MAX Central

MAX Central

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 MAX Conference is like then please click on the link here.

Contagious MAX Central runs from Sunday 28th July to Saturday 3rd August. The Conference will begin with registration between 2-3pm. If you are going to be later than these please contact admin@contagious.org.uk in the weeks before the Conference or Adriana on WhatsApp (+31645266288) on the day.

Our Conference will finish with a final meeting at 11:30 before departures at 12.30-1pm. We would love parents to join us at the final response meeting 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. The young people will be provided with lunch by the venue, but please bring a picnic lunch for yourselves.

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 MAX Central is at Lord Wandsworth College, Long Sutton Hook, RG29 1TA. When you arrive we will have TEAM and CREW on hand to direct you to registration. Due to package travel regulations we are unable to provide transport from train stations to the venue.

The majority of the rooms have one or two beds in, there are a few rooms with four beds in. There is plenty of time throughout the day to spend time with your small group and friends, each evening ends with toast o’clock where we spend time in our boarding houses before handing in mobile phones and going to bed.

  • Clothing appropriate for a range of weather and activities
  • Shoes including those suitable for running/activities
  • 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)
  • Towel (bedding is provided)
  • Appropriate swimwear
  • Clothing suitable for water games
  • Old clothing suitable for potentially being dyed (for colour wars, you may want to bring a white t-shirt)
  • Fancy dress for our murder mystery – Tropical Paradise
  • Smart clothes for our final night ceilidh
  • Toiletries, sun cream, hat and sunglasses
  • Small light up alarm clock or watch (young people will not have their phones overnight)
  • Sports equipment, games, musical instruments for free time (please note these are brought at your own risk)
  • Money for the tuck shop and bookstall (MAX is card only)

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.

Young people at Contagious MAX may bring their phones to Contagious and use them throughout the day during breaks.  NO phones are to be used during teaching sessions unless as part of the activity or required. Phones should be switched off or on silent during teaching sessions and at other times all users should act responsibly to avoid distracting themselves and others from engaging with people and activities.  If any attendee of Contagious uses their phone in an inappropriate or immoral way then we reserve the right as leaders to confiscate the phone and return it to them at the end of the Conference.  Any illegal use of a phone will be reported.

To help the young people to rest well during the night, we will collect in phones at bedtime and return them in the morning. The young people will always be close to their small groups and a small group leader. If they need anything during the night, their leaders are always available.

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.

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 – Adriana Kerkstra call/text on WhatsApp (+31645266288)
What does a typical day look like?

We have a busy morning so every Conference has a filling breakfast with cooked and continental options. After breakfast is our SUS group time. This is time in small groups studying the Bible together. The rest of the morning is spent in two Seminars with a break in the middle. Seminars are interactive sessions where we dig deeper into God’s word together, they are usually where we get to see the big picture of what the whole sweep of God’s word has to say about a subject. We then have lunch and afterwards it is into afternoon activities. The activities are usually split into two (or three) slots and are a mix of all-together activities and options. After dinner together, we have our Big Teaches. These are meetings that include games, singing, interviews and the reading and preaching of the Bible. A day at Contagious MAX then ends with some after hours activities and before lights out at 10.45pm.

What is being taught at Contagious this year?

We live in a world of fake news and false ideas. Many people are uncertain of who they are, why they exist and how to make sense of life. Where can we turn to find truth and stability? Where can we find a solid foundation to build on? We can only find it in God’s word, entrusted to God’s church. In 1 Timothy a church which lives and loves the Bible is described as a pillar and foundation of the truth. Come and join us this summer as we open up 1 Timothy and take our stand on the truth!

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.