3Generate is more than just another event - it's a model of participation, a process and an inter-generational way of working that is unique to Methodism.
3Generate exists to provide an opportunity for the Church to hear from and be informed by young people. Aimed at anyone between 8 and 23 - in four age groups.
As well as providing opportunities for lots of indoor and outdoor activities, children and young people will be able to make friends and engage with issues that really matter to them - both in the Church and in their wider world. 3Generate offers time and space to worship, debate and have fun together.
3Generate is planned and shaped by children and young people forchildren and young people - alongside a team of adult facilitators from the Connexion, who specialise in working with children and young people.
Everyone can get involved - children, young people, young adults and youth workers participate in the creation and delivery of the event through local 'Shaper Groups' and resources are available to support work with children and young people in the local context all year round. Through 3Generate we aim to encourage children and young people to play a more active part in their local churches, circuits and districts.
3Generate provides a unique opportunity for dialogue and engagement with children and young people. Outcomes from the weekend are fed back to Methodist Conference and help to inform the work and direction of the Connexional Team and local congregations. Following each event we publish Manifestos for all age streams.
At 3Generate we also aim to empower young people to become leaders. The Youth President election is held at the event each year, along with voting for all other representative roles that are open to young people:
- Three Methodist Conference Reps (one aged 15-18 and one 18+)
- One Methodist Council Rep (aged 18+)
- Two British Youth Council (BYC) reps (16-23)
- Two Ecumenical Reps (one aged 15-18 and one 18+)
Recruitment for the Youth President role begins in June each year, with the successful candidate taking office at the start of September the following year. Please let the young people in your district know about this too.
Here's what children and young people who came along to 3Generate last year told us:
'It was eye-opening and amazing'
'It was really enjoyable and educational'
'I made loads of friends'
'It rekindled my relationship with God'
'We should do it more often'
How does 3Generate work?
There are lots of activities and entertainment to choose from, largely organised in four separate age streams: 8-11s (school years 4-6), 11-14s (school years 7-9), 14-18s (school years 10-13) and 19-23s.
The weekend programme will include a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities - this can include music, theatre, drama, comedy, discussion, debates, worship, prayer, sports, crafts and much more.
In 2017, for the first time, children and young people and their leaders can attend as a group.
Groups will stay in accommodation, together with their leaders, who will be responsible for their care throughout the event. Leaders will attend the event for free and will only need to cover their travel costs.
When there are only one or two children or young people who are not in a group, we would encourage them to join with others in their circuit or district and attend together. If needed, there will be help available to connect individuals with groups when tickets go on sale after Easter.
Young people 23 and under, who are beyond school year 13, can book on with or without a group and there will be an 18-23s support team available during the event.
Groups will have the opportunity at meal times, if they wish, of eating together in regional groups, enabling leaders, children and young people to connect and make friends with others from their district or region.
Leaders will allocate rooms to their groups in the allocated accommodation blocks.
3Generate is a speak-out event for children and young people. It is the Children and Youth Assembly of the Methodist Church (Standing Order 250). This year there will be the usual facilitated sessions attended by the children and young people as well as some joint sessions together with their Leaders. During times when the children and young people are in their facilitated sessions there will be a separate program for leaders.
Safety and Support
There will be a team of professional children's and youth workers on hand throughout the weekend to ensure that everyone is well looked after. As well as members of the Methodist Children and Youth Team, we'll also have a Support Team and Stewarding Team, made up of volunteers and our One Programme Participants (young people on a gap year with the Methodist Church, who will be fulfilling lots of different roles). All of these groups will be easily identifiable by their t-shirts.
Everyone working with children and young people at 3Generate will be fully briefed and trained for their role and will have completed the necessary DBS checks.
How you can help?
Spread the word
Tell your congregations about 3Generate and encourage them to send their groups of children and young people along. Include 3Generate on your website, in your newsletters and notice sheets. Let's make 2017 the biggest and best weekend yet!
Support your children and young people
Consider ways you could provide financial support to enable your groups to attend 3Generate this year. You could look at joining with other groups and providing a coach or mini bus from your area, or organising a youth-led fundraising event.
Keeping up to date
In the coming months we'll have lots more news and details for you about all that will be happening at 3Generate.
We'll be posting news, so follow 3Generate on Twitter and Facebook, keep up to date and pass information on to the children and young people in your groups. You can also sign-up for Well News, which is sent out by Methodist Children and Youth and will feature regular 3Gen updates.
If there's anything else you'd like to know about 3Generate, or if you need help with your booking you can contact us here: email@example.com