We hope that most of your questions will have been answered by viewing our website and booking system, but here are some FAQs which will give you some extra information. Please refer back to this section as it may be added to and updated during the months leading up to Contagious.
Q: How can I travel to Contagious on public transport?
- The nearest train station to The Pioneer Centre (Contagious West & Nano West) is Kidderminster.
- The nearest train station to Strathallan School is Perth
- The nearest train station to The Royal Hospital School (Contagious East and Nano East) is Manningtree.
A shuttle service will operate from these train stations to the Contagious venues on the first and last days of the conferences, for which a charge per return journey will made to cover the vehicle hire costs. (£5 when booked and paid for in advance, £6 when booked in advance and paid for on the day)
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 Nano delegates, and £30 for Contagious delegates).
Q: Can you tell me more about 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 East, Scotland and West looks like: (Contagious Nano 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 the second seminar of the morning; digging our way through the Bible to understand more of our topic for that year.
This brings us to lunchtime where we are fed another hot meal.
The afternoon gives 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 pay?
Payment Options: We have four options which may be used as follows…
- Card Payments are now available at the end of your booking and must be used for the deposit at least. After that you may use any combination of the 4 options that best suit your requirements.
- Cheque: Payable to "Contagious Bible Ministries". Post to Contagious Bible Ministries, Christ Church Dunstable, West Street, Dunstable, Beds, LU6 1SX. Please ensure you detail the name of the person that the payment relates to.
- Direct Bank Payment To CAF Bank, Sort Code 40-52-40, and Account Number 00023542. Please ensure you detail the name of the person that the payment relates to.
- Standing Order Payments To CAF Bank, Sort Code 40-52-40, and Account Number 00023542. Please ensure you detail the name of the person that the payment relates to.
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 at Contagious not knowing anyone, and Contagious is a great place for making new friends! Lots of our teaching is done in small groups which is a great way to get to know people your age. 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. Contagious leaders are there to look after you and will make sure that you always have the opportunity to enjoy being with others.
Q: I have a Specific Learning Difficulty. Will I find Contagious challenging?
We are delighted that you are coming to Contagious and we will do everything we can to make sure you have a fantastic week. You can be sure you will not be the first person with a Specific Learning Difficulty to come to Contagious.
This is what a 15 year old with dyslexia has to say about Contagious:
"The Big Read (which I thought I would never be able to follow) was made interesting, with lots of variety that actually made it exciting. The small 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 on 01582 855 898 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What about Child Protection and safety at Contagious?
Your safety and protection is so important to us. Risk Assessments are undertaken and approved for all supervised activities at Contagious. All the leaders at Contagious have been DBS/PVG checked and we have received references from their church leaders.
Parents can request a copy of our Child Protection policy from the Administration office on 01582 855898 or email@example.com