Easter Time Convention 2018 (ETC18)

29 March - 2 April (Easter 2018)

The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops

ETC (or Easter Time Convention) is Credo's Annual Conference - each year we gather over the Easter weekend to discuss a biblical topic, and to meet, make friends and spend time with the whole community of Credo.

Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you”. And so we live on mission, one people under God breaking news for all peoples everywhere. Join with hundreds of others at ETC18 for the adventure of your life into God’s mission: vast, urgent, ...possible!

At Easter Time Convention 2018, we’ll come together to worship God and grow together as we hear keynote talks from Credo’s Campus Director, Paul Winch, engage in discussion groups, workshops, and connect with others.

The purpose of ETC is to be a welcoming community for everyone – all faculties, international and local, anyone who is investigating Jesus. At ETC we will stretch our understanding of God, and galvanize ourselves for mission on campus.

We’ll be back at Stanwell Tops Conference Centre - a great venue south of Sydney close to the beach.

First Years & International Students

The best deal possible - you still get the whole ETC for just $335! Uni's just started so what better way to connect with others at uni and keep growing as a Christian than to come to Easter Time Convention?

Part Time - $180

Maybe you've got unavoidable commitments but you still want to make the most of ETC - come part time and you'll still get to enjoy it! These regos include meals and 2 nights accommodation for: A) Thursday night session to Saturday Lunch OR B) Saturday arvo through to Monday lunch (If you want to come early or stay for an extra meal it's possible to arrange but will need to be organised before you get there. Email the conferences team for details).

Grads & Partners Day - $75

Whether you're a new or old grad or a Credo Partner, you're invited to come along on Saturday to hear about what's happening on campus, hear some great talks on mission and participate in the annual inter-facet sports comp. It's Grads v. the rest! Includes two main meals and morning/arvo tea/supper, so plan to come early and stick around all day.

Day Rego - $75

If you can only come for one day, $75 covers 2 main meals, morning and arvo tea and supper, so make sure you plan to be here all day! The morning sessions start at 8:45am and our night session finishes up around 8:30pm.

Late rego - $360

Procrastination be gone! Leaving it til after 15 March to rego is cutting it a bit fine, don't be that guy! We'll have one last chance for those who accidentally forgot but you'll have to pay $360 for a Full Time ETC rego

Please don’t let money stop you from coming to ETC. Payment plans and limited subsidies are available for those in need, contact conferences@credo.org.au.

Register now for ETC2018!

"What I like about ETC..."

“I thought it was going to be like a youth group camp – but it was so much better!”
Tinik – 1st Yr DAB

“I love delving into a doctrine – ETC is a really unique opportunity to spend 5 days in one topic and go really deep.” Angela – 5th Yr Law

“It’s great to gather with the wider Credo community to be excited about mission in the year to come. I didn’t know many people outside of my course when I first started at UTS and I got to get to make friends outside nursing.”
Kaitlin – 3rd Yr, Nursing

“Easter Time Convention’s such a great way to refocus your mind on Jesus as the year kicks off – it’s fun and exciting.”
Rachel – 2nd Yr, Education

“ETC is a good launch pad to really grow with God, and then keep growing throughout the year.”
George – 1st Yr Science

A Day In The Life of ETC

Wake up and have breakfast 
Stretch your understanding of God in the morning talks
Stop and spend time with God during reflection time
Take a break for morning tea or grab coffee from the Brew Bar
Dig deeper in discussion with other students in review groups
Re-energize with lunch in the dining room with friends or someone new
Relax in free time with an organised or spontaneous activity
Learn practical ways to grow during workshops
Enjoy dinner before night sessions
Reflect on Easter and what that means for us in the evening session
Chill with people from your Facnet at the bonfire or around board games
Wind down and enjoy supper with new friends


Your questions about ETC answered!

How do I get to ETC18?

For those registered full-time we can help with car pooling to Stanwell Tops Conference Centre on Thursday afternoon / evening, and back home at the end on the Monday afternoon. (Some may need to catch the train to Helensburgh station and be met there.)

For those coming to ETC part-time we ask you to organise your own transport to Stanwell Tops Conference Centre. It is approx 10 minutes past Engadine in the Sutherland Shire. There is plenty of parking on site for those who are driving.

What are the facilities like?

The Stanwell Tops Conference Centre is clean and well maintained and set in natural Australian bushland with stunning coastal views.

Sleeping arrangements are 6 max per dorm room (single gender) and each room has bathroom facilities. Email conferences@credo.org.au if you have particular questions or requirements.

The food catering at Stanwell Tops Conference Centre is excellent, as student feedback from last year would attest to, and the kitchen staff can cope with a range of dietary and medical requirements with adequate notice, such as ‘vegetarian’ or ‘lactose intolerant’ etc. Let us know about any special dietary requirements when you register in the response field provided. Note that special diets can not be catered for if registering during the “late” period from March 15.

The site is owned and run by the Churches of Christ denomination and our use for ETC is subject to respecting their values, including being drug and alcohol free.


What do I need to bring?
Bring what you would typically bring to camp, sleeping bag/bedding, toiletries, clothes – for warm and cold weather, spare undies, shoes, something you don’t mind running around in for our ultimate frisbee competition, a Bible, pen and some card or board games wouldn’t be a bad idea!
I have allergies or a special diet…
That is totally fine, the site will be able to cater for you, just make sure you let us know in the registration form. We’ll follow you up and introduce you to the Special Diets coordinator at ETC so you always know what food is for you. As far as we know, no one has ever gone hungry!
Stanwell Tops is a ‘nut free zone’ as far as catering and food provided by the venue – so while that means no peanut butter at breakfast, we’d still recommend you bring your own Epipen if you are anaphylactic.


What if I’ve never been to a Christian convention before?

We are uni students, so we love fun, we enjoy stretching our minds, getting to know people, and will honestly welcome anyone studying at UTS, whether you’ve never opened a bible before or have grown up attending church weekly! You will meet people crazy passionate about God, and others who claim to know nothing, and all in between. You can take things at your own pace, choosing simply to observe activities such as prayer if you so choose – no pressure!

If you still have questions also read the What Happens? FAQ

What if I don’t know anyone?

UTS is a big uni, with over 40,000 people! Sometimes it can be easy to feel a bit lost. That is where ETC helps big time! Being early in the year ETC is an ideal place to meet new friendly people and personalise your uni experience. And (as of early February) first year students had already registered for ETC18, so we can guarantee you will not feel like the only newcomer and we work really hard to provide a variety of ways to develop new friendships (eg. Smaller discussion groups, Faculty group events and activities, meal times)


I’m struggling for cash to pay upfront…

Credo wants everyone to be able to come to ETC, including you! We can offer payment plans to people who are genuinely struggling to pull the cash together, which usually involve paying a deposit and then making payments over time. Subsidies may also available for international students.

If you’re not struggling to find the cash, why not contribute to subsidise another student to be able to come? Email conferences@credo.org.au


Will the talks be too challenging? What are they about?
This year the talks are on ‘God’s mission possible’ – looking at God’s mission in the Bible, in the world and in our lives. We hope that the talks are challenging and cause you to think and reflect, but Paul will be working to make them clear, understandable and relatable.
We’ll also have two Easter talks and a range of workshops which will be practical and engaging.
When do regos close?
Regos close on the 15th of March so get in while you can, you don’t want to miss out!!
(There is a late rego until the 22nd March, but will cost you more if you aren’t a first year, so why wait?)