While living together in a large community home, students and Resident Leaders will practice regular rhythms of meals, chores, recreation, adventure, study, mentorship, prayer and worship. The following gives you an overview of Act Five’s 7.5 month program.
Check out the Act Five Student Handbook for 2023-2024 here.
See a sketch of a year with Act Five below:
To future Act Five students — Be prepared for adventure, challenge, silence & solitude, gourmet food, real conversations, meaningful reflection, fall sunrises, winter sunsets, sun, rain, and yes snow. You will be stretched, you will grow, and you will thrive!
Matthew GrayDirector of Coldwater Canada
To see an up-to-date schedule of events, see the 2022-2023 Schedule.
The main goals for the first term are to become part of the Act Five community together, to get to know Hamilton and our neighbourhood, and to look at who God has made us to be and what He is inviting us into. We learn to pay attention to God’s voice, to each other, and to the world around us, and we will be challenged by new ideas and experiences.
Our classrooms go from canoes to the escarpment, from our kitchen table to local waterfalls, listening to literal legends tell us their wisdom — and I'm hoping that I can implement that wisdom into my life somehow.
Arissa VanderburgtAct Five Student — Class of '20
The goals for the second term are to live out what we’ve been learning in more active ways – in Hamilton and beyond. We hope students will experience God’s mission locally and globally in ways that will give them a clearer sense of what, how, why and where for life after Act Five.
Students will be living together on Blake Street in downtown Hamilton, along with two Resident Leaders and 5-6 other young adults (see Act Five’s Residency Program page).
While Act Five is an immersive community experience, students will be given specific dates each term where they are invited to return home, as well as a three-week break over Christmas.
Students will work with Act Five staff and outside experts in determining where second-term field placements will be located. Some of these will be within community non-profits. Others will be in placements unique to each student’s interests such as music, business, architecture, healthcare, education, various trades, and more. In most situations, Field Placements will be unpaid.
After students head home, Act Five will continue to support graduates beyond their time at Blake St, through their first summer and year in new places and continuing through upcoming transitions. This will include reunions and continued learning opportunities.
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