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Church's Huge Portrait of Jesus Aims for Chalk Drawing Record

Volunteers began coloring 17,000 square foot portrait on Wednesday

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    Fellowship Church in Grapevine is attempting to set a world record with largest chalk drawing of Jesus. (Published Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014)

    Fellowship Church in Grapevine is attempting to set the world record for the largest chalk drawing.

    The church, led by Pastor Ed Young, is coloring a drawing of Jesus Christ that spans nearly 17,000 square feet, according to a statement on their website.

    It took 6,700 individual pieces of chalk to create the portrait, and 125 bags of charcoal, according to a church representative.

    The purpose of "Chalk Jesus" is to get people interested in and talking about the church in the days leading up to Easter.

    "We believe the church should be the most creative entity on the face of the planet. Not boring, not humdrum," said Derric Bonnot with Fellowship Church. "But it should be out there thinking up new ways to tell the story of who Jesus is and who God is. And so hopefully this just catches people's attention to want to see more and want to know more."

    Bonnot told NBC DFW hundreds of volunteers helped to make the portrait possible. Most were members of the mega church, which has six locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But many of the volunteers were people who learned about the effort from social media, the radio or from the television, Bonnot said.

    "Honestly, I think it speaks to people," said church member Roger Moreno about the portrait. Moreno brought his son, Luciano, 2, to help. "To show him that it's a good thing to give back and not just be so selfish."

    "That actually shows that we actually still care and [we are] trying to make a difference in somebody's life," Moreno added.

    The portrait will stay in place through Sunday's Easter services, at which point congregation members will then wash it away.

    Despite their 12-plus hour drawing effort, if rain showers come before Sunday, Bonnot said the church understands that may make the chalk Jesus "an abstract art piece."