For Workers and Group Leaders

Why 3Generate?

3Generate is an annual weekend event for children and young people, aged between 8 and 23, organised by the Methodist Church. 3Generate exists to provide an opportunity for the Church to hear from and be informed by young people.

Each year 3Generate is planned and shaped by children and young people for children and young people - alongside a team of adult facilitators from the Connexion (the Methodist Church in the whole of Britain), who specialise in working with children and young people.

3Generate is about participation - engaging with children, young people and children's and youth workers in the creation and delivery of the event and providing resources to support work with children and young people in the local context.

So, as well as providing opportunities for lots of indoor and outdoor activities at the venue, the weekend also gives children and young people in your group the chance to make friends and engage with issues that really matter to them - both in the Church and in their wider world. 3Generate offers them time and space to worship and have fun together.

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 to take office in 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'

It's a great event for your group to get involved with. Through 3Generate we aim to encourage children and young people to play a more active part in their local churches, circuits and districts, as well as providing resources for you to continue this all year round.

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.

Leaders will attend the event for free and only need to cover their travel costs.

The ticket price for delegates aged 8 to 23 is £110 per person.

The expectation is that each group will bring sufficient leaders to care for their number (each group will have a minimum of two leaders, for larger groups a ratio of one leader to six children/young people aged under 18 will be required, mixed gender groups will need at least one male and one female leader).

We do not expect extra adult leaders to be attending (above the number required to satisfy the necessary ratios). However, we realise that in some circumstances this may need to be the case and we would encourage extra support to attend where this is required. Where extra leaders attend because groups are made up of smaller groups across a circuit, we would be delighted if those leaders with spare capacity offered some of their time volunteering at the event - more details about volunteering can be found on the 3Generate Volunteering page.

We understand that some churches may not have sufficient Youth leaders and in some cases none, however we are happy that adults appointed through the safer recruitment process and in possession of a current DBS certificate covering "Regulated Activity" are appointed for the purpose of the event. All adults attending the event will need to have been recruited within their local context via a process of safer recruitment and attend 3Generate with the agreement of their minister or Circuit Superintendent.

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 adults aged 19-23, who are beyond school year 13, are welcome to register individually for the event with or without a group at a cost of £110. There will be a support team for 19-23s available during the event.

Young adults aged 19-23, who are attending with their church group as one of the leaders, will be welcome to attend at no charge but will be expected to work with other youth leaders in the care of their group.

Groups will stay in chalets adjacent to their leaders, who will be responsible for their care throughout 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.

What's included? 

The cost of the weekend (£110) includes accommodation, food, sessions and all selected activities at the venue. A range of dietary requests can be catered for (leaders can tell us about the dietary needs of their group when they receive their login in August/September).

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.

The venues we choose to host 3Generate are fully risk-assessed and have their own First Aid cover. The Children and Youth Team are also trained in First Aid.

3Generate is insured through policies held by the Methodist Church and by the host venues.

How do I book?

Please visit the How to Book page for further details.


Contact us

If there's anything else you'd like to know about 3Generate, or if you need help with your booking you can contact us

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