The story of St. Mark’s

St Mark’s is a long-established and well-loved part of the Mt Gravatt community, providing high quality child care to local families for more than 30 years.

Our history

The centre was established by a small group of St Mark’s Lutheran Church congregation members, who identified a need in the local community for an early childhood service that embraced the Christian ethos.

They had a vision to provide supportive and nurturing care for children of working families that needed such support. The dedicated group then spent many hours working to bring this vision to fruition.

In 1971, St Mark’s Preschool opened in the hall underneath the Church. Our child care centre, one of the first community-based long day care centres and certainly the largest in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, opened its doors to local families in 1977.

Many changes have taken place over the years in response to the needs of the families we serve.  Today the centre stands proudly as a testament to the faith and pioneering spirit of the congregation members, and to the families and staff who have been part of our story so far.

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

St Mark’s continues to have strong links with St Mark’s Lutheran Church. Peter Hage, St Mark’s Pastor, is a regular visitor to the centre. He enjoys taking part in singing and reading bible stories with the children, encouraging an awareness and appreciation of Jesus. Pastor Peter is also available for families with spiritual concerns.

Queensland Lutheran Early Childhood Services (QLECS)

St Mark’s is supported by the Queensland Lutheran Early Childhood Services (QLECS), our Approved Service Provider. QLECS oversees the management of the centre, including financial, staffing and compliance matters.

You are welcome to join St Mark’s Lutheran Church at one of our services. Service times are:
8am – Traditional Service
9.30am – Family Worship including Sunday School Program
11.15am – Chinese Service