Following widespread media news of the hacking of an online dating site for married people wanting to cheat on their partners Katharine Gray is interviewed on Radio Derby, Radio Northampton and Radio Sheffield – 2nd August 2015
Katharine is on the radio again talking about the dangers of internet dating; how friends1st is off line and different and joins a number of happy couples who’ve met through friends1st to talk about finding love through friends1st.
Graham and Katharine were discussing whether people who hold a Christian faith find it harder to meet other people due to how people with faith can be perceived.
Research by friends1st finds church leaders rank dating agencies as number one way for single Christians to find love – February 2015
friends1st conducted a huge survey of church leaders to find out their thoughts and feelings towards singles and dating agencies. The results make fascintating reading and were published in a variety of newspapers and resources sites. Click here to view
Katharine was delighted to be invited and attended the launch of Premier Radio in the Midlands where she had the opportunity to meet and connect with Premier’s very own John Pantry who does the breaksfast show each morning; and Andy Haynes – Premiers Midlands Director.
In September 2012 the BBC did a fabulous 3 part documentary on Love and Marriage and in the
third episode one of our couples – David and Gill Robertson – were featured.
With Kay moving to a new position full time (but still working just a little for us), we have recruited a new membership Manager. She is Sarah Neale who has fitted into the team very well. You can read more about her here.
The Wise Women Awards is an event that celebrates the achievements of Christian Women in the church and wider society and is organised by Wisdom for Women International in association with Keep The Faith magazine. The spectacular award ceremony took place on March 17th, 2012 at the London Hilton Paddington Hotel.
Katharine won for the award for her involvement with so many singles’ lives and the resulting successes friendsfirst has had – nearly 200 marriages and many babies born, including triplets, as a result. A short video of the highlights of the evening can be viewed here. You can see more pictures on our facebook page and read the blog account of the evening here. A video done by the organisers of the event can be viewedhere.
Katharine was completley overwhelmed as the winner of the Business Category award was announced and took to the stage to receive the award amidst much applause. There was much laughter as she explained how her enthusiam for marrying people off had not declined in the 12 years of running friendsfirst.
She thinks she also won the award because her faith has always been at the heart of the business and has shaped how she has run it. She is committed to furthering God’s Kingdom, and her belief is that if Christians aren’t given the opportunity to meet other Christians they risk meeting and marrying non-Christians – with consequential falling away from the faith. Even though she got married myself four and a half years ago, her commitment to single people has not wavered.
We were very sad to say Goodbye to Dawn who’d joined us back in January 2010 as she headed off to pastures new – primarily to follow her passion in flower arranging. Having been constantly telling our members to follow their hearts Dawn decided it was time to follow her own advice. A hard act to follow…. but we’ve been delighted to welcome Kay back to the team and welcome Jackie Wardle as a further member to our team. You can read more about them both here.
BBC Radio 4 on their Sunday programme on 14th February 21010 did a feature on ‘faith and dating’ by Trevor Barnes. friendsfirst was profiled with various comments from Director Katharine and starring Stephanie – one of our members who married through us 2 years ago.Click here for the iplayer link (only live until 20th February 2010). It was a busy morning as Katharine was also doing Radio interviews with Radio Kent (featuring Brian who married Ruth) and Radio WM.