3Generate 2022 FAQs

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How much will the event cost?
The cost of the event varies depending on which ticket option is selected, accompanying leaders’ tickets are free for all options:

  • Weekend tickets (including overnight accommodation) will cost £120.
  • Saturday tickets (entry on Saturday only, no overnight accommodation) will cost £60.

Tickets for 4-7s (which allow access to 4-7s area on Saturday) will cost £40 for the first child per family, which includes up to 2 significant adults. Tickets for any further 4-7s from the same family will cost £30.

Who can purchase residential tickets?
The weekend tickets (including overnight accommodation) will be available for all groups to purchase. All tickets are on a first come, first served basis.

When do tickets go on sale?
Tickets went on sale on Wednesday 1 April 2022 here.  We’re encouraging all churches and groups to begin having conversations about how they may be able to take part.

My District/Circuit/Church want to pay for our places, can they pay by cheque or BACS
Please select the cheque option when you purchase your tickets by entering CHQ into the ticket window. Please then down load the Cheque or BACS form as appropriate.  Email the BACS form direct to  3Generate@methodistchurch.org.uk or post your cheque together with the cheque form to 3Generate, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR

How can we get the most out of our day tickets?
Day tickets will allow groups to join for Saturday only and join in during the day with flexible arrival and departures times. Throughout Saturday there will be an exciting rolling programme from morning through to late evening, so you can choose to arrive early or later in the day. Programming opens at 9am, however groups will be able to arrive ahead of that time if they wish. Groups can remain until programming finishes at approximately 10:30pm.

The 4-7s venue opens at 10am on Saturday through till 4pm.

Do tickets include meals?
Meals are included whilst on site. Please notify us of your arrival and departure time.

Is there a discount for siblings at the event?
The 4-7s event is a family/household event, unlike the 8-23s event.
Sibling tickets have been offered to the 4-7 age range as it is anticipated that children will attend with their parent, grandparent or carer and that bringing two or more children from the same family will not significantly increase the cost. In the 8-23s event children and young people attend with their leaders and are part of a group. However we do not want any children or young people to be unable to attend due to cost. In the first instance do speak to your circuit or district as they may be able to help, otherwise email 3Generate@methodistchurch.org.uk

Will there be a cut-off date for booking and is there a minimum number for booking?
Ticket sales will be available for 1st April -31 July 2022. As 3Generate occurs this year at the end of September, we encourage groups to have made their plans before the end of summer term in July. 

 Arrival and registration 

Where do we park?
In car park N1, accessed via gate 3.

How long, and how accessible, is the walk from the car park to the halls?
It takes approximately seven minutes to walk to the halls, depending on the speed of your walking, and the route is fully accessible.

Will toilets be available in the area where we have to queue to register?
Yes, there are a number of toilets situated around the NEC, outside the halls where 3Generate is held.  We’d urge you to not arrive until 3Generate opens at 7pm.

Do we have to print out our tickets? What paperwork do we need to have in order to register?
You do not need to print out tickets.  Bring your signed parent/carer consent forms for the children and young people in your group. 

Venue and accommodation

What will the sleeping arrangements be?
Accommodation will be indoors, in socially-distanced bubbles in groups in The Village, which is within very large, well-ventilated halls. Each group will have an assigned plot in The Village, with plenty of space for the group and space between groups. Tents will be provided and will be erected before your arrival. A bed and mattress will be provided in the leaders’ tents. Roll mats will be provided in tents for children and young people.

Leaders will need to bring their own sleeping bag/duvet, sheet for the mattress and pillow and pillowcase. Children and young people will need to bring their own sleeping bag, pillow and pillowcase. 

It is the responsibility of leaders to allocate tents to their group members appropriately. Leaders will share their tent with one other leader from the group, with each leader having their own compartment. Children and young people will be sharing their tent with one other child/young person, as allocated by their group leader.

What will the tents look like?
The tents are pop-up style - with children and young people sharing single ‘pod’ tents. (There will be larger popups available for teenagers).  Adults are mainly in tents with two sleeping pods, either side of a central area of walk-in height. Those with accessibility needs will be in single person, easy-access tents with a drop lip to the entrance and separate sleeping pod.

Will there be chairs or seating in The Village?
No seating is provided. 

How will belongings be kept safe?
It will be possible for the tents to be locked with a small luggage padlock that you bring from home.

How much space will there be in tents for bags?
There is limited space in tents for bags so we’d encourage everyone to bring the essentials and prioritise the things they really need.

What will the washing facilities be?
The NEC provides washrooms within each of the exhibition halls that we will be using, and are also installing shower blocks for our use within the camping area. These areas will be subject to regular cleaning.

Are there separate toilets and showers for leaders and for children and young people?
Leaders will use separate shower blocks to children/young people.  Everyone will use the toilets as provided on the NEC site.

What lighting will be in place in the village?
Lighting within the NEC exhibition halls is fully adjustable, which means that we will be able to select a night-time setting for the accommodation halls that will allow a reduced level of light overnight but sufficient for people to be able to visit toilets etc.

Do we need lights for the tents/night time?
We suggest you bring torches so that, when lights are dimmed in the hall, it’s still possible to see inside tents and navigate your way to the toilets.

What will the food arrangements be?
All food over the weekend will be provided by the NEC and will be available to “take-away“ to eat in the Dining Area. Breakfast will be 7am to 9am, lunch will be 12pm to 2pm (a 'grab bag') and dinner will be 5pm to 7pm. You will be able to collect your meal at any point during these two-hour slots and there should be no need to queue for a long period of time. A 'grab bag' dinner of a sandwich and snacks will be made available throughout Friday evening for you to collect once your group has registered.

Do leaders have to accompany their children and young people into the dining area?
No they do not need to accompany them, but mealtimes are a good opportunity to check in with your group, see how they are and do a headcount.

Are we able to go back to our tents when the 3Generate Town is open and can children and young people go back to their tents without their leaders?
Leaders can return to tents but children and young people can only return if a leader is present. They must not return without adult supervision.

Will we be able to leave the NEC and go outside for some fresh air?
Yes, if leaders choose to take their groups outside they will need to sign out and sign in again on their return. Children and young people remain the full responsibility of group leaders if they leave the 3Generate halls.

What parking will be available during the weekend?
Free parking will be in N1, accessed via gate 3

Will there be any fresh air ventilation at the event?
There will be regular occasions throughout the event when fresh air is ventilated into the halls where 3Gen takes place.  

Will there be wi-fi available?
There is limited wi-fi available but it will not be suitable to download or stream media such as films or TV shows. 

Will we be able to charge our mobile phones?
Yes, leaders can do this in The Well and there will also be charging stations supervised by Village Hosts too.

What happens with our luggage on Sunday? What happens on Sunday morning?
After breakfast groups will need to pack their bags, which can then be taken to the luggage holding area.  After the Sunday morning closing worship you can collect a packed lunch from The Arena and your luggage, then depart.

 Keeping us safe

Is there a risk assessment template that we can use?
Guidance on event risk assessment and a blank template are available in the 'Residential Events Guidance' as part of the ‘Organising Events’ resources from the Children, Youth and Family Team.


What type of DBS do leaders need to bring a group?
All leaders must have a valid DBS (less than 5 years old at the time of 3Generate) with a barred list check, obtained through the Methodist Church.

Will the event be ‘closed off’ to the outside world?
3Generate has use of dedicated halls within the NEC, with stewards stationed at the entrances and exits. There will be no access by the general public to 3Generate.

Will there be any fresh air ventilation at the event?
There will be regular occasions throughout the event when fresh air is ventilated into the halls where 3Gen takes place.  


What will 3Generate look and feel like this year?

3Generate 2022 will build on the success of last year's event. We have added more venues into our town for 2022. You wouldn't want to miss it! From the opening ceremony  happening on Friday, through to the festival on Saturday night with international flavour and street entertainment, to the energetic mass worship, 3Gen is going to be a blast!

3Generate is the children and youth assembly of the Methodist Church and is strategic in how the Church listens to the voices of children and young people.  We are constantly adjusting the event to suit the environment that we find ourselves in. We have had satellite groups meeting throughout the year to plan a full and exciting programme, which will be released soon.

Do children and young people have to book places for certain sessions/activities as in previous years?
There are no sessions that require places to be booked at 3Generate 2022 - although children and young people will need to sign-up if they want to participate in 3Gen's Got Talent (see below).

How do people sign-up to be part of 3Gen's Got Talent?
Visit The Town square any time to sign-up to be part of the show.

How loud will the event be?
Loud performances throughout the weekend will be held in the 3Generate Arena, which is separate to the Main Hall and is a sound-proof venue.

All venues at 3Generate will have inclusion boxes which will include ear defenders and ear plugs for children and young people finding the noise too much. If you are a leader please borrow anything you need from the inclusion box and encourage the child or young person you are supporting to join back with their group.

Whether a child or young person has additional needs or not everyone is welcome to the Quiet Space venue. This venue is a drop-in venue that participants can go along to for some peace and quiet.

Does the event include access to the Bear Grylls Adventure?
Unfortunately no, this is not part of 3Generate.

4 - 7 year olds at 3Generate

How will 4 - 7 year olds take part in 3Generate?

On Saturday 1st October, from 10am to 4pm, they can join in a dynamic and immersive programme of activities, designed to aid them in reflecting on faith, life and meeting with God in their own dedicated space, separate to the main 3Generate event.  The programme is flexible and designed so that younger children can make their own choices, exploring the space as they feel led.  It’s 3Generate but on a smaller scale! 

Can 4 - 7 years olds take part without a parent/carer or significant adult?
No, each child will need an adult with them for the whole day. They can be accompanied by up to two significant adults, who may be parents, carers, grandparents or others they know well from church. These adults can encourage and support children as they explore all that’s on offer during the day. The venue and programme is intended to be an intergenerational space.

What is the role of a group leader for 4 - 7 year olds attending the event?
Group leaders can coordinate, organise and book tickets on behalf of 4-7 year olds and their parent(s)/carer(s) or significant adult(s).  Whilst taking part in the 4 - 7s venue, children will be the responsibility of these adults and not the group leader.

Will 4 - 7 year olds be able to visit the main 3Generate event?
Yes, built into the programme are opportunities to visit the main 3Generate event in small groups with their adults. 

Where is the venue for 4 - 7 year olds?
The venue for 4 - 7 year olds and their parents/carers/adults is within the  main 3Generate event halls at the NEC.  Only the children and their adults booked in will have access to this venue, along with our team of volunteers. 

What food/refreshments will be available for those in the 4 - 7s venue?
The NEC catering team will provide refreshments on arrival and a picnic bag at lunchtime for children and adults.

Additional needs and access requirements

What support or help is available for those with additional needs or disabilities?

Additional needs are wide ranging – they can include physical, learning, mental health and undiagnosed needs – anything that may impact on someone being able to join in fully at 3Generate. We want everyone to feel welcome at the event and we have an accessibility team, who can help you to support the children and young people who are attending as part of your group. There is a Quiet Space venue and retreat spaces within other venues. We also have specific provision for accommodation and physical access for those who need it. Please provide more information when registering, find the accessibility team at registration or in the Quiet Space venue for help.

A member of my group has additional needs, can I have a conversation with someone before we come to 3Generate?
Yes absolutely! Please contact Naomi Graham or Mark Arnold and fill in the additional needs information on iKnow Church so that we can make sure that the event is as accessible as possible for the children and young people attending.

What is the Sensory Space venue like?
This is a small venue that children and young people can retreat to if they are finding parts of the event overwhelming or difficult to engage in. We will have a rolling programme and supportive team, we’ll also have smaller scale performances from some of the event contributors.

If a member of my group has additional needs, how can they get the most out of 3Generate?
We’d love you to connect with the accessibility team when you register and we also encourage you to pop in to the Quiet Space if there’s anything we can help with. We also want everyone to play their part in making the event as accessible as possible. There are some top tips for accessibility here.

Can I bring a carer or support worker to 3Generate?
We want to make sure that everyone who would like to come to 3Generate can attend regardless of their additional needs. We cannot provide full-time 1:1 support for children or young people so, if you need this, we’d recommend you bring an additional leader along with your group who can be your carer/support worker for the weekend.

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