Story and photo by James Woollen
The Burngreave Messenger was invited to report on the licensing of the new Priest in Charge at Pitsmoor Christ Church, Pip Salmon, on 23rd April. The inauguration ceremony was attended by a congregation of around one hundred, and was conducted by the recently appointed Bishop of Sheffield, the Very Rev Dr Pete Wilcox.
The Messenger interviewed Pip after the event.
Can you give the readers a brief description of what your role as leader of the church entails?
I’m heading up the church at Pitsmoor, I work in collaboration with St Cuthbert’s, and St Peter’s in the Church of England.
What made you want to come to Sheffield, especially the Burngreave area?
I responded to an advert and liked what was happening in the church and I liked the community engagement. The Partnership [between the three churches] was important, working across the area, rather than separately, we also like the look of Sheffield.
Can you tell the Messenger readers about yourself?
I am married to Ali, who is a midwife. We have four children who are all grown up, and a dog called Ember. I like running and cycling. Ali likes to walk the dog.
How effective do you feel the voice of the church will be in dealing with the more challenging aspects of the Burngreave area?
At its best, the church is somewhere that believes in hope, a fresh start and building relationships. It should be a place where anyone is welcome, and a place that supports its community. As we work towards this, we can be an asset, and a positive influence on the area.
The diocese are currently recruiting for a second Priest in Charge, who they hope to appoint at the end of June.