ETC (Easter Time Convention)

ETC

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!

 

Limited Time “Deposit Deal” – QUICK ends Sept 29th

Early-bird registrations for ETC will open on Monday September 30th for Full-Time attenders of ETC and the early bird rate will be $350.

But you can sneak in an even better rate until Sunday September 29th through our limited offer “deposit deal”. And you don’t even have to pay out the full amount up front!  A deposit of just $45 now, and you will “lock-in” a full-time ETC rate of $345 - as long as you pay the remainder by March 20th 2020!



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Registrations open now!

Rego now!

email conferences@credo.org.au if you have any questions!


Meet our KeyNote speaker!

Rhys Bezzant

Keynote Speaker - 'God as Father, Our Guide; Source of Strength and Hope'

Rhys Bezzant is a lecturer in Christian Thought at Ridley College in Melbourne.  He has given our main talks at ETC several times in the past, on sanctification, and worship. These were very well received and God used his ministry at those times.  At ETC20, Rhys will address the topic of God's Providence over 5 talks from the bible with us.
Rhys is a member of St Jude's Church, Carlton, which has a long association ministering to the nearby Melbourne University students. He has published several Christian books, both at an academic and popular level, mostly with a church history tone. He is also recognised as Australia's foremost scholar on the life and theology of Jonathan Edwards who was a key leader in the 18th century Evangelical Awakening.  Alongside these professional feats, Rhys is down-to-earth, friendly, has a pastoral heart, and always pitches his ETC talks towards everyday practical living as disciples of Jesus. When he gets a chance, Rhys loves to travel for his holidays.


"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
Then…
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


FAQs

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 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 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?
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. 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 ‘Providence’ – how God interacts with creation and our lives – can he be known by us? Does he have an ‘end-game’ for history? We hope that the talks are challenging and cause you to think and reflect, but Rhys 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?
Standard Regos close on the 26th March so get in while you can, you don’t want to miss out!!
Email conferences@credo.org.au or chat to your staffworker or friend if you have questions.