Anne – Children and Families Minister

Anne is one of St. Mark’s Children and Families Ministers. Anne heads up the very popular Powerhouse Kids @ STM, which serves families and kids from prep to grade 4. Anne loves seeing families come together and community built.  Anne also organises and runs along with a band of mighty volunteers the bi-annual School Holiday Program.  This is a huge undertaking, yet she does it with such calm, poise and love.  Anne loves all opportunity she gets in her role to get alongside children and their families, supporting them in their faith/life journey.  When Anne is not working at STM, she can take credit for many a head of gorgeous locks, as she cuts, colours and styles in her homebased hair salon.  Anne enjoys time with her husband and grown up children, not to mention cuddles with her two fur babies.

Get in touch with Anne via:

phone 5968 4046

email: anne.benc@stmarksemerald.org.au

Anne can be found on site Tuesdays 9:30am -2:30pm  and Friday 2pm -4pm

Ally – Communications Director

Ally is our 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 and likes to see those around her encouraged.  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

email: ally.lvl@stmarksemerald.org.au

Ally can be found on site most Tuesdays from 10am – 2pm and Thursdays 1:30pm -4:30pm.

 

 

 

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).
Mark can be found in the office Tuesday and Friday 9:30am – 1:30pm  and Thursdays 11am – 4pm.

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 –