Our Story

The pressure to figure out “What’s next?” gets pretty intense as high school comes to a close. A lot of young adults have a nagging uncertainty that can be overwhelming. You may have an idea, but something is holding you back. Or maybe you have no idea. You worry about falling behind or wasting a year, but the thought of jumping into a 3- or 4-year program doesn’t feel right.

But what if you don’t need to have it all figured out?

Imagine if you had a chance to breathe, to explore… to do something different with your year.

And what if, as part of that year, you had space to ask big questions like:

  • Who am I?
  • What is going on in the world and where is God in all of it?
  • How does my faith apply to daily life? At work? In my neighbourhood?
  • What are my gifts and passions?
  • Where am I headed?

What is Act Five?

Act Five is a 7+ month Christian gap year program that offers you new experiences, time and support in a community that lives, eats, learns, travels and worships together. It is an invitation to join others like you on a journey to find real answers you can put into practice. It’s not just ideas that form us. It’s what we do, who we spend time with, the places we hang out, and the habits we form. Act Five is about preparing for your future while growing as a disciple of Jesus right now.

The whole point of Christianity is that it offers a story which is the story of the whole world. It is public truth.

N.T. WrightThe New Testament and the People of God

The Act Five experience is an epic adventure like you’ve never known, visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new things – earning university credit along the way. Research suggests that students who participate are likely to be more successful in their post-secondary programs, more engaged in life beyond school, and working in more satisfying careers.

Where is this coming from?

A program of Redeemer University formed in partnership with five Christian high schools, Act Five is rooted in the belief that the Bible is the true story of the whole world. The Christian life is about finding yourself IN that story.

It helps to break it down into six acts: the first four span creation through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. The sixth and final act tells us how the story ends. We find ourselves in the fifth act, for which there is no script and in which we are called to live out our faith – to practice it – knowing what came before and looking forward to what comes next.

So pause for a moment. Take hold of your life by taking time. And consider joining us, as you write your next chapter in the Story.

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