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.
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
In light of Covid-19, the following program elements may be shifted. Act Five is confident in carrying out its mission and program for 2021-2022. To see an up-to-date schedule of events, see the 2021-2022 Schedule.
The main goals for first term are to become a community together and to look at who God has made us to be and what He is wanting to do in each of us. 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 second term are to live out what we’ve been learning in more active ways – beginning away and then back in Hamilton. We hope students can experience God’s mission globally and locally in ways that will give them a clearer sense of what, how, and why they are going to do whatever it is that lies ahead beyond Act Five.
Students will be living together on Blake Street in downtown Hamilton, along with three Resident Leaders.
While Act Five is an immersive community experience, students will be given an extended reading break each term 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.
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