Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I come on AnCon?
By the end of the week, we think (and pray!) that you will have: Learnt a lot about how God reveals himself to us in a variety of unique and marvellous ways; benefited from experiencing Christian community and developing life-long friendships; and been challenged in such a way that your life changes in significant ways. Many EU graduates look back on the AnCons they attended and recognise that God has used the depth of learning & community they experienced there in profound ways in their life.
When is AnCon?
AnCon is held in the last week of the winter holidays. In 2020, this will be 27-31 July. It starts at 9am on Monday, and finishes at 3:30pm on Friday.
What if I can't go for the whole week?
Obviously you'll benefit most from Ancon if you're there for the whole week - the talks, the community, the electives are all designed on the presumption that you'll be there for the whole week. That said, we know life sometimes doesn't cooperate - you can go part-time. Come along for as much as you can! It's definitely worth it. Part-time rates have a standard fee of $20 and then you can pay per meal ($24 each) or overnight ($50) or for a full day ($100).
Where is AnCon?
This year AnCon will be held at the Katoomba Christian Convention Centre (KCC). Surrounded by the beautiful Blue Mountains, the address for KCC is: 119 Cliff Drive, Katoomba NSW 2780. For the visual learners amongst us: kcc.org.au
How much does AnCon cost?
The standard price for AnCon is $410 full-time for a dorm-style room, including all your meals and conference materials. Ensuite accommodation (avoiding the cold barefoot run to the bathrooms in the middle of the night), is available, but costs more. There are some discounts for first years and for those who are investigating Christianity.
Do I have to pay all at once?
Nope! You can register without paying anything and pay gradually by instalments. Full payment is required by Tuesday 30th June at the latest. To get the early bird registration rate, you must complete payment by Tuesday 31st March or you will then have to pay the standard rate.
What if I want to come but cost is a barrier?
There is help for those under finanical pressure. Contact Bridget Chan at email@example.com.
How do I register?
When you head to sueu.org.au/ancon (as you have successfully done - congratulations), you will notice that you need to log in to register. If you have an account, just login at the bottom right of the page, then click on the 'Register' tab on the main Ancon page. If you've ever received an email from the EU, then you have an account of the website, so just click the "Request new password" link under the login fields and follow the instructions. If you have trouble, contact your Howie and ask them to reset your password. If you don't have an account, go to the bottom right of the page and click 'Create new account'. You'll be sent a login, with which you will be able to register - hooray!
When does early-bird end?
Early bird ends on the 31st March! You need to complete your payments before the next registration period begins to be eligible for the early price. Otherwise you will be required to pay the full amount of the standard, or late registration price.
When does standard rego end?
Standard rego ends on Monday 8th June! You need to complete your payments before the next registration period begins to be eligible for the early price. Otherwise you will be required to pay the full amount of the late registration price.
When will registration close?
Registration will close on Tuesday the 30th of June!
What if I need to cancel my rego?
The S.U.E.U. Refund policy is outlined here.
What is indoor camping?
Indoor camping is a new accommodation option at KCC! You will be staying in a single-sex room in Clairvaux Quarters. There are no beds provided, so you will have to bring your own bed e.g. air-mattress, stretcher. There will be bathrooms for you in the building. Please do not actually bring a tent though - there won't be room.
What do I need to bring?
Clothing for cold, cold weather. Stuff you can play sport in. Bedding (sleeping bags and extra pillows recommended). Toiletries, towels. A Bible if you have one (if you don't, let us know and we'll get one for you as a gift). Pens.
I'm not a Christian. Is it ok for me to come on AnCon?
Absolutely yes! In fact, we'd love to shout you a $100 discount off full time rego, because we believe this God stuff is true and real and we want you to know Him. The conference is designed so that you will get a clear understanding about what it is that Christians hold to be true, and what that means for how we are to live in response. Every afternoon, you will have the opportunity to nut out the things that you find difficult to believe in our Investigating Jesus elective stream. Every lunch time, you will have the opportunity to sit down with Rowan (the guy who gives the talks) and have a one on one chat to ask any questions you might have.
I'm an international student. Is it ok for me to come on AnCon?
Of course! We have a simple English component for you, and would love for you to join us. It's a great place to make friends. We are right in the middle of the Blue Mountains so there will be opportunities for sign-seeing at the Three Sisters and other picturesque locations too. If you aren’t sure yet when you will be returning to Sydney for Semester 2, you are welcome to email Lesley Zhang at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 8th June and we will hold your registration at the standard price until you can confirm your registration. Final payment will be required by 30 June 2020 for you to be registered for AnCon.
I'm a postgraduate student or university employee. Is it ok for me to come on AnCon?
Yes! The EU's staff and postgrad community host a special day for HDR students, academics, and staff on the Wednesday of AnCon (July 29), with their own program. You can find more information here.
I'm a non-USyd student. Is it ok for me to come on AnCon?
Sure is! Whilst we encourage you to attend the mid-year conference that your own campus group runs, we understand that for some, that isn't possible. You're welcome to join us.
I'm a student at the Con. Is it ok for me to come on AnCon?
Definitely is! The Con Christian Group is attending AnCon.
I’m a student on the Cumberland campus. Is it ok for me to come on AnCon?
Of course! ECU will be joining the SUEU at AnCon for the first time in 2020 and we can’t wait to get to know you all! During faculty time in the morning, ECU will be hanging out together.
What happens on AnCon?
A lot! Basically: the morning is spent with your faculty groups, the afternoon in electives and free time, which include various sporting competitions, and the evenings in a main session, after which there are a range of activities depending on the night.
What are Review Groups?
Review groups happen each day of AnCon. We'll meet in the same groups each day to discuss the talk from the night before, and think more deeply about what the Bible says and the implications for us.
Is there free time?
Yes! Every day, in fact. You can play sport, hang out and knit, play cards, or just have a cup of tea by yourself.
How does accommodation and room allocation work?
You will be placed in a dormitory-style room with a bunch of other people in bunk beds. Ensuite rooms may also be with a similar number of people, but you will not have to run to the bathrooms in the cold! It's pretty fun and you'll be good friends will your room by the end of the week. Room allocation is usually based on a mix of factors, and you'll have people from your faculty in your room. You can let us know if you really want to be placed with a friend.
What's the deal with meals?
They happen 3 times a day, plus morning and arvo tea! Trust me, you'll never feel hungry. Meal times are reminiscent of Hogwarts. By that I mean that you dine with a huge group of people in a big room, and get to meet heaps of new people. In every other sense, it is dissimilar to Hogwarts. As we're living in community, we will all take turns in doing the orderlies (which is actually quite fun as a way of meeting people). Your orderly group will be on your name tag when you arrive.
This is my first time at AnCon. I don't have a particular question, but I'm feeling a bit anxious...
We hear you! We have made big efforts to make your AnCon experience non-terrifying - in fact, we think you'll have such an amazing time that you'll be eager to return again next year! Each morning, you will spend time with the people who are in your faculty (those who study the same stuff as you). This is a much smaller group, which means that you will know people, and feel known by people, very early on in the conference. There will be ample opportunities to form friendships across the week. Free time will include both structured and non-structured activities, so there's something for everyone. Oh and there's a $20 discount if you're in first year!
I'm an introvert. Will I be overwhelmed by too much people-time?
Do not fear. There is certainly probably more people-time than your typical week, but there is also sufficient opportunity for recharging by yourself, if that's what you need.
Where does my money go?
Most of it goes to the site for food and accommodation. A little bit goes towards things like sound gear, printing, fun activities etc. We also use some money to subsidise the registration of people investigating Christianity, first years and guests from overseas or interstate.