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Exploring Urban and Rural Places at Act Five: Students’ Perspectives

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.

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Hope in a weary world : A Word from the Director

"In a season unlike anything we have experienced before, my hope is that Act Five represents a community seeking to live faithfully in this moment."

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Reflections on Ordinary Time at Blake Street

Two students share reflections on this "ordinary" part of the Act Five program: living in community, doing our chores and our homework, and settling into life in the city of Hamilton.

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Lessons from Temagami

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.

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Act Five Year Two is Underway!

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.

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Beginning Year Two: Faithfully Improvising

"With gratitude to be able to run our program  - and with some creative uses of space, travel adjustments, face masks and plenty of hand sanitizer - we head toward September humbly and confidently."

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A Moving Story, by Sarah Bosch

As a guest post, read some profound reflections from Sarah Bosch as she witnessed what God did in the life of her daughter through Act Five.

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How does one measure impact? – Parent Testimonies

Is a year with Act Five really worth the investment? Not only do staff and students of Act Five think so, but these parents answer with a resounding "YES!"

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Does a Christian Gap year program make sense during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Whether an educator, pastor, mentor or otherwise, the current moment requires critical conversations around the discipleship of our young adults.

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Thank you, and a note on what is to come.

From me, the team behind Act Five at Redeemer University, the supporting high schools, the students and staff of Act Five this first year, Thank You to all who continue to support us.

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Second Term Recap

Watch a highlight video from the second term of Act Five 2019-20.

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Taking Time for the Gaps

Nina reflects on the wisdom of taking time to pause in the midst of significant life transitions - from moving homes to finishing high school and beyond.

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Celebrating Act Five 2019-20

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!

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The Act Five Story

Check out this video to learn about Act Five, hear some of the thoughts behind the program, and see some images from the year.

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In light of Covid-19: A Word from the Director

While we feel short-term loss this spring for a program cut short, I am confident in the fruit that will grow out of our students’ lives, through the work of Christ in them, for years to come.

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Exploring Prayer and Mission Together: True City 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...

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Placement Update: Helping Hands

Check out one student's reflection on their placement at Helping Hands Street Mission!

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Placement Update: RE-Create

Arissa reports on Rianna's placement with RE-create, a youth art studio located downtown Hamilton that uses art as a pathway to healing.

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Remembering – A word (& a lot of photos) on Pittsburgh & Placements

"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."

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Placement Update: CityKidz

"CityKidz is a great placement because it forces me out of my comfort zone, in a good way."

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Placement Update: Open Homes Hamilton

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.

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An Invitation to Hospitality

"I think that this is the true power of community." Arissa reflects on the reoccurring theme of radical hospitality since the winter trip.

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A Word from the Director

Today is day one of student placements, a moment long anticipated. Join us over the next 10 or so weeks to follow along with all that our students are up to.

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Stoney Lake and the Start of Term Two

"This time at the frozen lake was carved out for us. Done on purpose. I'm anticipating that it was the calm before the busyness of this upcoming second semester."

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End of Act Five’s Term One – A final note

God is on the move here. And we head into Christmas break tired, full and grateful.

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Celebration at the End of An Adventure

Enjoy a few videos of our students dancing with friends in Lundazi, Zambia, in their last few days in this beautiful country.

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Slowing Down to be Hands and Feet

Jamie, an Act Five student, reflects on her experiences and purpose in Lundazi, Zambia.

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Reflections from Alyssa, Zambia Trip Leader

Alyssa writes that the students have been enjoying Lundazi and the market and the soccer games. Today they are going to a health clinic ministry in Lundazi to learn more about this pillar in the community.

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A Note from Arissa – Day one at Hoya

"[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."

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Weekend of rest, fun and weddings in Lundazi. Now off to work.

"All I have done since being here so far is receive."

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The first days. Arriving in Lundazi.

After days of flying, driving, adjusting to the heat and all things new, the team is finally at home base.

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Act Five is off to Zambia!

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!

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Reflections from the Reserve

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.

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Ordinary Time

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,...

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A Word from the Director

"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...

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Canoeing in Temagami

"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."

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Reflections from our Students

Throughout the year, students will be writing short notes and reflections in learning journals for their courses. Here are a few snippets from a couple of their journals.

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Act Five’s First Welcome Week

The first ever Act Five Welcome Week is coming to an end. On Monday, Act Five was still just an idea floating around in the hearts and minds of leaders, supporters, and community members; now it has a life of its own.

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