Who can come to the conference?
CONNECT is for all those involved in reaching students in the university context in Europe. This means short or long-term workers, student leaders, church volunteers, and others who have a passion to reach students with the good news of Jesus Christ. We believe that as we share our knowledge and resources and encourage one another, we will be more effective in reaching students with the message of Jesus in our diverse local environments.
How can I pay?
You are able to pay using Paypal or by bank transfer. We prefer you use a bank transfer as that has lower costs associated with processing the payment, however, we offer Paypal as an option if this works best for you. Please note: Registration is not complete until payment is received in full. Prices for Connect increase on 1 July 2017 by €25. Registration closes on 15 July 2017.
Can I come for part of the time?
CONNECT is designed to give in-depth training, with opportunities for building relationship with God and others through the various activities, services, small groups, and workshops. Participants are STRONGLY encouraged to make plans to attend ALL of CONNECT because team-building and small group dynamics depend on full participation on this interaction.
Can I arrive early?
Due to the limited availability of rooms, early arrival is limited to invited staff for Friday only. If you must arrive early we recommend staying in Berlin and then arriving at the campground for on-site registration on Saturday afternoon. Connect begins with the evening meal at 18:00.
What is the daily schedule?
Here is a tentative daily schedule:
8:00 - 8:50 Breakfast
9:00 - 9:20 Morning gathering
9:30 - 12:00 Seminar
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:45 Free Time
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee & Cookies
15:00 - 16:30 Small Groups/Staff Meeting
16:30 - 18:00 Workshops
18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
19:30 - 21:00 Evening Service
Can I sign up for more than one seminar?
Sorry, no. Participants follow their selected seminar every morning for 6 days, resulting in 10+ hours of in-depth instruction and guided interaction.
How do I sign up for workshops?
There will be descriptions and sign-up sheets for the workshops during on-site registration.
What is the lodging situation like?
CONNECT is held at a summer camp location with various buildings scattered around the campus. Some of the rooms have their own bathroom facility, but many others share bathroom and showers on the hall.
Can I room with my friend(s)?
Yes, you may mention the name of your preferred roommate in the comments section of the registration form. We will try our best to accommodate you, but please understand that there may be other circumstances that limit our ability to honor every request.
How will the meals work?
The meals are buffet-style at breakfast and dinner, and are family-style (i.e. each table gets a specific portion of food) at noon.
Is there wifi?
Yes. Every building has wifi which you can order for a fee. You pay for a data package. For example, you purchase a 500mb data package, and when that runs out you have to purchase another.
Is there a snack bar, café, store or opportunities to buy food and other supplies while at the conference?
The conference center does sell some snacks. There will also be organized trips to the store during free time.
Is there an ATM at the conference center?
No, so please come with some cash in hand. There will also be organized trips to a nearby ATM during free time.
What types of things should I bring?
Please bring a Bible, notebook, and pen (or their electronic equivalent). Dress is casual. Bring house shoes to wear inside the buildings. You may want to prepare for rainy weather and cool temperatures at night. Don’t forget appropriate clothing for sports and swimming, if desired. There is also a laundry service available for a small fee.
Do I need to bring sheets or towels?
You may bring your own towels and single-sized bedding or rent these from the facility for a small fee.
Will there be translation into other languages?
Yes! Please note in your registration that you would like translation and the language you prefer. Headsets provide translation for the main meetings, with personal translators filling in in other situations. Worship will branch into different languages as well. While English is a common European trade medium, it’s unifying to gather together and hear God worshipped in every language!
Will there be any free time?
Yes! Afternoon free time is an opportunity to join in organized sports (i.e. ultimate frisbee, football, etc) or individual/family activities (swimming location is down the road for an extra fee, walks, brief trips to the village, resting, etc). (Parents, please note there is no childcare provided during free time.)