Bookings now open for 3Generate youth event

Promising to be the biggest 3Generate yet, bookings have now opened for this year’s children and youth assembly of the Methodist Church, taking place at a new, bigger, venue, with up to 1,000 young people and leaders expected to attend.

Following massive growth and growing demand for places in recent years, this year’s event will run from 24-26 November at Pontins, Southport, for children and young people aged 8-23.

This inspiring and fun weekend for children and young people across the Church encourages reflection, conversation and speaking out on the issues that are of concern to them and their faith.

The weekend is shaped and designed by local groups made up of leaders, children and young people. There are age-appropriate sessions and activities with some sessions that will be intergenerational.  ‘The Well’ stream for leaders will again offer dedicated sessions.

Leaders will be responsible for their groups throughout the event and will be in group accommodation.

In 2016, extra measures were introduced for young people with additional needs who wanted to attend and fully participate, something which the organisers intend to continue and build on this year.

All age groups get the chance to take part in a huge variety of activities, different styles of worship, themed and issue-based workshops, exploring topics raised by the children and young people.

The 19-23 age group is designed for young people who have left school. This group follow their own programme which will be integrated with the overall programme for the event and therefore there will enjoy times together as a group as well as times with others. The group will be accommodated in its own dedicated set of chalets. Those over the age of 18 who have already left school are welcome to join this group.

During the weekend the young people also elect their own Youth President to serve for a year and represent them to the wider Methodist Church from 2018-2019.

Tim Annan, Youth President 2016-2017 who was elected at 3Generate 2015, commented: "3Generate is a both fun and spiritual event that empowers young people to talk and pray about the issues that matter to them. Young people are the Church now and, with the world an increasingly complex place, the 3Generate weekend equips young Methodist people to respond to issues from a Christian perspective.

“This year, for the first time, youth and children's leaders are invited to accompany their groups. There will be a leaders' programme, as well as sessions together with the young people.”

Those who wish to attend but whose church is not organising its own group may be able to join another group from their Circuit or District. Event organisers may be able to assist with this. Full details are available on the website, www.methodist.org.uk/3generate

There is a requirement for one leader per six children aged under 18 years of age.

Tickets for delegates are £110 including food, accommodation and activities.