GO West

GO West

Below we have all the information you will need for your Contagious Conference this summer. If you would like general information for what a Contagious GO Conference is like then please click on the link here.

Contagious GO West runs from Saturday 3rd to Friday 9th August 2024. The Conference will begin with registration from 2.30pm. If you are going to be later than these please contact admin@contagious.org.uk in the weeks before the Conference or Rosemary Evans (GO West coordinator) via 07792 990793 on the day.

We would love parents to join us at the final response meeting at 11.30am on Friday to get an overview of what we’ve learnt throughout the week and to hear from some of the young people. After the response meeting you are invited to join us for a picnic lunch at 12.30pm. The young people will be provided with lunch by the venue, but please bring a picnic lunch for yourselves. The conference will finish at 1pm.

If you are going to be delayed for any reason to pick up your child then please contact us using the phone number above.

Contagious GO West is at  The Pioneer Centre, Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster, Shropshire DY14 8JG. When you arrive we will have TEAM and CREWon hand to direct you to registration. Due to package travel regulations we are unable to provide transport from train stations to the venue.

After registration, the TEAM will introduce your child to other young people playing games outside (if the sun is shining!) A little later in the afternoon, once they have had a chance to learn a few names and meet the leaders we will show them to their rooms. They will quickly meet other young people who are feeling the same (excited and/or nervous) and will make some good lasting friendships.

The young people’s rooms have between 2 and 6 beds each with an en-suite bathroom.  We do what we can to meet sharing requests made at the time of booking, although this cannot be guaranteed.  We are sorry if your child is initially disappointed by their rooming, but I’m sure you can understand we are not always able to meet such requests. All bedding is provided but please bring a towel.

There are several common rooms located around the buildings which we will use for activities and as a space for young people to hang out during free time. The site also has lots of outdoor space which we will make the most of through the week. Meals are taken in a large dining hall, which is shared with the MAX conference.

Spending Money:  There is a small tuck shop on site at the Pioneer Centre and we will be running a bookstall, so you may like to send your child with some cash although this is not essential.  Any money you bring will be the young person’s own responsibility to look after and manage.

Music and other talents: We want to encourage young people in using their talents for God, so we will host an evening called GO Celebration where young people will join together to worship Jesus with their gifts. So if their talent is music, art, drama, comedy, dance, juggling, producing videos, photography, or WHATEVER, they will  have an opportunity to showcase their skills. If they want to bring along their instrument or anything else they are very welcome. However, they will remain the responsibility of the young person, and Contagious can take no responsibility if it is lost or damaged during the conference. We would also like to involve the young people in the worship band in the morning and evening meetings: if your child would be able and willing to do this, please do send me an email in advance.

Suitable Clothes: We have a full programme of activities including sports, messy games, crafts, dancing, creative projects and team challenges.  Also please bring an OLD WHITE T SHIRT for Paint Wars’ that will get covered in powder paint (that may not wash out!).  Please bring a range of clothes and footwear for outdoors, indoors, muddy and wet environments or casual clothes for the evenings.  We are trusting that the weather will be good for us to be outside for most of the week. 

Check list

  • Clothing appropriate for a range of weather and activities
  • Swimwear which will be worn under shorts and t-shirt (for water games)
  • Old clothing and a white t-shirt for ‘paint wars’
  • Pyjamas 
  • Exclusively indoor trainers and other outdoor footwear including some to wear for wet/messy activities 
  • A pair of goggles if you have them (for the water games and paint wars)
  • Towels (having a spare will be helpful following the water games) 
  • Bible (We will be teaching from the New International Version)
  • Pens (young people will be provided with their own teaching booklets for writing notes in)
  • Toiletries, sun cream, hat and sunglasses
  • Small light up alarm clock or watch (young people will not have their phones overnight)
  • Money for the tuck shop and bookstall

 Supply of any medication needed plus any up to date information written down.

Please do NOT bring any snacks that contain nuts. Our venues are nut-free sites and we often have attendees with severe nut allergies.

We are hoping to take some general photos or videos during the week that may be used for publicity, uploaded on our website or shared on social media sites.
If you have particular concerns about social media, photographs or publicity, please inform us by emailing admin@contagious.org.uk.

At Contagious GO we are happy for children and young people to bring their phones to Contagious though we cannot take responsibility for their loss or damage.  We require that all electronic devices are handed in at registration. We will keep the phones safe and give them out for an hour each day (this will be 8.45am, after breakfast) for young people to contact parents/carers and friends. We understand that you may wish to speak to your child so in an emergency you can contact 07792 990793.

You should have given us all relevant medical, SEN and pastoral information when you signed up on Brushfire. If you have any further information to give us or need to update anything then you can do that by accessing your booking on Brushfire.

If you wish to update anything less than six weeks before the conference please email admin@contagious.org.uk. This is because we often pull the relevant information for each Conference from the booking website around six weeks before the conference, and by emailing us we can make sure that the necessary people are notified. If you are sending your child to camp with medication, ensure this is clearly named and instructions for administration are written down. If you would like to discuss a medical condition/special needs/dietary requirements then please contact us using the email above.

When you booked onto Contagious, we asked you to agree to our terms and conditions. You can access them here. In particular, please note our expectations with regards to behaviour throughout the week.

If you need to get in touch with us at any point during the week then you can do that using the contact information below:

Non-urgent enquiries – admin@contagious.org.uk

Urgent enquiries or emergencies – Rosemary Evans (GO West coordinator, 07792 990793), or Carrie Trainer (West administrator, 07477 627514 )

What does a typical day look like?

The day starts with wake up followed by a filling breakfast. We then go into our morning meeting together. This meeting includes singing, activities and challenges, and teaching from one of the leaders. After the morning meeting there will be a short break followed by some time in SUS (small) groups going through part of the Bible together. After SUS we will have our lunch and then go into afternoon activities. The activities are a mix of all-together activities (such as water games, wide games and inflatables) and option activities (sports, craft, alternative). After dinner, there is another meeting similar to the morning meeting, followed by an evening activity (these have included junk heap challenges, wide games, quizzes and film nights) before bed.

What is being taught at Contagious this year?

At Contagious GO 2024 we are going to be diving into the book of Philippians. We live in a world of influencers, people who want to affect our lives and control our desires. As we look at the portraits that Paul paints with the words he writes, his passion is to influence us to think and then act like Jesus. So come and be influenced to live for Jesus as we delve into Philippians together.

How are young people kept safe at Contagious?

We are serious about keeping all children and young people safe at Contagious. If you would like to read our safeguarding policy then you can access that here.

How can I be praying for Contagious? 

We would love it if you could be praying for us throughout the week! It is only through God’s word applied to the hearts of the young people through the Holy Spirit’s work that lives are changed. Please be praying for faithful teaching and for hearts opened to the good news of the gospel. For particular points for prayer check out our dedicated page.