Ally – Communications Director

Ally is the STM Communications Director, which is a fancy way of saying she keeps our website, social media, internal and external communications afloat.  Ally really enjoys helping others express themselves and get their message across.  She also loves to support others in worship.  Ally is also mum to a baby boy, and a ‘big’  pre-school boy who keep her busy and entertained. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband and sons.

Get in touch with Ally via:

phone 5968 4046


Ally can be found on site Thursdays.




Mark Lockwood Porter

Mark is the Parish Administrator at St. Mark’s. He is a friendly first point of contact in the office on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
He oversees office and site volunteers, undertakes purchasing everything from Summer Church juice to toilet rolls, will help you with your church queries and knows his way around a computer.
Mark loves coffee, cake and unusual food combinations.
He enjoys to tricycle, spend time in nature with his wife and looks forward to introducing his new daughter to the beauty of God’s creation (especially ducks).

Next week we start the school holidays. Many people in our church also take the time in winter to head away on holidays to warmer places. Some of us wish we could join them! In our sermon series at St. Mark’s on ‘Finding Our Pattern of Life’ we are going through the topic this week of how we care for our ‘souls’. Our soul is another word for our ‘life’ – the thoughts and feelings we have, the things that we do, our energy, our personality, our passions. These things are our soul. Part of caring for them is understanding what gives life and what takes it away. Rest and holidays are something that give life and remind us that we are more than just working machines. Jesus promised that those who followed him would find ‘rest for your souls’ (Matthew 11:29). So, enjoy your holidays, and let’s help each other bring the cares of our souls to Christ, for His rest. -Andrew-

Across my life I have learnt to play a number of musical instruments. When you first pick up a new instrument, it feels very odd and you make terrible noises. But, with practice, it can come over time to feel like an extension of your body, and you know just what to do to make the sound and music that you want. As Christians, one of our challenges is to see our physical bodies as an ‘instrument’ of God, an instrument that as Psalm 139 says is ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ and capable of producing the beautiful and powerful ‘music’ that God wants to make in the world. This week at St. Mark’s we are thinking about how the way we care for our bodies is part of our discipleship as followers of Jesus. This opens up many fruitful and interesting topics to consider as we grow in our knowledge of God – thinks like what we eat, how we sleep and how we exercise our bodies, and do all these things in a way that leads to Jesus – as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:31, ‘So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God’. -Andrew –

This Sunday marks the anniversary of my first year as Senior Minister of St. Mark’s. I want to acknowledge the great welcome and support that my family and I have had from our church in this time. It’s been a period of great learning for me, of dealing with various big and small issues and getting to know the members of our church and the wider Emerald community. I’m looking forward to another year and hopefully many more to come.

This year has been a time of listening and waiting with God to discern where he might be calling us to go in the next period of the life of St. Mark’s. Many of our members have been involved in times of prayer, discussion and reflection on this question, and I am encouraged by the sense of unity and purpose that we have had. In the next couple of months we will be finalising the plan of our new Vision that describes what we hope to do together at St. Mark’s in the next ten years. The plan is that we will launch this Vision to our congregations in a special service of celebration on Sunday August 26th, just before the start of Spring. This will be a time to reflect on what God is calling each of us at St. Mark’s to be and to do, as members of our church and in our own lives with Christ. I’m looking forward to sharing more with you then, and please pray for clarity and wisdom as we approach that time. Thanks. -Andrew-