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A roaring success

A roaring success

A Roaring Success – Our First Dates Event on   13th January 2018 I’m writing this just after my wonderful team and I have had a thorough debrief from Jo following our first ‘First Dates’ event that we held on 13th January in Birmingham and as the title of this blog...

Stay Safe!

Stay Safe!

Stay SAFE! I have written numerous times about the importance of staying safe in the dating world. I am sure the majority of internet or app dating is utilised by honest individuals who only want to meet other people for ‘honourable’ purposes.  However we would be...

Knowing God Intimately

Knowing God Intimately

Book Recommendation Knowing God Intimately by Joyce Meyer I’ve know about Joyce Meyer for many years but had not realised quite how much she’s written that is well worth reading.  Whilst on retreat at Lee Abbey in Devon last month I came across her book 'Knowing God...

An Odd Gift

An Odd Gift

An odd gift By Sheila Jacobs  It seemed an odd gift to give. Odder, perhaps, because of the nature of the giving. A young woman from my church had bought an old typewriter – in pretty good condition – from a charity shop. She was pleased with her purchase, but it...

Are you part of the group?

Are you part of the group?

[featured-img]Friends1st NOTICEBOARD – email group I have recently discovered a rather good group email system (for want of a better word) that enables group participants to send messages to the group. I am excited at the opportunity that this gives friends1st to...

Encouragement to those who feel: “On My Own”

Encouragement to those who feel: “On My Own”

On My Own Many people who are single, having never been married, divorced or widowed: refer to themselves as on my own. As a Life Coach, I often counter this with the question “Oh, so you don’t have any friends or family?” Their response is often “Of course I do!” and...

What a difference using an expert makes

What a difference using an expert makes

What a difference using an expert makes! As you may know I’ve been running friends1st since 1999 now – and since about month six of having started the business, I’ve always had staff working for me. Now as any of you that run your own businesses will know, staffing...

Redeeming Love

Redeeming Love

[featured-img] Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers Redeeming Love was our book club read last year and it’s one that we had the longest conversation about. It’s an amazing read – particularly for Christians but for those with no faith too and I can’t recommend it...

Learning to Listen

Learning to Listen

Learning to Listen by Sheila Jacobs I’ve just started something new. Once a month, I am a day chaplain at a Christian retreat house near Chelmsford, Essex. It means, essentially, taking morning and midday Prayers, and generally being available for people who want a...

Prayer for the day

Prayer for the day

Prayer for the day I was really struck by this Prayer for the Day which I heard on the radio (BBC 4) by Rabi Rubenstein. “As a young boy, I had my entire life mapped out. I decided that I was going to become an elite guitarist in a band. Although Jimmy Hendrix and...

First Date

First Date

Is a Christian first date different to any other first date? “Finding a soul mate is a natural desire for all of us – and being a Christian doesn’t make any difference to that desire. However, as a Christian how we go about our Christian first date will be different...

Making Progress

Making Progress

Making Progress I was waiting to see a friend the other day at her yard to see how they where making progress (she’s a keen eventer and has about 12 horses she competes regularly). Her farrier was at the yard and since it was a cold day I decided to keep warm at the...

Rough Diamonds

Rough Diamonds

Rough Diamonds: A new kind of man – tough, trusted, transformed by Anthony Delaney Rough Diamonds is the follow on from 'Diamond Geezers' Men wear masks, to pretend all is well. Men are all too often anxious little boys who never become truly men, rather than just...

Winner or Loser, Which are you?

Winner or Loser, Which are you?

Winner Or Loser, Which Are You? I read something this week that stuck with me, entitled Winner or Loser I don’t normally take a second glance at an “In Flight” magazine, but a recent flight gave me ample of time to read this one cover to cover. You see there was this...

Dating guru reveals little known secret to meeting more people

Dating guru reveals little known secret to meeting more people

  [featured-img] Dating guru reveals little known secret to meeting more people, and getting more dates… By Katharine Gray If you’re like most people, you’ll be looking for the quickest way to find your dream soul mate. Dating guru reveals little known secret....

Grace by Sheila Jacobs

Grace by Sheila Jacobs

  [featured-img] Grace by Sheila Jacobs I’m always amazed at the way Jesus treated people with such grace. I have often spoken (and written) about the woman at the well’s encounter with Jesus (see John 4), but it’s interesting to look at the way He dealt not just...

Where do you live?

Where do you live?

Where do you live? Many members tell us that they aren’t even getting to make friends with other members because of where they live – i.e. they live too far away from the person they’ve contacted. We had a piece of written feedback about this recently and this was the...

Book review – Digging for Diamonds

Book review – Digging for Diamonds

[featured-img]Digging for Diamonds – published by Authentic Media by Cathy Madavan There’s nothing super about superficial! If we want to make the most of life, we have to dig past the surface and explore what we find – because what is hidden always shapes us the...

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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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