Introducing Mark

1. What’s a typical weekday look like for you?

I am training to be a GP, so a typical day has me arriving at the practice at 9am and working until 6pm. I see a mixture of patients, from newborn babies for their first vaccinations all the way to patients in their 80s and 90s, through a combination of booked appointments for stable conditions and patients who walk-inwith an acute problem. I have pretty much no down-time all day, with me either consulting with patients, speaking with my supervisor, co-ordinating with practice management and nursing staff, or on the phone liaising with specialists. 

2. What do you enjoy doing most in your free time?

Much of my spare time now is taken up with study, as I have my final exams in about 6 months. When I do take a break, I like to play golf, tennis or go for a run (if my knees dont complain too much!). I generally have 2-3 novels and 1-2 TV shows on the go at once, so I like to escape into one of them when I can. I also like finding the next best local / craft coffee, beer or whisky, and I keep my eye out for changes in exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW.

3. What’s one reason the Gospel means so much to you?

One of the reasons the Gospel means so much to me comes from the certainty I have in my identity in Christ. It can be very easy to look to my physical world for my sense of self, i.e. getting my sense of self-worth from success, money or power. Ultimately I know these things will not suffice, and I have security in the knowledge that I am one of Gods children & I can always go to Him. 

4. What excites you about the new 6pm service?

Its an exciting way to reach the local community, but also a way to extend ourselves to do things we may not have tried to do before. We are still a small congregation, so I have started playing the piano at the 6pm service as there are not many people who are able to serve in this way. It is also exciting as we get to know each other more as we grow as a congregation. 

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