Devon gets comic treatment with new Grass Roots discipleship course
An exciting new resource using comic-book illustrations set in Devon to help people explore Christian faith has been developed by Jon Curtis, Diocese of Exeter Lay Discipleship Advisor.
Grass Roots is a collection of ideas and activities aimed at Christians and people interested in learning more about the life lessons that Jesus offered in the Bible.
Jon said: “Jesus spent much of his life showing his friends and those he met stepping stones so that they might understand a bit more about who he was, and where they could find the Kingdom he talked about so often.
“We can also use these steps like so many people before us have done.
Grass Roots has been illustrated by Si Smith, whose previous work includes Raised In Leeds, and How To Disappear Completely.
Jon, who grew up in Cullompton, said: “Devon can quite often be overlooked in lots of different ways, so we asked Si to base all of his 70 illustrations for this project on our people and places.
“This is a project designed specifically for us in Devon.”
The varied locations include Brixham harbour, Totnes, Bideford, Plymouth City Centre, Lundy and Dartnoor.
Both urban and rural settings were chosen.
The course was officially launched at the recent Diocese of Exeter Clergy Conference in Exeter.
The resource is available as a magazine, an audiobook, a power point, a PDF file, and in video format.
It is designed to be used individually, in a group, as part of a church series, or in a combination of all three.
It has been piloted in three mission communities and now churches across Devon are being encouraged to try it.