The 3Generate event for young Methodists took place over the
weekend of the 25 and 27 November, with more young people than ever
before taking part.
The event has more than doubled in size over the last two
years with close to 700 young Methodists and youth leaders gathered
for fellowship and fun at the PGL Adventure Centre in Swindon.
Young people from 8 to 23 came from across the UK to mix worship
and activities with discussion and debate. Presentations and talks
on topics for older groups included well-being and social justice
while younger groups considered what church could look like if they
were in charge.
Penny Fuller, Methodist Church and Community Development
Co-ordinator with responsibility for the event explained: "The
growth is so exciting, we were fully booked in some age groups. We
will need to look at how we go forward to accommodate the
"This is a very consultative event. We ask the children
to help design the programme through groups that meet throughout
the UK. It's very diverse so we have to cater for such a wide age
"This year we have put additional focus on ensuring we are as
accessible as possible. Our specialist volunteers have been
providing additional support to those with learning difficulties,
physical limitations or in need of additional emotional
While there was a lot of fun, faith and fellowship with
adventurous outdoor activates and silent discos, there was also an
emphasis placed on worship and debate. A range of
opportunities were also available for young people to choose how
they wished to worship with art through to late night communion.
Discussions were held in all age groups to ensure that
children were heard.
The current Youth President Tim Annan, whowas elected at last
year's 3Generate said, "We come together to worship God and discuss
the issues important to us as young Christians."
"Our resolutions impact the wider church as we can feed
directly into the Methodist Conference, helping local churches
engage with young people on issues. Refugees, prayer, relationships
are just some of the topics we tackled.
Elections were held for the next youth president with five
candidates taking part. The candidates were asked questions by
young voters during hustings and, produced promotional videos and
displays as part of their election campaigns. The announcement of
the Youth President designate will be made later this week.
"3Gen is one of the most vital parts of the church," said Rachel
Lampard, Vice President of the Methodist Conference who spoke at
the event. "Young people are part of the Church themselves. Our
youth work is led and driven by young people. Here they realise
they are part of a bigger Church. They can enjoy themselves, ask
questions, explore their faith and grow as Christians and