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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...

When the well runs dry

When the well runs dry

Recommended book  When the well runs dry - Prayer beyond the beginnings by Thomas H Green, S.J. A classic Christian work that can be read and relied upon again and again. When the well runs dry builds on Green's classic and bestselling primer on prayer Opening to God....

Your disposition

Your disposition

Your Disposition Counts  My husband (who has a very sunny disposition) and I took a flight recently and we had to book special assistance at the airport for him to be able to use a wheelchair. It’s a service provided independently to the airline so there’s a separate...

36 Questions

36 Questions

These 36 Questions Can Help You Fall In Love With Anyone—Fast, According To Experts If you want to figure out if a second date is worth your time or deepen intimacy in your existing relationship, give these 36 questions a try: Set I Given the choice of anyone in the...

Opening to God

Opening to God

Recommended book – Opening to God - by Thomas H Green We are grateful to member Tony from Bracknell who recommended this book to us. Opening to God - Often, people feel drawn to prayer but are timid and unsure about how to pray. For over thirty years, Opening to God...

X is for kisses XXX

X is for kisses XXX

The A - Z of Christian Dating X is for kisses XXX In the last episode of our A - Z of Christian dating we commented on the unfortunate fact that W came so late in the alphabet when it was a topic that needed to come early on in our dating considerations. But now X -...

The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture by Sheila Jacobs The bigger picture - Recently, I’ve been involved in street evangelism. I haven’t done it for years – actually, we nearly got arrested one night when one of our team was a bit too forceful in something they said, and that put me...

Things may not be as they seem

Things may not be as they seem

Things may not be as they seem I had an interesting conversation with a lady member recently who was bemoaning the fact that she’d contacted various members and not heard back from them. When I questioned her more, it transpired that all her communication had been by...

7 New Year’s resolutions

7 New Year’s resolutions

7 New Year's resolutions to improve your all your personal relationships Adapted, with permission, from an article by Maria Montgomery 7 New Year's resolutions - Dating apps and sites tend to have a spike of new members around January. But it's not all about new...

Receiving Love

Receiving Love Transform your relationship by letting yourself be loved By Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt Many men and women know how to give love, but many more undermine their relationships by never having learned how to accept it. We don't always realize...

New Seasons

New Seasons

New Seasons by Sheila Jacobs New Seasons - At the start of every year, I lay the following twelve months out before Jesus, like a map, or like a blank piece of paper. I don’t know where this year will take me, the route I am meant to follow, or what the outcome will...

W is for Why

W is for Why

Why - It's a shame that W comes so late in the alphabet because really this topic should come early on in our series. But there we go, letter W comes 23rd in the alphabet and so it's very late on in our series. There's a very good business book by a man named Simon...

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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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