It is with great sadness that we need to announce that Contagious cannot happen this summer due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Here are some questions with answers that may be helpful.
Q: Why has Contagious 2021 been cancelled?
After serious consideration and consultation, the Contagious senior leadership Team concluded that the Covid restrictions given by the Government would not be manageable for the TEAM and would significantly reduce the enjoyment of the young people.
The Coronavirus is a serious disease that remains a significant danger to our society. We need to protect our Young People and TEAM from risk of harm and it’s important to avoid large gatherings of people coming together from different areas of the country.
We want to bounce back again next year and provide quality conferences for young people with great Bible teaching, fun activities, and good opportunities to make new friends in 2022. Thank you for your support and commitment to Contagious.
Q: Can I get a refund?
Yes. When you log into your Contagious account, you will be given 3 options with regard to any money you have paid towards Contagious 2021. There will be 3 options:
- Full refund.
- Partial refund + partial donation.
- Full donation.
Q: What is the financial impact of the coronavirus on Contagious?
Contagious is a charity and therefore a ‘not for profit’ organisation. Our main income is derived from running the summer camps. After cancelling events in 2020, we were able to survive through the great and overwhelming generosity of many, many supporters; for this we thank you.
Once again in 2021, we will receive no income from conferences, so please consider whether you could make a donation to the work of Contagious.
Q: Can I donate more than my fees? Is Contagious in need of donations?
All donations would be gratefully received to support our mission to disciple young people with excellent Bible teaching through good quality conferences. We are so thankful to God for sustaining the work of Contagious through this very difficult year and so grateful for the support we have received through many donations.
If you would like to give to the work of Contagious, please do so at our Giving To Contagious page. Thank you.
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 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 – no point wasting time!) 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 & ADVENTURE 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 & ADVENTURE East) is Manningtree.
- The nearest train station to MAX and GO Central 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.