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V is for Values

V is for Values

V is for Values Right at the beginning of this series we talked about the importance of finding out about someone's character because, like the writing through a stick of rock, it is character that lasts - way beyond looks or other superficial traits. It is character...

Just Listen

Just Listen

Just Listen - by Sheila Jacobs Neglecting relationship Just Listen - I don’t know about you, but my own relationship with God has tended to fluctuate in recent years according to the amount of pressure in my life – the pandemic didn’t help, of course. But if we...

Changes to profiles

Changes to profiles

You may have noticed that the way we display the profiles that are sent to you is different as we've decided to make some positive changes to profiles.  Up until recently at the top of a profile we displayed the member’s Age, Height, Nationality and Build. We have...

Against the Odds

Against the Odds

Another Friends1st wedding – together against the odds Barry and Rebecca were married in July 2021 having met and conducted their relationship in the middle of the Covid pandemic against the odds. In writing in Barry said: “We hope the Lord will lead many more people...

How to meet Christian women

How to meet Christian women

Meet a Single Christian Woman I’m always surprised when Christian men tell me that they find it hard to meet eligible single women, because personally I know lots of single Christian women and all my Christian friends do too. Moreover all the Christian women I have...

Your Shop Window

Your Shop Window

Your shop window I want you to spend a couple of minutes considering shop windows. It seems to me that they have one purpose when you look at or through them. The aim of 95% of shop windows is to DRAW YOU IN. There are attractive, relevant goods on display. So for...

Moving out of your Comfort Zone

Moving out of your Comfort Zone

Moving out of your comfort zone  Moving out of your comfort zone is a subject I mention quite a lot - and I guess that's because it is one of the key areas of our lives where growth happens. A few years ago, our IT support man visited our office to help us install...

The Meaning Of Marriage

The Meaning Of Marriage

The Meaning of Marriage – by Timothy Keller  Facing the Complexities of Marriage with the Wisdom of God Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul-mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that marriage does not mean...

Dream Of A Wedding

Dream Of A Wedding

Dream of a Wedding By Sheila Jacobs  That dream… Do you ever have the kind of dream where you just know it’s something ‘special’? Something that might even be a word from God? It’s very rare that I get those kinds of dreams, but one morning I woke up thinking, ‘Hey!...

U is for Underwear

U is for Underwear

The A to Z of Christian Dating  U is for Underwear Successful dating is all about coming across confidently. It’s hard to approach people if you are feeling unconfident. Also, you are less likely to be approached by someone if you are looking like a bag of nerves...

Men & Women Date Differently

Men & Women Date Differently

15 ways men and women date differently, and tips for both Most people have heard of the book “Men are from Mars; women are from Venus” which humorously details how different men and women are. In our household it’s a well-known joke that I come from Venus and how very...

Attitude is Everything

Attitude is Everything

Attitude is everything I received the most wonderful and surprising phone call today. Two of our Irish members have got together and the lady in question called to tell us how very happy she was and how without us they would never ever have met. It was surprising news...

A Parable for Christian Dating

A Parable for Christian Dating

A parable for Christian dating You’ll probably be very familiar with this story (parable)– but read it in the context of Christian dating and finding your soulmate and you may be surprised at what it teaches you.    A storm descends on a small town, and the downpour...

How to turn negativity into positivity and why it matters

How to turn negativity into positivity and why it matters

How to turn negativity into positivity and why it matters  For many people dating is a difficult activity. It starts off positively with great hopes and expectations (rightly so), but it only takes one or two knocks – or things not going quite as you’d hoped they...

Dreaming by Sheila Jacobs

Dreaming by Sheila Jacobs

Dreaming By Sheila Jacobs Publishers note: Sheila often guest writes and we’d love to share her recent article ‘Dreaming’ as it’s too good not to share!  Did you ever have ‘heroes’ when you were growing up? You know: ‘I’d really like to be like her/him/them when I’m...

T is for thoughts

T is for thoughts

The A to Z of Christian Dating  T is for Thoughts Pretty much like everything in life, how you think affects so much else in your life. And it’s definitely true in dating which is why T is for thoughts. It’s because of the chain reaction that thinking sets off. Pretty...

Couples Story

Couples Story

Another relationship is made We were thrilled to receive news from Pat and Ann in Ireland. It's so uplifting to read such great feedback and to hear that it's not until you actually speak to someone, that you find out that they actually have the same likes and...

Hang on in there

Hang on in there

“Without hope and vision the people perish” Proverbs 29:18 So HANG on in there. The Bible has so many wise things to instruct us about life (if you aren’t reading it purely to discover and know ever more deeply God’s great love for you given through Jesus Christ)....

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Katharine Gray

Katharine Gray

friendsfirst's founder and Director

I’m Katharine, founder of friendsfirst, the UK’s longest running, and largest off-line, Christian friendship and introduction agency. My amazing team and I provide direct coaching, personal support and introductions to single Christians in the UK and Ireland.

Hundreds of people have married through friendsfirst and many babies have been born, including triplets!

I have a huge passion and energy for life, believing that life is a wonderful gift from God that should be lived to its fullest. When I’m not matchmaking, I like to live on the edge by riding sport horses and leaping large hedges.

I’m happily married to someone who’s completely different to my wish list and I count my blessings every day that he asked me to tie the knot!

I believe God will bring the right person into your life at the right time. If they aren’t there, God hasn’t finished yet…

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