What is on Your Plate?  (Two-hour workshop)

The Your Plate project 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 Mary and Martha, Luke 10:38-41.

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, phrases, or words cut out from magazines and/or colorful paper, 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, do I have margin, etc.”? Then glue them down on your plate. The medium of collage may help you communicate stories in which there have been no words for. You 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 us reach straight into our 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 in the workshop, 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.”

You are encouraged to date you projects and journal about the process of creating this project and what you discovered.

Supply List:

  • White paper plate
  • Pictures, phrases, and words cut out from magazines
  • Painted papers or scrapbook papers
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

A materials fee and an honorarium for the Creative Call are received at the end of each workshop. These fees depend on the size of your group and length of workshop.


“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