What Is on Your Plate?  (2 hour workshop)

Your Plate is a collage that represents what one is carrying around on “their plate” such as: responsibilities, unforgiveness, trauma, debt, addictive behaviors, dreams, desires and unmet expectations etc. This project may be created as a response to the story of Martha and Mary found in Luke 10:38-41 which would be shared through a Bible Book Collage during workshop.

This project is helpful with an individual or within a variety of groups including (but not limited to): leadership teams, bible study groups, and short-term mission teams.

To create Your Plate, begin by choosing pictures, colorful paper, or words etc. that represent all you are carrying in your life. Ask yourself, “what responsibilities do I have, how do I care for myself, or others, how do I spend my time, etc.”? Then glue them down on your plate. The medium of collage helps one communicate stories in which they have had no words for. One may use magazine pictures, colored papers, or fabric to represent emotions or events such as joy, hope, pain or loss etc.

After creating, take time to share with a safe person or group. Making art often helps reach straight to one’s soul, and things long hidden may surface and be brought to the light. It is usually very healing to be heard and seen by others who show compassion, empathy, and grace. At this point you may want to pray for one another, thank the Lord for the graces in your life, and bring for comfort in the hard parts of your story. Through prayer and wise decision-making, some of these items can be taken off “your plate.”

Participants are encouraged to date their projects and journal about the process of creating this project and what they discovered.

Supply List:

  • White paper plate
  • Magazine pictures cut out
  • Words
  • Painted papers or scrap book papers
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

All materials are provided by The Creative Call. A materials fee is included in the workshop costs.


“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”  But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-41