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Articles and advice on friendship and dating for single Christians to help them meet others, date successfully and find a wonderful partner. Our blog focuses on dating and relationship advice with tips for single Christians from friendsfirst’s founder Katharine Gray and other guest bloggers.

 
Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

Book recommendation: Wild at Heart By John Eldredge Eldredge claims that men are bored; they fear risk, they refuse to pay attention to their deepest desires. He challenges Christian men to return to what he characterizes as authentic masculinity without resorting to...

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul

Book recommendations: Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John and Stasi Eldregde Every woman was once a little girl. And every little girl holds in her heart her most precious dreams. She longs to be swept up into a romance, to play an...

Steve asks….

Steve asks….

Steve in Cornwall asks about profiles …. Why do some of the members, whose profiles I receive, already have my information and some not? Will you send me details of other people’s profiles if they contact me, before I receive their details? Sarah says….. This is a...

C is for Character

C is for Character

C is for CHARACTER When you are searching for a soul mate, THE most important thing you should be looking for is CHARACTER. But strangely character never seems to come high up on people’s lists when you ask them what their ideal partner is going to be like. We have...

What is a video profile

What is a video profile

What is a video profile and how do I do one?  A video profile is pretty much what it says on the tin. Rather than a written profile which introduces you to other members, a video profile does the same thing but on video. Our video profiles are ‘detailed’ on a person’s...

How to make a Long-distance relationship work

How to make a Long-distance relationship work

How to make a long-distance relationship work If you’re searching for a Christian for a long-term relationship, then the pool you’re ‘fishing’ in is smaller than if finding a Christian wasn’t part of your criteria. With a smaller pool then, you will have to expand the...

How to Love God

How to Love God

How to Love God But whoever loves God is known by God.- 1 Corinthians 8:3 It’s a simple thing to say you love God but harder to reflect that love in the way you live. And there’s a big difference between loving God in the best way you know how and loving Him in the...

Scammed and scammers

Scammed and scammers

Scams and Scammers – Be Warned and Prepared We’ve all heard of people being scammed – the news is full of it. Pension scams, banking scams and very often dating scams. I consider myself to be intelligent and scam aware. But I have been scammed within my own dating...

B is for Beauty

B is for Beauty

B is for Beauty The second letter of the alphabet B and the second of our dating attributes stands for BEAUTY. Now I am sure men reading this will be thinking “Yes’! Beauty is a very important criterion for me – a woman must be beautiful if I am to contact her.” And...

God’s Perfect Timing

God’s Perfect Timing

Many things in daily life can remind us how important God's timing can be. We had some long-term guests move out of our house a few weeks ago, and as I was cleaning their room I found an orchid plant that looked pretty dead. I was about to throw it out when my husband...

The Primacy of Love

The Primacy of Love

The Primacy of Love by Ilia Delio Our book recommendation In an age of anxiety where reason is deified, what is the role of love? This short book centralizes love as the core reality of all cosmic life. From the cosmological to the theological dimensions of existence,...

Never Stop Learning

Never Stop Learning

Never stop learning We can all have a lesson to learn. I listen to radio 4 and recently I heard a very good programme about knowledge and ignorance. The man was saying how for years in his peer group he’d been afraid of speaking up when a topic was being discussed...

What you think matters

What you think matters

What you think Matters I’m slowly making my way through a book that came highly recommended from a very close friend of mine - a Christian lady who I have a lot of time and respect for.  I was really struck by a daily reading that I read some weeks ago now – and how...

The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library By Matt Haig Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would...

Z is for zzzzs

Z is for zzzzs

The A – Z of Christian Dating Z is for Zzzz's We’ve finally reached the 26th article in this A-Z of Christian Dating. And Z is for Zzzzz’s – yes, the sleep ones! When you’re making friends with people and considering a long-term relationship with someone, there are...

First date ideas Part 2

First date ideas Part 2

Over the last couple of weeks I've been busy delivering dating coaching sessions to a number of clients. Each person I meet with has their own story, so I thought it's only fair I share my story and how I became a dating coach. I set up friendsfirst in 1999, I know...

Keep focused!

Keep focused!

Keep focused! Keep your goal top of your priorities I am an Archers fan, though not a compulsive listener. I think the programme (like many soaps) covers relevant topics in very thoughtful and moving ways. They’ve covered alcohol addiction relatively recently and 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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