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The Effect of Not Replying

The Effect of Not Replying

The Q & A is rather different this month. This is an email received by one of our female members (who’ll remain anonymous) and it’s included here to show you how devastating it is when someone makes the effort to contact you and you don’t contact them back. Please...

Something Better

Something Better

[featured-img] Something better I love the stories of Jesus in the Gospels. Jesus doesn’t change; He treats people today as He treated them when He walked the earth. So we can learn about how God interacts with us by looking at how Jesus interacted with people on a...

The importance of listening

The importance of listening

[featured-img] Dating Lesson - The Importance of Listening Did you play the childhood game called “Chinese Whispers”? Listening is one of the most powerful social skills in our possession, and despite early lessons (or games) on its importance, mastering it can take a...

Hope when it Hurts by Kristen Wetherall and Sarah Walton

Hope when it Hurts by Kristen Wetherall and Sarah Walton

[featured-img] Hope when it hurts by Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton Hope when it hurts is a fabulous devotional book for hurting people and it’s refreshing because the two authors are still in the midst of suffering so they write from real experience. The book is...

Bite Sized Goals

Bite Sized Goals

[featured-img] Bite Sized Goals Finding a soul mate is no different in many ways to wanting a great job, or wanting to move to a nicer house or anything else we want in life that is significant. Achieving any of these things is helped if we set ourselves some goals....

Being Still by Sheila Jacobs

Being Still by Sheila Jacobs

[featured-img] Recently, I was spending some time with the Lord and I saw ‘a picture’. Sometimes God does speak to us in dreams, visions and ‘pictures’, and so I took notice of what I was ‘seeing’. I saw a pretty cottage at first. But then I noticed that someone had...

The Essential is Invisible

The Essential is Invisible

[featured-img]   For those of you who did any research into friends1st before you joined (you did do that didn’t you?!) you’ll probably be aware that I have been writing newsletters, blogs and archives for our members for a long time (well like 17 years now!). I...

A lot like Eve by Joanna Jepson – Book review

A lot like Eve by Joanna Jepson – Book review

[featured-img] A Lot Like Eve by Joanna Jepson Joanna Jepson was born with a facial deformity that led to her being mercilessly bullied through childhood and adolescence whilst a strict evangelical upbringing imposed further challenges. Reconstructive facial surgery...

Moving On

Moving On

[featured-img] Moving On Earlier in the year, I began reading the stories of the Old Testament characters. There was Terah, Abraham’s dad, who ‘settled’ when he could have been moving on; Abraham, who believed God and stepped out into the unknown; Jacob, a real ‘a...

7 traits of successful members

7 traits of successful members

[featured-img] 7 traits of successful members It’s a constant source of pleasure to me that so many of our members have been successful in finding the friendship or relationship that they hoped to find when they joined us. And equally it’s a sadness that I carry when...

Posivite focus

Posivite focus

[featured-img] Who here actually likes meetings ‘cos I bet most of you attend some in whatever shape or form they take (think work meetings, church meetings, voluntary group meetings, etc).  You could argue that the liking of meetings is testament to a healthy...

Refer a Friend

Refer a Friend

[featured-img] Refer a Friend and Earn Generous Commissions We’re excited to have launched our Refer a Friend scheme that now pays GENEROUS commissions and it could for you too. Fancy a spare bit of pocket money? Like help towards your membership fees? Like to donate...

First Impressions

First Impressions

[featured-img]First impressions count I have previously written about how first impressions count and paying close attention to the first impressions that you make through your photographs on your profile. Now I want to talk about the first impressions you make when...

For You Not Against You

For You Not Against You

[featured-img] For you Not Against you By Sheila Jacobs Have you ever felt stuck? You want to be somewhere else, get that job, find that person, but it just isn’t happening? It’s good to learn patience. After all, if you want to choose a special item in the shops, you...

Emails going Astray?

Emails going Astray?

Susan in Stratford asks.......  Sometimes I send an email to another member and it gets forwarded back to me by friends1st. Why is this? Sarah says We use a clever system to set up email forwarding based on a specific friends1st email address. If you send an email to...

Walking backwards to Christmas

Walking backwards to Christmas

[featured-img] Walking Backwards to Christmas Walking Backwards to Christmas gives you a new and grown-up perspective on the Nativity story you first encountered in school and church Nativity plays. Stephen Cottrell gets you back into the real meaning of the childhood...

Getting the most out of events

[featured-img] Events - making the most of them I hosted one of our events near Stratford upon Avon and took the opportunity to observe how different attendees ‘behaved’ during the event and thought that sharing a bit of what I noticed might be useful to everyone –...

First impressions

First impressions

[featured-img] First impressions - they’re so important You probably know the saying: “You only have one chance to create a first impression” and you’ll know how true it is. First impressions count! So if you’ve only got one chance to make a first impression then...

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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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