All Inclusive Membership Benefits

Our all inclusive membership features

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A handcrafted pen portrait of you (your profile)

Based on the information you supply on your application from, we will hand craft a personal profile about you allowing others to get to know the real you. This is the first impression other members will get of you so we work hard to ensure that it represents the unique you.

3 methods for others to contact you (telephone, email, letter)

All members are given a dedicated heavenlypartners box number which enables members to write to each other without their addresses being made public. In addition you can choose to include an email address and telephone number on your profile – giving members other ways to easily contact you.

Number of photographs included in your profile

This is the optional number of  photographs that can be included in your profile for no extra charge. We recommende one good head and shoulders picture and the others to be pictures that illustrate you in your life.

Frequency of members' profiles sent to you

This is the frequency o at which you will receive a mailing of other single Christians’ profiles.

Dedicated telephone 1:1 with our dating expert

This telephone interview gives you expert advice tailored to your own peronsla circumstances to ensure you make your membership a success.

Your profile circulated to members every month

Every month your profile will be circulated to all the members on our books who are in the age range that you’ve specified. This means that every month you could be contacted by someone who is just who you are looking for.

Personal support by telephone

Throughout your membership you can contact our experienced staff (by telephone) to get assistance with any aspect of your membership.  You will also receive telephone calls from our staff – our ‘matchmakers’ to make sure your membership is working for you, that you are contacting other members and getting out and about meeting new people. It’s this support and personal involvement that has led hundreds of people to finding their ideal match.

Complimentary copy of the 'Top Tips' book

We’ve condensed all our years of experience in helping members be successful with us and compiled it into our book: ‘Top Tips for making new friends and enjoying successful relationships’. Packed full of common sense and wise guidance, and amusingly illustrated, you’ll find it gives you a head start to making your membership successful.

Specific dating book relevant to your marital status

Whether you are single, widowed or divorced we have a book that will assist you in your journey of meeting your soul mate. We get rave reviews about each of them and you’ll receive your copy as your membership commences.

Club Dining events

We regularly host lunchtime events in different parts of the country. There’s a small booking (administration) fee to attend. You can attend as many as you like.

Letter/communication/photo critique

This service enables you to have any photo or piece of communcation you intend to sned to another member, professionally critiqued by our team. We’ll help you get it right – making it more interesting and making sure you create a fabulous first impression to get the results you want.

Regular motivational email

Our bi-weekly emails will drop into your inbox to keep you energised and focused, giving you great ideas, pauses for thought and plenty to keep you motivated. They will keep you focused on your goal and always encouraged.

Access to vide other members' video profiles

Any member who has a video profile of themselves will have a unique video code on their profile which members receive as part of their profile mailing. Put this unqiue code into the members’ only section of our website and you will be able to watch that members’ video.

Members' exclusive magazine - Cloudnine

Discreetly sent to you in the post, our quarterly newsletter is full of news and useful information to assist you and keep you motivated during your membership.

Professional photoshoot

A complimentary photoshoot with a professional photographer in your local vicinity. This ensures you’ll have fabulous photos on your profile – and what’s more it’s a fun thing to have done (however much you hate having your photo taken!).

Personalised heavenlypartners email address

A personalised friendsfirst email address allows others to send you email direct to your personal inbox but without your revealing your email address on your profile. It gives you added confidentiality without reducing your accessibility and ease of contact by other members.

Enhanced profile written following a telephone interview

Following a 30 minute telephone interview with you where we find out about you, your life and your interests in more detail, we’ll write up a fuller and more in depth profile which will set you apart from other members who completed our standard application form.

Video profile of you viewable only by members

With this service you’ll have a short recorded video of yourself which other members will be able to access (through our website) when they receive your unique video code on your profile. A video profile shows others members the true esence of your in a way that written words can’t.

'Finding Someone Special' toolkit

This comprehensive guide to the art (and science) of meeting new people and ultimately finding a soul mate whatever your age, marital history or background. It includes a monster-sized wealth of essential learning and a practical tool kit you can apply to yourself, your life and your current situation; all tried, tested and ready to put to work to ensure you are successful in YOUR life finding the happiness YOU deserve. Read more at finding someone special.

Bi monthly meetings arranged with other members

Let us to the hard work for you. We’ll ring you to discuss and review with you the profiles you’ve received, and then arrange meetings with someone of your choice. It’s a great way to massively increase the numbers of people you meet during your membership

Dedicated page featuring you in our members' magazine - Cloudnine

With this service your profile, with a professional photograph of you , will be included in our members’ only magazine. A beautifully designed page ensuring all members will see your profile irrespective of what age criteria they have selected for profiles.

All inclusive membership features

“It is with great delight that I can let you know John and I are now engaged and plan to be married next April. Thank you for all your support, I know I needed a lot at first but patience has been rewarded and we both feel very blessed that we have been able to meet each other. With our best wishes and renewed thanks to you and your team.”

(Margaret, Librarian)

Dear Katharine,  I felt really special during the first phone call after our first date. This is when my now husband to be described in detail how he felt about me and how I had looked to him the day before. He described how my hair bounced, my smile, the way I was sitting and how I made him feel happy. I could hear the excitement in his voice as he went on to say people at work were asking him why he was smiling and he answered it was because he was thinking about me. I knew from that moment that he was the man I was going to marry after that one date! Take care .

( King 42 Nurse Single)

I am writing to tell you that I have become engaged to be married. I met one of your other members “Alex” fairly recently and it was ‘love at first sight’. We had been in constant tough by letter and telephone, but knew as soon as we met, God meant us to be together. God willing, we are to marry on 28th May this year. I know I moaned about spending so much money, but I’m glad now I did.”

(Eunice)

Anyway to God all the glory and with the help of everyone at friends1st, I found the one. Deepak  and I got married on March 9th this year.  Thank you again God bless you.

(Verna 41 Single)

“I wanted to drop you a line and say ‘thank you’ to you and the team at friendsfirst for bringing Phil and I together. I was speaking with Phil tonight and he said that he has made you aware of our news/engagement. We’re both extremely happy and feel very blessed by God’s hand on the whole story. We’re hoping to have an October wedding, so a busy time ahead, but very much looking forward to preparing for a life together. I’m so glad that a friend recommended friendsfirst to me and will definitely recommend it to others. The whole process of application etc was very user friendly and your contact via telephone was very much appreciated. Thank you very much again.”

(Jenny, Teacher)

“Keith and I have been married now for three years. I believe we were truly blessed to find each other. Keith always maintains it was a divine appointment. We trust you will see the work grow this coming year with more men “taking up the challenge!”

(Keith and Sheila Barker)

You may have noticed a flood of new members following our success story! Again many thanks for your excellent service. With best wishes for many more happy Marriages.”

(Kevin and Anne)

“Please accept my resignation as I hope to remarry this summer. Thank you for all your help and your excellent services. My sincere thanks to you and your colleagues for your courtesy and support.”

(Max, Retired Director of Finance)

“This is a message from two former members to let you know that we are know engaged. We hope to marry on 23rd April this year. Thank you again for your excellent service which we are certainly thankful for. Keep up the good work. God bless and thanks again.

(Robert and Rose, Parcel courier and civil servant)

“Dear Katharine,   I am very pleased to tell you that the best aspect of the St. Rhadagunds 09 holiday for Pat and myself, David was that , in a truly romantic evening setting, we got engaged. We are very happy together, and are planning to marry early next May. We will always remain grateful to friendsfirst, without which our initial introduction would never have happened. We hope that your continuing efforts enable many more Christians to find the friends/partners they are seeking.”

(David and Pat)

“We two met (after initially corresponding via your office) early in July. Even on our second meeting we were starting to feel at ease in each others company, the excitement of meeting matured to love. Neither of us can now imagine a happy future without the other. We expect to get engaged before the end of the year. Marriage, we hope, in due course. Each of us can see God’s hand in the way things worked to bring us together. So thank you for your help and that of friendsfirst.”

(Brian, Solicitor and Fran, Community Carer)

“We thought you’d like to see a photograph of two happy customers! We were married in a civil ceremony at Redditch on 28th August 2004. Kevin was the first person I contacted from my first set of profiles just before Christmas last year. We met for the first time in March, and then not again until June11th, having kept in touch by phone and email. However, it was obvious that we matched very well, and there being no good reason why we should wait set the date. You may have noticed a flodd of new members following our success story! Again many thanks for your excellent service. With best wishes for many more happy marriages.”

(Kevin and Anne)

“I’m ringing to let you know I’ve just got married to a fellow widower. The principles you gave me really helped me to be open minded to respond to everyone who contacted me and all your advice really helped me.

(Isobel )

“For the best possible reason, kindly delete me from your mailing list. I have just become engage to one of ‘your flock’ and plan to marry on September 29th 2001. What else can I say, except to convey my grateful thanks for your enrollment?”

(Peter, Insurance Broker)

“It is with much pleasure that I write to inform you that I met someone shortly after registering with friendsfirst. May I take this opportunity to thank you for your prayers and I pray that your agency will continue to help bring many like minded Christian singles together.”

(Helen, Social Worker)

“Dear Katharine, It’s about time I dropped you a line of thanks and to update you on what has happened since I first joined friendsfirst about 3 years ago. I doubt if you’d remember but I met you at a nice lunch near Gas Street Basin in Birmingham (when you’d broken your leg and were hobbling around!) and you assured me that you’d have no trouble finding me someone suitable as I had the gift of the gab (you were more polite but it was something like that). I’ve been divorced for 8 years and a single parent bringing up 2 girls. I’ve used a couple of Christian websites and some introduction agencies, and over the years have met a frightening number of people on a first meeting basis, but all of whom I knew just weren’t right. I had a couple of quite long lasting relationships with lovely Christians who lived miles away and just weren’t quite right again. My neighbour thought I was being choosy and I was beginning to believe her, but I just had a very clear vision of what it would be like when I met Ms Right. And although I really longed for a partner, I knew I would rather anything than make a mistake again. Such lovely Christian women out there, but for me I was not looking for someone I could live with, I knew it would be someone I couldn’t live without..
So along came the advert for friendsfirst in my church magazine. And to be honest my first year’s membership didn’t bring me what I was looking for, apart from a broken heart when I went out with someone who unintentionally hurt me quite badly at the end of 5 months. I would not have rejoined but fortunately I won a year’s free membership. But although I felt that the service was greatly improved with more informative profiles and pictures etc, I was so determined not to travel more than an hour that I politely and encouragingly declined most approaches, and I hardly initiated any contacts myself. After my last set of profiles arrived I felt a bit guilty that I’d written to hardly anyone in my year’s membership, so I prayed and had a close look. And when I saw Julia’s profile I thought well maybe I’ll just give this one a try, even though she lived an hour and a half away and I’d declined people about the same distance or living quite nearby. There was just something…
The rest is history as the cliche says. My last set of profiles just overlapped with her first set as a new member, otherise we would certainly have missed each other. The first day she switched on her computer to see if any of her ‘possibles’ had tried to contact her, my email was in there! We met in the very inauspicious motorway service station on the M42 as she was fetching her daughter from uni. We started going out in April and even though I knew from very early on that as far as I was concerned, she was The One, I was proud of myself for resisting proposing until nearly 7 months had elapsed. To my amazement she said ‘yes’ straightaway and we’re getting married up in Derbyshire in July 2010. She will move down here so my girls can carry on at the same school but we’ll be moving into a new house to make a fresh start together with no ‘baggage’ of memories to hold us back.
Lots more could be said, but one big thank you for all you have done for someone who didn’t really follow your guidance but simply waited for the right person… and just could not believe my blessing when she turned up! Best wishes to you and the team.”

(Steve – Social Care Inspector)

“This is to confirm that due to your service I have finally been lucky in finding a lady with whom I shall be more than please to spend my life with. Our meeting was a direct result of your services for which I thank you.”

(Barry, Retired)

“Good news I got married last February. Although we didn’t meet directly through friendsfirst it got me in the frame of mood about meeting people. Thank you for your help”

(James Froy, Company Director )

‘Thank you to you and your team. I’m engaged to be married! I feel so blessed to have met Phil through friendsfirst and believe it’s been very much God’s timing – Thank you for playing your part.’

(Jane, Teacher)

‘Further to our conversation on the phone, I just wanted you to know that Keith and I got engaged last Saturday and plan to be married on December 3rd this year. When I first joined friendsfirst I felt I had made a huge mistake and it wasn’t for me. Well I was wrong and am so glad that I sent that first text message to Keith! We share so much in common, most of all our Christian faith, and we look forward to our future together. Thank you so much for bringing us together. May God bless your work now and in the future.

(Sheila and Keith)

“When I got your profiles, no-one really jumped out at me and I did nothing. Then I reread your bumf and thought I should take your advice and be proactive and I contacted John and left a message on his phone. It was only then that I prayed – I realise now I should have done that first and not last! It’s been amazing – I saw Johns face in my prayers and now we are engaged and hope to be married in the New Year.”

(Marie, Pastoral Care worker)

“I am very happy to inform you that, through your agency, the Lord has brought a lovely Christian lady into my life and we intend to marry. Thank you for your excellent service.”

(John, Retired RN officer)

“Please take me off your membership. I’ve met the man I will spend the rest of my days with. He was the first person I’d contacted and I was the first person who’d contacted him. We will be getting married in April.”

(Celia, Stock Control Clerk)

“I would like to say a ‘great big thank you’ to friendsfirst because I have met a great guy through your service and we got engaged on Easter Sunday! We met 6 months ago and have not looked back since. They say God moves in mysterious ways, he originally wasn’t one of the guys I wanted to contact! Thank you again.”

(June, Travel Consultant)

“It is with great pleasure that I am writing this letter to you, advising you that I have now met a wonderful gentleman through friendsfirst. What is also very nice is that he lives locally.. Obviously now I wish to cancel my membership and to thank you very much for bringing us together. We are getting married next January.”

(Pauline, Telephonist)

“When people ask how we met, the official line is that we met through a mutual friend. Thank you for being our friend.”

(Barry, Manager)

“Hi Katharine, We are not feeling lonely anymore thank you! Through friendsfirst James and I met.  Dates went well and we fell in love.  Three weeks ago we got engaged.  We are getting married in September this year and couldn’t be happier. We would like to thank all at friendsfirst.  Keep up the good work. Regards.”

(Tracy and James)

“I’m just ringing to let you know Philip and I are getting married this October . He is everything I was looking for. Being a member offriendsfirst has been really worth it though it was amazing that we met seeing as I nearly gave up hope and resigned my membership. Three months after you persuaded me to persevere with my membership, I received Philip’s details in the mailing. As soon as we met we knew. I felt he was so right for me and we are so happy. Thank you so much for all your encouragement.”

(Lois, Adult Education)

‘”We are so thankful for friendsfirst assistance and for the service that you provide. We have settled into married life very well and enclose a picture of our wedding day for you. We had a great honeymoon. I hope you continue your service for many years to come as you are greatly appreciated.”

(Charles, Software Engineer)

“I only contacted one member, that was in May. We went on to get married in September. We are very happy.”

(Sandra, Office worker)

“It’s really happened – we’re engaged and both so thrilled and happy.”

(Rob, Social Worker)

“I’m ringing to let you know that Chris and I are getting married in March 2014. I joined in March 2008 and in November I got in touch with Chris. We exchanged emails and calls and then decided to meet up in Oxford and it went on from there. We’ve have never met in a million years if it hadn’t been for friendsfirst because I live in Bromsgrove and he lives in Bedford. I’d never liked the idea of joining a dating agency but I joined ff because it felt safe and comfortable.”

(Wendy)

“I am writing to thank you once again for initiating the change in two lives. I contacted David early this year and after many phone calls arranged to meet. This meeting was very successful and as were all the rest. We are now engaged – I didn’t know I could be so happy!!! We both feel we were meant for each other and we have you to thank for bringing us together. Thank you once again for making two people so very happy.”

(Sarah, Bank Cashier)

“Hi, I was so amazed when I read your latest newsletter about another engagement . I met Heather last May and we got engaged on 2nd November and are busy planning our wedding for September 26th the same day as the other Dave and Heather. It too feels such a blessing from God in bringing us together . Thank you for the part you played in that. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further info, yours in Christ

(Dave)

“I am pleased to inform you that I met Ian from Friendsfirst and things are going very well between us. He is going to move down from Cambridge to my area, SE London, early this year. We have talked about wedding plans but have not got engaged yet (but I’m going to say yes). Ps I only contacted two people from Friendsfirst and Ian was the second one.”

(Juliet, Nurse)

“Amy and I are planning to get married in a few months time. It was your team that helped me to get going again and I must thank you very much for all your help”

(John, Lecturer)

“Please remove my details from your list. God has graciously answered my prayers for a wife. Thanks to you I have met Susanna and we are to be married in October.”

(Peter, Retired Dental Technician)

“Anyway thank you again for your part in bringing me and my future husband together and best wishes as you continue with this ministry of yours”

(Colin, Engineer)

“I’m pleased to tell you that Lesley and I were married on 17/01/2009 – 18 months last weekend! An old friend from church since 1968 but she moved away and then returned more recently. Thank you for you work previously on my behalf – I did try to write to most of those who wrote to me – but not all – sorry. Thank you for the firm Christian way your organisation is based. Please continue and don’t dilute those principles. Thank you again for all the letters and contact. I met and wrote to some fine Christian ladies. Lesley and I are looking to God to bless our many years ahead. “

(Kevin, Gardner)

“I write on behalf of Sue and myself to ask you to remove our names from the lists of profiles that you are due to send out soon. I am absolutely over the moon about meeting her and I know already that we are right for each other. Wedding bells are almost within earshot! Thank you for being there with friendsfirst which has definitely worked well for us.

(Ian , Clergyman)

“I rang you a few weeks ago to tell you the good news that I had found my soulmate in David. We are getting engaged on Mothering Sunday, 22nd March and are planning to get married on 26th September this year. We are so happy together. I went with my daughters up to Northampton this weekend and spent a lovely time with David’s church family. We didn’t want to leave to come back. David will be moving down to Dorset when we are married. I am so glad I listened to God when He told me to join friendsfirst. If I hadn’t I would have missed out on meeting this wonderful man. I fell in love with David through his letters. Then we texted each other a week before we met. We spoke on the phone 3 days before we met and during that conversation we told each other that we knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. When we actually met it confirmed what we already knew. After my divorce I’d vowed to God that I wouldn’t get married again unless He brought me THE right person. So for me to be getting married again has to be a miracle from God. It’s the thing I want to do most of all.”

(Erica, Cleaner)

“Another reason for writing to you is to let you know that I, and another member, John, have recently got engaged. I was a member for a year from 2006 – 2007 and our membership crossed by one month, during which time he wrote me a letter and we chatted on the phone, met up, went to France together (twice!) and he proposed to me on the final night. So we just wanted to say a Very Big Thank You to you all. We truly thank God for friendsfirst and for the way he so obviously uses and blesses you and your organisation. I am telling all my friends. Best wishes and renewed thanks”

(Jan, Translator)

“I wrote to Liz via you on Feb 7th this year after just receiving my first set of profiles with which her profile was present. Amazingly, at the same time she had my profile to one side and was planning to write to me but I beat her to it. On February 14th after receiving my letter she wrote back and very soon we made contact via texts and phone calls of which the first was 76 minutes long. We found we have a lot in common and soon we fell in love after meeting in March. We got engaged at Easter and plan to marry on January 23rd next year at my church in Cheam. Poole is an area I have liked for many years often visiting the area due to a nice aunt living in nearby Wareham. Now we meet up at her place or mine about 2 to 3 times a month staying for a few days at a time. I will be moving down after the wedding and look forward to starting a new life there, re-starting my gardening business. We are both so pleased that we joined friendsfirst and we would certainly recommend you to our friends like my church visitor did to me. In the meantime I hope to send you a photo of our wedding. Many thanks”

(Simon, Own Gardening Business)

Thank you for you contact with me. I did have specific questions that I  wanted to ask before joining.  I was reassured there would be plenty of men to contact in the age range I was looking for. It was reassuring to know you were there to speak to. The profiles you sent me were very useful indeed. My experience has been influenced by the first contact I had with another member. Almost immediately Chris emailed me and we set up firm ‘friendship’ which has blossomed into love. We are engaged to be married in July Hallelujah. I will let you have my story to go on your website and a wedding photo”

(Angela, Teacher)

“We are just writing to let you know we will not be rejoining friendsfirst because we are getting married. We cannot thank you enough that we met through you and are very much in love and very happy. We shall live at Bernard’s and would love you to come to the wedding. We met only for an hour or two in February and fell in love and are to be married in May. The real organiser of our future was, and still is, the Lord. God himself has used your services to join together people like us. Thank you again and God Bless you.

(Bernard and Margot)

“As you are aware, I left your great team some time ago, and will be marrying Mary Ryder at our Church on 29th August 2009.   For your interest, I met Mary in our Church in October 2008, I proposed in January, and are looking forward to a happy marriage next month.  Thank you for all your help over my short time with friendsfirst.”

(Jeff, Senior Lecturer)

“I thought you would be interested to know that I have just become engaged to be married. In the New year I wrote 5 letters. David from Poole phoned me and after a month he came to meet me and we soon fell in love. He asked me to marry him two weeks ago. We have just spent a few days away at a retreat, when we were prayer for that God would bless our future, a lovely start of our engagement. We plan to marry early next year.”

(Rosemary – 56 – Housing Mgr)

‘Thank you for your continued interest. Thankfully there is now no need to renew my membership as my darling John and I plan to marry soon. Katharine but for you, this would not be possible. God bless you and your work. All my thanks and best wishes.’

( Mary, Housekeeper)

“I have a lovely relationship with a lady I’ve met through friendsfirst and we are engaged to be married in 3 months time. Thank you very much for your great service to me. It’s been wonderful. We are both very happy. Please take my name off your mailing list.”

(Godfrey, Office worker)

“I am writing to give you the wonderful news that I have become engaged to Peter to whom you introduced me in September. This name was at the top of my first list and our first letters crossed in the post – a good start. As we have two properties to sell we have not yet set our wedding date. I’ve only just got the ring and one is enough for now! Thank you so much for your wonderful service. I’ve given details of friendsfirst to 2 ladies. Will you please cancel my membership and thank you once again for everything? Yours sincerely in the Lord.”

(Margaret, Local Govt Officer)

Dear friendsfirst , When I wrote my profile in Jan 09 I ‘quote’ I prayed to find a partner in 2009. Well my prayers came true, praise the Lord, just coming to the end of 2009. From the last profiles sent I met Rosi and romance moved fast for us. We just recently got engaged to wed in May. God has been in the centre of our prayers and still is. So we wanted to thank friendsfirst and I want to say to new christian members ”it will happen if you only believe it will.” Thank you and God bless.

(David, Catering Assistant)

“I have found the love of my life, Hazel. We are planning a wedding in September”

(David, Contractor)

“Please remove my profile from the list that you send out, as I have met a wonderful lady and I hope to be spending my life with her. Thank you.”

(Ian, Retired)

“I am writing to you to convey the good news that Susie and I have become engaged after meeting through your organisation. I wish to thank you as you were the means God used to put us in touch. We are so delighted and wanted to thank you personally.”

(David, Civil Servant)

“Dear Katharine, It’s about time I dropped you a line of thanks and to update you on what has happened since I first joined friendsfirst about 3 years ago. I doubt if you’d remember but I met you at a nice lunch near Gas Street Basin in Birmingham (when you’d broken your leg and were hobbling around )

(anonymous)

“How can I ever thank you enough for encouraging me to write to Peter in Birmingham. He has chosen me out of dozens to marry. We have both said Yes. He is the most wonderful, generous, kind gentleman in the world. I can truly say that my life has begun. Without your words of encouragement I’d never have written those letters and the blessed thing about it is that only ONE was the right one. I had no worry about wondering about this one, that one, he fell for me after just one letter, just about my life and background. Without you this couldn’t have happened. You will never know how God is using you to bring lonely souls together. God bless you.”

(Jane, Housekeeper)

“I’ve met someone through friendsfirst and we’re getting on ‘great guns’ – we have a strong bond between us and there’s a good bit of chemistry there – it’s a little bit more than just a friendship at the moment – thank you for your organisation – we are another success story for you.”

(Simon, Probation officer)

“Dear Katharine,I am writing to tell you that Andrew he was Box no. 1794 and I got engaged at Easter this year and will be married next June. His name was on the first mailing I received from you back in September 2010, we started going out in the Oct. having exchanged quite a few emails. Is it a record to meet and marry someone from the first month’s contacts? Please can you stop sending him details for re-joining as we are very happy together. I have noted your latest one to him about the Radio 4 programme – sounds good. Best wishes for many more happy outcomes! “

(Jane 62 widowed)

“I am writing to tell you that I wish to withdraw from friendsfirst because I’m going to be married on 31st March.”

(Judith, Retired)

“I just want to thank you for your ministry of friendsfirst. I know that it is ‘God led’ and has the Lord’s stamp of approval on this valuable service. After my painful divorce I felt that I would be doomed to a life alone, and then heard about friendsfirst and have not looked back since. My life has completely changed. I am now married to a ‘fellow friendsfirst’ member and have also retained friendship with another. For me a life of singleness after being married was very daunting but thank God for this service – ‘God provided a way for me’ and I give him the glory. Many thanks again.”

(Jo, RGN)

I met my husband through friends1st and they’re very professional.  I waited for a long time for God to bring someone into my life and then I joined Friends1st. And God placed my husband in my life through them.

(Author unknown)

“Thank you so much for the renewal letter that you sent to me in the post. I didn’t tell you that I married another friendsfirst member last September. Thank you so much for making this possible”

(Fiona, Office Assistant)

“Thank you for your service – its been a very good experience, which has really improved my confidence.”

(Douglas, Retired bank Manager)

“I would like to say that your service was very successful for me overall. Your staff were very helpful throughout my membership, and I found the profiles gave a very good account of each woman. I am sure I have found the ideal woman with whom I want to share my life – I am sure we will be an item in time.”

(Stephen, Verger)

“I am so very appreciative of friendsfirst for giving me confidence. I was terrified I first joined but that has all changed now – I’m over that and now very happy to meet people which I’m doing and things are going really well.”

(Claire, Lecturer)

“THANK YOU so much for the trouble that you are going to – it speaks volumes of your commitment to your service and I appreciate it very much.”

(Ruth, College Lecturer)

“It’s definitely an advantage being able to talk to the people who run the organisation. That makes a big difference. Thank you.’

(Delphine)

“I like the way you operate, it’s really official. You really protect everyone and it’s a very professional service.”

(Comfort 64 widowed)

“Both Katharine and Dawn have given excellent service.  Their support really gave me reassurance throughout my membership.

(Peter 62 Divorced university admin worker)

“Hi Katharine, Thank you very much for this note; I am so sad that you had to send it out, but very appreciative of the care and the concern for the well-being of your members which it conveys. blessings on you as you continue with this work.”

(Patricia, Missionary)

“I am eternally grateful to your company for this unlooked for opportunity to start the ball rolling to find my soul mate.”

(Janita, Curtain maker)

“I really appreciate the personal contact from friendsfirst and the fact that you ring me. That’s really good.”

(Jo, Teacher)

“I think that yourself and your team do a lot of good work and help many Christians find friends of the opposite sex with whom they can get on well”

(Roy -Tax Adviser)

‘friendsfirst has been a long time coming. The way it is organised and run is good. It’s what I’ve been waiting for.’

(Angela,  Nurse)

Cloudnine is excellent!

(Renato 55 single)

I find all the information you give in your material and on your website very comfortable and safe. What you are doing is great.

(Sharon, Community Nurse)

“Thank-you for all of your support and encouragement, you really do come across as friends”

(Mark, Retired)

“friendsfirst has certainly been both reputable and Successful for me. Thank you for your service. Please find enclosed a card thanking you. I am very happy with the service friendsfirst has provided”

(Chris, Company Director)

“Thanks for the great service you are providing with friendsfirst.”

(Charles, Ecologist)

“I have found your service both modern and professional. Thanks for your help.”

(Jillian, Technical Consultant)

“I find you lot very efficient if I may say, remarkable so in fact. It’s easy to lose heart doing something like this, but if the people who run it are keen and efficient, its keeps you going.”

(Rita, Homemaker)

“Your service has been very good. friendsfirst has been very helpful for me, and its been good to meet and talk to new people.”

(Andrew, Computer Analyst)

“I have appreciated the friendly telephone and email contacts which have helped me to overcome the nervousness of doing something different on my own”

(Gillian, Ballet Dancer)

“Thanks for your reply to me from our phone conversation, you sound like a great bunch of people doing a great job!!’

(Jenny)

“Thank you for your email Katharine it was kind of you to keep me informed. It is reassuring to know that you are concerned enough to contact us all about this.”

(Amanda, Public Services Professional)

“Please find enclosed some letters with stamps and Box Numbers for forwarding to potential suitors. Thank you for a First Class and brilliant means by which us ‘singletons’ can connect with other-like minded Christian singles.

(Rose)

“I was very impressed with the pack and it was very helpful.”

(Wendy)

“Thank-you for phoning me and for your very thoughtful response to the issues I have raised. I offer all my best wishes for your work”

(Thomas, Vicar)

Love the magazine (Cloudnine), I read it from cover to cover, and then read it again!!

(Eileen 68 Single)

“May I take this opportunity of thanking all the members of your team for keeping me regularly informed of profiles etc. I think your service is very good ”

(Jo, Accountant)

“Thank you for the chat about my membership and profile. It was helpful and encouraging.”

(Elizabeth, Nurse)

“I found the contact with your staff helpful – it made my membership more personal – I was not just a box number! I’ve found it very exciting to receive so many profiles during the year. Thank you! I have had a good number of positive contacts either by phone or letter, both from me or initiated by them. It’s nice to receive a letter, but I can tell more from a telephone conversation. Seven or eight ladies I have met as a one-off and taken them out for a meal and in the vast majority it has been a positive experience. But actually meeting them helped me decide whether I wanted to pursue their friendship. One member has now become a very good friend and I want to pursue my relationship with her exclusively and hence don’t need to continue my membership. Lastly I have come to realise how difficult  and often painful it is for so many christian ladies in this whole friendship area, as compared with us men who are far fewer. So I now have a lot more empathy and understanding for the ladies due to my friendsfirst membership. Thank you again for your help during the last year.”

(David, Postman)

“The quality of people you send me and the whole ethos of friendsfirst I am very very comfortable with”.

(Susanne, PA to Director)

“Just to say I did go on blind date with Tony on Saturday. A good experience – he is a lovely man and we had a good chat. I said I would be happy to go to cinema or such like with him. However he did not indicate wanting to meet again which is fine – I think we are not long term relationship material for each other. However, It was so helpful and fun to meet someone I wouldn’t otherwise have chosen. Please could you arrange another blind date for me?!  Will send payment in next couple of days.”

(Kay, Social worker)

‘Many thanks Jackie for putting me at ease immediately’

(Yvonne 50 seperated)

“Your service is most friendly and polite. I think it is an excellent service. Please renew my membership.”

(Fran, Manager)

“All your team are so very friendly and helpful”

(James 49 County Cork)

“Thank you so much for your lovely Christmas blessing.   May you both be blessed this Christmas in the work you both do, providing a  service much needed for commited Christians.  May 2009 bring many new clients.”

(Avril, Nurse)

“All contact with your office has been good. You are kind and helpful on the telephone and it is like talking to friends!”

(Teresa, Retired)

“You are a ‘sweetie’ – so many thanks for your speedy reply and the change to my profile … you don’t know how much you have cheered me on and given me the incentive to ‘get up and go.’ – not just yet though, but you have given me food for thought!!! Thanks for the compliment – you certainly did a brilliant job of reassuring me and this is probably something you do constantly to all the members you have the good sense to contact you!!! So many thanks again … will keep in touch – hope you do too – it’s good to know you are in there batting for me!!”

(June, Retired Manager)

“I have only spoken to friendsfirst a few times but you are always helpful and polite.  My emails replied to promptly and it is nice to know one is an individual and not just a number”.

(Stephen, Civil Servant)

“You’ve been amazing diligent on my behalf. Thank you for being so proactive.”

(Jeremy 44 single)

“I have found you easy to contact, your phone calls friendly, and the stories of others very encouraging. Overall your service has been excellent. I haven’t been active this year due to my job and disabled mother, but I plan to be a pro active member next year and will recommend you to my friends.”

(Margaret, Teacher)

‘You offer a professional service that is well executed.”

(Lesley, Specialist)

“I did not know what to expect from your service – and have been pleasantly surprised. Thank you for your assistance over the year.”

(Susan, Community Nurse Manager)

“I never needed to talk to you during my 2 years of membership but it was really helpful to know that I could talk to someone if I needed to. I have emailed a few times and always had prompt replies. I’m very pleased with the service I received, and my experience of otherfriendsfirst members has been very positive. I found all your guidance very useful. I also found other members profiles very useful and in Nov 06 I met someone and we have been going out since then. I have recommended friendsfirst to all my single friends. The man and I are getting on really well and are seeking God about our future. Thanks so much for introducing us!

(Diana, Customer Services Advisor)

Thank you for your help and amazing service. God Bless x

(Stephanie 50)

“I have found it very easy to contact you. Having contact with you really personalises your service. Your service is very friendly and supportive and has given me confidence. I have found your profiles very useful. I’ve contacted very few people but have used my membership as a sign of interest, while doing some preparatory therapeutic work.  I also found your free Top Tips book very useful

(Monica, University Lecturer)

“I have found your service professional, prompt and helpful. Please renew my membership – I have been very encouraged by the contacts and friendship I have made and my membership has been successful so far!’

(Norman, Curate)

I have found your service outstanding. The best news is that Beverley and I were married on 21st August 2004, having met through friendsfirst on 30th April – 16 weeks before. Our year has been a whirlwind of romance. Bev has moved 25 miles out of Bristol to live with me. This has enabled me to continue as vicar. Our offspring have had to get used to our marriage but they have done really well.Thank you for the good suggestion that I should write to everyone on that first mailing I had from you. For Three or four weeks it seems like nothing would go well as various dates were made and cancelled with other people, but then Bev came home from holiday to my letter. She rang me and very soon after that we met. I proposed to Bev on our second date and ‘the rest is history’! Bev says ‘Cheers for sending me Bernard because I was too lazy to write to anyone else!!” She also says she realizes this will make you wonder why she bothered to join friendsfirst but she did it to keep her mother quiet!!! With very best wishes for the future of friendsfirst.”

(Bernard and Bev)

“I think your service is excellent and I have really appreciated the personal touch. I have been very happy at the prompt and helpful response to my requests for assistance. I have joined organisations online – but it is special, refreshing and different to have your system. I have met someone from elsewhere but should things not work out for me, I will certainly be in touch again,  Bless you for your wonderful ministry.’

(Ellen – Admin Assistant)

I have been enjoying receiving your selection of profiles. The one on March 1st 2010 was sad, because I read you were recovering from a broken ankle. I never forget your welcome to friendsfirst, a year ago and this card is for you to tell you to get well soon. Thank you very much and goodbye.

(anonymous)

“Personal contact is the key- particularly when in situation where confidence is low.”

(Katherine, GP)

“Thank you to both you and Katharine for the warm welcome. I was really impressed by the personal touch , when I received a phone call from her. I received my first list of profiles, and they all seem like nice guys. I will make contact with them soon.”

(Paula, Social worker)

“I was very impressed with the literature you’ve sent me. It was so reassuring to talk to you. Please find my application form enclosed.”

(Roy, Quantity Surveyor)

“I am writing to put down my thoughts on the service you and Patricia provide and also how I, as a new member, am finding it.  Over the last ten years since the death of my husband I have had a lot of experience of both internet and offline dating organisations where you could talk to someone at the other end of the phone. Internet dating brought me nothing but grief and the people I met through the others weren’t much better. But frankly, I had completely given up all hope of even meeting people with whom I could be myself, let alone finding a life partner at my time of life. Then one day I went into our local Anglican church and saw your leaflet, and I felt led to phone you. Your organisation is completely different from anything I’ve ever been involved in.  I have only just had my second set of profiles, but I have found already that the gentlemen I speak to all seem very genuine, courteous and real Christians. And, if they are already going out with someone, they are completely honest about it and we go on to talk about their experiences at friendsfirst. I haven’t yet had a meeting with anyone – this was my choice, not theirs. But meetings are in the planning stages. For the first time in my dating agency experience I am meeting gentlemen who not only have interests in common with me, but whom I get along with personality-wise.  I have discovered that some people are disappointed because the matches they receive live miles away, and this for them doesn’t work. I am finding that, even if people make a point of writing in their profile that they would prefer to meet someone who lives nearby, if they find someone they feel they have ‘chemistry’ with, they want to make the effort to see where it could lead. I myself find it very interesting to talk to as many people as possible, because in that way I discover more about myself and the kind of person I would really feel comfortable with. I also pray that the Lord will guide and direct me, but I have to be proactive myself. And then who knows? Finally, but certainly not least, thank you Katharine and Patricia, for being the helpful voices at the end of the phone, particularly when I was reduced to a fit of giggles over difficulties with the technology of the Discussion Forums

(Anne, Freelance writer)

“The service you offer is far superior than others I’ve come across on the internet.”

(female)

“Can I thank you for an excellent service you provide and can I thank you for a most enjoyable year.”

(Paul, Retired)

“You are so unlike other organisations who just want £££ – you are a very friendly bunch”

(Martyn, Signwriter)

“Many thanks for the excellent service you are providing. It is proving very successful for me.”

(Colin – Retired)

“The personal contact from you is very helpful.”

(Fay, Teacher)

“Thanks for all your helpful ideas at friendsfirst and for all that you do”

(Margaret, Community Development Worker)

“thank you for all the lovely information you’ve sent me. It’s all so positive and it gives me hope. It’s a wonderful service you run. There’s nothing so personal as your service. You’ve put such a lot of effort and thought into it all. I haven’t come across anything like this before.”

(Adella)

“I think your service is very good. I like your follow up, your customer service, the fact that you are a paper based service, and your newsletters. It’s a very good service that you provide.”

(Margaret, Deputy Headteacher)

“I think what you are doing is fantastic – it’s brilliant. I ran a singles group myself once so I know what it’s like.”

(Theresa)

“Thank you so much for all your help and hard work in finding me a friend. I have enclosed my first letter and I also received my first contact from another member this morning.”

(Dorothy 70 widow home help)

Thank you for your professionalism and understanding.

(Wendy, Carer)

I’m just ringing to say Patricia was just wonderful to me on the phone. I know a lot about customer services and she is a great credit to your organisation. She was very gentle, very informative and very accommodating.

(Janice, Norfolk)

“Thanks for the birthday card I received for my birthday, it was a total surprise and it really shows what a fantastic team you are because I don’t receive many cards these days”

(Juliette, Factory Worker)

“Talking to you this morning about my profile was really helpful. You’ve really put my mind at rest.”

(Eileen, Teacher)

“I’m really pleased with the service so far”

(Ray 47 Royal Mail divorced)

“Thank you very much for the Birthday card you send me, what a lovely surprise! May God bless you”

(Judith, Minister)

“Dear Patricia, Thanks so much for the call last night – I did appreciate it and all the work that you are doing on behalf of the friendsfirst members. You really do provide a personal and caring service. I’ve not been involved with any other kind of agency but I would imagine that you are rare in the care that you provide and demonstrate. I do realize that I’ve not taken advantage of the services you provide; perhaps moving back to the UK and beginning a new job and setting up home etc has actually been more demanding and challenging than I’d anticipated, and it’s left me a bit weary I think, and perhaps not as able to pursue things as I’d hoped. Thanks again though for your encouragement and hard work,”

(Ruth – college lecturer and Missionary)

“I think the service is a very good one. It helps me to maintain integrity in my personal life. It was the thing I was waiting for and I’m really pleased to be part of it.”

(Simon, Nurse)

“You always sound so cheerful on the ‘phone.”

(Sandie, full time mum)

“Please accept my cheque to renew my membership. I’ve got the courage now I never had in my 20’s and 30’s. You provide a good service.”

(Ruth, Secretary)

“Your organisation is always very friendly and approachable”

(Kathleen, Lecturer)

“Hi Katharine, I think your 7 deadly sins are absolutely fantastic! Thank you very much. If it all came from you, then I must say you are a very clever lady!!

(Harry, Security Guard)

“Thank you for your help and encouragement!”

(Noreen, P/T secretary)

“Wayne, you have such a beautiful telephone manner. I really enjoy calling and speaking to you”

(Caroline, Retired)

“What you are doing is good stuff. It’s darn good system. I really value what you say in your magazine.”

(Jeremy single vicar 45)

Thank you very much for the number of contacts I received this month, with the various ages. I am so pleased – it lifted my spirits up. Thank you very much. I will put down on my prayer list that the Lord will supply you always with new members and enough people to go round – to bless your work in bringing people together.

(Lizette,  Advisor for volunteering)

“Dear Katharine,  Thank you for the revised profile.  I was amazed at the detail that you recorded!  I think you have made a good job of it.”

(Terry, Schools support work)

“Thank you very much for my birthday card, which was extremely thoughtful of you, much appreciated and a great choice”

(Carol, Physician)

“I appreciated being able to talk to member of staff in person because you give good advice.”

(Sarah, Retired Civil Servant)

“I have found your service very good and very helpful.”

(Amanda 56 Divorced)

“I found being able to talk to you personalises the service – the contact with your staff has been friendly and supportive and has given me confidence.”

(Angela, University Lecturer)

So many thanks for all your kindness and help.  I shall certainly publicise your service to my many single friends. Wishing you and all the team at friendsfirst – A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.

(Terry, Beauty Therapist)

“Apart from those queries, thank you for making your online application easy to complete.”

(Maureen)

“I think you offer a wonderful service and I have really enjoyed the experience – so nice to have a personal call.”

(Jo, Retired)

Thank you for doing such a great job – I’m so grateful that something like friendsfirst exists. I hope and trust that God is holding and keeping and blessing you in what you are facing, and that you are encouraged by his faithful Holy Spirit. Enjoy the warmer Spring days.

(Julie, PA)

“Your contact with me has been good:  it convinced me of the integrity of the organisation. I felt that a service was being offered not a financial transaction. I wouldn’t want to go elsewhere, I trust this organisation and its personnel.’

(Denise, Proof reader)

“Thank you for suggesting a photoshoot with a professional photographer. I would recommend this to anyone who like me is particularly camera shy to go for it! I was extremely nervous about the whole idea right up to the moment I met my photographer, Alistair Cowin. Firstly I was amazed he lived around the corner from me. Then he immediately put me at ease, so much so that I was almost unaware while we chatted away, of pictures being taken. I’m more than pleased with the results that I feel show me rather than an artificial posed image.”

(Christine Worcester 64)

“All your advice is helpful. Your contact is good and its very worthwhile doing.”

(Theresa, Local govt Officer)

“You have been very good at providing a personal service.”

(Diane, Life Coach)

‘your customer service is excellent’

(Nadya)

“I’m emailing to say that I’m thankful for the service that friendsfirst has provided me but I’m no longer looking to meet anyone through friendsfirst and so would appreciate you removing my profile from circulation. Some rather unexpected things have happened for me over the last 2 weeks – a good friend of mine who is also training to be a priest asked me out on a date and told me how he feels about me, which was totally surprising and lovely. And to cut a long story short we are now officially seeing each other and things look very hopeful for the future.  From my point of view, I would not have had the confidence to respond to his invitation or really have known how to communicate my feelings if it had not been for my membership of friendsfirst, which helped me get into the right mindset so I’m very grateful to you and all the team – thank you and I wish you all the best in the future and I hope I won’t need your services in the future but if things don’t work out I know that you are a good place to turn to. Many thanks and God bless.”

(Gwen, Trainee Vicar)

“What a lovely surprise to receive a birthday card from you kind folks!! Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness – I really appreciate it very much”

(Maureen, Civil Servant)

“Jackie Thanks very much for your calls.  Being able to speak to someone made all the difference.  I have sent off my application/profile details; and look forward to what my membership of Friends First might bring.”

(Susan new member)

“ I love talking to you. You are so understanding ”

(Diana, Auxiliary Nurse)

“Your service has been the best thing to happen to me for a long time. A long awaited service.”

(Peter, Vicar)

“It was good talking to you on the phone the other day – thank you for taking the trouble to call me. Also thank you for your advice and encouragement”.

(Paul, Vicar)

“I surely will remind my friends of your friendly and helpful service and their daughters too – those who are having such a hard time trying to meet up with young Christian males.   God bless you in all you are doing.”

(Terry, NHS Personel Manager)

“I am very encouraged by the service you offer.  It makes me feel that there could be a real chance of meeting someone special! “

(Susan 53 divorced)

“So very many thanks for all your help and advice to date. As I said before you have been a great encouragement to me; it makes such a difference to have someone who really understands and is batting on my side, as well as being fun to deal with. Thank you again and very much appreciated. We will see what 2011 brings.”

(John, Acquisitions)

“Thank you very much for being so persistent and concerned with my present/future happiness judging by the letters I receive. You seem so caring and kind helping me find someone sepcail. I know by now it’s a priviledge to belong to such an enthusiastic and loyal Christian agency despite the expense.”

(Anthony, Chef)

“I think it’s a terrific service. It’s been ideal for me since I don’t drive and yet I’ve been meeting local people. I’d lost faith in meeting someone locally, but now have struck up a riendship which I’m really thrilled about. I am full of praise for friendsfirst and particularly appreciate that it’s always there to help.”

(John, Teacher)

“Thank you for all the hope I was given by Friends First which enabled me to succeed rather late in life.”

(Robert, Company Chairman)

“the service you have provided has been great – it’s led to a happy exchange of letters with several members followed by a relationship. So thank you for the help you have your folk gave me – it was fun and allowed me to see things more clearly. I think it’s great that something like friendsfirst exists specifically for Christians.”

(Anthony 65 General Assistant single)

“I think your service is excellent and I have really appreciated the personal touch. I have been very happy at the prompt and helpful response to my requests for assistance. I have joined organisations online – but it is special, refreshing and different to have your system. I have met someone from elsewhere but should things not work out for me, I will certainly be in touch again! Bless you for your wonderful ministry.’

(anonymous)

“Dear Katharine, this time yesterday I was on my blind date and met John. Thank you for arranging it. I did not expect anything, was actually more negative about it than positive. As I came into the railway station I went to toilet and as I came out of the location I noticed this tall Gentleman standing around the area I thought to myself: I would not mind a date with this gentleman but moved on to where I had to meet my blind date.  Quite soon this John came to the area and asked me was I ….. Yes, I was ….. My first impression of him was absolutely good – of course I had no idea who this Man was …. On reflection, knowing now a little about him; I have to say that I admire him for standing there to meet an unknown women …This is the best I have met so far and I personally took instant liking to him. I do feel that we had an easy/relaxed 2-3 hours together walking, sharing and eating.  He gave me his personal communications details … saying I will pray about it … etc…I obviously do not know what his responce is to this meeting but I do sense that he was fairly relaxed … and he has given me his detail. Thank you.”

(Virginia, Retired)

“Although it is very early in my membership, I feel that I have joined a really caring organisation”

(Linda, Retired)

“Many thanks for sending me my profile and the very useful Top Tips book. Many thanks for your service which already impresses me much. I am very grateful.”

(Penny, Language Teacher)

“Thank you for patiently listening to and discussing, my request for a few alterations to the draft enhanced profile which was, in any case, very well put together.”

(David, Housekeeping Assistant)

All contact with your office has been good. You are kind and helpful on the telephone and it is like talking to friends! Concerning the profiles, they do generally give good information. But its only by actually speaking on the phone that we find out if they could be compatible.

(Fiona, Retired secretary)

“I am eternally grateful to your company for this unlooked for opportunity to start the ball rolling to find my soul mate.”

(Janita,  Curtain  maker)

“You guys are absolutely fantastic – the best of all the agencies – I would like to renew my membership please.”

(Noel, Prison officer)

I found your advice on being proactive a new concept and thought  the comments about introducing people you like to friends and family very wise. Thank you for contacting me.

(Andrea.)

“You’re the most sweet listening person I’ve ever had this sort of conversation with”

(Jenny, Leader-Churches Together)

“Thank you also for the helpful manner in which I have been treated when I phone for help”

(Felicity, Special Needs Teacher)

“Your service has been excellent – you have always answered my questions and request for assistance promptly and effectively. Please find enclosed my renewal fee.”

(Rose, School Teacher)

“It seems you do a wonderful service and we pray that it may continue, God Bless you and your work”

(Father Alphege Stebbens o.s.b.)

“Thank-you so much for the wonderful service that you offer to single Christians”

(Tom, Waiter)

“I am very impressed with the efficiency of friendsfirst”

(Eric)

“Your service has been good – please find enclosed my renewal fee.”

(Keith, Computer Anaylist)

“Patricia, thank you for all your help. It was a wonderful experience to have somebody on the end of the phone giving me the confidence.”

(Ana)

“Thank you for this information. It is good to know that as an organisation you are concerned for the well being of members and will take any steps you feel are necessary to ensure that this continues. Thank you for all that you do both for myself and others.”

(Margaret, Social work manager)

I have been enjoying receiving your selection of profiles. The one on March 1st 2010 was sad, because I read you were recovering from a broken ankle. I never forget your welcome to friendsfirst, a year ago and this card is for you to tell you to get well soon. Thank you very much and goodbye.

(John, Trackworker)

“friendsfirst does provide a very good service indeed”

(Martyn, Railway employee)

“I think you run a very professional service and a much needed resource for Christians trying to form new friendships/relationships. I really do think you’re doing a vital work for the Kingdom here and love reading your members’ stories!”

(Robina, Administrator)

“Thank you for encouraging me to increase my age range. If I hadn’t done that we’d have never met”

(Val 61 retired)

“Dear Katharine, Thank you for revising my profile, it’s as I want it now!  It was good to have a conversation last night. You are very encouraging, for what is quite a daunting undertaking for many of us!  I do hope you will feel more fit and able soon, after being unwell. Best wishes”

(Jan, Nursing sister)

Thank you for all your encouragement, letters etc. The work you do brings so much new happiness to many, and I hope that continues for many years to come.

(Julia, Administrator)

“It’s been good talking to you – it’s given me a lot of confidence.”

(Joyce)

“It really helps when I get your calls – it makes me feel someone is out there to help me.”

(Margaret, Information Manager)

“Your service has been good. It has been a wonderful experience to fellowship with other believers. I thank you for your services throughout the year. I have chosen not to continue with my membership, not because of any disappointment or dissatisfaction. I wish friendsfirst every continued success, as I do its members, and remember that as Christians, we all continually pray for each other.”

(John, Chartered Surveyor)

“All your literature is so nice it reminds us that Christians have nice manners as well. I have very much enjoyed my conversations with Patricia. Wish Patricia well from me.

(Birgit, Supervisor of Spiritual Directors)

“Indeed I was very pleased to receive the profiles you sent me. Thank you also for your letter and the template for guidance, taken together with the previous generally more extensive instructions, they were most useful to me. Thanks to you and your staff for what you have evolved and for the hard work you must do. Blessed you are and I hope you will continue and flourish in the name of the Lord.

(Roger, Govt surveyor)

“I’m very grateful to Friends First, I’ve always found it a very professional service, and if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have met my fiancé. I’m very grateful as living in Essex I would never have met someone from London. The power of prayer on both our sides, praying in the will of God to get married at the end of it meant God used a computer for to meet someone. If it wasn’t for you we’d have missed out” –

(Tony 66 Retired)

“Please suspend my membership – God has brought a lovely Christian women into my life. There’s none more surprised than me, but I know He keeps his promises even if sometimes we have to wait many years – His timing is always right. Thanks for an excellent service and keep up the good work!”

(Joseph, Paramedic)

“It was lovely speaking to you both today, I feel more confident about using the service, and re-assured that I am going to make some new friendships which will change the whole course of my life. Thank you for your vision and inspiration in establishing such a wonderful way of meeting new friends and building fresh relationships’.

(Sarah, Business Development Mgr)

‘I am just ringing to say how happy I am with the service you have provided. What you are doing is really great. I have been contacted by quite a number of females some of whom I have built friendships with. I have made an effort to reply to every correspondence I have had. Please stop circulating my profile as I have made such a good friendship with Joan and I am very excited about our continuing relationship. It is like going back to my teenage years.’

(Jeremy)

I am in receipt of copy of my profile , thanks. There is only one small amendment to make then it will be good and okay. You guys are doing a brilliant work, thank you very much!

(Sandra, Lecturer)

“Thanks Katharine. I am really grateful for all the help you gave me when I first joined friendsfirst. My life has improved a great deal since then. The encouragement you gave me was a great help on the way.  Look after yourself”

(Terry, Lecturer)

“Dear Patricia, Many thanks for the information received today about friendsfirst. The profile that you did about me was so well done and everything was correct. You have in my prayers…….you serve…the body of Christ…..through your job”

(Harriet, Civil Servant)

“ The magazine is really helpful. I really appreciate it. I think it’s really good.”

(Lesley 63 Divorced NHS)

“Many thanks once again for giving me an interesting year and for your positive support and encouragement.”

(Kathryn 46 single primary school teacher)

“You have all been very very helpful.”

(Joy 50)

‘I think where a service such as this is concerned, the personal touch is important. I have felt that a personal interest was being shown, any request was acted on quickly and I have been able to discuss certain matters. I also took encouragement from your covering letters with the profiles.  My experience has overall been very positive.’

(Chris, Lawyer)

“You’ve been superb-Thank you! Signing up to friendsfirst enabled me to get in the mood for dating and to be more confident- without that confidence boost I wouldn’t have been able to go on a date with my now fiancé who wasn’t a member of friendsfirst. I think I would’ve been too scared to say yes to a meal out with him, but having been on a few dates through friendsfirst prior to meeting him, gave me courage to enjoy it! And to say yes! Thank you so much.”

(Catherine, Pt secretary)

“Thanks for your continuing efforts in encouraging active, caring membership and friendship.”

(Elizabeth – Local Government Officer)

”I’m really interested and pleased with the friendsfirst service. It’s excellent , I think. I’m just about to follow some things through now”

(Kirsty, Nursery School Head Teacher)

“It was so nice to receive a call from you to welcome me to friendsfirst”

(Pearl, Physiotherapist)

“I’ve tried so many agencies but had no success at all.  I’m going to rejoin you now because your service was much more personal.”

(Ruth, Novelist)

“I have finally made contact with Steve. Thank you for your encouragement not to give up.’

(Ellina, Teacher)

“I found my profile very well done indeed. There is only one thing lacking, something about my profession. I would like it to be added to my profile -it should say that I am a doctor, working currently in a private sector and I find my job very rewarding and fulfilling. Apart form that everything seems to be fine. Thank you so much for the kind way you have treated me and all the encouraging words.”

(Ann, Doctor)

‘Thank you for being so helpful and constructive’

(Christine, Proof reader)

“I have not renewed my membership this year. This is because I have started to see someone (who I met through friendsfirst) regularly. It may be that the postal strikes have held up the letter but I just wanted to check that my profile is no longer being sent out to anyone? Thank you for the service you provide and I hope it goes from strength to strength.”

(Anne, Primary school teacher)

“I’d like to renew again please. I’ve been a member now for 4-5 years and had 3 good relationships with people I have met through friendsfirst. I’m hard to match perfectly but find your service very useful. You’re doing a great job in difficult circumstances.”

(Sharon, Teacher)

Thank you for the excellent books enclosed with my binder

(John 65 Divorced)

“Thank you for your sensitivity. I can also see that your organization is totally genuine as I know one of the couples that have got married through you and are on your website.”

(Valerie, Church worker)

“Thank you for your service. Your contact with me has been good, and I have been pleased to be able to talk about the way you work. Your staff have been helpful in answering questions. I found your profiles very good – I contacted 4 and had 4 lovely replies, one of which quickly became a very special and most wonderful friend whom I am seeing regularly.

(Cedric, Church minister)

“I have only spoken to friendsfirst a few times but you are always helpful and polite.  My emails replied to promptly and it is nice to know one is an individual and not just a number”.

(Stephen, Civil Servant)

“Thank you for all the help and advice you gave me after I received my first set of profiles. I really appreciate your kindness and efficiency”

(Philip, Vicar)

“Thank you for your help and courtesies whenever I talk to friendsfirst”

(Brian, Property Management)

“I received a birthday card from you, it was really beautiful. Thank you for being so thoughtful, once again I thank you all at friendsfirst for being so thoughtful”

(Wendy, Note Summariser)

“‘I have been in touch with several members and I’m thoroughly enjoying my membership. Many thanks for your help and for doing a great job with friendsfirst. I love the inspirational blog too!”

(Jenny, retired teacher)

“I’m really pleased with my enhanced profile.  I would never have written it like that and it is so much better than before- I’m hoping for great things from it.”

(Anne, retired midwife)

‘I just want to say thank you for your kind letter you sent me recently. I’m sure something of the kind of person you are came through it, and if there is anybody out there with anything like your spirit for me, I would be only too glad to meet her. It might seem a rather silly thing to say to someone I’ve never met, but I’m sure you will have a big impact on people you write to and who get in touch with you through friendsfirst. Anyway thank you again and for persuading me to take the plunge.’

(Gordon, Fitter)

“You and Julia have been so nice to me. You haven’t pressurized me into joining but have let me take my own good time which I have done.”

(Preston, Retired)

Katharine I was contacted by a member who was sent my profile and he said he’d seen my video profile and ‘had to contact me’! So we met up last Friday and got on well so we will probably meet up again. I feel doing the video profile is well worth doing.The club dining event in Birmingham went well – I met a couple of men I may contact in future and was asked for my number by 2 others. Maybe see you at Stratford event.

(Wendy)

“I feel great – I’ve had my hair done, bought some new clothes and I’m losing a few extra pounds – membership has really made me focus on making the best of myself. I know it only takes one profile and I’m really enjoying my membership.”

(Rita, Beauty therapist)