About Phoenix Praise

'Zoom' services 2021

Due to the coronavirus outbreak we have temporarily moved all Phoenix activities 'online'! Regular Phoenix Friday practices are happening via 'Zoom' at 7pm. We are hosting a Zoom-based service most Sundays at 7pm; if you would like to join us you will need to let us know so that we can invite you in person. (Please see 'Contact Us' page.) These services are not streamed or recorded for public broadcast and cannot be watched via Youtube etc..

Zoom services last no more than one hour. They include songs and hymns: you can join in or just listen. There will be short readings from the Bible, read by different volunteers each week. There will be a short talk about an aspect of the Christian faith, given by a different speaker each week. At the end of the service you can leave straight away or stay to chat, interrogate the speaker etc.. We try to make the service accessible and enjoyable for everyone. You don't need to be a Christian believer to attend.

These services are hosted in conjunction with our friends at Egremont Methodist Church and Gosforth St Mary's.

‘Out of the ashes we will rise again.. …our one desire to burn for You.’

Phoenix Praise is a Christian worship band based in the Cumbrian village of Gosforth. We normally meet on Friday evenings in term-time from 7pm to 8.45pm at Gosforth Methodist Church.

In Greek mythology, the phoenix was a bird which was constantly being reborn when it arose from the ashes of its predecessor. It was eagerly adopted as a symbol by the early Christians, because it could point towards rebirth in Christ, renewal, consecration, resurrection and eternal life. 'Phoenix' in Greek also means 'date palm'; according to John's Gospel it was branches from the phoenix tree that the people laid down in front of Jesus on Palm Sunday as they cried 'Hosanna!' ('save us!') during his 'triumphal entry' into Jerusalem. And thirdly, Phoenix is the name of a pretty little harbour on the south west coast of Crete where St Paul and his shipmates were hoping to shelter from the winter gales in Acts ch 27. So the name Phoenix Praise seems just right for a new group which sprang from the ‘ashes’ of Waymark Youth Praise Band in 2014, and also exists to proclaim Jesus as Saviour and King. (see ‘History’).

We are completely inclusive and welcome participants of all ages (4-90ish so far), backgrounds and abilities. Most of our members belong to local churches (of various denominations) but some don’t; most members are Christians, but this isn’t essential so long as they are supportive of the Christian faith.

We sing mainly contemporary Christian worship music in 2 or 3 part harmony with a basic band line-up of keyboard, bass and drums, though we also have a large repertoire of traditional hymns and carols which we can perform with or without organ or piano accompaniment. Other instruments we feature from time to time include guitars, tenor horn, saxophone, bassoon and English concertina. We can field a small team for an intimate acoustic event or a jolly festive crowd for a Christmas extravaganza. However, we don’t exist to showcase our talents, but to assist congregations to worship God; we lead services in many styles but we don’t give concerts as such or make recordings, nor do we regularly travel as a band any further than Whitehaven. We work chiefly with churches in Gosforth, Seascale, Drigg and Egremont.

Our red Phoenix logo was designed by a founder member, artist Ruth Waterhouse. Its bright red colour is highly appropriate, because in addition to its other meanings, 'phoenix' in Greek means 'rich deep red'.

Anyone interested in joining us is warmly welcome to get in touch. All you need is an enthusiasm for singing, playing an instrument or providing technical support, and a lively interest in the Christian faith.

The band is run by Keith and Jill Hudson, both experienced teachers and worship leaders.