Here are some questions with answers that may be helpful.
Please also look at our Parents Information for specific conference details.
If you need further help, please contact us.
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 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 West & 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 East) is Manningtree.
- The nearest train station to Orwell Park School (Contagious GO East) is Ipswich.
- The nearest train station to MAX and GO Central is Kingham Station.
Transport from the station is available via local taxi’s or public transport that needs to 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 and Contagious GO 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 information for parents 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 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 have 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.
Q: Will the food meet my dietary requirements? e.g. Gluten-free.
The centres where we host Contagious MAX and Contagious GO 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.