Read the latest updates here from Act Five as they share experiences, stories, photos and all they are learning.
This month has taken our community for a wild ride. On Thursday nights we host storytellers, learning about what it means to be faithful amidst life’s twists and turns. This month’s series was titled “It Wasn’t What I Planned”. How true!
By: Alyssa Zilney | January 28, 2022
Oh, the places we've been! Act Five is not even three years old, and already we have established so many poignant traditions. Each December, our staff and students pack up the Communauto vans and head out of the city to reflect and retreat
By: Julia Knelsen | December 10, 2021
Perhaps I will say this every year of Act Five, but this is a unique year for us . 11 students - 9 women and 2 men - making a leap to take a gap year and live in a big community home after 1.5 years of losing their whole sense of normal....
By: Jon Berends | November 11, 2021
“Lean in” is what I was told to do during morning thought the day before we entered the wilderness. Matt Gray was telling us that we should lean into this trip because no matter what we do, we probably wouldn’t enjoy it if we just complain...
By: Alyssa Zilney | October 22, 2021
After moving into a house in downtown Hamilton with sixteen other people, going on a ten-day canoe trip, and starting a week of “Hamontensive”, I think it would be fair to say that every single one of us has already changed from the person we...
By: Alyssa Zilney | October 15, 2021
As people who love and believe in the power and truth of the biblical story, what we are doing here can be a signpost. Perhaps, as we connect more to the soil and to each other, we can remember to hope.
By: Nina Drenth | July 12, 2021
Since being home after finishing Act Five, I have made a habit of walking through the ravine woods close to my home. I feel there is something freeing about simply being among trees and rocks and dirt that allows me to be a human.
By: Nina Drenth | June 10, 2021
In conclusion, it's becoming more and more clear that if I want to follow God, I have to be open to moving from my ideas and thoughts of what is right, to what God is saying is right.
By: Nina Drenth | May 28, 2021
May God continue to prepare the way for these 16 young adults, and may they be gifts for others who have not experienced anything close to the fullness of life found at 75 Blake St this past year.
By: Jon Berends | May 7, 2021
Miraculously, all of our students were blessed with the opportunity to participate in a six week placement with local businesses and organizations in Hamilton and the surrounding area. Read stories from two of our students from these placements!
By: Nina Drenth | April 12, 2021
In any given moment we often cannot fully understand the importance of what we are learning and living until we step back and gain some perspective.
By: Nina Drenth | March 28, 2021
Alumni Matt writes that "Act Five taught me a lot about what it means to listen well. The importance of listening well has continued to grow in my life, whether it be with family, friends old and new, and even in business."
By: Nina Drenth | March 7, 2021
The unpredictability and restrictions of the past year have been a gift for Act Five because they have allowed us to hold fast to who we are called to be: waiting on the Lord in the face of circumstances we could not predict nor control.
By: Jon Berends | February 27, 2021
The truth is, I do not know how or when I will start to trust the Lord with life. Maybe it will happen next week, next year, or maybe when I am 60 and retired... What I do know is I'll try to live in the present and let God be the driver for now.
By: Nina Drenth | February 5, 2021
“If God is everywhere, and prayer is being in the presence of God, then anything can be a prayer.”
By: Nina Drenth | January 22, 2021
We here at Act Five are looking ahead to 2021 with hope, even in the midst of what continues to a trying time around the globe. We are leaning into our vision to raise up resilient disciples and foster Christ-like hope.
By: Nina Drenth | January 2, 2021
Resident Leader Alyssa shares about her experiences being a part of Act Five for the second year in a row: how she's watched the community house grow, and how she's experienced her own discipleship journey alongside the students.
By: Nina Drenth | December 18, 2020
A key aspect of the Act Five program, particularly first term with our Place, Home and Land course, is learning from the indigenous peoples of our area. Read reflections from our students on their experiences this past month.
By: Nina Drenth | December 4, 2020
A significant piece of Act Five is the contrast between urban and rural environments. It’s been highlighted by living on Blake street, right in downtown Hamilton, while also heading on visits to rural places that practice Creation Care.
By: Nina Drenth | November 23, 2020
Our students got back from their canoe adventure in Temagami, Ontario almost 2 weeks ago now, and it was just last Thursday that we drove back down from Coldwater's base camp to our home in Hamilton. Two of our students reflect on their experience.
By: Nina Drenth | October 5, 2020
This has been an encouraging start to year two of Act Five. We are aware of the immense privilege it is to be together forming a community and running a program, and we are eager to witness the way God will guide us in our journey.
By: Nina Drenth | September 17, 2020
Whether an educator, pastor, mentor or otherwise, the current moment requires critical conversations around the discipleship of our young adults.
By: Jon Berends | June 5, 2020
It has been a true joy to hear our students reflect on and put into words the stories of their journeys through the year. We wanted to share some of these stories here and invite you to celebrate with us the way God has been so, so faithful to us!
By: Nina Drenth | April 9, 2020
A contrast to Jubilee in Pittsburgh, we had the opportunity to participate in the TrueCity conference as Christians across different churches and denominations came together to pray, worship, and talk about how they can work for the good of the...
By: Alyssa Zilney | March 14, 2020
"I am often humbled to be in the role that I am in, to be able to witness the kingdom of God coming in and through these 12 students of Act Five's first cohort. I see and trust that the impact of this program ripples beyond these students."
By: Jon Berends | February 25, 2020
Placements are now well underway across the city! Each week we will be giving insight into the exciting things happening as our students engage in these experiences. This week, Autumn's placement with Open Homes Hamilton is in the spotlight.
By: Alyssa Zilney | February 4, 2020
"[In Act Five], we often say that the best experiences we have are around the dinner table... so it is cool to see that, despite a slight language barrier and very different food, the familial feeling carries to halfway across the world."
By: Jon Berends | November 19, 2019
"All I have done since being here so far is receive."
By: Jon Berends | November 18, 2019
Out of the richness of the past months together in community, our 12 students and their leaders embark on a month in Zambia, serving with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, in partnership with EduDeo Ministries. Join us along the way!
By: Jon Berends | November 12, 2019
She:kon, hello. This week we went to the Six Nations reserve and had the honour of listening to and learning from Brian Chiki and his wife Andrea. It was a rich week of imagining more what it means to be people following Jesus in our place.
By: Nina Drenth | October 28, 2019
Despite our pace slowing down this last month, the daily activities of our lives have maintained their richness. We have tasted together the reality that God is not far off; indeed He is in the mundane everyday-ness of our eating, studying,...
By: Nina Drenth | October 22, 2019
"I believe that God’s Spirit is among us as we pursue this new venture. And as we navigate the realities of an old home and an 8-month pilot program involving real people and not just good ideas, I see God’s faithfulness woven through all of...
By: Nina Drenth | October 3, 2019
"I ventured out for nine days in a canoe, weighed down by 70 pound green, red and grey packs full of supplies. As we pushed off the shore, we were submitting to be intentionally and completely immersed in the wilderness, no distractions."
By: Nina Drenth | September 25, 2019