MC    Lead singing.

             YLD   Explain procedure for tomorrow.

      Getting up tomorrow will be at a faster pace and will be earlier. We will wake you,
giving you time for a quick shower and to dress. Pack up all of your belongings and
bedding after showers. Place your belongings in ________________________. Help pick
up your sleeping area. After storing your gear, listen for the bell and proceed to the
chapel for Morning Prayer.
_______
5:55pm       ALD   Bring the MARRIAGE speakers to the conference room door and notify LD.

             YLD   Explain questions process.

      On these note cards you may write a question you would like to ask of the couple
that is giving the next talk. Do not put your name on the paper. At the end of the talk, the
Assistants will collect the papers, and I will ask the questions of the couple during the
question and answer period that will follow this talk. Please stand for the lighting of the
Christ candle.     Light the candle.


             MC    Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord.”

             YLD   With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of cooperation and
                   charity, pen in hand, please receive the speakers who are adults joined
                   in marriage.
_______
6:00pm             Talk #9: MARRIAGE
_______
6:30pm       LC    Set up for candlelight service.
                   Put out Communion elements for the community.
                   Place the roster on the podium for the SD.

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                Place tissue boxes throughout the sanctuary.
                Check on the sound system.
                Place candles by the door entering the sanctuary.
                Place empty boxes by the exits to place the candles in as the community leaves.
                Bring songbooks to the sanctuary if community will use them.
                Check the order of worship for more setup.
_______
6:30pm    YLD   Please take a moment of silence to meditate on this talk. (15 seconds).
                Extinguish the candle.
                We will take a minute for you to finish writing your questions.
                Collect questions from the participants.

                Q & A of MARRIAGE speakers.

          SD    Organize the questions by similarity and give to the speakers. Allow
                the couple to review the questions with SD, combine similar
                questions, and reflect on appropriate responses. In the conference
                room, the couple may choose to read the questions or have the
                questions read to them. Each question requires a response or
                acknowledgment.
_______
7:00pm    ALD   Return to the designated room with the speakers and return the hand cross
                to the altar.
                Notify GOD SUSTAINS YOU speaker to dress and proceed to the chapel.
                Speaker : ____________

          ALD   Announce a short break until the bell rings.
_______
7:05pm    YLD   Ring the bell for assembly in the conference room.
                Verify the count and notify the LD.
_______
7:15pm    LD    Poster party (use table roster to call up tables)
_______
7:45pm    ALD   Check to see that the GOD SUSTAINS YOU speaker is in the Prayer Chapel.

          LC    Watch for community members and direct them to the designated area.
_______
7:55pm    ALD   Announce a restroom break.
                Place GOD SUSTAINS YOU posters and talk.
                Check the podium for fresh water and turn on the microphone.
                Place reflection guides face down in TL journal.
______
8:10pm    YLD   Ring the bell for assembly in the conference room.
                Verify the count and notify the LD.

          MD    Lead singing

          ALD   Share Agape
_______
8:15pm    ALD   Please stand for the lighting of the Christ candle. Light the candle.

          MC    Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord.”

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                ALD      With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of cooperation and
                         charity, pen in hand, prepare for the next talk which will be given by a
                         clergy.
_______
8:15pm          SD      Lead the Chrysalis Community gathered in the sanctuary in Holy
                        Communion.

                         Talk #10: GOD SUSTAINS YOU
_______
8:40pm          ALD      Return with speaker to the Chapel, place hand cross on the altar.

                ALD      Please take a moment of silence to meditate on this talk. (15 seconds).
                         Extinguish the candle.
                         Please fill in the reflection guides. (2 minutes).
                         You may begin table discussions. (12 minutes).

                LC       Put out bedtime agape.
_______
8:55pm          ALD      Announce a short restroom break—STAY CLOSE TO CONFERENCE ROOM!
                         Ring bell in 4 minutes.
_______
9:00pm          LD       Lead participants to the sanctuary for Night Prayer.

                ALD      Notify community leaders that conference room is ready and make sure
                         community service has ended.

                Let‘s go to the chapel for our Night Prayer. We will walk two by two, table by
table into the chancel area (the front) of the sanctuary in silence. Please follow me.
_______
9:05pm                   Candlelight Service
NOTE TO SD: The intent of the Candlelight Service is to move the young people closer to a realization of God’s love
through the support shown by the Community. The presence of the gathered Community signifies the
encouragement and commitment of the body of Christ on the young people’s behalf. The Candlelight Service
strengthens the young people in their decision to rise with Christ to new life as Christian disciples and members of
Christ’s church.
         Candlelight also prepares the young people for the time of prayer following Candlelight where they have an
opportunity to renew their commitment to Jesus Christ or to make a first-time commitment. The length of the prayer
service following Candlelight varies. The prayer time is the participants’ time with God. Leaders should be present
and supportive, while careful not to evoke or manipulate their responses. The time for prayer should be long enough
for each participant to have a chance to decide how to personally respond to God but should not be prolonged
unnecessarily. Invite those who wish to remain in the chapel following the dismissal to do so, while directing the
others to the informal refreshment time. Aim to have the young people and team in bed on schedule so the
participants can stay awake during Day Three.
         You may need a flashlight if you are reading the narrative. After the participants have walked down the aisle
of lighted candles through the singing Community and after the participants have assembled in the chancel area of
the sanctuary, explain Candlelight in these words:

        The Chrysalis and Emmaus Communities have gathered here out of their love of
Christ and their love for you. They have come from such places as


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___________________. They have celebrated Holy Communion and prayed for you by
name as an act of agape. In a few minutes they will be leaving to return home. They have
come to show their support for you. They have come here for the sole purpose of moving
you closer to the realization of God‘s love. Can you imagine that youth, men, and women
who do not even know you come here because they want you to realize how much God
loves you? Can there be anything greater than the body of Christ loving us on behalf of
Christ?
       Let‘s sing the ―Jesus, Jesus‖ song to let them know we appreciate and accept their
expression of love.
             MC       Lead “Jesus, Jesus.”

             LC       Check on Agape Feast refreshments. Clean up conference room.
                      Enjoy the party.

             SD       Examination of Conscience and Prayer

When the Community has departed and only participants and team remain in the dimly lit
sanctuary or chapel, ask the participants and team members to spread out and move into the
pews for a few minutes of silent reflection on the day and the meaning of what just took place in
the Candlelight Service. Allow a few minutes of silence for this personal reflection time.

             MC       Meditative Solo after initial period of silent reflection.

             SD       Examination of Conscience and Prayer continued.

       We are now going to make an examination of conscience that differs from what we
did last night. All acts of agape over the last two days have been for the purpose of
moving you closer to Christ. In the silence of the sanctuary, you will have an opportunity
to respond to God‘s love and call. You may respond in any number of ways:
      You may want to let go of still another barrier to your relationship with God. We
       began with this last night, but you still may have something you need to hand over
       to God to clear the way for you to start afresh with Christ.
      You may feel moved to open your life more fully to Christ, the living water, as we
       considered this morning. This may be your time to allow the Holy Spirit to flow in
       and through you, to cleanse and to empower you.
      You may want to commit or recommit you life to the Lord Jesus Christ, accepting
       the challenge to be a true disciple. If you are making a commitment for the first
       time, I encourage you to share that with one of the leaders who can both celebrate


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       with you and give you further guidance.
      Finally, you may need to pray for guidance for the days ahead or for how to deal
       with some situation in your life.
       During this time, you are free to come to the altar to pray. You are also free to sit
where you are. You may wish to be alone or you may be moved to be with someone—a
table leader, a spiritual director, or one or more of your friends. Remember that the team
leaders and spiritual directors are here for you. Above all, remember that God is here for
you; and no matter how you choose to respond; you are on holy ground that becomes
your personal place before God.
       The rest of our time in the chapel is now your time with God to respond as you are
moved. In a little while, we will conclude the service with music and with a closing
prayer.
SD: Give sufficient time (15-30 minutes) for the young people to come to the chancel rail or to
respond in prayer as they are moved. Be sensitive to those who need special support. If
someone wishes to talk, find a quiet place for conversation. Make it clear the ASD’s are present
to help.
       Draw the prayer service to a close with a song and/or prayer but indicate that those who
desire more time may stay. Invite everyone to the next agape gift--informal refreshments. Let
the participants know that they may choose to remain in the chapel as long as they wish. At
least one ASD should remain available in the sanctuary until every participant leaves.
_______
10:30pm               AGAPE FEAST.
_______
11:30pm         ALDs Prepare for bed.

                LC    Clean up the sanctuary. Extinguish and store the candles.
                      Remove tissues and tissue boxes.

                LD    Team Meeting only if needed.
_______
12:00midnight         Lights out in the participants sleeping area.


NOTE: Sleep is essential for both participants and team members. Prevent the evening
activities from being drawn out unnecessarily and extending beyond 11:30pm or 12:00 midnight.
 Encourage participants and team members alike to get rest in preparation for Day Three. Keep
the three days in focus.




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                                                  LOVE
                                    A Day of Flying with Christ

                                        Symbol: Butterfly
                            Have a poster with LOVE and a butterfly on it.

As the Father has sent me, so I send you. John 20:21.
And you will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8.

        Day Three is a day of return to the world from which we came. The underlying intent in each talk and
special moment is to communicate God’s call to a Christ-like life of self-giving love. The focus is the
empowerment God gives to embody that love—in witness and service, in everyday relationships as members of
the church with the ongoing support of spiritual friends. Faith and hope are born of God’s love and bear fruit in
wholehearted love for God an neighbor. Therefore Day Three is a call to go forth with Christ on the wings of
God’s love and to make that love visible wherever we go.
        Watch your schedule closely throughout Day Three. Honor the time needed for the talks and
experiences, each of which is essential to the message of the day. Begin the day on time because of the
compressed schedule of Day Three. Aim for the scheduled closing time and respect the traveling time needed
for people to get home.



        BELL: ALD                RUNNER (Outside Contact): YLD                   TALK SETUP: ALD

_______
6:00am         ALD      Arise to unlock door for outside team.
_______
6:10am         ALD      Awaken the Table of Saints and LC’s.

               LC       Prepare the chapel for Morning Prayer.
_______
6:30am         TOS      Awaken butterflies with singing.
_______
7:00am         TOS      Help butterflies pack their belongings and clean up the sleeping area.

               LC       Help butterflies store their gear and help put sleeping rooms in order.
_______
7:25am         ALD      Ring the bell for assembly in the chapel.
                        Verify the count and notify the LD.

               LC       Pack up personal belongings. Clean up the sleeping areas and help put the
                        mats away. Run the sweeper in the sleeping areas. Put the rooms in order.
                        Take breakfast agape to the kitchen.
                        Place the butterfly pins in the center of each table in the conference room or
                        at the Saints table for the ALDs to pass out.
_______
7:30am                  Morning Prayer

               LD       Greeting and Opening Prayer: From the front of the chapel, lead everyone
                        in the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi from page 13 of the Worshipbook.


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             SD      Meditation on ―Being Instruments of Love‖

      Friends, we have received many expressions of love these three days. We have
experienced what the First Letter of John (1 John 3:1) means when it states, ―See what
love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what
we are.‖ However, the Christian life is not only about receiving the love God gives, but
passing that love on to others—in the everyday settings in which we live.
      This morning I want to share with you some images of how Jesus saw the potential
for love in everything, and how he and his friends turned things, problems, and situations
into instruments of love and opportunities to glorify God.
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet:
      Jesus and the disciples were at supper. ―The devil had already put it into the heart
of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that
the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was
going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around
himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples‘ feet and to
wipe them with the towel that was tied around him‖ (John 13:2-5).
      Whoever thought of doing anything special with a towel? Towels are for cleaning
and drying ourselves. And yet Jesus took an ordinary towel and changed the lives of
twelve men by turning it into an instrument of love. ―I have set you an example,‖ said
Jesus, ―that you also should do (for one another) as I have done to you.‖ What about
your things? What things do you have—as ordinary as a towel—that you could use for
service to other people? Jesus took a towel and used it to touch twelve friends with
God‘s love. How is God asking you to take and use what you have to glorify God in
service to others?
Jesus Gives Sight to a Man Born Blind:
      ―As (Jesus) walked along, he saw a blind man from birth. His disciples asked him,
‗Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?‘ Jesus answered,
‗Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God‘s works might be
revealed in him‘‖ (John 9:1-3).
      Just like this blind man, we all have parts of ourselves that we feel are a curse;
parts that limit us, embarrass us, or make us feel inadequate. We may even get angry
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fault,‖ or ―It‘s my fault.‖
       But isn‘t it interesting that Jesus doesn‘t focus on the limitation; he focuses on the
possibility. Jesus doesn‘t focus on the past (―Whose fault was it that this man was born
blind?‖) but on the present (―How can even this man‘s weakness, his blindness, be used
as an opportunity to reveal God‘s power and love?‖). For Jesus, the issue was not whose
fault it was that the man was blind, but how this man‘s weakness—his blindness—might
be used as an opportunity to reveal God‘s power.
       We like to think that God could use our strength to do great things in the world.
But what about our weaknesses? Is it possible that God wants our weaknesses as well,
or even more so? What weakness or limitations in your life is God asking you to offer
up? (Pause 15 seconds).
Jesus Feeds a Multitude
       After this, Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of
Tiberius. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was
doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples.
Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw the
large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, ―Where are we to buy bread for
these people to eat?‖ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to
do. Philip answered him, ―Six months‘ wages would not buy enough bread for each of
them to get a little.‖ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter‘s brother, said to him,
―There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so
many people?‖                                                                   --John 6:1-9
       ―We don‘t have enough,‖ said Philip. That‘s the response of most people when
faced with a challenge to meet the need in today‘s world. ―We can‘t do that. We don‘t
have enough time, enough money, enough help.‖ Or ―We aren‘t smart enough, important
enough, or popular enough.‖ Have you ever felt that way?
       But a boy in this story had a different attitude. He had only five bread rolls and two
fish, but he offered what he had to Jesus. Jesus took his little bit of bread and fish,
offered it to God, and with it he fed a multitude. There were even leftovers.
       Jesus is calling us to focus not on what God has not given us, but on what God
has given us. Jesus is calling us to be like the boy in the story—to step forward and to
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that when we offer what we have, God can work miracles with our lives.
       Jesus is calling us today to offer our lives for God‘s use as instruments of love to
the glory of God. What do you say? What will be your response? (Pause 15 seconds).
      Close with a prayer of thanksgiving for the participants, for the gift of their lives, and for the
tremendous potential for love within the reach of each person.

              MC      Lead a song of celebration and going forth.
_______
7:35am        YLD     Check to see if the kitchen is ready for breakfast.
_______
7:55am        LD      Announce breakfast.
_______
8:00am                BREAKFAST.

              MC      Lead the blessing before the meal.

              YLD     Notify CHRISTIAN ACTION speaker to change and proceed to the Chapel.
                      Joke time, only if time permits.
_______
8:20am        ALD     Announce a restroom break.
                      Place CHRISTIAN ACTION posters and talk.
                      Check the podium for fresh water and turn on the microphone.
                      Place reflection guides face down in TL journal.

              YLD     Make sure speaker is in the Prayer Chapel.
_______
8:30am        ALD     Ring the bell for assembly in the conference room.
                      Verify the count and notify the LD.

              MC      Lead singing.

              ALD     Share agape.

              YLD     Sit at the speaker’s table until table summaries.

              LC      Stuff information packets—See LC manual.
_______
8:40am        ALD     Bring speaker to the conference room door and notify LD.

              LD      Introduce the theme of Day Three.


       Today‘s theme is ―Love.‖ Love transforms caterpillars into beautiful butterflies so
that we can fly with Christ. In First John we read that ―God is love.‖ As we increase our
openness to God‘s love for us and as we grow in faith and hope, we seek ways to
express God‘s love for others.
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wants us to be. This transformation takes place, however, not only by receiving God‘s
love, but by giving what we have received to others. So today is a day of preparation for
going forth from this place to make a difference in our homes, schools, churches, and
world. This does not mean that we are perfect Christians or that we are better than
anyone else. It simply means that we receive the gift in order to share it with others. As
we do so and as Christ‘s love shines through us, we are being changed from caterpillars
into butterflies. We are being transformed in the likeness of Christ.
        The first day, you were given a caterpillar pin, which was exchanged for a Chrysalis
pin on the second day. Today we would like to replace your Chrysalis pin with a butterfly
pin. It is a symbol of the transformation that is occurring in you during this three days.
You may remove your cocoon now and replace it with a butterfly.
Assistants will give the butterfly pins to the table leaders; they, in turn, will give them to the participants.

                ALD     Please stand for the lighting of the Christ candle. (Light the candle).

                MC      Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord.”

                ALD     With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of cooperation and
                        charity, pen in hand, prepare for the next talk, which will be given by a
                        youth.

_______
8:45am                  Talk #11: CHRISTIAN ACTION
_______
9:05am          YLD     Return with speaker to Chapel, replace hand cross on the altar.

                ALD     Please take a moment of silence to meditate on this talk. (15 seconds).
                        Extinguish the candle.
                        Please fill in the reflection guides. (2 minutes).
                        You may begin table discussions. (12 minutes).
                        You may begin table summaries. (5 minutes).
                        As an act of agape, there will be no posters today. (Cheer).
_______
9:25am          ALD     Announce a break.
                        Place SINGLE LIFE posters and talk.
                        Check podium for fresh water and turn on the microphone.
                        Place reflection guides and index cards face down in TL journal.

                YLD     Notify SINGLE LIFE speaker to dress and proceed to the Chapel.
_______
9:40am          YLD     Make sure the speaker is in the Prayer Chapel.

                ALD     Ring the bell for assembly in the conference room.
                        Verify the count and notify the LD.
                        Share agape.

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             MC     Lead singing.

             ALD    Sit in Single Life speaker’s chair until after table summaries.
_______
9:45am       YLD    Bring the speaker to the conference room door and notify the LD.
                    Introduce procedure for questions.

      On these cards, you may write a question you would like to ask of the speaker
about the next talk. The assistants will collect the questions at the end of the talk.
________
9:48am       ALD    Please stand for the lighting of the Christ candle. (Light the candle).

             MC     Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord”

             ALD    With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of cooperation and
                    charity, pen in hand, prepare for the next talk which will be given by an
                    adult.
_______
9:50am              Talk #12: SINGLE LIFE

_______
10:10am      ALD    Please take a moment of silence to meditate on this talk. (15 seconds).
                    Extinguish the candle.
                    We will take a minute for you to finish writing your questions.
                    Collect questions and given them to the LD, who will let the speaker read them
                    before coming back into the conference room to answer them.
                    Please fill in your reflection guides. (2 minutes).
                    You may begin table discussions. (12 minutes).
                    You may begin table summaries. (5 minutes).

             YLD    Notify GOD EMPOWERS YOU speaker to dress and proceed to the Chapel.
                    Speaker: ____________

             LD     Organize questions by similarity and give to the speaker. Follow the same
                    procedure used with the MARRIAGE talk speakers yesterday. Allow the speaker
                    to combine similar questions and reflect on appropriate responses. In the
                    conference room, the speaker may choose to read the questions or have the
                    questions read to him or her. Each question requires the speaker’s response
                    or acknowledgment.
_______
10:15am             Q & A of SINGLE LIFE talk
_______
10:45am      YLD    Return with speaker to Chapel and replace hand cross on the altar.
                    Make sure GOD EMPOWERS YOU speaker is in the Chapel.

             ALD    Lead a “stand & stretch” exercise.
_______
11:00am      ALD    Ring bell for assembly in conference room.
                    Verify the count and notify the LD.


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          ALD   Place GOD EMPOWERS YOU posters and talk.
                Check the podium for fresh water and turn on the microphone.
                Place reflection guides face down in TL journal.
_______
11:05am   YLD   Bring speaker to the conference room door and notify the LD.
_______
11:10am   ALD   Please stand for the lighting of the Christ candle. (Light the candle).

          MC    Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord.”

          ALD   With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of cooperation and
                charity, pen in hand, prepare for the next talk which will be given by a
                clergy.

                Talk #13: GOD EMPOWERS YOU
_______
11:30am   ALD   Return with speaker to Prayer Chapel, replace hand cross on altar.

          ALD   Please take a moment of silence to meditate on this talk. (15 seconds).
                Extinguish candle.
                Please fill in the reflection guides. (2 minutes).
                You may begin table discussions. (12 minutes).
                Begin bathroom breaks by tables. Men’s is men’s and Women’s is women’s.
                You may begin table summaries. (5 minutes).
11:45am   YLD   Check with kitchen to make sure lunch is ready.
_______
12:00am   ALD   Announce Lunch and go.
_______
12:20pm   ALD   Announce a medium break to last until the bell rings.
          LD    PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS speaker--change and go to Chapel.
_______
12:40pm   ALD   Ring bell for assembly in conference room.

                Place PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS posters and talk.
                Check to podium for fresh water and turn on the microphone.
                Place reflection guides face down in TL journal.

          YLD   Make sure speaker is in the Prayer Chapel.

          ALD   Place PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS posters and talk.
                Check the podium for fresh water and turn on the microphone.
                Place reflection guides face down in TL journal.
_______
12:50pm   LD    Come to the conference room door and notify the ALD.
_______
12:55pm   ALD   Please stand for the lighting of the Christ candle. (Light the candle).

          MC    Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord.”

          ALD   With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of cooperation and
                charity, pen in hand, prepare for the next talk which will be given by an
                adult.

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          LD    Talk #14: PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS
_______
1:15pm    LD    Return to Chapel, replace hand cross on the altar.

          ALD   Please take a moment of silence to meditate on this talk. (15 seconds).
                Extinguish the candle.
                Please fill in the reflection guides. (2 minutes).
                You may begin table discussions. (12 minutes).
                You may begin table summaries. (5 minutes).
_______
1:35pm    ALD   Announce a short break.
          TOS   Begin clear up and pack up process.
_______
1:40pm    YLD   Make sure speaker is in the Prayer Chapel.

          ALD   Ring the bell for assembly in the conference room.
                Verify the count and notify the LD.

          MC    Lead singing.

          ALD   Share the last general agape, if needed.
_______
1:43pm    YLD   Come to the conference room door and signal LD.
_______
1:45pm    ALD   Please stand for the lighting of the Christ candle. (Light the candle).

          MC    Lead “Sing Alleluia to the Lord.”

          ALD   With a clean piece of paper, high idealism, the spirit of cooperation and
                charity, pen in hand, prepare for the next talk which will be given by a
                youth.

          YLD   Talk #15: NEXT STEPS
_______
2:05pm    YLD   Return to the Prayer Chapel and replace hand cross on the altar.

          ALD   Please take a moment of silence to meditate on this talk. (15 seconds).
                Extinguish the candle.

          LC    Dismantle the agape room.
                Place agape envelopes in the conference room behind the Saints Table.
                Throw away garbage and put the rooms back in order.
                Sweep the floors.
                Check showers for items left behind and take anything to the ALDs so they can
                announce lost and found during the next break.

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To LD: In place of the usual table discussion format, table leaders guide participants through an
experience of the group reunion. From participants into groups related by school, church, area of city or
town. Reassign table leaders to the new groups as well in order to guide the groups and answer
questions. Grouping participants in this way encourages the formation of support groups that could
continue after the three days and gives the young people an opportunity to share their three-day
experience with a new set of friends before returning home.

       ___________________________ (Next Steps Speaker) told you how important a
Reunion Group can be. I, too, would like to emphasize the importance of a Reunion
Group. These groups literally can be a lifeline for you in your Christian journey. The table
leaders have a small card to give you at this time. This is called a Group Reunion Card. It
gives you a format to follow for your Reunion Group. In a few minutes we are going to
experience a group reunion at each table in place of the discussion.
       You will find the Prayer to the Holy Spirit on the left inside page. This is the prayer
we have said before each talk. Begin your time together with this prayer.
              ALD     Give the Reunion Cards to the table leaders.

       You will not have time to do the Group Reunion Card at this time, but we do want
you to get a taste of what a group is like. I would suggest that you do Numbers 1 and 6
on your Group Reunion Card. This will give you a start for your group back home.
       If you have any questions, your table leaders will answer them. You may begin
your Reunion Group now.
_______
2:20pm        LD      Inform the groups they have 5 minutes to finish discussions and close in prayer.

              PC      Remove items used in the Chapel and clean up the room.
                      Remove the hand crosses; one goes to the podium for Closing, the other goes
                      to the SD of the community.
                      Reset the room to the way it was before the three days.
                      Take the individual crosses to the Commissioning site.
_______
2:25pm        ALD     Everyone begins cleaning house.
                      Lost and found.
                      Announce a short break until the bell rings. Emergency restroom breaks only.

              MC      Lead singing.
_______
2:30pm        ALD     Ring bell

              ALDs Pass out information packets.
_______
2:40pm        BR      Review the materials in the Information packet.

       . Go over the rosters and make address corrections.

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       . Discuss important points in “Things You Should Know” (Numbers 1-4, 7, 11-12) and “Points to
          Remember” (Numbers 1, 3-5, 7).
       . Invite everyone to fill out the volunteer sheet or to mail it in.
       . Give day and time for the Follow-up Meeting, where they will receive more explanation
          regarding the Chrysalis Community and team participation.
       . Give date and time for the next Chrysalis Hoot and Emmaus gathering.
       . Recognize their group photo to remember their table group, etc.
       . Encourage use of the daily devotional resource.
       . Answer any questions.
_______
2:50 pm       LD      Go to the sanctuary, where the personal agape letters will be read.

              LD     Prepare the participants to receive the personal agape letters.

        We are now going to receive some very special agape prepared for us by our
sponsors, which our Spiritual Director will introduce.


              SD     Introduction of Personal Agape Letters.
        In Paul‘s letter to Timothy, he says, ―To Timothy, my loyal child in the faith: Grace,
mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord‖ (1 Timothy 1:2).
        Letters of agape, like Paul‘s letter to Timothy, have always been part of the
Christian tradition. These three days you have heard again and again about agape—
God‘s love—and have received many agape letters that tell of the prayers and sacrifices
of other people on your behalf, many of whom you will never know. These agape letters
have been for all of you.
        We have also told you that the world out there has not changed, and you will be
returning to essentially the same situation you left a few days ago. So it is important that
you know there are Christian friends who love you and stand ready to help you live in
grace and bring change to your environment.
        It is also important that you know that you are loved and appreciated not only by
us, but also by people who have known you for a long time. So we want to give you some
personal agape letters. Will the ALDs please distribute the personal agape letters at this
time?

              ALDs Distribute letters.

              LD     After distributing the envelopes, encourage the youth to spread out and find a
                     space for themselves to read their letters (20-25 minutes).
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3:20pm        YLD    Ring bell


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                      Announce break and put agape letters with suitcases.

               LC     Set up for Closing:

                      . Bring large wooden cross to the sanctuary and Communion elements.
                      . Arrange the worship space in consultation with the LD, SD and Board Rep.
                      . Plan to seat participants by tables and with the team. Avoid seating
                         arrangements that place participants in the spotlight, on a stage, or alone.
                      . Save enough pews or chairs at the front for the participants, conference room
                         team, and background team.
                      . Set up the microphone.
                      . Tape the two questions to the podium, along with “Name, Table, Home Church
                         and City, and Weekend _____.”
                      . Locate the songbooks.
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3:30pm         ALD    Ring the bell to call everyone back to the Commissioning Service area.

               LD     Reflection on Closing questions.

       On the morning of Day One, you were told that at the end of the three days, you
would have an opportunity to share what these three days have meant to you. Now is the
time for your to do that. We have two questions we would like you to think about and
share with us. The questions are:
               1) What have these three days meant to me?
               2) What am I going to do with it in my next steps?
        They might want to write down some thoughts and put the paper in their pocket. This practice
helps focus the sharing at Closing on the two questions.

       Inform the participants of what comes next: cleaning up the conference room, a Commissioning,
and a Closing Service in the chapel.

        Ask participants to put their folders and notebooks with their luggage or in a designated place so
that the Agape Crew can clean up the room during the Commissioning Service. Put the tables back in
order and put supplies away.
_______
3:30pm         LC      Clean and rearrange the facility between now and Closing.
                       ) Return conference room to its original condition.
                       ) Remove the restroom signs.
                       ) Take down the posters; check with the LD to see if anyone wants to keep
                           them. If not, throw them away.
                       ) Take down the banners and store them.
                       ) Store all items in their proper places. Be sure that all areas are cleaned and
                           cleared.
                       ) Remove all snack tables at this time.
_______
3:35pm         SD     Commissioning Service

       A tradition in the Chrysalis movement is to give each of you a cross. On the cross

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is the simple inscription, ―Christ is counting on you.‖ Christ needs your hands and
hearts to share all the love God has in store for the world. This cross does not set you
apart from other Christians. You have not joined a special club or secret society, but
simply have accepted your responsibility in the ministry of love in the name of Jesus
Christ.
       These crosses, each representing one of you, have been a focus of prayer
throughout the three days. The crosses were marked with your names before you arrived
and were prayed over by your table leaders on the evening before we started. After your
sponsor brought you to Send Off, you sponsor held your cross and prayed again for you
by name. The large cross, to which all of the individual crosses are attached, has been
the focal point of the Prayer Chapel, where prayer was continually offered for you and for
the speakers throughout the three days.
       When I call your table name, please come forward together. I would ask the Table
Leaders and Assistant Table Leaders to stand on my left. I will then call each of your
names individually. When your name is called, please step over to the Lay Director, who
will place your cross around your neck with the words ―Christ is counting on you.” Your
response is, ―And I am counting on Christ.” Please remain in front until every member of
your table has received their cross; then you may return to your place.

Begin calling tables. When a table group is up front, call each individual’s name in the order the crosses
are handing on the wooden cross. Let hugs be spontaneous from the participants and not staged.

               ALD    Take each cross off the large wooden cross and hand each one separately to
                      the LD as the participants come forward.

               LD     While assisting in giving crosses to the participants, you say, “Christ is
                      counting on you.‖ They reply, “And I am counting on Christ.”

               SD     Conclude the Commissioning service promptly with a blessing and a song.
                      The song will serve to bring closure to their time together. (Be considerate
                      of the scheduled starting time for Closing).

               MC     Lead concluding song (i.e. “They’ll Know We are Christians By Our Love,”
                      or another song that was particularly meaningful on this weekend.

         If you haven’t reminded them of the two questions to which they are to respond at Closing, remind
them now so they can reflect on the two questions as they move to Closing. Have the participants line up
by table. Lead them to the sanctuary. Ask them to sit in the front rows together as tables as they enter
the sanctuary. Table leaders sit on the outside of the pew, Youth Table Leaders sit on the inside, with the
butterflies in between.
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4:00pm                Closing

The Entrance: The gathered community is singing for the young people as they enter the sanctuary (Oh
When the Saints Go Marching In or Amazing Grace), or the young people may be singing the song and
the Community joins in as they enter. Decide the entrance music ahead of time with the MC for the
Closing. Saints Table leads the participants and team to the front rows where they sit together as tables.

              LD      Greeting:

       First, I would like to thank the parents for what you have done to bring your child
this far in the faith. Everything we have done has built upon that foundation. It has been
a privilege to get to know them and a real joy to share this step in their lives.
       We are coming to the close of our three-day Chrysalis experience and to the
beginning of our next steps—which is the rest of our lives. There are no more surprises,
so you can relax and stop anticipating. These people are here because they love you.
They are your support community.
                      Introduction of the participants to the Community
       Friends, meet the new butterflies of Chrysalis Weekend #_______. (Applause).
Butterflies, meet the community that has supported you during these three days.
(Applause).
                      Introduction of the participants as table groups
       As I call your table name, each table group please stand and face the community
gathered here today.
       Table of:                                              Table of:
_______________________________                     __________________________________
       Table of:                                              Table of:
_____________________________                       __________________________________
       Table of:                                              Table of:
_______________________________                     __________________________________


                      Introduction of team members by their servant roles
      Please stand as I call your area of service and remain standing. Please hold your
applause until I have called everyone‘s area of service.

       Prayer Chapel Coordinator(s)
       Logistics
       Speakers for the Talks

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       Table Leaders
       Music Coordinator(s)
       Board Representative
       Assistant Lay Directors
       Assistant Spiritual Director
       Spiritual Director

             (Applause)
             Recognition of everyone else who supported this Chrysalis:
Please stand and remain standing as I call your area of service. Please hold your
applause.
      Registration
      Meal servers
      Kitchen
      Sponsors
      Parents
      72-hour Prayer Vigil
      Agape
      People who attended Candlelight
      All who came to Closing         (By now, everyone should be standing—Applause).

             MC     Special Music (optional)
                    If the participants have prepared a special song to share at Closing, lead the
                    song now. Have the participants stand and face the Community. (If the team
                    sings with them, make sure the participants are most visible).

             LD     Responses to the two questions

       When you arrived, you were told that at the end of these three days you would have an
opportunity to share what these three days have meant to you. Now is the time for you to do
that. We have given you two questions to think about and to share with us. The questions
are:
             1. What have these three days meant to me?
             2. What do I intend to do with it in my next steps?
       I have asked team members to share their answers to these questions as a model for
us. Then it will be your turn. You may come up alone or you may, if you like, ask someone or
even your table group to come up with you. When you come to the microphone, give your
name and table. The hand cross is here for you to use. You do not have to share unless you
would like to do so. We ask that you stick to the two questions, even though many of you are
bubbling over to share and only come up to share once so everyone can have a chance to
speak. Save the rest of your story for your family, youth group, and church. This is not a time

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for saying thanks to anyone because all the efforts were made out of agape love. Besides,
there will be plenty of time to say thank you later.                  Focus now on the two questions.
Remember that if you choose, you may come up as a group.
        Sit to the side and allow the young people to come forward at their own pace. Adjust the microphone as
needed. Give ample time for everyone to share. When it seems that most have come forward, approach the
microphone and ask if any more participants would like to respond to the questions before you proceed. Then sit and
wait a few more minutes. If participants who have shared already begin to return to the microphone, move to
conclude the time of witnessing. Be sensitive if someone is at a loss for words and help them move on. Thank
everyone for sharing.


Introduce the Community Lay Director of the Houston Chrysalis Board of Directors.

                        Announcements by the Community LD

        .   Dates of the next Chrysalis events and upcoming Emmaus Walks.
        .   Dates of the next Chrysalis Hoot and Emmaus Gathering
        .   Day and time of the follow-up meeting for the new members of the Chrysalis Community.
        .   Visitors from other Chrysalis and Emmaus Communities.
        .   Encouragement to the new butterflies in their daily practice of prayer, study and action.

                        Presentation of the Hand Cross to the LD by Community SD

                        Holy Communion with the Community

The Spiritual Director may lead a service of Holy Communion as a final celebration of God’s grace and a
uniting of the participants with the supporting Community. An appropriate selection of scripture
combined with a reference to the rich sharing by the young people are sufficient for the sermon. During
the receiving of the bread and cup, ask the participants and team members to file out from the outside
edge, go to the back of the pews, and then come forward by the center aisle through the gather
Community. LD and ALDs traditionally assist in serving Holy Communion.

                SD      Conclude the Closing by holding hands and singing a closing song.
                        Then pronounce a benediction.

                Team Turn in all team manuals.

                         Option decided by LD and SD: Meet for prayer of thanksgiving
                         in a designated area or room.



                    “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
                                                         --Matthew 25:25, RSV




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