Here are some questions with answers that may be helpful.
Q: Will Contagious be back to Normal in 2022?
YES! We are planning a ‘normal’ programme for all of our events to include all the great activities and teaching that we enjoyed previously. There are no current Government restrictions that would prevent Contagious happening. We expect there will be some measures in place to limit the spread of the virus, though we hope these will not affect the enjoyment of the week. However, if the Government impose restrictions on the youth sector over the summer, we will follow all recommendations and our events will be Covid Responsible.
Q: How will Contagious be COVID-RESPONSIBLE?
There are currently no Government restrictions that prevent Contagious from happening. We will follow the Government advice at the time and make our events Covid Responsible to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.
The most likely scenario is that some increased hygiene measures will be required and we may need to test all delegates at the start of the week. Please be assured that all legal requirements will be carried out and taken seriously by Contagious leaders. As the requirements become known we will ensure that we update our website and our FAQ and keep you informed.
Q: Can I get a REFUND?
If we are forced to cancel a Contagious event due to the pandemic, those who have booked will be offered a full refund, or can choose to donate some or all of their monies paid to Contagious.
If you either change your mind or are unable to come to Contagious for any other reason, normal cancellation terms and conditions apply.
Q: How can I be praying for Contagious?
Thank you for all of your continued support through prayer as we prepare for Contagious 2022.
Please pray for the young people who have had such a difficult time living through the pandemic; pray that they would continue to be discipled through friends, family and their local church. Please also pray for our TEAM as they look to God for wisdom in their lives and ministries as well as in their preparation for Contagious 2022.
Finally, please pray for our Operations Team and leadership team as they gear up for our summer camps in 2022.
General Contagious FAQ:
Q: What’s a typical day like at Contagious?
A day at a Contagious conference is both hard work and great fun. There’s lots of Bible teaching, lots of activities and lots of opportunities to build great friendships.
This is what a typical day at Contagious MAX looks like (Contagious GO and ADVENTURE events have the same core elements):
After a good cooked breakfast we meet in SUS Groups (Scripture Under Scrutiny Groups). Groups of girls meet together and groups of boys meet together, about five to eight in a group with 2 leaders, and we look at some relevant passages of the Bible together.
We then have a Seminar all together, which includes some teaching from the front and some talking things through in our SUS Groups.
After a mid-morning break (about 20 minutes) we then have a Kick Back Session to expose the messages of our secular culture and help us to apply the Bible truth to our lives.
This brings us to lunchtime where we are fed another hot meal.
The afternoon activities give us time to unwind and let what we have just learned sink in. We take part in a wide variety of different activities and games and enjoy making new friends and catching up with old friends.
After the evening meal, we have what is known as the Big Teach. We all meet together to worship God and then hear His word taught and learn how to apply it to our lives. It is often these evening meets when all the hard work of the day clicks into place.
The Big Teach is followed by an ‘After Dark‘ programme which may include a talent show, a night walk or just chilling in Café Contagious.
Q: How can I travel to Contagious on public transport?
- The nearest train station to The Pioneer Centre (Contagious MAX & GO West) is Kidderminster.
- The nearest train station to Barnard Castle School is Darlington Station.
- The nearest train station to The Royal Hospital School (Contagious MAX & GO East) is Manningtree.
- The nearest train station to Kingham Hill School (Contagious MAX & GO Central & ADVENTURE) is Kingham Station.
Transport from the station is available via local taxis or public transport that need to be arranged privately.
Q: I am the only young person from my church going to Contagious – How will I make friends?
You won’t be the only person arriving not knowing anyone, and Contagious MAX, Contagious GO and Contagious ADVENTURE are great places for making new friends! Lots of our teaching is done in small groups which are a great way to get to know people your age.
One of our parents said in their feedback:
My 15-yr-old tends to find it a bit difficult at the beginning, as he comes on his own and not as part of a group. But this year he quickly got to know the folk around him and had a great time. I’m glad that the other folk there are open to meeting new people and don’t just stick with the members of their own home youth group.
There’s also a wide variety of afternoon activities and so you will have the chance to meet other young people who are interested in the same things as you. SUS leaders are there to look after you and will make sure that you always have the opportunity to enjoy being with others. More event information available here.
Q: Do I need to bring any money with me to Contagious?
Everything we do at Contagious is covered by your booking fee. However, there is a tuck shop, a large range of books for sale and some Contagious merchandise available at each of our conferences. (For guidance for Contagious newcomers, we would recommend a maximum of £20 for Contagious GO and ADVENTURE delegates, and £30 for Contagious MAX delegates).
Q: My child has a Specific Learning Difficulty. Will they find Contagious challenging?
At Contagious, we will do everything we can to make sure young people have a fantastic week. We welcome young people with learning difficulties and make sure our leaders are briefed about the young person’s needs. We ask you to provide us information about your child in the booking process and we can speak to you further to answer any questions you have or to make sure we fully understand everything you are telling us.
This is what a 15-year-old with dyslexia has to say about Contagious:
“The Big Teach (which I thought I would never be able to follow) was made interesting, with lots of variety that actually made it exciting. The SUS groups and seminars are small enough so that you are able to talk and be more involved and they were easy to follow. The quality of the preaching at the Big Teach was so good that when I started to listen and follow I forgot I had dyslexia.”
And from his Mum:
“My biggest worry was how my son with Special Educational Needs would cope at Contagious and what would he do if he had any problems? However, we were able to explain to the leaders what help he required and we were able to reassure my son that if he had any worries he would be able to talk things through with one of the leaders. They were amazing and allowed my son to relax and enjoy the week gaining from his time away emotionally and spiritually.”
If you or your parents would like to talk to us beforehand about any concerns or requirements, and how we may be best able to help you during the week, then please feel free to contact us using the form below.
Q: Will the food meet my dietary requirements? e.g. Gluten-free.
The centres where we host Contagious MAX, Contagious GO and Contagious ADVENTURE will meet your dietary requirements. We ask you to provide us with your needs in advance as part of the Booking process so that we can advise the location in advance.