What is the 3 Generate?
3 Generate or 3G, is the Methodist version of CEYC with a difference. CEYC meetings have 2 representatives from each diocese, whereas at 3G anyone can attend. Another noticeable difference is that you have to pay to go to 3Generations and at CEYC you go for FREE (Excludes Travel but your diocese should cover this!). 3G is for ages between 9 and 23 with help from those past this age. There is plenty for people to take part in, Read more on what Josh did and saw below….
Why did CEYC visit:
We were invited to attend this event. One of the Methodist Youth Council (MYC), Samuel, had attended our November 2017 residential, as he is the Ecumenical Representative.
Once I arrived, I was told to check in at a big marquee by the staff on the gate. Given that the arrangements were made the same week as the event, I expected that there would be problems, however, everything was fairly quick! Once registered, I decided to unpack my car and move into the accommodation.
Once I had unpacked I was introduced to the M.Y.C Youth Rep team.
After being introduced to the Youth Rep team, of which I knew 4 of them (2 from B.Y. C, Sam and another rep from the Quaker Event) We talked about what they do and we had a general introductory session amongst ourselves.
The current Youth President introduced himself to me and we really got the conversation going. Ne, t I was introduced to the President and Vice President of the whole of the Methodist Church in G.B (excluding Ireland), who is their equivalent of an Archbishop. They talked about the Methodist church and their roles.
For the first session, I was told to relax and enjoy myself whilst I recovered from my journey. They had a HUGE marquee with a stage. On that stage were “Urban Praise” singing worship songs. I’m not one to be idle and so after a few minutes, the Reps and myself started to hand out wristbands. The wristbands were in different colours with “#3Generations” on, we went and distributed the wristbands out to those entering the building. I was quite surprised to find out that the most popular colour was purple, green and red.
Evening prayer for leaders:
I was invited to go to the Leaders Prayer. The session leader asked us to gather as a group and to discuss two questions. “what went well today” and “ what would you like to take forward to tomorrow”. The general feeling was that everyone had arrived safely and that they were glad that they were all together. In answer to the second question, they talked about getting to know different sections of the Methodist community, as well as building stronger links within their church.
End of Day 1