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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.

 
The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas

The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas

The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas What is if it’s not about who you marry, but why? Gary Thomas is a writer-in-residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston. You can follow him on Facebook. One of our members wrote to tell us about this book saying: “I wish someone had...

Signs You Are Not Ready For a Relationship

Signs You Are Not Ready For a Relationship

Signs You Are Not Ready For a Relationship All of us put out vibes, whether they’re subtle or in your face. Other people can ‘suss us out’ and discern more about our motivations than we realise. Some of us are advertising to the world that we simply are not ready for...

What Do 90-Somethings Regret Most?

What Do 90-Somethings Regret Most?

What Do 90-Somethings Regret Most? Lydia Sohn interviewed the oldest people she knew; many of which were 90-something years of age, about their lives and any regrets they may have. Their responses contradict popular research about ageing and happiness. My...

Dawn & Meirion – Another Success Story

Dawn & Meirion – Another Success Story

Dawn and Meirion both joined Friends First in 2011. We had both seen an advert for Friends First in different magazines and decided to take the plunge and join. I had been a member for a number of months by November 2011  and was getting very disheartened as I did not...

The Hard Work of Dating

The Hard Work of Dating

The Hard Work of Dating   I think most of us think that dating is going to be easy - that the right person will just come along and we’ll know that from the first contact, we’ll meet and walk off into the sunset together. I know secretly I thought like that, even...

Virgin Monologues by Carry Lloyd

Virgin Monologues by Carry Lloyd

Virgin Monologues by Carry Lloyd In the dating game, the word Virgin has become as strange and complicated as the word Love, with purity as outdated as pay phones. What is an ex-atheist, post-porn addict, unorthodox Christian girl to do these days? How can she create...

An event with a difference

An event with a difference

An event with a difference A big thank you is due to our member Roger who led a walking event for us in early April. This is his review of the lovely day they all had. On Saturday 6th April an equal group of male and female members met up in Winchcombe town car park...

Dating Advice from Pope Francis

Dating Advice from Pope Francis

Dating Advice from Pope Francis   One area of life that everyone seems to have advice to offer is dating. If you have told anyone you are single, I am sure you will have had dating advice from your single friends, from your married friends, and even from your...

Making Friends

Making Friends

WHAT FRIENDS FIRST DID FOR ME by a member who wants to remain anonymousMaking Friends“I joined friendsfirst 12 months ago.  At the age of 78, I steeled myself for universal rejection. What actually happened was very much to the contrary.  Not only did I receive...

The 3 Date Rule

The 3 Date Rule

The 3 Date Rule“I had been single for a couple of years and had become fed up of being on my own.  However, I wasn’t sure I wanted to embark on another relationship that never actually went anywhere.  So, I decided to take positive action and felt that Friends1st...

The A-Z of Christian Dating – C

The A-Z of Christian Dating – C

The A to Z of Christian DatingC 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...

Is your subjectivity holding you back?

Is your subjectivity holding you back?

Is your subjectivity holding you back? I adore summer when the days feel so much longer – and certainly the evening light gives one the sense that there is more time to play with. I often feel I have two days in every day – a day at work, then another day when I can...

Man up with Simon Pegg

Man up with Simon Pegg

' Man up ' with Simon Pegg and Lake Bell - Rom com film recommendation It always surprises me when you read reviews of films you have watched and thoroughly enjoyed, when the review makes the film sound like something completely different to the one you watched. My...

Would you recognise a Narcissist?

Would you recognise a Narcissist?

Narcissists: Who are they and how to recognise one.An article by a friends1st member.After a long committed relationship in a marriage I had a great deal to learn. My 32 year long marriage ended, but not because of me. (Don’t judge me yet – read on please). I write...

The A-Z of Christian Dating – B

The A-Z of Christian Dating – B

The A to Z of Christian Dating - B is for Beauty The second letter of the alphabet B which stands for Beauty in our A-Z of Christian Dating. Now I am sure men reading this will be thinking “Yes’! Beauty is a very important criterion for me – a woman must be beautiful...

Rare Interview with Jackie Pullinger

Rare Interview with Jackie Pullinger

Rare Interview with Jackie PullingerIn a rare interview with Sam Hailes, the straight-talking missionary challenges the Church to stop living vicariously through her, and get on with the job. This article was originally printed in Premier Christianity magazine – we...

God’s Perfect Timing

God’s Perfect Timing

God’s perfect timingI was chatting to a member recently and at the end of our conversation she sweetly enquired of me ‘What news of your horse?’ It was so lovely that she was interested – and just in case you are too, here’s my news. And if you aren’t interested...

The Dark Night of the Shed by Nick Page

The Dark Night of the Shed by Nick Page

The Dark Night of the Shed by Nick PageAnother book recommended by my church. It’s all about Men, the midlife crisis, spirituality - and shedsA new bike - running the marathon - splashing out on a sports car - having an affair - taking up triathlon - upping sticks and...

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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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