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holy week escape room

Click on DOWNLOAD ZIP FOLDER to download PUBLICITY, INSTRUCTIONS (print them out or view them on a different screen) and CLUES in the form of a Microsoft Powerpoint and you are ready to go!

I have just rewritten this escape room to make it easier to play in person. Download it now. 

"We did this escape room yesterday and it was a hit!"

Jackie Terry, Youth Pastor, Peace Chapel, Morris, IL, USA

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"I ran both of the Easter Escape Rooms with my group and they absolutely loved it! It was a good time getting to see how they all worked together. It worked well over Zoom, so thanks for the hard work in making this!"

Matt Carns, Youth Worker, Clifton Parish Churches, York

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holy week escape room

This Escape Room covers events of Holy Week, leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. This is designed to be used by schools or youth groups.

NOW REWRITTEN FOR

IN- PERSON USE.

Click the button below to download instructions, clues and publicity artwork for youth groups.

Updated 6th April 2023

Click on the Christ Church, Winchester's Schools Team 's logo below to download schools' resources, including PowerPoint, teacher's instructions and classroom resources.

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Holy Week Leaderboard
To join the leaderboard, send your team name, headline, time, group and location here, stating you've completed Holy Week.
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Created by Jack Percey, Tim Robbins, Monica Jones & Dave Thornton. 

 

If you don't understand something or see anything that can be improved, get in touch.

These escape rooms are a gift to you. Enjoy!

I run this website to support church youth ministry. I hope and pray it is a blessing to you. I update this in my spare time (I'm actually a full-time church youth minister - you can find out more about me here).

If you find it helpful, please buy one or more copies of my book Raising the Bar to help support this ministry. It's a manual for Christian youth ministry and reviews are excellent - you can read what people say here. Alternatively, you can send me a donation for the Escape Room using the form below. If you can't afford it, send me an encouragement. Those are great too! Thanks.

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Holy Week Leaderboard
These headlines were written by young people, imagining they were reporters, investigating the events of Holy Week at that time.

1.   Scandal! Barabbas free,
      Jesus to die
      Thornbury Baptist Church
2.   Christ crucified, sinner saved
      St. John's, Woking
3.   Justice for Jesus
      Christ Church, Winchester
4.   Jesus Killed! Barabbas Free!  
      Explorers, St Peter’s Newdigate,
      Surrey
5.   Jesus to die :(

      Thornbury Baptist Church
6.   JESUS TAKES THE
      PUNISHMENT!
      Community Chapel Church of the 
      Nazarene, Nashua, NH, USA
7.   Barabbas Freed, Jesus Crucified
      Chilsworthy Chapel (Devon)
8.   Judas betrays Jesus, Barabbas
      freed
      YJAM, Clifton Parish Churches, York
9.   Sacrifice of Jesus for Barabbas
      after a Shocking Accusation
      OJAM, Clifton Parish Churches, York
10.   Fox News, Fake News
      Thornbury Baptist Church
11. King of the Jews? Got a
      few loose screws??
      Mission Ipswich East, Suffolk

39.59
 
 
42.20
 
40.05

42.10


42.12


46.25



47.09

47.55
 
 
46.45


45.29

50.00

12. Gruesome Tale of Wonky
      Map = Murderer Freed,
      Jesus convicted
      St. Botolph's Church, Kettering
13. Jury's out for Jesus
      St. Mary Bredin, Canterbury
14. The wrong guy was released?
      Prescot Community Church,
      Merseyside
15. Zombie apocalypse has
      begun! Jesus has risen!
      
Living Waters College Group 

16. Jerusalem's gardener needs
      to chill
      Poole Christian Fellowship, Poole
17. Murderer or Random...Who
      dies?  
The Jerusalem Times,
      Peace Chapel, Morris, IL

18. Saviour sentenced!
      Christ Church, Winchester
19. Jerusalem needs a new
      cartographer
      Poole Christian Fellowship, Poole
20Journalist exhausted after
      long weekend!
      Chilsworthy Chapel (Devon)

51.42
 


50.32
 
52.16


55.00


55.46


 
65.57


59.58


53.36

 
89.29

To join the leaderboard, send your time, group, location and headline here, stating you've completed the Holy Week Escape Room.
Your headline will be taken into account for your place on the leaderboard.

"We tried this with a mostly adult group and they loved it! They had so much fun and everyone of every age was able to get involved and contribute. They all want to do more!"

Steven Driver, Children and Youth Minister, Poole Christian Fellowship

"Our youth group had got bored of a lot of our online work. They are on their screens all day at school and many had got serious zoom fatigue. When we announced we were doing the Around the World Escape Room, there was such a renewed sense of excitement! And then when we did the Holy Week Escape Room, we had a huge turnout and they all had so much fun!" 

Laura Munro, Youth Worker, Prescot Community Church

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Have you seen our Easter Escape Room?

Play this one first, then download the next one, which is linked and has the same feel to it. It can also be played on its own.

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