ETC (Easter Time Convention)
Easter Time Convention 2020 (ETC20)
6pm Thursday 9th April – 2pm Monday 13th April (Easter long weekend 2020)
THE TOPS CONFERENCE CENTRE, STANWELL TOPS
ETC (or Easter Time Convention) is Credo's Annual Conference - each year over the Easter long weekend several hundred from across the whole community of Credo unite to discuss a biblical topic, to meet and make friends from uni, worship God, and have a lot of fun. Our venue is Stanwell Tops Conference Centre - a great location just south of Sydney and close to the beach.
At ETC20, our topic is God’s providence. It is all about how God interacts with creation and our lives – can he be known by us? Does he have an ‘end-game’ for history? Does his power really superintend every event (even evil)? Is prayer just psycho-babble or does he really answer? How do the events of Easter - Jesus death and resurrection – help us understand God’s relationship with the world? Can we get guidance from God for our lives, or just advice? It’s solid stuff!
Our key Bible talks will be from Rhys Bezzant, Lecturer at Ridley Theological College (Melbourne), and we will interact lots in smaller discussion groups, workshops & seminars, as well as have space for reflection and free time. It means you can process at your own pace, ask questions or just think, all in the lovely natural surrounds of the Tops Conference Centre.
Connecting with others is also a key value of ETC, through faculty fun, a theme night, social meals together, a trip to the beach, … because we want to be a welcoming community for everyone – all faculties, international and local, and anyone who is investigating Jesus. So come and stretch your understanding of God, make new friends and be energised for Credo’s mission on campus. And invite a classmate along too!
STANDARD REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN
Meet our KeyNote speaker!
Keynote Speaker - 'God as Father, Our Guide; Source of Strength and Hope'
"What they've said..."
“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 Tops Cafe
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 & seminars
Enjoy dinner before night sessions
Reflect on Easter and what that means for us in the evening session
Chill with people from your Facnet around board games
Wind down and enjoy supper with new friends
Your questions about ETC answered!
How do I get to ETC20?
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 email@example.com 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 after March 26.
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?
I have allergies or a special diet…
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Will the talks be too challenging? What are they about?
We’ll also have two Easter talks and a range of workshops which will be practical and engaging.
When do regos close?
Email email@example.com or chat to your staffworker or friend if you have questions.