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Act Five is a 7.5 month Christian gap year program filled with adventure, travel, service, learning and mentorship.

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Place yourself in a close-knit and locally rooted community as you discover who you are, why your Christian faith matters, where you are going next, and how you want to engage in the world around you.

Through ACT FIVE You Can...

  • Discover future pathways
  • Deepen your faith and relationship with God
  • Explore outside your comfort zone
  • Form lasting relationships with peers and mentors
  • Earn university credits Course Info
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“I learned to cook, to clean an old house, to deal with people… I learned about creation and the people of this country who were here before we were. I learned of God, stories and people, about stairs, parks, factories, and life. I learned about the beauty of life…”

Caleb Bouma

Act Five Student — Class of '21

“To put investment into mentors and teachers and housemates that will only love your child and want the best for them, and to invest in a community that is a safe place for them to grow, to fall, and to learn who they are… I ask myself, ‘What’s the rush?’ Act Five is a program that sets you up only for success. It is such an intentional program.”

Rosanna & Joo-Meng Soh

Parents

“No other way of living captured me so much so that I found myself re-thinking my entire lifestyle and vocation in the produce section at No Frills, and I thank God for that often as I try to figure out how to carry forward the long list of things I've learned.”

Rieneke Helder

Act Five Student — Class of '21

“Along the way I’ve met many dreamers, people who think something up and somehow turn it into a reality. I’ve met professors and authors, poets and environmentalists, pastors and guides, and perhaps the most significant one — I’ve met Jesus and through him God.”

Arissa VandeBurgt

Act Five Student — Class of '20

Program Highlights

Live, eat and worship together in a community home in downtown Hamilton.

A ten-day canoe trip, winter camping trip and spring backpacking trip with Coldwater Canada.

Complete an 8-week Field Placement, choosing from dozens of Hamilton organizations.

Participate on a 2-3 week cross-cultural service trip with one of a number of partner organizations (locations for 2023 and 2024 TBD).

Other learning trips to US cities, farms & conferences (different each year).

Learn from Indigenous communities, including time spent on First Nations reserves throughout Ontario.

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Slow down and make space 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.

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In light of Redeemer's recent announcement about the future of Act Five, we want to offer context and hopes for Act Five as a program, community and organization moving forward.

Act Five, commit yourselves. To people and places and Christ. Be present. You might be surprised to find deep joy there.

dangling in the cozy cocoon of Blake Street, the same impetus guides us to faithfully recall what God has done.

Supporting Partner High Schools

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