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Who Should Pay on a First Date?

Who Should Pay on a First Date?

Who Should Pay on a First Date? Just like other elements that can make or break a romantic relationship, the way you manage and talk about money with your partner needs to be established slowly, and considered as things grow. At first glance, it seems that there are...

More couples getting together

More couples getting together

More couples getting together It’s been a happy couple of months for us with couples telling us they’ve got married and sharing their stories with us. We’ve been reaching out to ex members and have been so heartened to hear so many of them are now in relationships or...

I promise you it’s true

I promise you it’s true

I promise you it’s true. The biggest truth you’ll ever hear about dating success is that it’s not numbers, the choice, the best app or site, your background, or any other external factor that will determine or define your success. It’s how you think. There’s a really...

Giving Permission to Others

Giving Permission to Others

Giving Permission to Others We have to be really careful who we give permission to speak into our lives. Not everyone has our best interests at heart, and it doesn't suit everyone to speak positively about or to us because of their own situations and insecurities....

P is for Prayer

P is for Prayer

The A to Z of Christian Dating  P is for prayer Prayer is a topic that is the foundation of all our dating advice. The Bible tells us to Pray without ceasing (I Thess 5:17) and we should approach our search for a Christian partner like anything else we bring to God....

The Downside of Dating Younger

The Downside of Dating Younger

The downsides of dating younger (an article from the Daily Telegraph) by Cosmo Landesman   (From the editor: Excuse the references to sex in this article/blog. Despite those being out of place for friends1st blog readers, we’ve included this blog because it’s not...

Learning from Sheep

Learning from Sheep

Last month I went to my first sheep dog trials. It was a lovely event organised by a friend who was raising money for charity and hosting local trials which fed into larger national competitions. We had a lovely day out and it was only on my way home reflecting on the...

The Sacred Search

The Sacred Search

The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas In the revised edition of his hit book The Sacred Search, author Gary Thomas helps single people of all ages make wise marital choices, in large part by rethinking what basis those choices should be made on.  Gary Thomas is the...

Are you praying?

Are you praying?

Are you praying? The English pastor and evangelist FB Meyer said, “The greatest tragedy is not unanswered prayer but unoffered prayer”. Sometimes we become jaded about prayer because we don't see immediate answers or the answers we wanted. Then disappointment and...

O is for Openness

O is for Openness

The A – Z of Dating O is for Openness This month’s topic is Openness – and we are again focusing on openness in Christian Dating which also incorporates openness in relationships, although there is a distinct difference between the two. Consider first how open you are...

A talented member

A talented member

Poems by Shelly Shelly contacted us and asked if we would be interested in sharing her poems and we absolutely loved them and think you will to! We really do have some talented members, just think how many other members have hidden talents not mentioned in their...

The Meaning of Manhood

The Meaning of Manhood

The Meaning of Manhood Guest Article by Phillip Holmes One of my favourite things to do while cleaning the kitchen or doing other chores around the house is to call my mom. It’s become a pattern, so much so that when I call, she’ll jokingly say, “You must be cleaning...

Christian Dating by Katharine

Christian Dating by Katharine

As I am sure you know we’ve been operating our organisation for over 22 years now. So much and so little has changed. 22 odd years ago there were quite a few genuine dating agencies for Christians. Now the competition appears much fiercer – there appears to be lots of...

Mindset changing the way you think to fulfil your potential

Mindset changing the way you think to fulfil your potential

Mindset Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential By Carol S Dweck This was one of my holiday reads last year and I can certainly recommend it, and it has lots of applications to dating as well as the rest of our lives. World-renowned Stanford University...

Our neighbours are not interested in our faith

Our neighbours are not interested in our faith

Our neighbours are not interested in our faith by Bob Goodnough  from his blog flatlanderfaith.com What are we doing, or not doing, that leaves our neighbours uninterested in our faith? Looking at myself, I recognize that I come from a family of opinionated and...

Imagine Heaven

Imagine Heaven

Book Recommendation - Imagine Heaven by John Burke   This is probably one of the most influential books I have read on my Christian journey. I have told loads of people about this book and am delighted to recommend it to you this month. The people I have given...

Our Needs and Desires

Our Needs and Desires

Our Needs And Desires  God is very clear in the Bible that He will provide all of His people’s needs. Be it the day’s food, victory against the enemy, a way across a river, or shelter from the elements, when the Lord is our Shepherd, we lack nothing. He is Jehovah...

Is the ‘distance issue’ causing you to miss out?

Is the ‘distance issue’ causing you to miss out?

Is the ‘distance issue’ causing you to miss out?  Many members tell us that they haven’t contacted many of the people we’ve sent them because “they live too far away”.  Now, although we totally understand the sentiment behind this thinking, it is leading large numbers...

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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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