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Sam Donoghue

About Sam Donoghue

Sam Donoghue is Head of Children and Youth for the Diocese of London, a keen cyclist and a supporter of Everton FC.

Sam Donoghue / 28 November 2019

Capital Youth 2019-20: Looking back and ahead

Sam Donoghue, Head of Children and Youth Ministry Support, reflects on a year of activity for Capital Youth and what’s coming up in 2020.


Sam Donoghue / 27 August 2019

Recruiting and keeping volunteers

Sam Donoghue gives some tips to help you develop a recruiting culture and build a team that will engage long term.


How can we better manage the behaviour of the kids in our group?
Sam Donoghue / 31 July 2019

Three top tips on managing behaviour

The children’s team get asked a lot about how to manage the behaviour of a Sunday or midweek group. Here are Sam’s top three tips to set you on your way.


Sam Donoghue / 17 July 2019

Urban life for young people and the church’s role

Sam Donoghue shares his experience of joining the Bishop of London on a visit to the Urban Hope youth centre in Islington.


Children at St Paul's Cathedral
Sam Donoghue / 13 March 2019

Creating space

Sometimes we can fill our sessions with activity, so much so that we don’t allow time for children, young people and families space to process and respond to what God is saying to them. Sam Donoghue explores how can make that space.


When children's work can be really profound.
Sam Donoghue / 11 February 2019

When the children blow your mind

Helping children to explore the Bible can sometimes be a patchy experience. Sam Donoghue explores when one moment was profound.


Reflections on A Nazareth Manifesto
Sam Donoghue / 11 December 2018

A Nazareth Manifesto

Sam Donoghue shares what he learnt from reading A Nazareth Manifesto by Samuel Wells, and how we explore Christmas with our groups.


The importance of games and how they can help to build community.
Sam Donoghue / 26 September 2018

Are we having fun?

Sam Donoghue explores the importance of games in a session and how they can help to build community.


Sam Donoghue / 21 February 2018

Family ministry and faith communities

It sets us up to fail if we think that an hour on Sunday is going to cut it for a child growing up in a world where the Christian faith is just one of a few equally valid options from which they can choose.


Sam Donoghue / 18 January 2018

Are you are a gatekeeper or permission giver?

Sam Donoghue asks whether youth ministers tend to try to ingratiate themselves, rather than engage, with young people.


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