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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.

 

Flirty Dancing

  If you love Strictly Come Dancing and you love dancing yourself and you are looking for inspiration for your own dating experiences, then you are going to love the latest Channel 4 dating show. Ashley Banjo (a dance choreographer) is playing cupid in this new...

The Dating Academy

I'm really excited to be starting our 5th Dating Academy in February 2019. This year we are holding the Academy in Oxford, and we have a great group of people who will be participating in it. These lovely people are all people who have decided that they want to focus...

How I became a dating coach

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...

5 Ways to Increase your personal magnetism

  I'm sure you've noticed how some men seem to be imbued with charm and charisma. People follow them and label them natural leaders. Girls talk about all the sparks after going on dates with them. It seems as though, anything they touch turns to...

Calling in ‘the One’

One of our Dating Academy members recently read a book which has inspired them greatly and I wanted to share it with you. Whether you are curled up in front of the fire on a winters eve or looking for a holiday read we really would recommend Calling in...

Women over 50 too old to date

I was as amazed as the rest of the world to hear that the media had given any attention to French author Yann Moix saying he would be 'incapable' of loving a woman aged 50 or more.... despite being 50 himself. Yann Moix told Marie Claire magazine that he found women...

Dating Lessons

Maintaining a relationship is hard work, whether it is with a friend or a lover. The early days are rightfully called the honeymoon period of any relationship, with long conversations, sharing of interests, and general getting to know one another....

Unhappy and failed Marriages

Why do we have unhappy and failed marriages today? We came across this very thought provoking 'Why do we have unhappy and failed marriages today?' article by Dr. Samuel Kisseadoo, Professor of Biology, and Ordained, Licensed Minister in USA which we...

The Art of flirting – Part 2

Guest Article by Peter Spalton – The Dating DoctorPeter Spalton was one of our speakers at the 2018 Dating Academy and presented a wonderful session on the Art of Seductive Flirting. He then gave us some accompanying notes – from which this article has...

Why don’t I get a reply?

Here is a heart felt letter received from a member about how they feel when they do not get a response from their first contact with someone. Why don't I get a reply? Please read it and take note.“It had taken a while for me to get into the right head...

‘A Case for Christ’ by Lee Strobels

  This book has been strongly promoted at the church I attend. I had been meaning to buy it for a while and then I heard they were showing the film.. It’s set in 1980 (Lee Strobel is still very much alive today) when his award-winning,...

Productivity vs. Procrastination

Confession time: I’m a serial procrastinator. Chances are you might be too. Well at least I  know one of you is – a member who just told me she kept meaning to contact others and go out socially but just hadn’t got round to it yet. Sound familiar. If so read on as...

Katharine on Spirit Radio

  Are you a Christian? Are you single? Are you fed up & frustrated? If you answered Yes to any of these question it might be you are committing one of the Seven Deadly Relationship sins. If you would like to listen to Katharine on Spirit Radio...

It only takes one

  When we say, "it only takes one" people tend to think that this is a rehearsed line and that we are trying to 'fob' members off BUT, Helen's journey proved that it really does only take one. We hear the frustrations Helen faced on a daily basis...

Sidholme Christian Singles Holiday

Sidholme Christian Singles Holiday Sidholme Christian Singles Holiday - July 2018 saw our first Friendsfirst Singles Holiday at Sidholme Hotel. This followed on from many other successful holidays previously on the Isle of Wight at St. Rhadagunds....

The importance of Learning

Important Learning I have just returned from a riding lesson. I have been riding for 12 years now and still consider myself a novice. Where horses are concerned there is always more to learn (and if William Fox Pitt – one of the UK’s top riders – is...

Take out the emotion

Take out the emotion Take out the emotion when buying a horse by Katharine Gray I am trying to find a new horse. Well it seems to be the hardest thing in the world to find – despite the many thousands of horses for sale. It struck me that it was a bit...

Body Language

Body Language by David Lambert (Collins Gem)Paperback– 5 Jul 2004 Our review: A fascinating, highly illustrated guide to the secrets of body language , gestures and postures that reveals what we really think and mean. If you cross your legs are you...

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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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